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Comment Re:If we want something fixed we have to break it (Score 2) 75

Do you mean you want to turn the whole tech industry into SCO like IP zombies? are you insane? What we need patent and copyright reform, not a dark age.

Right now, there are people salivating at the concept of a free for all patent system, because they think a business model based exclusively on patent licensing is both lucrative and sustainable. At the same time there is a complete lack of action from lawmakers because right now the tech industry is thriving. It's not going to be until it costs more to license a patent than it does to make something out of it that people will come to their senses.

Comment Re:Queue the slashdot Nokia/MSFT hating. (Score 5, Insightful) 186

This is SLASHDOT. We are BIAS.

You mean the company that single handedly set the web back at least five years and has been criminally convicted for anti competitive behavior and the company that is being run into the ground by the 8th largest shareholder of the previously mentioned company?

Gee, I wonder why anyone would hate them.

Comment Let's nip this one in the bud (Score 5, Informative) 642

The Laptop Hunters campaign is almost 4 years old, and completely irrelevant in this day and age when we're talking about perception of value, it costs just over $300 to buy into Apple's ecosystem and even less to buy into Google's..

I find it interesting that this tidbit was glossed over.

However, the scene wasn’t so rosy for Microsoft at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, where analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray and team observed and tabulated traffic and sales at Microsoft and Apple stores. Microsoft saw 47 percent less foot traffic than the Apple Store did, and far fewer sales — 3.5 items per hour, compared with 17.2 items per hour at the Apple Store, as reported by Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt. Most of the items purchased from the Microsoft Store were Xbox 360 games. During the two hours that the Piper Jaffray team observed the Microsoft Store, they didn’t see any Microsoft Surface tablets being purchased.

Comment Re:"Walled gardens" are in (Score 1) 488

You're confusing 'no walls' with 'walls with a gate'. Android is most certainly walled on anything that matters, the wall just has a gate. Ubuntu for all intents and purposes isn't worth talking about as no one cares enough to run it at this point in time.

You're hiding behind semantics, Android users can install apps on their own. Windows Phone and iOS users have to go through the App Store. If the checkbox bothers you there are builds that don't have it, that's the beauty of Open Source. As far as Ubuntu goes, it's a very popular distribution with developers.

Comment Re:Welcome to obamaworld (Score 3, Insightful) 212

I really like how the Republicans always want to let "the market" take care of things, then it fails and we have to bail banks out with public money. A system based purely on greed and search for profit is as unsustainable as a pure communist doctrine.

You keep chasing that carrot though.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 245

We're calculating lost downloads, now? And I thought lost sales due to piracy was a stupid metric...

It's not when they go down 63% when the glitch occurs and come back to normal the day it's been fixed. This is not about counting every user who pirates something as potential buyer, this is more like seeing your sales go down when a crack comes out and then go back up when the crack no longer works.

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