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Comment: Re: C (Score 2) 141

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47708645) Attached to: Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Going back pre-smartphone, when the only real players in the PDA arena were Palm and Microsoft, Microsoft surpassed Palm in 2004, and from then on it was all downhill for Palm as they tried to update an archaic OS to utilize advances in hardware.

So you're saying that, during the past few years, Microsoft has basically been slogging through the same experience Palm went through a decade ago.

Comment: Re:Amazon Prime (Score 3, Insightful) 134

It doesn't matter if the Washington Post is personally owned or not - Bezos' personal fortune is dependent on both it and on, and he's the one calling the shots with both companies. So this attempt to use one of his companies to drive business to another of his companies shouldn't be surprising.

Comment: Wow, seriously - that is annoying (Score 5, Insightful) 134

There were a LOT of those "buy it now" links scattered all through the article!

If I were a Washington Post subscriber, I might very well cancel my subscription over something like that - it completely breaks up the flow of the article. That's highly annoying.

Comment: Re:Split (Score 2) 85

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47685583) Attached to: Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

The cable ISPs that charge less for a TV plus Internet bundle than for Internet alone are part of the problem.

Yup. We were paying $135/month for a particular tier of Comcast's cable + internet service. We looked at going internet only, but for basically the same price ($70/month) we got internet, broadcast channels and HBO (and Discovery, but who cares). And it keeps my wife happy because she wants to watch all those cop and hospital dramas.

What's really maddening is how we got to $135 in the first place. It wasn't that long ago that our cable bill was closer to $80 for that same level of service. But Comcast kept pushing the cost upward... I think when they doubled the cable speed, called it "Blast!", and started charging $10 extra for it (without asking, of course) is what finally motivated us to act - they just throttle any services that extra speed would be useful for, anyway...

We are too far away from the central office to make DSL a viable choice, so Comcast is basically the only game in town. But I have toyed with the idea of testing T-Mobile's unlimited data plan in its place - if the Comcast price creep continues unabated, I might actually do it. If Netflix streaming works adequately, that'd be good enough.

Comment: Pinochle (Score 1) 273

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47674949) Attached to: Of the following, I'd rather play ...

It's the one group game I get to play semi-regularly - my wife and I have been playing it with the same friends ever since we got out of college, back in the 80s.

When I was still in college, Cribbage, Hearts, and Spades were all very popular in the dorms.

I've always wanted to learn Bridge, but since I'm the only one in my circle with any interest - it's never happened.

Comment: Re:Does fiber containing photons have current? (Score 1) 103

It's actual photonic capacitance causing the induced charge within the lining. Some recent research has been done into reducing the self-capacitance of synthetic cable sheathing, and counterpolarization of the cable's dielectric field has proven to be one of the more effective methods. The main problem is that it increases the impedance to an unacceptable level, causing ghosting. But using systemic impedance matching has been found to mitigate this effect.

Like putting too much air in a balloon!

Comment: Re:begs FFS (Score 1) 186

Give up. Language evolves.

While I have made this same argument here on Slashdot numerous times - particularly when, a few years ago, people took umbrage because "hacker" was supplanting "cracker" - in this case you'd first need some supporting evidence that the phrase "begs the question" is actually changing meaning in popular speech.

As far as I can tell, that is not the case - the submitter simply misused the phrase.

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