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Comment Re:But will it run (Score 2) 128

Firstly, Android is Linux. But in the sense meant here, no. Quote from elsewhere; "Future Nokia smartphones will utilise Google's Android operating system, currently deployed on 86% of the world's smartphones."

Bringing another OS into play in a market that is sewn up by two major players is pretty much guaranteed to fail, and I really don't see what a Linux phone would do for the average consumer. Do really think Nokia/HMD Global should waste millions of Euros in R&D to develop a Linux phone distribution just to satisfy a handful of nerds? Not a compelling business case, if you ask me.

Comment Re:A pity, but not a surprise (Score 1) 95

They're capping each person to five reviews a week where they're not verified purchasers, not banning them. Why do you think the comedy reviews will disappear? I doubt it will affect those at all, since serious serial reviewers are probably not the people leaving those comedy reviews.

Comment Re:These customers are stupid for buying impulsive (Score 4, Insightful) 117

But you wouldn't expect to go into a physical Apple Store and have to inspect the merchandise to make sure it isn't fake, would you? It's up to the owner of a store to protect its reputation by ensuring the quality of the merchandise sold there. If Apple wants to give an experience equivalent to buying gear out of a cardboard box in an alley, that's up to them, but I'm not sure that's the smart move.

Comment Re:50 meter = 0 meter sigh (Score 2) 32

Nope. If you look at the website, it shows 150m lateral stand-off from "Crowds and built up areas", with no vertical limit, i.e. do not overfly crowds and built up areas at any height. The 50m exclusion is for small numbers of people/properties away from built up areas. So if you're flying out in the country, you can fly over some people or a property so long as you're above 50m.

Now what exactly is the definition of "built up area" I'm not sure, because those definitions could be taken to mean "don't fly in a city, full stop", which would be a bit of a pain. That doesn't seem to be clearly defined.

Comment Re:So (Score 2) 472

How much is too much? Basic business rules say that you charge as much as the market will bear. Since the biggest problem with selling the iPhone 7 at the moment seems to be getting enough of them in stock to satisfy demand, I would say that the market is bearing the current prices just fine. Thus they cannot be said to be charging "too much".

Comment Re:Subsidies (Score 3, Interesting) 114

Apple's initial pricing scheme for the iPhone actually was different from the norm, but what Ballmer is missing is that it didn't work, and was dropped. So I'm not sure if Ballmer is talking about the initial unsuccessful model or the (as you say already widespread) traditional model that they reverted to. Not clever either way.

The pricing for 1st generation iPhone was a departure from the traditional wireless pricing model. Apple sold the phone to consumers at a modest discount and recouped their lost profit through kickbacks from AT&T in the form of a cut of the monthly service revenue. This was a great deal for Apple and AT&T but terrible for consumers. Consumers had to pay almost full price ($500-600) for an iPhone AND had to sign a 2-year contract. AT&T offered only 3 rate plans, which fortunately were price competitive with other carriers. These plans included an allocation of voice minutes, 200 text messages and unlimited data. However the original iPhone did not support 3G data or picture/video messaging, like a lot of the other phones on the market. Goldman Sachs predicted AT&T would activate 700,000 iPhones on launch weekend, they only activated 146,000.

While sales of the original iPhone were growing steadily, they were missing out on mass appeal because of the iPhone’s high initial cost. For the iPhone 3G, AT&T re-negotiated the revenue sharing deal and went back to a traditional handset subsidy model. Consumers would pay $200 less for the iPhone 3G. While $199 for an iPhone looked great, AT&T made some changes to the rate plans. The net result was that to get the same thing as you got with the original iPhone, (voice, unlimited data and 200 texts), you would pay $15 more per month ($10 for 3G data and $5 for 200 texts).

(from AT&T and the iPhone

Comment Re:even worse (Score 4, Insightful) 342

There are no intermissions or breaks on 3 hour long movies.

Slightly side-issue, but a lot of movies are way too long anyway. Sure, there's the odd Schindler's List or whatever that actually has three hours of story to tell. But Batman v Superman? F**k off with that. These shitty movie directors need to get their egos under control and realise that that kind of movie needs to be 90-100 minutes tops. More isn't necessarily better when you're telling a story that isn't actually very complicated or fundamentally interesting.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 1042

This is insanely stupid. Entities simulated in computer programs can't "break out" of the simulation: if you stop the simulation, they cease to exist.

That's two very separate statements. The latter is patently true; if you stop the simulation, entities within the simulation will cease to exist. The former, however, is not so simple. First you need to define what it means to "break out" of the simulation. The entities could certainly try to prove that they exist in a simulation. They could try and determine the nature and functioning of that simulation. And the could then try to hack the simulation itself, and therefore potentially be able to interact to some degree with things outside the simulation, for starting with whatever system the simulation is running on, which I would personally class as "breaking out" of the simulation.

Now if you want to talk about the entities actually existing entirely outside the simulation, that's a whole other level.

Comment Re:Magnetic strip? (Score 3, Informative) 222

Note that it's a French bank. In Europe (at least the UK where I live and the other parts of Europe that I've travelled to), we use chip cards, which means that that is already a solved problem here; cloning the magnetic strip doesn't get you the PIN number, and you can't do anything without that. So you don't need any fancy changing card number to solve that problem, you north-Americans just need to get with the program. As long as you can make transactions with just something as easily cloneable as the magnetic strip, you're going to have that problem.

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