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Spiritual Guidance: A priest's guide to tanks {WoW}

May 24th 2010 12:13AM When I'm tanking heroic 5-mans, my mana regen is pretty evenly split between Sanct, Divine Plea and Spiritual Attunement. I wouldn't say I instantly go OOM if I'm being shielded, but I definitely notice the difference. This is made worse when the gap between pulls is long enough to let DP drop. (I'm looking at you, Violet Hold)

That said, a lot of the time in 5-mans I can get away with casting consecrate only once per pull and relying on Seal of Command and Hammer of the Righteous to keep the mobs glued to me, and that's usually enough to compensate for the lost mana.

Breaking: Apple reports 450K iPads sold to date {}

Apr 8th 2010 2:16PM "That's a little lower than estimates"

Lower than who's estimates? Apple never released any sales predictions that I'm aware of, and saying that iPad sales didn't meet up with analyst estimates is like saying that the lottery numbers didn't come up the way the Psychic Hotline predicted.

Tablet apps to be a $8 billion dollar industry? {}

Mar 25th 2010 5:56PM Suggestion for revised headline: "Guy pulls big number out of arse to sell more analyst reports."

Who is Michael Wolf? What is his record with making similar predictions about unreleased products or new markets in the past? What predictions did he make about the iPhone before it was released, and to how many orders of magnitude were they correct?

Industry analysts are like professional psychics. They rely on people only reporting their predictions and only remembering the ones that come true.

Apple: Snow Leopard release in Q1 2009 {Engadget}

Nov 19th 2008 9:09AM Every marketing message from Apple about Snow Leopard has said the same thing: Snow Leopard is a transitional release consisting of mostly low-level improvements. So unless your girlfriend is really passionate about Exchange support, there's no compelling reason to upgrade.

Just because a piece of software exists, you don't have to run it. As I said, your girlfriend has another year or so before she really has to worry about switching to Intel.

The removal of bloat in Snow Leopard is pretty well documented: one of the goals of the release was to have the OS use less space on disk, and the gains they have been showing go much further than you would see just from removing the PPC binaries: for example the size of shrunk from 287MB to 91MB. Apparently this is largely the result of removing a bunch of redundant data from nib files. (grep for "think small")

As for the original Mac, it cost $2500 on release ($5000 in today's inflation-adjusted dollars). Not exactly the "computer for everyone" even back then.

Apple: Snow Leopard release in Q1 2009 {Engadget}

Nov 19th 2008 8:00AM @Level 5

Did this comment come out of some kind of automated Apple-flame software? It seems devoid of any relation to reality.

1. Snow Leopard is, by all reports, a transitional OS upgrade that adds some interesting new architectural features and removes a bunch of bloat. Your girlfriend is unlikely to miss anything if she skips this particular upgrade. By the time the next OS X update comes out her laptop will likely be five years old, which isn't a bad run by anyone's standards.
2. You say this happens "every couple releases", but the current version of OS X's minimum requirements are an 867Mhz PPC with 512MB, something you could have bought in 2001.
3. What was this "everyman" Apple of which you speak? The Apple II?

GoBoingo! launches for Mac {}

Jul 8th 2008 9:28AM Wow. Could this post read any more like you just cut and pasted a press release?

Apple TV (Take 2), iPod touch, and iPhone: yep, more details here, too {Engadget}

Feb 12th 2008 9:27PM As someone who writes software for a living, I can't quite see how asking people to pay for software is "money grubbing".

iPod touch owners paid a certain amount of money for a device with certain capabilities. Everyone knows that the next version of any piece of consumer electronics will have more capabilities at the same cost. There's just this dumb idea that because improved software doesn't have the physical presence of, say, a faster processor or higher capacity flash memory, it's somehow conjured from thin air for free.

Devices that get free updates are generally devices that represent significant ongoing revenue streams. Microsoft would be less generous with XBox 360 updates if they weren't getting a cut of every game sold for the platform, and if the updates weren't also being used to shut down hacked consoles and widen the market for paid downloadable content. Similarly, the Apple TV update wouldn't be free if it wasn't giving Apple a few thousand eager early adopters for its HD rental service.

The fact you can't touch software, and the fact that often it does make good economic sense to give it away, often leaves people with a misguided sense of entitlement.

Apple applies for gaming trademark {}

Feb 10th 2008 11:56PM My guess would be Apple are already selling a hand-held device capable of playing games (They invented the frigging iPod. Have you heard of it?), and they are doing some routine brand-maintenance to ensure their trademark covers it.

The $20 iPod touch upgrade: really for legal reasons or no? {Engadget}

Jan 21st 2008 6:35PM "...[Apple] really should offer some sort of explanation why current iPod touch owners need to pay $20 for the additional apps and why new purchasers get them for free."

And tomorrow, they must explain why new Mac purchasers get iLife '08 and Leopard for free, when if I bought a Mac a year ago I'm stuck with '06 and Tiger.

Software costs money to develop. The return on that investment is realised through selling the software, or selling devices containing the software. You paid $300 for a device with a particular set of features, why should you expect it to magically have more features tomorrow?

In some rare cases it makes good economic sense to provide free upgrades: for example you already receive ongoing revenue from the device (iPhone), or you want as many people as possible to have access to the new features so you can make money on other services (Apple TV), or you're into releasing updates often enough that your market won't bear that frequent an upgrade charge (many small ISVs).

Wired offers up Macworld predictions {}

Jan 13th 2008 8:30PM "Leopard 10.5.2 will be released with new features"

1. You don't add major features in point releases.
2. Leopard only came out a few months ago, it's far too early for any new OS X features to be announced
3. Preview builds of 10.5.2 were seeded to developers in December, and if there's anything exciting and new in them, it's been kept surprisingly quiet
4. A bug-fix release of OS X is slow news day stuff. It certainly isn't a Macworld-level announcement
5. You REALLY don't add major features in point releases.

Any OS X updates announced at MacWorld will be tied directly to whatever hardware they're releasing: i.e. if the as-yet mythical portable has a multi-touch interface, the OS will be updated to support it only on that sub-notebook.