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Comment WE Are in the Walled Garden (Score 2) 30

$2000 for two years of cell phone service in the US, $500 for the phone and $1500 for the service. Right.

No fucking way does it cost $500 to make a middle-of-the-pack phone. And no way does it cost $1500 to deliver that service to you.

It costs $2000 in the U.S. because it is what the market will bear here, and nobody knows any better about the true costs. It's just high enough that people start to bitch about it, but not so much that they can't afford to shell out for it.

Zuckerberg tried to float this in a market that absolutely can't bear $2000 for this sort of service, a market that already knows it can be done for much less, a market that isn't already in a walled garden and doesn't want to be put in one. Good luck trying to squeeze profit from that market. The Indians are more informed consumers than most people in the U.S.

Comment Re:Advertising Bubble (Score 1) 287

For that reason I find their ads incredibly annoying, and despite Zuckerberg going on about how they make them relevant, he would only be true if I was some kind of consumption machine that wonders around the internet like a virtual godzilla eating up every product that is shoved in my face.

I think this is the core problem; this is exactly what advertisers want their clients to believe - if they see it they will buy! EYEBALLS! MOAR EYEBALLS!

Uh, no...it doesn't work like that, it never worked like that. Yet the advertisers blindly press on with more and more aggressive attempts to force people to see things they do not want, and use eyeballs as a metric of their "success". Advertisers don't have to prove that their advertising actually works to increase sales - they generally just have to spin enough FUD to frighten their clients into believing that reducing advertising will reduce sales. If more advertising is correlated to increased sales, correlation == causality, the ads worked! If sales are dropping off, the remedy is automatically more advertising.

I'd be interested to see if any connection between adblocker use and sales has been or could be documented. My gut tells me that lost eyeballs does not equate to lost sales - people merely go Google to target what they are looking for, gather information, and buy what suits them. How many people are buying stuff based solely on ad exposure?

Comment Hyperloop Hipsters (Score 1) 218

They were in the hyperloop industry before it was cool, or even a thing.

Pro-tip: You might want to let someone prototype and test the concept and see if it actually works before getting carried away about building the infrastructure for the hyperloop economy. Speculation is great until you fuck up and get it wrong and are left with a lot of pissed off investors and a hyperloop seat cushion factory that no one wants.

Comment Sabatier Reaction - Methane from CO2 and H2O (Score 2) 156

The Sabatier reaction is being used to convert exhaled CO2 and hydrogen produced by electrolytic decomposition of water into methane and water on the ISS. It is a means to produce fuel on the surface of Mars (copious amounts of CO2 and water ice, and solar power to run the cycle).

The fact that it is a net energy sink doesn't matter here - it saves having to haul a whole lot of fuel to Mars.

Comment CO2 to ETHANOL, not Methanol! (Score 3, Insightful) 156

If some one could invent a cocktail machine, powered by wind and solar, that could take in atmospheric CO2 and spit out a daiquiri (no, wait, a Hurricane), how long would it take to get everyone behind the solution to global warming?

Do I have to come up with all the great ideas around here? Come on, let's get some people on this, stat!

Comment Cord-Cutting: Is a Landline Needed? (Score 2, Insightful) 253

I haven't had a landline in about 10 years, but I hand out my last landline phone number to anyone who asks for a phone number - let them waste time calling a dead line. Only real people that I know and trust get my cell number, and the are entered as contacts. Any call from someone in my address book pops up with their name, so I know it's safe to answer. If it is a call with no address in my phone, I don't answer. If they leave a message, I see if it is junk or if it is a legit communication. If legit, I add it as a contact and respond.

I very occasionally will get a robocall from a random dialer, but the above procedure kills the problem in the nest.

Comment Re:Units (Score 4, Insightful) 213

And 3.42 kW is 4.58 horsepower, so you won't be doing any meaningful car charging without a lot of these things.

This sounds more like solar power just for the building. Somebody saw "Porsche solar" and "Porsche electric car" and assumed one must be connected to the other without checking the math.

Comment Dear New Slashdot Ownership: (Score 1) 87

Something you may appreciate while reading this thread is that Slashdot users are very, very intolerant of advertising motivated-clickbait like this. We're here for, what was the phrase?..."News for Nerds"; thought-provoking science and technology discussions. We're not here to give our eyeballs all day to every website that paid you a few bucks to steer clicks to their new shiny product, though we realize bills need to be paid.

If you're looking for ad revenue, you need to be smarter and less obnoxious about it with this crowd. We have ad-blockers and hosts files and we know how to use them, and we will use them until you figure out a respectful, non-intrusive means to deliver it while presenting content that draws in the nerds. You can work with the community here to develop a reasonable arrangement, or you can work against us and we'll just block everything, pack up, and leave.

Dice went hard for clickbait at the expense of good content, and many left. Learn from their mistakes, please!

Comment Too Little, Way Too Late (Score 1) 217

Yahoo is just now finally getting to the point they wanted to be in the late 90s. Things like their email mostly works now. It will always be my junk mail honeypot, but it does work.

But everything they are trying to fix and improve, someone else beat them to it years ago. They are trying to pry into a market they failed in.

All Mayer will be able to do at this point is try to wind everything down, fold up the chairs, and shut the lights off. The people with any brains have moved on to greener pastures and there is no way they are coming back, so trying to innovate a new business model is not going to happen.

Yahoo is dead, dead, dead. Pack the golden parachutes and jump!

Comment Programmer's Creed (Score 2) 137

This is my computer. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My computer is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My computer, without me, is useless. Without my computer, I am useless. I must comment my code in detail. I must hack truer than my enemy who is trying to pwn me. I must pwn him before he pwns me. I will...

My computer and I know that what counts in war is not the darkness of the cubicle, the temperature of the coffee, nor the dust of the Doritos. We know that it is the lines of code we commit. We will commit...

My computer is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its CPU and its memory. I will keep my computer patched and updated, even as I am patched and updated. We will become part of each other. We will...

Before God, I swear this creed. My computer and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!

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