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Comment: Re:About time (Score 3, Insightful) 36

by Andrio (#47522433) Attached to: FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

In 2013... ...Verizon had 120.5 billion in revenue, 32 billion in operating income. ...Comcast had 64.7 billion in revenue, 16.6 billion in operating Income. ...AT&T had had 128.8 billion in revenue, 30.5 billion in operating income.

What does this tell me? That unless the fine is a percentage of their profit (which to my knowledge doesn't happen in the US), internet providers probably aren't too worried about it. In fact, if lack of transparency nets them more profit than they lose by paying the fine, it's only good business to continue breaking the rule.

Comment: Re:Creativity is certainly future-proof (Score 1) 508

by Andrio (#47465879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

I absolutely think doctors (general practice ones anyway) are in danger. Generally, they do two things: diagnose and prescribe. Imagine a city with automated booths, all linked up to some massive medical database. You type in your symptoms, the booth does a few things like take your blood pressure, check your eyes, and maybe take a blood sample, things like that.

With its massive medical database, it can probably diagnose you with a very high degree of accuracy and prescribe the appropriate medicine. If it can't accurately assess what you have or if it's something that requires a human doctor, it'll direct you that way.

Comment: Re:Google needs Detroit... (Score 1) 236

by Andrio (#47351163) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

It's going to be fascinating to watch the decline of automakers. Most people don't need or technically want a car, they want need/want the ability to travel quickly from point A to point B. The rest of the time, the car is just sitting there doing nothing.

A fleet of automated cars will solve the automotive needs of the vast majority of people. Car sales will plummet, as well other associated industries: mechanics, automotive stores, oil change places, etc.

It's going to be crazy. The panic we saw from Microsoft when tablets arrived; the music industry when MP3s appeared on the internet; Apple's lawsuit war when Android started outselling it, auto dealers getting Tesla showrooms banned; etc etc. It's all going to be dwarfed by this. I expect to see automakers try everything: mass litigation, lobbying, even widespread propaganda. Anything they can to try and stop the automation of cars.

If they're smart they'll sign long-term agreements now while this tech is still "new." I expect Elon Musk will be be quite victorious in this, chances are it'll be his batteries that will be going into these cars.

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by Andrio (#47202925) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

"Further, the most dangerous cities to live in today, are precisely those cities with the strictest gun control."

Yes, but ask yourself this. Are they dangerous cities because they have strict gun control? Or do they have strict gun control because they're dangerous?


Personally, I think crime is down because of the internet and technology in general.

Comment: Re:Too much competition (Score 3, Insightful) 85

by Andrio (#47167203) Attached to: Sony Winding Down the PSP

I'm not a fan of mobile games. They typically have shallow gameplay, no story, no immersion, and 9/10 times they're based on the "freemium" model which sucks. They're designed to be time-wasters. So yeah, "real" handheld gaming systems blow them out of the water. But, sadly, for most people, these mobile games are good enough.

Comment: Re:White Moto X (Score 2, Informative) 711

by Andrio (#47156605) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Not being able to install whatever I want on an iOS device is the reason I'll never get one, no matter what.

I like my Android phone because it's a personal computer in my pocket. It really is! It has its own filesystem that I can navigate and move files around, I can download an apk from a trusted website and install it; I can do anything I want. Not so with an iPhone. It doesn't let you install anything you want, so it can never truly be personal computer for your pocket. It's just a smart dumbphone. The exact same thing as my old verizon flipphone that sold overpriced apps from the Verizon V-cast store. The only difference is that the iphone it's prettier and gives a far better UX, but fundamentally they are the same thing.

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