Category Archives: Stupid

Ah, China! You Can’t Get Away With This Anymore.

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“Fuck You. I’m Not Yours”

E-Book Mingles Love and Product Placement

Sweet’N Low appears several times in the 356-page story, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. In one scene, Mags, a Sweet’N Low devotee, shows off her nails, which she has painted to resemble the product’s pink packets. In another, she gets teased by a co-worker for putting Sweet’N Low in her coffee.

“Hellooo, isn’t it bad for you?” the friend asks. Mags replies that she has researched the claims online and found studies showing that the product is safe: “They fed lab rats twenty-five hundred packets of Sweet’N Low a day … And still the F.D.A. or E.P.A., or whatevs agency, couldn’t connect the dots from any kind of cancer in humans to my party in a packet.”

The scene was brought to you by the Cumberland Packing Corporation, the Brooklyn-based company that makes Sweet’N Low. Cumberland Packing invested about $1.3 million in “Find Me I’m Yours.”

Product placement in a novel might strike some as unseemly. But “Find Me, I’m Yours” is not like most novels. It’s an e-book, a series of websites and web TV shows, and a vehicle for content sponsored by companies. And if it succeeds, it could usher in a new business model for publishers, one that blurs the lines between art and commerce in ways that are routine in TV shows and movies but rare in books.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

You fucking whores.

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Teclast Adds Second International Seller

I don’t know when this was added to their English-language site:


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Xiaomi Testing Cheap-Ass Tablet They Should Never Release

Xiaomi may be building a 9.2 inch budget tablet

The tablet is said to feature a 9.2 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with Adreno 306 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and about 8GB of storage.

If that’s Xiaomi’s upcoming big announcement, I’d be very, very disappointed.

They placed a bet on 4:3. Lei Jun even came out “volunteering” himself as leader in Android tablets, issuing a manifesto!

And they would drop that position to introduce a tablet that basically Chuwi, Onda, or Teclast could release?

When you take a damn stand, stick.

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Get Your Fake Touch ID On, Poor Boy!

Ashamed to be seen with an old iDevice?

Japan’s got your shame covered, homie!


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Man Renders Xiaomi MiBand Fugly



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Apple Gives Itself Unfair eBooks Advantage

This is the iTunes Preview listing for iBooks (which is now, with iOS 8, pre-installed on all iOS devices):


It has an Age Rating of 4+.

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Ebola: The Ad-Targeting Facepalm

Reminder: I don’t place ads here. WordPress does, to pay for me using it for free. I never see the ads since I’m always signed in to the blog.

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Adobe Digital Editions Is Spyware

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

Now I wonder if Apple’s iBooks software collects data? I know that Kobo does — otherwise they couldn’t give out their steenkin’ badges.

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Another Weibo War: Huawei Vs. Xiaomi

I wasn’t going to blog this because the Weibos were confusing. But Gamersky made it into an article.

And it’s all about chip resin [Google Translate]!

The current practice in phone manufacturing is to glue the CPU — and some other components — to the circuit board. This prevents them from coming loose due to a fall, or bending, or thermal expansion/contraction.

Apple does it with the iPhone. Huawei does it.

Xiaomi — at least with its new Mi 4 phone — does not. And they’re not alone.

But now accusations of Xiaomi being a low-class manufacturer have been flung around.

Stop it.

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