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Comment By the Raw Numbers, It May Be Worth a Shot (Score 1) 34

They "think they have a franchise" based on an Emoji Movie. Jesus.

Sounds goofy to me too, but Angry Birds was a smash hit for them (definitely their biggest of the year):
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/y...

$349.8M The Angry Birds Movie
$239.1M Passengers (2016)
$229.1M Ghostbusters (2016)
$220.0M Inferno
$160.4M The Magnificent Seven (2016)
$140.7M Sausage Party
$119.1M The Shallows
$109.9M The 5th Wave
$46.1M Risen
$25.2M The Brothers Grimsby

It clobbered Ghostbusters (and Passengers) with less than half the budget (maybe worse after you account for marketing). The execs may not understand how horribly Ghostbusters was marketed (by openly trashing the fans), so they may well come to the conclusion (because they do understand profit loud and clear) that silly interweb franchises are way more valuable to them than beloved classic franchises (or original stories).

Comment Nice Option for a Very Few (Score 2) 53

If the computer dies, the monitor is still just fine and dandy, and can quite often be swapped into another bezel (or be ballsy and build a custom PC case with the monitor as a side-panel. Kits exist for this exact thing and they're like $30.)

Technically that's a valid point, and I just found this video which admittedly makes it look like a productive (and fun!) project for the right sort of person. I even kind of want to tear apart one of my retired laptops now and do it (thx for the idea btw).

But practically, it will almost never happen, and this epitome of vendor lock-in will pay off (and the vendors know it). I mean, the same is true of laptops, but I've never known anyone who's done this; have you?

Comment All-in-One = One-Shot Monitor (Score 4, Interesting) 53

One of the most expensive components of your computer is your monitor, but it is also one of the most standardized and longest-lasting. Think about it: pretty much any monitor bought in the last 20+ years* (including CRTs) can be used with any computer or video card on the market, requiring at most a super cheap adapter.

But with an AIO, you lose this major advatage desktop systems have over laptops. You're still paying for the monitor, but have little to no choice in which model it will be, and you will only ever use it with this one computer. And when the computer dies, the monitor is finished too (even if it's in working condition).

* Yeah, I know analog/VGA is starting to go away. I still holds for digital.

Comment Comment Totals (Score 5, Informative) 35

Added post counts in case anyone else is interested:

Here's our 10 most-visited stories for 2016.

55 - Microsoft Live Account Credentials Leaking From Windows 8 And Above
364 - Apple Is Fighting A Secret War To Keep You From Repairing Your Phone
348 - Google Chrome To Disallow Backspace As a 'Back' Button
190 - Can Cow Backpacks Reduce Global Methane Emissions?
179 - Confirmed: In an Unprecedented Move, Samsung Recalls All Galaxy Note 7
1718 - World Reacts To The Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History
1145 - The Case Against a Universal Basic Income
982 - Ask Slashdot: Would You Recommend Updating To Windows 10?
733 - FBI: Review of New Emails Doesn't Change Conclusion on Clinton
167 - The Slashdot Interview With Larry Wall

Comment Shamus Young Tried It (Score 4, Informative) 102

Two great articles by Shamus Young show just what a trainwreck the Windows Store is:

http://www.shamusyoung.com/twe...
http://www.shamusyoung.com/twe...

I'm sure most here already knew that, but he really lays out how MS doesn't seem to care about the customer experience or competing with Steam (just muscling them out through lock-in). It's sad that Valve can't seem to make the Steambox concept work, but if MS's platform is the one that succeeds, then we all lose.

Comment Powerful, But Are They In Charge of Gundam? (Score 1) 225

The Japanese Agricultural Association (JA) is a very powerfull association that distorts vast amounts of money from the Japanese farmers like Italian mobsters. Money that the government wants to have but it did not have any means to take on the JA.

Of course not, because the goverment Agricultural Ministry is not in charge of Gundam. We might have finally found out who is, though.

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