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Comment Re:Its only SuperFish-like (Score 3, Interesting) 92

Heh, as pointed out at the bottom of that article someone in Dell marketing needs to eat some serious humble pie:
"Dell is serious about your privacy
Worried about Superfish? Dell limits its pre-loaded software to a small number of high-value applications on all of our computers. Each application we pre-load undergoes security, privacy and usability testing to ensure that our customers experience the best possible computing performance, faster set-up and reduced privacy and security concerns."


Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 2) 146

Slashdot: "Let's talk about something important. Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee's for closers only. You think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here from downtown. I'm here from And I'm here on a mission of mercy. Your name's Timothy? You call yourself a salesman you son of a bitch?"

Timothy: "I don't gotta sit here and listen to this shit."

Slashdot: "You certainly don't pal, 'cause the good news is - you're fired. The bad news is - you've got, all of you've got just one week to regain your jobs starting with tonight. Starting with tonight's submissions. Oh? Have I got your attention now? Good. 'Cause we're adding a little something to this month's sales contest.

As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. Get the picture? You laughing now? You got Black Friday deals. Brad's Deals paid good money, get their deals to sell them, you can't close the deals you're given you can't close shit. You ARE shit. Hit the bricks, pal, and beat it 'cause you are going OUT."

Timothy: "Brad's Deals are weak."

Slashdot: "Brad's Deals are weak? Fucking deals are weak. You're weak. I've been in this business 15 years..."

Timothy: "What's your name?"

Slashdot: "Fuck you. That's my name."

Comment Re:Holy shit... (Score 1) 132

Very interesting, sounds like your sample was a group of mini-whales ;) It would be insightful to see what portion of the upper percentile on that player/spend chart are actually high disposable income folks (probably like your coworkers) vs. just highly-addictive personalities. Those two groups are obviously non-orthogonal but the question is whether affordability enters the equation, and thereby where do you spend your marketing dollars to target them if you're a game developer.

Btw, also anecdotally, that chart was strikingly similar to what I think I saw in the Ashley Madison data. When I grep'd through the surrounding zip codes here, there were two distinct whales out of a population of around 150k. They were buying the upsells at the rate of $250-$1k per week for months on end.

But upon further research, both lived in very modest houses. So one could speculate they were either burning through an inheritance/had a rich spouse, or fell into the reckless credit card spender category.

The rest of the data "felt" like it matched the gaming percentiles. Definitely repeat customers but their purchases died off after a short period of time. So out of curiousity I would love to know for sure what portion of AM's revenues was due to a small set of whales.

Comment Re:Holy shit... (Score 1) 132

Continuing with that thought, and maybe I'm reading it wrong, but the following article seems to say that a large portion of players aren't impatient enough to part with that $1. But the ones who do, they'll keep feeding the machine, to the point where "whales" actually exist in mobile gaming just like with casinos. The result is that revenue is highly dependent on a very thin sliver of game players:

Comment Re:Bill's dream? Please. What a joke. (Score 1) 169

Well said but note that may not be valid anymore given their emphasis (and success) with Azure. Seems like these days cheap Windows and hardware is perfectly fine as long as the data is being locked into their cloud (stack). In that case, the more devices, the merrier.

The bigger point of course is that we're reliving the 90's again. Whereas it used to be file formats that locked folks into proprietary dungeons, now it's the service that it's being stored in that will ensnare the victims.

Comment Re:How did it fit on a scale it broke? (Score 5, Insightful) 144

First, some background. Dvorak is a well-known blowhard tech pundit. His blowhardness is so great that meteorologists unanimously decided to adopt the scale to measure the strength of hurricanes.

To put this in perspective, imagine being in the same room with one Dvorak. Then imagine the same room filled with eight point three Dvoraks. That's how strong this hurricane is.

Comment Re:Weather of Climate? (Score 1) 273

The name change was initiated by Republican strategist Frank Luntz over a decade ago in a memo to the Bush administration:

"It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of global warming and “conservation” instead of preservation.

'Climate change' is less frightening than 'global warming'. As one focus group participant noted, climate change 'sounds like you’re going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale.' While global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge."

Background link:

Direct link to memo pdf:

(Btw, apologies in advance. Although your comment was clearly tongue-in-cheek I figured it was worth posting in case others didn't know the background.)

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner