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  • IBM Falters In Attempt To Join The Big Three Cloud Service Providers [View article]
    " But Microsoft's Azure excelled (no pun intended)."

    Nice pun, I see it and raise you this:

    "To succeed, IBM needs to become more SaaS-y."
    Jan 25, 2015. 10:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft details Windows 10, promises free upgrades [View news story]
    They'd have to be stupid to do a subscription based model. Nobody I've seen outside of this particular thread seems to think that.
    Jan 22, 2015. 07:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft details Windows 10, promises free upgrades [View news story]
    Because most pcs with windows XP have enough driver errors going from XP to 8.1, to say nothing of 10.
    Jan 21, 2015. 06:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Meet your new movie studio [View news story]
    I notice how things have shifted, with your comments being generally more liked than Gary J's.
    Jan 19, 2015. 10:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: An $81 Windows 8.1 Smartphone Is Another Bullet Against Android [View article]
    I find it interesting that Sonic CD came out during the Windows Phone 7 era and its the number 2 paid game app. Definitely says something about its quality and Sonic's staying power. (It's a damn fine game on Windows Phone too. Didn't think the controls would work that well, but they actually do. I haven't found another platformer that works as well on mobile without resorting to endless runner tactics).
    Jan 19, 2015. 03:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Meet your new movie studio [View news story]
    This could work out well for them, IF they can come up with 12 movies a year that people want to see.

    That's a pretty big if, though. Lots of movies bomb even when it seems like a sure thing. I suspect Amazon's efforts are going to be more budgeted like a Tyler Perry movie than the Avengers, but a nonprofitable company like Amazon can't exactly absorb a bunch of bombs.
    Jan 19, 2015. 03:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Mario Draghi Put A Floor Under Oil? [View article]
    I'd like to offer this title to any author who wants to use it (and it can be applied to a lot of events):

    Sorry, Mario Draghi, your princess is in another castle.
    Jan 19, 2015. 03:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: RadioShack prepping bankruptcy filing [View news story]
    Can't say I'm even remotely surprised. What I'm curious about: will someone try to buy and rebrand them? What COULD they buy and rebrand them as?
    Jan 14, 2015. 11:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nintendo exits Brazil, blames tariffs [View news story]
    Evidently Nintendo doesn't think it's worth setting up factories to make their consoles locally, the way Microsoft and Sony do.
    Jan 14, 2015. 09:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, And The End Of OPEC [View article]
    I wonder what the Saudis are going to use as their backup plan for an oil-less economy. They definitely have enough desert to make solar energy a go, and having Mecca and Medina gives them a billion potential tourists worldwide.

    Will they try to invest in technology? Being a middleman between Europe and Asia in trade? I'd love to see their backup plan, given how much of their economy IS oil.
    Jan 12, 2015. 10:42 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sees Used Diapers In More Ways Than One [View article]
    Huh. Paulo, looking at the Electronics list, it looks like the unlocked Fire Phone has gotten up to #5 on the list. What do you make of that?
    Jan 10, 2015. 04:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sees Used Diapers In More Ways Than One [View article]
    "It can succeed in everything."

    Fire Phone.

    (Drops mic, walks off stage).
    Jan 10, 2015. 04:30 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Bet Is That Microsoft Will Outperform Apple In 2015 [View article]
    If the rumors are correct, you might just get an update to 10 for free. We'll see how that shakes out.
    Jan 8, 2015. 01:55 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon 2015 Outlook: Fire Phone, Take 2 [View article]
    There are a number of problems with your proposal.

    If I understand correctly, once a smartphone manufacturer makes a non-Google android device (like Fire OS in general), they are not permitted to make devices running the Google Play store. Thus Amazon can't be a proper Google Android phone maker, and other phone makers wouldn't want to gamble on making Fire OS phones, since that cuts them off from Google.

    Plus, Fire OS is slightly different. They claim that 75% of ported apps work on Fire OS. That means that 25% minimum of Google Play apps would fail.

    Finally, having Google Play wouldn't help them much with the goals of the Fire Phone. The Fire Phone's goal is to get people invested in Amazon's ecosystem of Prime, Music, Kindle books, and app store. You put a rival, larger and more popular app store on the phone, everyone suddenly goes to that app store first and never even glances at yours. Plus, you've just killed Android developer's interest in making apps for YOUR store, since they can reach your (much smaller, but still valuable) install base without putting anything in your store.
    Jan 6, 2015. 01:13 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft And Sony: Game Console Refreshes Might Come Sooner Than Expected [View article]
    I think that until we start seeing more broadcast TV in 4k, that 1080p is more than sufficient for the consoles.
    Jan 4, 2015. 06:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment