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Comment: Re: will this change sales strategy? (Score 1) 124

by AvitarX (#49620797) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

I suspect Internet will become more expensive. Currently they're trying to tack on Internet to cable, extra money from existing customers. Soon it will be reverse.

My Internet is $40/month, it was supposed to go up in February, but they didn't increase it after my intro rate. Adding cable would have be at almost $100, I expect in a year that the prices will be reversed ($60 Internet, $40 cable)

Comment: Re:The real question here (Score 1) 185

by AvitarX (#49581819) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

I don't know, when I was house shopping int he early 2000's, it was pretty clear that lower rates caused massive price increases (95-2000 era), rents remain stable (or more tied to income), as lone as incomes remain steady, houses are somewhat protected from price drops (which is why it took other economic drag to trigger the '08 crash) by virtue of peoples' payments still matching rents, and the cost to leave gets high.

Housing prices loosely match the amount of house you can buy with rent * .8 on a 10% down mortgage (if they go below that investors rent them, if they go higher, landlords sell them and increase supply).

Comment: Re:One (Score 1) 301

I do graphic presentation work. I ALWAYS need to be plugged in (court runs 6-9 hours), and always need an external driver, and like a plugged in mouse.

I chose three 1) for external driver 1) for mouse 1) hub (used for back-up drive, power for wifi hub, phone charger, and USB sticks if files are given to me).

I haven't seen a USB C connector, but I'd be fairly content to daisy chain if the connection was sturdy.

Comment: Re: danger vs taste (Score 1) 629

by AvitarX (#49566737) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

You're assuming they taste the same, they don't.

I don't know how it effects things, and I have read that there are longer term effects of body response to regularly receiving artificial sweeteners, but I can readily process the taste difference, I have no reason to assume I cannot subconsciously too. I'm not reading the study, just pointing out that to really demonstrate what you're stating, it'd definitely need to use fake sweeteners.

Comment: Re: Google Streams (Score 1) 359

by AvitarX (#49558211) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

I was pretty butter about the death of buzz too.

  I used it with my friends I chatted with. It was easy to add a photo from picassa.It integrated into thesame place I checked my email. It was fantastic. It tookthe cruft out of Facebook like Facebook did to MySpace. I suspect it could have grown and integrated more, and people would have been happy. It wouldn't have been huge, but probably could have succeeded.

I think wave would have worked if instead of being super real time, it acted more like forum threads you emailed, we tried to use it like thay, but not searching from gmail, and showing half finished thoughts, were deal breakers.

Comment: Re: Don't use a password (Score 1) 128

by AvitarX (#49536205) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

That weakens security. It means the computer needs to store the secret in a readable way, and once readthe secret is known, and the time and hashing simply obscures the sending over the wire. Since the hash is not a shared secret, no extra security is proviDed. Best to have the secret hashed in a non readable way.

Comment: Re: there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 192

by AvitarX (#49491713) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Also, they mention the shopping aggrigator, and the flight listing. Google's flight search is so far superior to any other site, that I don't even cross check prices. I'm very happy they popped that up randomly one time for me.

When I see their shopping search I see plenty of sites. I went to Google to use Google. I don't want to see another companies flight results, or shopping results.

In order to dial out, it is necessary to broaden one's dimension.