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Comment: Re:Sorry to tell you... (Score 1) 382

Because there is a large percentage of people that think it is morally wrong to spend ten minutes composing an email from Disneyland instead of skipping the trip all together. Somehow they think that sitting in their office is spending more time with their family than going on trips with them.

Comment: Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (Score 3, Informative) 382

Last month, my son had a glass of soda spilled on his laptop keyboard. Because of this, i started dismantling the thing, and found that the keyboard came out as a single unit. it was only about a 1/4" thick, and snapped into place with plastic tabs. Even so, the keyboard is perfectly functional, and as comfortable to type on as any other laptop I have used. While his keyboard turned out to be OK, I did find that a replacement was only going to cost $35.

The point of this tail is that it is clear that a thin keyboard that can snap into place is well withing modern engineering and manufacturing specs. I see no reason that a manufacturer could not build a keyboard that snaps into a slide out case. Cases are cheap to make and manufacture. The manufacturer could make a single part that would be snapped into and plugged into cases that they manufacture for various phones. This would reduce the engineering and manufacturing of the expensive part of the product and leaving the cheap part of the product the part that gets customized.

If they wanted to get fancy, they could also include a battery pack, and a passthrough microUSB charger, so that when using the bluetooth keyboard, the phone would double or triple it's runtime.

No doubt not everyone would want one of these, but by spreading the cost out to dozens of phone models, there is likely large enough demand to make it worth while.

Comment: Re:NO, all candy bar (Score 1) 382

It is possible that I am not a unique snowflake, and there are a lot of people like me that want a keyboard sometimes. It turns out that if I have to choose between having the keyboard during the times I don't want one, and not having a keyboard when I do want one, I choose the later.

Comment: Re:Yeah (Score 1) 100

by Belial6 (#47539335) Attached to: Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All
One might do this if they want to gain access to your phone next year instead of just today. If I compromise your computer today, you may find out about it and wipe your drive. As I understand it, this attack would allow me to continue accessing your phone's data even after the computer you sync to has been secured.

Comment: Re:raise money privately? (Score 1) 198

If the municipality put in a literal pipe, much like they do for sewer and water, not only would they be working in a domain that they are already extremely versed in, they would also allow for private companies to run new cable to be run at a fraction of the price it is today. If companies didn't have to worry about getting right of way access or digging up roads you would see a lot more companies pulling fiber.

Comment: Re:raise money privately? (Score 1) 198

Your leasing plan would grind us back to the stone age as fast as the extreme environmentalists would. Without the eminent domain that was used to create those easements, we would have no roads. No telephone. No internet. No businesses. Nothing. We couldn't even come close to supporting our current population.

Being a libertarian as opposed to an anarchist, you should want government, just as little as is necessary. Easements for infrastructure is very far into the necessary range for government.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming