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Comment: Why is this 'Student Bookstores Beware'? (Score 1) 95

by zennling (#47668399) Attached to: Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus
Do the student bookstores have anything to do with setting the price? Is it not the publishers setting a large % of the price? Amazon can just beat them over the head with its purchasing power until the price per unit becomes acceptable. Why not re-jig these student bookstores to be the 'staffed customer order pickup and drop-off locations' for Amazon, instead of what sounds like replacing them with a new storefront?

Comment: Any computer with Chrome + Google Hangouts (Score 1) 194

by zennling (#47597191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?
Whats wrong with JUST Google hangouts? All you need is a browser, and a webcam. You can set $OS to auto login and start Chrome (in kiosk mode, fullscreen even!) at the Plus login page - living facility staff might need to enter a username/password combo for the patient is all, and log out once done. This should be able to be easily managed in a spreadsheet. On the client side, there is a Hangouts app for both iOS and Android.

Comment: How does this work exactly? (Score 1) 28

by zennling (#47579415) Attached to: New Display Technology Corrects For Vision Defects
I need my glasses to read detail - the only way I am going to be able to see is with giant letters. Putting some software on to a box on my dash doesnt change distance from eyes to the dash, thus the focal length is the same. No amount of pixel shifting is going to allow my eyes to focus on it and resolve the image sharply. this might work for people who are only very slightly farsighted.

Comment: Sounds great in theory... (Score 1) 76

by zennling (#47199443) Attached to: South African Schools To Go Textbook Free
...but look at what happened in Australia (where im posting from). Laptops were provided, but there was no real support. Not all the teachers knew how to use them or fix any errors that occurred - training was an issue. And unless they have control over what textbooks are being provided, as others have said, it doesnt really save any money. Source - my sister went through this in the Australian high school system about 5 years ago. I see they have a pilot school that did the change 2 years ago, so maybe they learnt some things, but the all digital school is just a buzzword right now I feel. If they can pull this off, it could possible be a great example for more advanced economies on how to do it affordably.

Comment: Isn't Nielson... (Score 1) 340

by zennling (#46946655) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17
Dependant on money from cable companies for these ratings things? Is this a form of shooting themselves in the foot or biting the hand that feeds them? Non-american here - in Australia, we have Foxtel, Optus and Austar - the latter 2 just replay Foxtel's offering's IIRC. Due to this non-competition (the way Rupert likes it), you dont get much for the $AUD you give them.

Comment: quality vs quantity (Score 1) 212

by zennling (#46426505) Attached to: PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero
maybe this will show the game makers that charging $90+ for a half finished game isnt a great idea when their competitors are charging $10 for a better product thats not this years version of a hashed out tired franchise. the competitor might make less with each sale, but sell a lot more to make up for it. also, shouldnt the market should equalize itself, finding a price point that punters are willing to pay for a quality game? in mobile-land, i believe thats currently $3-5.

Comment: Microsoft and the UK (Score 1) 742

by zennling (#46319177) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
How does his 'get over it and let it go' mentality gel with the current issue of Microsoft lobbying the UK government to not just go with the ODF standard, but to have a choice between it and its own OOXML? Office 2013 supports it, so whats the loss for them? If a department was going to buy MS Office for usability reason's it could still continue to do so. If the same department was not going to buy MS Office for usability or feature reasons, it will continue not to do so. Supporting the format is no skin off Microsoft's back as it does so already.

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