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Comment: Re: I'm sorry (Score 1) 415

I put it on 2 computers, so does that make it $5/month?

I realize that in the long run, purchasing may save more money, but for such a small amount, it's an easy buy for me. Despite the hate here, Office 2013 is pretty good software and I don't mind spending a reasonable amount of money to support it. The $10 / month for 5 computers plan seems fair to me.

Comment: Re: I'm sorry (Score 1) 415

I actually defected the other way.

When Office was $250 per license, I used OpenOffice and then Google Docs because I didn't want to spend that much money. But now that it's only $10 / month and I can (legally) install it on my desktop and laptop, it's an easy buy. I'm going to be using it quite a bit until late spring, and then I can suspend my subscription if I'm not going to need it for a while.

Comment: Re: The only way MS gets more apps in their store (Score 1) 192

Google makes all of their money selling ads, Microsoft makes their money selling software and services (mostly to businesses), and Apple makes their money selling a hardware/software ecosystem. Apple's cut on software sold in their app store is a multi-billion dollar business all by itself. That's what I was talking about when I said there's room for more than one business model.

Hardware is not what distinguishes a high-margin iPhone from a low-margin but high end Android or Windows Phone. It's the software.

Comment: Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 258

by Eponymous Coward (#48395221) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

They do for sure. My point though, was that Comcast wasn't throttling Netflix traffic, they were throttling Cogent traffic because Cogent was operating well outside of the peering agreement. If they had been throttling Netflix, then Apple TV (via Level 3) users would have also had problems.

Comment: Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 258

by Eponymous Coward (#48393219) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Rather than buy bandwidth from Cogent, Netflix is now buying it directly from Comcast. It's cheaper for Netflix, it makes Comcast more money, and it gives better service to Netflix's customers. Everybody wins, except Cogent.

People forget that when all of the Netflix congestion was happening, customers watching via Apple TV didn't experience any of the drop outs or pauses. That's because for some reason, Netflix streams to Apple TV via Level 3, not Cogent. Other companies that bought transit from Cogent had the same problem with the congested interconnect. If Comcast was targeting Netflix, the Apple TV customers would have experienced the same problem. In reality the problem was a between Cogent and Comcast.

Comment: Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (Score 1) 219

by Eponymous Coward (#48377129) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Well, it's still early days as far as education and computers go. There are some amazing resources out there though. For example, my kids regularly use Khan Academy. For some reason, the way he explains things just clicks with them.

For anything Khan doesn't cover, Wolfram Alpha is an unbelievable tool.

For writing, some kids are going to do better on a text editor or word processor. I know I can no longer sit down with a pen and an empty page and just write.

I'm glad to see schools trying new things though. You could take a teacher from 150 years ago and drop them into a classroom and they would be able to work as a teacher. There aren't too many professions where that's true and it seems like we should be able to do better.

One thing that is working well for my kids is reversed classrooms. Rather than get a lesson in class then homework problems, they are expected to learn the material for homework and the teacher helps kids with problems during class. It doesn't work for every kid though and our one-size-fits-all approach fails too many kids.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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