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Comment Re:They already have (Score 1) 91

who knew that the part of iOS 10 many people laughed at, iMessage stickers, would be a smash ht for Apple that had Google scrambling...

If Stickers is such a "smash hit" why have I not heard of this feature before now? I know people with iPhones and they never mention it. While I'm not a mobile gamer, I certainly am aware of Pokemon Go, Super Mario Run, and the new Fire Emblem mobile games Nintendo is releasing.

Is this feature a "smash hit" according to anyone not drunk on Apple Kool-Aid?

Comment Re:They will game the system and destroy home wi-f (Score 1) 64

Unorganized individual home wi-fi owners and users on one size. Mega telecom companies with deep pockets full of government lobbyists, money and politicians on the other side. Both allowed to use the home wi-fi spectrum. You don't have to be Einstein to see what is going to happen.

So you don't think the FCC should side with the telecom companies carrying people's emergency calls vs. the home users posting shit on Facebook?

Comment Re:All you Apple Haters can bite my shiny metal SD (Score 1) 48

>I seem to recall an awful lot of Apple Haters whining about a certain new MacBook Pro that had dropped the built in SD reader...

You just keep on using your slow vestigial reader while us MacBook Pro owners stay at the forefront of technological advance.

You'll only get that if you buy the Sony card, though. So you have no choice in hardware vendor now.
But I guess you're used to that. /smirk

Comment Re:That's obvious as hell for Japanese stuff (Score 1) 36

What would help sales of manga is making more of it available in an open digital format. Physical manga takes up a lot of space given its entertainment value/time to read. The larger format, superior contrast to standard pulp paper, and higher portability (without a proprietary "reader" application or constant internet connection to read on a website) makes the scannlator's "product" superior.

I recently contributed to a Kickstarter for a certain manga title that has had trouble getting an official English release because it has met some controversy in the West. I'm getting a digital edition. I already have a fully scannlated copy of the original work, so the almost $100 I spent to get this officially-licensed translation wasn't really needed. What's more, the official licensee hired the original scannlator to handle the localization -- so the old argument about "inferior fan translation vs. professional" is bupkis. I'm buying a "version 2" of the same guy's work.

What made me contribute was 1) I could get it digital 2) It's an open format (no DRM). The title uses stenography or some other watermarking to tie my personal copy to my purchase in case I should share it. I can use any normal comic reader app to view it.

This unfortunately is a minority of English-language manga release. Most require online web-viewing or only come in dead-tree edition.

Comment Other files? (Score 1) 121

The bad news is that the EMF file can be hidden in other documents, such as DOCX, and can be exploited via Office, IE, or Office Online, among many.

Can we hear about other attack methods? So far this sounds like an issue that isn't going to impact people not using Microsoft Office or DOCX files.

Comment No different than AT&T/T-Mobile merger... (Score 1) 28

The reason this should not happen are exactly the same as when AT&T wanted to buy T-Mobile -- there would be one less cell phone company, meaning less choice for consumers and competition among carriers.

The recent activity on "Unlimited" plans (T-Mobile makes one with some dumb restrictions, Verizon makes another that's a little more expensive, but without those limitations, T-Mobile comes back with less restrictions than before to compete, Sprint comes out with a new plan, AT&T says "me too" because they are looking like a bunch of douches now) -- this is a prime example of what competition does. Competition that wouldn't be happening with fewer players.

Comment Re:Web don'ts (Score 1) 116

If you piss of your user base they will leave, at which point you have nothing further to sell on the other side of your business.

The thing about corporate-controlled social networks -- they only let you talk to other people on that network. The userbase will not leave until they start to leave en masse, because if they leave they will be cut off from all their "friends" and family also on the network. It's not like email where you can change your provider and write to all the same people from a new address.

People will not have this mass-exodus until something new comes along that everyone else is moving to because its the "hip new thing". There are still lots of people on MySpace and it is long, long past being the place to be and had its mass exodus. Facebook has its audience pretty captive at this point.

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