Poor Wang Jun! Offered 5,600 yuan to raise a “water army” (“navy”) to spam Weibo accounts on behalf of Meizu — and he didn’t get paid because the scheme was exposed!
The details are here (use Chrome or Bing Translator).
And “KOL” turns out not to be “thugs” — although they were used as such in this instance — they’re “Key Opinion Leaders.”
The Meizu Vs. Xiaomi Weibo War, Part Three
The Meizu Vs. Xiaomi Weibo War, Part Two
Meizu Vs. Xiaomi Breaks Into Public War
The AnTuTu folks have a post about the three main ways in which AnTuTu scores are manipulated [Google Translate].
And they call out the Onda V989 as cheating, citing the score variation between 5.1 and 5.1X is larger than any possible margin of error — 35%:
In order to maintain a fair run sub-environment, we will Futuremark peer learning, we note that a tablet: ONDA V989, standard version and X version by contrast, a difference of 35% between the two scores, but also larger than reasonable error 10% 25%, the presence of the first three irrational behavior, decided to test scores removed from the rankings. In the next time, Ann Bunny will also be a series of other similar devices to combat activities, so stay tuned!
Boldfaced emphasis in the original.
So they’ve banned the Onda V989 from the list of AnTuTu rankings!
Filed under Android, Fraud
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