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Comment: Re:It's not even that convenient (Score 1) 270

by JBMcB (#49699545) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

Keurig coffee is crap, and it creates a huge amount of disposable waste.

We use re-usable K-Cup filters with good coffee. The machine itself is more efficient as it doesn't need to keep one or two carafes of coffee hot as well as the large hot-water boiler, it just keeps a few cups of water hot at a time. Also you don't get the wasted, burned coffee at the bottom of the pot.

Of course I'm talking about an office environment where we go through intermittent bursts of large amounts of coffee ingestion :)

Comment: No thank you (Score 4, Insightful) 203

by JBMcB (#49652875) Attached to: Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport

La Guardia is right next to the Triborough and at the top of the BQE. You can get to midtown via taxi in 20 minutes in heavy traffic. It takes ten minutes from the time you are off the Jetway, down the escalator, at the luggage carousel, and to the cab stand.

Granted, landing and taking off can be... exciting. One day we had a nasty tail wind, so the pilot had to gun the engines as we were making the turn onto the runway to get enough speed - something I've never seen anyone do before.

Otherwise, I'd give up useless amenities for expediency.

Comment: Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 1) 434

by JBMcB (#49626533) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

The reason you got iOS 8 the day after it was released is because Apple didn't announce the release until it was ready to push to your iPad. Google must release Android updates to the OEMs many months before they can get it delivered to devices.

The images for 5.0 on Nexus went GA in mid-November of 2014 for Nexus. Reports started coming in about OTA upgrades at the end of that month. I didn't get my OTA upgrade until February.

I thought the whole point of Nexus was that it would be a first-tier Google device. If Google is going to hold back on pushing updates to appease partners, why bother having them in the first place? They are *great* tablets (except for the new 9" model which, IMHO, is a dog.)

Comment: Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 5, Insightful) 434

by JBMcB (#49625105) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Yes, it is Google's fault. My Nexus 7 2013 got 5.0 OTA three months after it's release. That's the *Google branded* device. And it was buggy.

5.1 came much faster - took a few weeks, and it's much better.

When iOS 8 was released, it was available on our iPad Air the next day.

Comment: Cancel *EVERYTHING* (Score 1) 286

by JBMcB (#49602965) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

Stop all federal funding for new construction projects in all of Hawaii. Cancel everything. Close all federally funded operations. Close Pearl Harbor and move the base back to the mainland. Cut all federal spending for Hawaii, including energy, roads, and education.

There, now Hawaii is protected.

Comment: Re:already done (Score 2) 126

by JBMcB (#49590985) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

It's e-books, not e-readers. You can read an e-book on practically any device with a screen, from a $30 e-reader to a cell phone or a 10 year-old computer.

Same difference. There are libraries filled with books you can read for free. It's a sunk cost. What specific problem are ebooks going to solve?

You mean like this?

Exactly. Now take the money wasted on ebooks and fund that instead.

Comment: Re:already done (Score 2) 126

by JBMcB (#49590613) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

By definition the middle class can AFFORD things, the poor and lower class need help MORE than the middle-class does.

So we're blowing money on e-readers when, last time I checked, libraries still exist? How about $250 million worth of more free pre-school for underprivileged kids, which has been proven to lead to better outcomes?

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek