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Comment: "Beginning of mainstream 3D printing" (Score 2, Insightful) 36

by Animats (#47559309) Attached to: 3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

But this could be the beginning of mainstream 3D printing.

We heard that when Staples did it.

Amazon's 3D printed product offerings are rather lame. They're not offering any of the more advanced 3D printing processes; for that you have to go to Shapeways. All you can get from Amazon is plastic junk.

Comment: No new tools. Low-budget operation (Score 2) 52

All they're offering are some existing tools, ones you can get for free. The main ones are the Clang static analyzer and Cppcheck. They're not offering free access to some of the better, and expensive, commercial tools.

Cppcheck is basically a list of common errors, expressed as rules with regular expressions. Clang is a little more advanced, but it's still looking for a short list of local bugs. Neither will detect all, or even most, buffer overflows. They'll detect the use of "strcpy", but not a wrong size to "strncpy".

Comment: Re:Windows Phone? (Score 1) 92

by jbolden (#47558409) Attached to: Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Are they "growing rapidly" in any developed market like the USA, Canada, EU, Japan, Australia, New Zealand?

France 10.5% latest figures up from 1.9% two years ago
Japan 0% to 1.4% 2 year
UK 4.1% to 9.1% 2 year

They don't even advertise Windows Phone on TV any more in the USA and at least a few years ago they were doing that.

Nokia has reduced their push in the USA market. The USA market is too different than their model, for structural reasons. Obviously the USA is important to Microsoft so I'd expect that to change post acquisition.

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 261

by jbolden (#47556481) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Well I know it because the easiest solution would have been for Netflix to have bought Verizon originally as their provider.

Let T denote average traffic per second over the course of a day from Netflix to customers in Mbps
Let M denote maximum traffic per day from Netflix to customers in Mbps

Clearly T is much smaller than M, definitely an 1/8th or less, I'd assume closer to 4% and might be as low as 1%. To balance the traffic Netflix has to create return traffic equal to their current traffic.

Case 1: Netflix buys enough additional bandwidth to handle M. Essentially what they have had to buy already from Level3.
Case 2: Netflix pays a fee for inexpensive bandwidth for T but fro Verizon via. the peering arrangement.

In addition the peering costs are designed around: pickup at a good location, drop off at customer site

Level3 might be a bit cheaper than Verizon could be as low as 1/2 (though generally it isn't anywhere near that much lower). The location matters. But no way is that enough to compensate for the difference between T and M in terms of volume.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score -1) 203

by jawtheshark (#47556065) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM
Look to play it, you must run Windows, to run Windows means that you almost certainly have malware already. To me that makes it a non issue. Want to game? Have a Windows partition for that specifically and consider it "nukable-from-orbit". Do important stuff on sane platforms. That's how I see it, and as such, SecuROM is no big deal, even with the rather overblown claims of it being malware. It might be, and if it is, it's still no big deal as you isolate it from important things. At least slashdotters should, and normal people have malware regardless.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 0, Troll) 203

by jawtheshark (#47555899) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM
Yes, I don't get this. They give a game away for free and instead of saying "Fun! Thank you EA" many people are complaining about the DRM. Yes, there is DRM, but you're running Windows to play it, so that really is the least of your problems. I grabbed it. I don't even have Windows in active use, but should I ever have tons of free spare time and want to play a game, I can now install it on a Games-Dedicated-Windows partition.

I say "Thank you EA".

Comment: Windows Phone? (Score 2) 92

by jbolden (#47555215) Attached to: Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

(from article) Is there any hope for the likes of Tizen, Firefox OS, and Windows on phones and tablets?

How did Windows Phone get in that group. That's the 3rd largest ecosystem and growing rapidly with multiple billions behind it. It has shipped and is shipping. Unitwise it is over 1/3rd of of iOS sales. Definitely 3rd place but not marginal, or non-existant.

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 261

by jbolden (#47555185) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

So you would have a bunch of VPN providers sending huge amounts of dummy traffic through Verizon's network to a fake or real address on the Level3 side (say 40 exabytes / day or whatever it would take to balance out). How is that going to be cheaper than just paying the penalty? Verizon is going to be charging those VPN companies a fortune.

Comment: Re:NO, all candy bar (Score 1) 494

There exist today plenty of phones on the market that do have keyboards. Motorola droid, the Black Q10 are both examples of quite good phones with keyboards. We have sales data. Customers vote with their dollars.

. The same is true for small smart phones.

There are tons of small smartphones: Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC One mini, HTC Sense 6, Moto E, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact...

If you haven't bought a smartphone in 3.5 years you are too picky or too cheap to be worth servicing too. The last 8 years have seen massive smartphone improvements. This is what computing was like in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Uncompensated overtime? Just Say No.