A Writerly Chill at Jeff Bezos’ Fire
When Jeff Bezos tells writers to keep quiet, they obey.
Let me get my stance on this out the way first: Fuck you, Jeff Bezos. Fuck you.
So for four years, unknown writers have supped and danced and played and took graft from Bezos and shut the fuck up about it.
To all those writers: Fuck you too. And out yourselves.
I’d be very curious to know if a certain whore who railed against self-publishing, then changed his mind, then changed his mind again and went with Amazon as his publisher ever attended. Yes, I mean you, Konrath. This is a question that will likely never be answered by him. He hasn’t the fucking guts to stand up like a man. Except as a pose to fleece his sheep.
Fuck all of you. Fuck you and your pro-Amazon posts that you wrote while Amazon freebies sat beside your keyboard. Fuck you for presenting yourselves as professional and detached observers of digital publishing while you weren’t. Fuck you for not having the backbone to stand up to The New Digital Man.
I knew that book publishing was filled with unprincipled underhanded double-dealing scum. But writers? Writers are supposed to be above that kind of shit.
Out yourselves, you fucking pig cowards. Cleanse what little is left of your soul.
Filed under Fraud, Writers
I do not make up this shit. The Weibo communiqué:
Filed under Fraud, Stupid
ZooPDA — which has often been critical of Xiaomi — has published an exposé that reveals why Xiaomi phones often sell out quickly, leading many everyday people to complain they can never buy one at the advertised price [Google Translate; also drop URL into Bing Translator -- this needs dual translation!].
There are four types of scalpers. Perhaps the worst are the groups on QQ who “invest” in buying quantities of Xiaomi phones to resell at higher prices.
Even though Xiaomi has safeguards such as CAPCHAs to defeat bots and mass purchases, there’s software to circumvent that.
Another safeguard to prevent scalping is an SMS confirmation message. But that only led to the creation of a service that will “launder” the SMS!
This is an article someone really needs to translate into clear English.
I’ve always suspected that “limited” sales of the kind Xiaomi engages in would lead to abuse. But the scale of it is astounding. It’s an entire industry that’s been created to milk would-be Xiaomi buyers.
This further leads me to think that the reason why the MiPad went from limited to open sales so quickly is a lack of popularity. While it’s the best Android tablet available in China, Xiaomi violated its reputation for surprisingly-affordable pricing. That alienated potential buyers. Given a choice between the MiPad and an iPad, people would rather spend double for the best — or just spend far less for a “good enough” Chinese brand tablet.
Filed under Fraud, Friction
It’s apparently a plague in China to the extent that Lei Jun himself had to speak out in a Weibo communiqué:
Some people might run across this “review” and wonder why I haven’t linked to it [Google Translate].
The reason is that it’s written by Onda itself.
It’s been posted elsewhere and is clearly Onda press material.
eReadCN previously posted another “review” of the Onda V989 and I didn’t believe that one, either.
So ignore this new “review.”
Filed under Android, Fraud
Xiaomi is a victim of counterfeiting, with a TV news report revealing a “cottage” operation assembling fake Xiaomi power banks:
ZOL has an article that although sometimes rendered ambiguous in translation is nonetheless a bit scathing when it comes to the sales and marketing model Xiaomi has adopted and clung to [Google Translate].
It opens with a salvo lobbed at Xiaomi by someone who’s apparently prominent in China, accusing Xiaomi of design plagiarism and “hunger marketing” tactics.
What’s interesting here is that for the past two weeks I’ve seen on Weibo some salvos lobbed at Xiaomi — but I’ve seen these salvos only when replied to by Xiaomi on one of their accounts. In other words, had Xiaomi just ignored them, as an outsider I wouldn’t have seen any of this sniping take place. I’ve never seen companies snipe at each other on Twitter. They’ve been playful on Twitter, but never mean. On Weibo, they’re going for blood.
ZOL then goes on to mention the fine Xiaomi had to pay after the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission accused them of miscounting and misrepresenting “sold out” flash sales. The difference was a few hundred units, below five percent of the total; even so, computers are math machines so how can you wind up with a wrong inventory count and casually excuse it? It would have been better for Xiaomi if, when claiming ten thousand units sold, they’d actually sold ten thousand and one hundred units and just claimed ten thousand. Had the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission complained about that, at least customers would have felt delighted instead of cheated.
Filed under Fraud, Marketing
Well, here we go.
Over at the IMP3Net forum, it’s been revealed that the typical speed of the Rockchip 3288 is 1.2GHz, not 1.8GHz [Google Translate]:
According to his [user 2222's] actual [AnTuTu score], 3288 actual frequency 1.2G, even the big game occasionally 1.5G, overclocked to 1.8G entire security Bunny
In other words: A user with the handle 2222’s AnTuTu score — which was just 30,000-range — revealed that the 3288 achieves its full 1.8Ghz speed only when AnTuTu is running. It generally throttles down to 1.2GHz and will occasionally boost to 1.5GHz as needed for games.
So where do we really go with AnTuTu scores or any CPU benchmarks? Even the K1 in the Xiaomi MiPad will throttle back when it senses the temperature is getting high.
Do we measure by peak frequency or by typical frequency? And is peak frequency the actual peak — or just one momentarily used to fool AnTuTu?
How is it then possible to compare the iFive Mini 4 to the Xiaomi MiPad — two machines that, until now, were thought to have very similar overall AnTuTu scores?
Thanks to a tweet from Ric Day for pointing this out.
Another Xiaomi Shocker
I won’t defend their piracy. They’re a big company and can afford to pay for those images.
But did I ever think the images in the Camera Roll sample were taken by the phone? No. I figured they were stock photo placeholders. But if people think that’s a fraud, so be it. I’m not sure anyone would buy the phone based on the Camera Roll images; maybe some would, who knows?
I’m more interested in the blatant fraud of other companies laundering press material and cheating AnTuTu (and other) benchmarks.