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Now if google would just announce no more flash allowed in ads, we'd be set.
The state or state sanctioned telephone company is incentivized to offer better service and is severely penalized if they do not meet those requirements and/or the hardware wiring side is partially decoupled from the services side. In sweden most of these networks are municipal networks that provide fiber to the premises for a low monthly cost because a municipality can easily facilitate a long term non profit oriented recovery time for the expense of wiring everything. Then basically any provider who wants to offer service can using their lines, they just have to pay for their own uplinks and billing system.
We could achieve some of that model here in the states by decoupling the lines from the service, then regulating them like electrical or water utilities so that there is a base amount paid and a certain low but steady profit margin built in. It would also help tremendously if the state and local legislatures had the power or will to actually enforce the agreements set.
I'd love to see how fast Verizon could actually implement fiber in PA if they were told to get the ball moving or we foreclose on the lines that we paid for. 2.1 billion + 20 years of interest should be interesting clawback if they had the political will to enforce it.
But have you ever seen a family use a all in one pc device? Even though most of us find it easier to use a mouse/keyboard,I've sat and watched family members who bought one of those larger 21 inch all in one gateways sit at the desk, use the keyboard or mouse to open up their email, then flip over to a web page and start flicking their way through links by touching instead of using the scroll mouse.
When Intel's UWB wireless monitors hit mainstream I think we'll even see more of this - you might pick up that monitor off it's cradle and sit in the comfy easy chair across the room and use it as a giant 20 inch tablet. Not to mention artists who might lay it flat to draw on it. I think the next unsaid interim step for that will be the kinect for windows. Late last year Kinect they started talking with manufacturers about building kinect into monitors & tv's for Windows 10. We might see those designs by christmas or early next year. I don't want an xbox but I wouldn't mind having a kinect interface with the TV for accessing channels and such ala a tivo or roku interface.
Tell that to the plethora of users with phones less than two years old who can't run iOS 8 or the newest Android builds because of changes to the underlying OS. This also includes the tons of apps that companies are making that won't run on older versions of their OS's and are growing in size.
There are plenty of things to bitch about with Microsoft's decisions but I don't think their decision to use the same underlying OS is one of them. In fact, running windows 8.1 on an old machine works better than running windows 7 on an old machine because they've been optimizing the system to work well with less memory.
Microsoft has found that the market doesn't want ARM machines because there's a chance that they want to run xyz old software that they are familiar with. I say good for them! Adapting that internal app that has worked for 25 years to a tablet is great for xyz company who is not primarily an IT company.
It comes down to this:
Microsoft is a large company who wants to protect their income stream, which is office and lately, the cloud.
Apple is a large company who wants to protect their income streams in both the app store and keeping a constant hardware upgrade cycle intact.
Google just wants your eyeballs and to know everything about you, which means they need to have cheap and easy to use software that can be implemented by everyone as their main focus.
Everyone has their own motivations, and THAT competition is good for the rest of us.
The external solid boosters were sort of reused - the entire rocket needed to be disassembled, and about 5k parts were refurbished and reused. The shuttle engines themselves were pretty much the same thing, they were taken apart and refurbished every mission.
SpaceX wants to only partially disassemble key components of their 1st stage in a way that they could potentially send up the same 1st stage within a week. Some parts will be replaced, most others inspected, but they are not all getting rebuilt/refurbished every single takeoff.
In addition to that it's easy to have a felony battery charge that sticks with your for the rest of your life when you are young. All you need to be is drunk and belligerent to an arresting officer just once. I know several guys who matured once they got into their 20's who only survived not going to prison by being white and well off enough to have their own attorney. They turned out to be perfectly normal people that are hard workers and model employees 20 years later. Be poor or a minority in that situation and your life is now shot.
This is still in it's infancy but I have no doubt that there will be multiple 250+ mile range electric cars under 30k in the next 5-10 years. The leaf right now is already in this price range - it would be even cheaper if it wasn't for the cost of the batteries (and the lower amount of those to keep the price down).
The Gigafactory is supposed to drop the prices of the batteries by at least 30%. But Panasonic themselves say that's a very conservative figure by 2017 (they would like to maximize their profits after all). New factories overseas will drop those prices even more, and Panasonic/Tesla is keeping an eye on those figures to make sure the gigafactory still remains competitive on price.
Free trade doesn't work if both sides are not playing the same game.
ESPN is getting an average of 8-10 dollars per cable subscriber. But it gets this from ALL of subscribers of "basic" cable.
HBO has seen it's viewership shrinking because the cord cutters can find alternative means to get their HBO shows, and the ones who don't watch sports are the ones most likely to cut the cord. So it doesn't really hurt them much to switch people over to cable. A lot of people know that HBO is owned by Time Warner. what they don't realize is that Time Warner Cable is a separate entity, so they are not cutting their throats by doing this. In fact they are really the only entity who could realistically go up against Netflix in the short term.
ESPN can't make that move without charging at least $25 a month. And at that price they wouldn't find as many buyers because of the growth of other regional sports networks - you'd have a smaller pool of sports fans willing to pony up. It may happen eventually but it will only come because the cable model is disintegrating completely. In the meantime they'll milk every cable company in the country for as much as they can by getting 8-10 per customer even if that customer hates sports. (BTW, as a lifelong University of Louisville fan now and a big sports fan I would be a cable cutter if I could pay ESPN $25 a month and HBO $15 a month.)