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Comment: Re:Do you think we have ISP competition in the US? (Score 1) 223

by DuckDodgers (#46759421) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.
The phone companies can compete with the cable companies already, and for the most part they don't compete. There may be no formal back room deals, but the phone companies and cable companies could be in a deadly battle for consumers with low prices and high bandwidth coming out and razor thin profit margins. Instead they make token gestures and compete in a few key markets, but prices and bandwidth have stagnated for more than five years.

Comment: Re:could be blueray (Score 1) 144

by DuckDodgers (#46758421) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
I used to use DVD-Rs for personal backups but unlike commercial DVDs, some of the disks started having read errors (despite very careful handling) after less than three years.

On the other hand, Amazon certainly has the resources to get whatever the hell it is the movie studios use to create the same Blu Ray disks you get when you buy Back to the Future on Blu Ray. I have yet to have a Blu Ray have a read error, and I've got a few dozen of them. So maybe Amazon uses that.

Comment: Re:Not really, again see the phone companies (Score 1) 223

by DuckDodgers (#46684053) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.
If you were correct in your analogy we would not have our current stagnation. At present, decides to spend $10 million on lawyers and lobbyists to throw legal obstacles in front of potential adversaries to keep their effective regional monopoly and puts the other $55 million or $70 million it might have spent on network upgrades into profits, and lets their infrastructure continue to suck.

We still need a mixed public/private solution - regulation to keep the playing field open, and then competition on that open playing field. Pure private and pure public both lead to stagnation (even if the pure private solution stagnation is actually accomplished by having the private companies influencing public policy).

Comment: Re:I've implemented something similar (Score 1) 90

You won't see it implemented in free services for the reasons you describe. But it could work as a pay service. Most people will skip that in favor of free services that scrape their data, but some might.

I'm tempted to rent a server from Amazon or DigitalOcean or whoever and put the application on it myself, so I can access my data from anywhere without dealing with advertisements and privacy concerns.

Comment: Re:Javascript: the worst Internet development. (Score 1) 112

by DuckDodgers (#46572991) Attached to: JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla
He had nine days to invent the language. I doubt there are more than a handful of computer scientists in the world that could invent a good language that fast.

And the reason C++ became so popular is the migration path from pure C code and the migration path for pure C developers. The reason Java became so popular is marketing and the syntactical similarities with C and C++. Javascript piggybacked on that, and now it's everywhere. We will never be rid of it, your dream of a superior replacement will never take off because there's no practical migration path from Javascript to wherever it is you want the world to go.

Comment: Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (Score 1) 91

by DuckDodgers (#46571333) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default
I'm sorry if my post was a little confusing - I don't consider ZFS experimental either. I meant that ZFS is a commonly used Unix filesystem that has more features than ext4, and it can't be part of the Linux kernel. btrfs is an attempt to bring ZFS to Linux without violating any software licenses.

I didn't know about LVM snapshots, thanks for informing me. I also didn't realize LVM supports adding and removing storage devices to the volume while the system is live. I considered snapshots and growth and shrinking of storage the two killer btrfs features, and now I see that one can get those from LVM + ext4.

Okay, I find the argument for adapting btrfs as a primary filesystem weaker. I hope there's something I'm missing.

Comment: Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye @ (Score 1) 217

by DuckDodgers (#46562987) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI
I bought one of those comically large phones for exactly this reason. I want to be able to read it at arm's length, and I can. I figured if I had a smaller screen and spent too much time hunched over squinting at the thing, I would end up squatting in a corner somewhere muttering that some tricksy person stole the precious.

Comment: Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye @ (Score 1) 217

by DuckDodgers (#46562967) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI
I believe you, though I have no formal knowledge about this. To me the other specs are more interesting - cross-provider LTE, potentially the new standard bearer for best Android smartphone camera, first Android phone (to my knowledge) with 3GB of RAM.

On the other hand, even with 300 dpi that puts the requirements for a screen pretty high, right? I mean the mainstream flagship Android phones these days have a 4.7 inch screen on bigger. If that's 2.5 inches horizontal and 4.0 inches vertical then 300 dpi requires just under 1280x800. For a screen with a 5.5 inch display to pass the 300 dpi threshold you need something between 1280x800 and 1920x1080. I'm not aware of many screens with non-standard display resolutions between those two points. So this 2560 by whatever may be marketing overkill for a phone this big, but full 1080p for phones with screens 5 inches or larger might actually make sense (?)

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