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Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant (Score 1) 213

by GWBasic (#49094371) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

I just bought a Sony Xperia Z3 phone. The sound amp chips on that phone are very high quality.

Honestly, the concept of a "Sony" audiophile SD card is tempting, for two reasons:

  • There's a lot of finicky SD cards out there, and buying the phone with a "Sony" SD card lowers perceived risk of getting a finicky SD card.
  • The high-frequency interference issues that many other posters discuss.

I did get a 128GB card for my phone. If there was a Sony Audiophile card available, and it was only 20-30% more expensive than a normal card, I'd probably get it more for the peace of mind aspect than trying to make my phone's music please my dog's ears.

Comment: Know how to run a business (Score 1) 101

by GWBasic (#48965065) Attached to: Building a Good Engineering Team In a Competitive Market

The key to building a good engineering team is knowing how to run a business. Decent pay is important, but that's a function of knowing what you need to build, what kind of capital you need to build it, and how to run the team that's going to build it.

There's a lot of interesting people with interesting ideas out there; but they are such horrible businesspeople that it doesn't matter how much I love what they want me to work on. If they can't figure out how run a f**king business; it's all going to fall apart, no matter how hard I work.

I love my job; but the main reason why my job still exists is that my company's founder knew a thing or two about running a business, and made sure that I ended up with a reasonable wage.

Comment: Re:Solution: Fail the students their senior year (Score 1) 331

by GWBasic (#48283353) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

It works better if most fail out at the end of Freshman or Sophomore year. Keep a good reputation among people who don't know better, and set a low bar for acceptance. People will react, "you got into !!!"

I went to a 2nd-tier tech school that did that. So many people from my freshman class dropped out, it wasn't even funny.

Comment: I don't "gotta have it." (Score 1) 415

by GWBasic (#48272719) Attached to: How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

I remember that the first iPhone was a real "gotta have it." I'd been waiting for a web browser and email in my pocket for years.

Smart Watch? I'm not really sure. I like my self-winding watch. It's not very accurate, but when I need time to the minute I just look at my phone.

I think the only appeal of the smart watch is that it'll vibrate, so it's easier to feel.

Comment: It's the fees, dummy! (Score 1) 558

by GWBasic (#48253727) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

None of the comments seem to address the crux of the issue. From the article: "This is huge for the merchants who are losing a significant amount of money on every credit card transaction."

Credit card fees are HUGE. Imagine if ACH deducted 2-3% of your paycheck every week. You'd scream bloody murder! The article doesn't even mention chargebacks...

I'd consider this a "shot over the bow" towards credit card fees and chargebacks. Apple or Google's system may win in the end; but Visa and Amex will need to lower their fees significantly.

Comment: Easier said than done (Score 1) 269

by GWBasic (#48215959) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello
I once started writing a distributed social network, and then life took me on a journey. (I'm still finding the time, though.)

The reason why we don't have one yet is that writing a distributed social network is HARD. It's a much harder problem than inventing the web or email, because the security stakes are much higher. The consequences of spamming and spoofing are even worse than what we see in email; thus an author of a distributed social network needs to solve this problem early in the process.

Another problem is encrypted communication. Https requires buying certificates, thus a well-designed distributed social network needs a means of key distribution that allows a casual server operator to get running without purchasing a certificate.

When I met the Diaspora team, they were very ambitious; but they just weren't experienced enough for the task. Something like a distributed social network requires a team with significant experience, much more then a group of fresh grads will have.

Comment: Re:Invasive species (Score 1) 385

by GWBasic (#47995819) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food
Today's it's 75% of my trash. I pulled a whole bunch of Oriental Bittersweet down last weekend. The stuff is taking over my town's woods and killing all the native plants. It's loaded with seeds, so the only proper way to dispose of it is either burning, or the municipal waste stream. (In my case, the municipal waste stream is a trash-burning power plant.)

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