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Comment Typically price adjustments in steps, many reasons (Score 0) 100

> Once these corrections take place, what then? Is Apple going to revise their policy once more?

That'll depend on what else has happened and is expected to happen, assuming Apple prices according to established best practice.

Typically, when the price is highly visible to the consumer, certain price points work best: 0.99, 1.49, etc. You don't price an app or a hamburger at 1.82. To achieve that, you "bundle" your price increases. You don't increase the price by 4% because X, then later increase it 2% because Y, you change the price less often, to the next marketing increment.

When the minimum wage was increased 20%, all the fast food places needed to increase prices by 10% to compensate. They didn't change the price of fries from .99 to 1.09, though, fast food prices all went up 25% and stayed there even as gas prices (and therefore the restaurants costs for everything delivered to them) increased.

If Apple's *total costs* decrease by 25%, including forex changes and risks, they should drop the price. If their forex improves by only 6%, they should hold onto that to cover the increased cost of whatever cost went up, or is about to go up.

Comment Forex vs that magic .99 (Score 1) 100

There are two issues at play here. It might be interesting to do an a-b specifically for prices that change day to day versus that magic 0.99 price point which has been tested and proven over and over again.

Not having done forex, my guess is that *most* of the time, the major currencies would drift within a few percentage points of each other week to week, so sticking with 0.99 would work better than 1.02 one day, 1.01 the next, then 0.98. 1 is psychological cut-off, going above that reduces sales.

I would further think that occasionally, major events such as Brexit may lead to wider differences. If significant lasting changes only happen every few years, it may make sense to include those in the price adjustments that companies already do every few years anyway.

Might make an interesting study that a major company would consider funding.

Comment Clarification: Plus 8% US tax vs including 20% VAT (Score 5, Informative) 100

I should clarify my comment, on some purchases, for customers in some states, the company adds tax, generally around 8%. So US customers pay 99 cents PLUS tax.

When the company collects VAT, it's INCLUDED in the sticker price - it's illegal in the UK, I understand, to show customers who they are really paying by listing it as "+0.80 purchase price plus VAT".

Anyway, after the currency conversion, the company is charging the same amount. The extra that UK customers pay is the government charging higher taxes.

Comment Not at all. Read Dotcom's license plate (Score 1) 91

If you want to know whether Kim Dotcom is guilty, look at his license plate.

Mega was designed for, and heavily advertised, unlawfully uploaded videos. The owners actually unlawfully uploaded copyright-protected content themselves, and discussed a reward system to get people to unlawfully upload more infringing material. Mega was a service designed and operated for illegal activity.

Youtube is a place for cat videos.

Someone *could* have used Mega for some legal activity, just as they *could* use a pipe bomb in a legal way. However, if you sell online "pipe bomb kit for anarchists - fight back against the government", you'll rightfully end up in handcuffs.

Comment Re:Hope he's right, but I doubt it (Score 1) 156

This was the first time we didn't have a ready answer for what people could do next when they no longer needed a typing pool, etc.

So much this. And it's not just semi-skilled work like pool typists. It's skilled work like accountants, draftsmen, and engineers. It's not just blue collar work, it's white collars as well. Our economy is in the process of going through a Second Industrial Revolution - and the first one tossed millions into grinding poverty for the better part of a century. I don't foresee the coming one as being much better.
 

I hope executives like Benioff don't just assume everything is going to work out.

The problem isn't just executives like Benioff. There's plenty of nit brained conservatives who quote the "80% to 2%" statistic you do, but don't follow through the logic. There's plenty of conservative nit brains who don't grasp how the earlier revolutions played out. There's plenty of conservative nit brains who claim that there will always be "plenty of manual labor required", but who can't grasp that most unskilled jobs are gone and most skilled jobs are filled - there's insufficient demand for the millions facing unemployment or underemployment, now or in the coming decades.

And the worst are the conservative nit brains who presume that everyone un- or under- employed is only in that state due to their own personal choices.
 

Maybe 10% of them have the aptitude to move up to the "robot repairman" level of employment, so where does the other 90% go? While growing up in the Rust Belt, I saw factory closures that dumped thousands of low-skilled workers out onto the job market all at once. Sadly, the answer to this question in that case was that the 90% ended up moving away, employed in menial minimum wage jobs like home health care aides and fast food workers, or perpetually broke.

Ayup. And that's another problem with the upcoming deluge - the job market (at a national level) is already abrim with just that kind of people.

Comment Great example (Score 1) 408

> This is the real cause of all those last second "disasters", like the blue screen of death at the Microsoft big reveal of a version of Windows some years back.

I don't know the cause of that example, but it's powerful example. I did something similar once and lost a new account that would have doubled our revenue.

Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 5, Informative) 291

but, in addition, they tend to be shipped with unskippable junk that you have to watch every single time, before watching the material you are interested in.

It takes about 2 minutes of typing occasionally at the command line to rip the main title of the DVD and save it as an MKV file. Then, whenever you want to watch the film now or in the future, you don't have to deal with anything else that might be on that DVD. You never even have to take the DVD down from the shelf again unless you catastrophically lose data from your computer with no backups. I understand if the average man complains about unskippable ads or whatever, but how can one consider this a huge inconvenience on a "news for nerds" site?

Comment Re:Should I care? (Score 1, Interesting) 291

When I download files through torrent communities, I look for the magic words "BD rip" or "BD remux" or, for films not yet available in high def, DVD9. That means that you are getting bit-for-bit the same quality as the released Blu-ray/DVD. If studios stop releasing physical media and everything is available only through streaming websites, then you're only going to be able to get your films with lesser quality or higher filesizes.

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