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Comment Re:Yeah right... (Score 1) 76

I'm all for helping little guys get started, but it's amazing how much they miss out on. Even high profile projects (like the Raspberry Pi) seem to miss out on things like FCC/CE/UL certifications.

Another one that I like to point out is the Ouya. They were trying to deliver an Android Box, a controller, and a custom Android build and marketplace for the same price that most other companies were asking for just an Android Box. It was pretty easy to tell from the start that they were going to have to cut a lot of corners on the product to meet the price they advertised.

Comment Re:This is how it will go (Score 1) 253

That's my whole point. I think it would better. I'd much rather have the option of paying $40 for 30 Mbit than pay $70 for 1000 Mbit. Sure I'd be paying only a little less for a lot less speed, but I really don't see much advantage in having a faster connection past a certain point. I'd rather take the $30 a month ($360 a year), and spend it on something else I'd appreciate more.

Also, I misread the pricing on the cheaper option. The $25 a month isn't every month. It's $300 at sign up, or $25 a month for the first year. There is 0 monthly fee. You can choose to pay the $300 all at once, or in 12 monthly payments.

Comment Re:Electricity is too cheap to meter (Score 1) 310

Some utilities really should be metered this way. Our city started a big initiative to cut water usage. We have a huge surplus of fresh water, so there's no reason to limit usage, but it was an effort that made them look good to the uninformed public. Since they bill on usage, when the water usage went down, the amount they collected in usage fees went down. However, the cost of operating water treatment did not go down. Water treatment is mostly fixed costs, with very little of the cost varying with the amount of water you need to process. So the next year they had to double everybody's water rates so that they had enough money to operate the treatment facility.

Comment Re:This is how it will go (Score 1) 253

Yeah, I misread that. It's $300 to start, or you can opt to pay $25 a month for 12 months, totaling $300. Then it's $0 every month thereafter.

Still, my point stands. 5 mbit isn't really fast enough, so your only other option is to pay $70 a month for gigabit speeds. I'd rather pay half that, even if I could only get 100 mbit (one tenth the speed, for half the price).

Comment Re:This is how it will go (Score 1) 253

You're right. Given the choice, I would rather spend $70 and get a gigabit connection than spend the same and get a 75 Mbps line for the same price. However, if the incumbent telco had an option for 30 mbit per second for $50 or less, then I would really hesitate to sign up for Google Fiber, because I'm not convinced it would make that much of a difference in my day to day life. Whereas the $240 saved for choosing the $50 option would make a more reasonable difference in my life. Currently I have internet at 30 Mbps, and I really don't see much of a reason to have faster internet at this point in time for my house. And that's with 3 kids who all like to watch different videos at the same time. 30 Mbps is pretty must fast enough for the content that's currently available.

Comment Re:Actually great UX for everyone else (Score 1) 252

Why not just have a cell phone app. Open the app, see a list of easy to order items, click on the items you want to order and hit send. That's it. Very simple to use, and the user knows that their order went through. You can also alert them of any number of inventory problems. You can also make it work for any item you sell, not just a very small number of products that you think somebody might want to order frequently. If you figure out the frequency with which they order the item based on their account history, you could automatically send them notifications asking if they would like to order more.

Comment Re:This is how it will go (Score 4, Interesting) 253

Price is always my main issue with these super fast lines. Google Fiber even has it's problems with pricing. You can either pay $70 a month for Gigabit speeds, or pay $300 to start plus $25 a year for 5 mbit speeds. Why not have an option in the middle somewhere. 1 Gbps is way more than I need, but 5 Mbps is on the cusp of being too slow for my tastes. Why not have a $30-$40 a month option for 100 Mbps? My guess is that nobody would really pay for gigabit if given another cheaper option with reasonable speeds. By making the only options $70 a month or slow internet, you can get a lot more money out of people.

I get a lot of value out of my internet, but it seems that all the providers seem to gouge us by not offering pricing tiers that are beneficial to the end user, but offering the pricing tiers that will yield them the most money. Which is fine, I understand they are a businesses, and that's their duty, but I wish there was more competition, and less collusion among companies.

Comment Re:Purpose of split keyboards (Score 1) 240

Yeah, I think that variety is definitely the solution to a lot of RSI problems. Different people have different shaped bodies, and required different keyboards, mice, chairs, and other office equipment.

I personally find old fashioned, non-split keyboards much more comfortable, even though I spend a considerable amount of time typing on a keyboard. I also have my keyboard situated quite far into my desk. My keyboard is situated so that my entire forearm rests on the desk when typing. This changes all the generally understood "rules" for typing.

First rule is that you shouldn't rest your arms, and your hands shouldn't be resting on the table, but elevated. This is a problem for people that keep the keyboard close to them because it usually means their wrists are on the corner of the desk, cutting off circulation. When you rest you entire forearm on the desk, there isn't a whole lot of pressure in one spot, and your wrists actually stay elevated anyway.

The second "rule" is that you should use a split keyboard. With my keyboard so far from the edge of my desk, my arms and wrists are actually in a straight line. If I tried to have the keyboard closer to me, then sure, my wrists would be contorted sideways causing problems.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 177

Yeah. I really hate Android and iOS on larger screens. Samsung has made some modifications to allow multiple apps at the same time, but it doesn't work for all apps. I understand that the next version of iOS is going to allow side by side apps on iPad like MS has with Windows 8. But both are pretty weak when you try to use them on such a large screen. Large touch screens is one place where Windows still has huge advantages.

Comment Re:These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 388

Yeah. Seems like a much better solution. I've tried the Raspberry Pi solution before, and trying to use the SD card (Class 10) to store the torrent caused the raspberry Pi to crash. I tried a USB flash drive, which made the device not crash, but the downloads still couldn't keep up to my internet connection. I'm not sure how well a synology would work, but it can't be worse than an old Raspberry Pi. I just use an old PC with a couple 1 TB disks stuck in it. There's more power friendly stuff if old PCs are too power hungry. An NUC or simlar box is under $200 without storage, and can run whatever server software you want.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 3, Insightful) 751

It's not about giving out welfare or not giving out welfare in this case. It's about what hoops they make people jump through to get the money. With minimum income, there's no hoops to jump through. You don't have to prove you are trying to find work, and they don't have to police the people receiving the money to ensure they are trying to find work, or whatever other types of roadblocks they come up with. The system costs less to run because there is so much less bureaucracy. People will generally want to find a job, as minimum income isn't generally a very comfortable lifestyle.

Comment Re:Tax it (Score 1) 274

That's probably the only way to ensure that money isn't horded, no matter who is doing the hording. Possibly they will just try to horde it out of the country.

I don't think there's a good solution to "how do you stop X from hording money". Money by it's very nature has a habit of growing when well managed. This is probably why you can never get rid of the 1% problem. Once you have a considerable more amount of money than the average Joe, even like $5 million, as long as you manage it well, that money will only grow more. Eventually that $5 million becomes $25 million. And then you pass it on to your kids. If they don't mismanage it, it will probably grow to $100 million in their lifetime. Another generation or two and they are billionaires. This is especially true with smaller families with a smaller number of children to divide the wealth between. About the best you can hope for is that the children who didn't earn the money in the first place will mismanage the money and blow it all.

You could tax it at very high rates, but then you'd lose incentive for people to grow their $5 million to $25 million. If you're going to tax it, then just sit on the money and enjoy your life. If you have to work exponentially harder to get a very small amount of money, why bother exhausting yourself.

Comment Re:MS Office is NOT a necessity (Score 1) 314

We have precisely one seat of MS Office which is on my personal laptop that we can bust out if there is an emergency but the last time I did that was about 2-3 years ago. Unless you are already an MS Office shop or have a very specific use case where you need it, you can exist quite happily without it.

You see, this can't work in a large organization. It's fine in a small company to have a single computer with MS Office for emergencies. But once you have 100 or 1000 employees, having everybody go through a single chokepoint to get access to MS Office just isn't worth it. When employees are making $50,000 a year, it's not a big deal on the balance sheet when you are spending $100 a year on an MS Office license. You don't even need an license for everyone. Just one for the people who are likely to contact those outside the organization.

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