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Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 713

Simple. I'd continue to do what I love, and do projects that interested me.

Sure, I might live in a (slightly) better house, and drive a better car when I do, but I'd still be programming. It would just be what I wanted to program.. regardless of if or when it ever made money. Some of it may be to betterment of mankind. Some of it may be just because I want to. Maybe take a class or two at a good college to brush up on some of the newer theories.

Enable a few more people who show a love for what I do, to do more. Fund a few start ups with people who are truly passionate about their work... even if it never turns a profit.

I'd take a few more vacations with the same friends I always have had, and make a few new friends, regardless of status or wealth. Maybe even make a few people's dreams come true.

And I'd still be programming.

Comment Re: Documentary on Netflix (Score 1) 61

Sorry, Microsoft's Exchange Web Client was in beta in 1995, and released in 1997. Gmail was in beta in 2004, and released in 2009. Pick between them, either a 9 year lead, or 12 year lead. In either case, google had no "innovation" and just copied what Microsoft originally did.

Other contributions that come to mind are wide spread adoption of TCP Offload, Selective ACK, Window Scaling on the OS side. There are a number of other great improvements that they may not have invented, but brought mainstream... Prioritized I/O being one of the best. As far as research, their advances in speech recognition and machine learning is impressive.

Filesystems -- FAT32 and NTFS, the later still being very good even today.

Comment Re: Documentary on Netflix (Score 1) 61

Meanwhile, guess what happened when AJAX did finally come around? Microsoft saw their freemail dominance in purchased hotmail fall flat on its face, as gmail's web interface was even faster than the copy of Outlook that most people ran natively on their desktop (the gig of email space was just to get people in, but the webUI was the real innovation there, which unlike hotmail, didn't require a full page reload every time you clicked anything.)

You mean the AJAX web client that google copied from Microsoft's Exchange Web Client that was released 7 years prior to gmail (1997 vs 2004)?

Comment Re:2TB of data monthly on mobile is ABSURD! (Score 1) 270

My average month is ~250MB, but occasionally, I'll have a month where I'll hit 5GB, at which point my connection gets dropped to EDGE speeds. If they didn't do that, I would probably eat 100GB in a month pretty easily. Even though I'm on AT&T's "unlimited" data plan, I've always known it wasn't entirely unlimited and you get throttled at ~3-5GB for the remainder of the month, so I don't/can't stream video to my phone. Any movies/TV shows I want on my phone, I sync to it over wifi ahead of time instead of stream it over the cellular network. If I forget to do that, and I stream it to my phone then I'll hit the cap on the first movie I watch (which I do once every few months).

Or do a full backup of my phone, daily... ~3TB.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 2) 270

No. Here in the US, both cable (Comcast, Timewarner, Suddenlink, etc) and DSL (AT&T) have data usage caps of around 250GB-450GB/mo. 2TB/mo isn't even a reasonable option (some plans you can buy more bandwidth at something like $50 for every 50GB, so 2TB/mo would be ~$2k/mo). On a mobile that's beyond silly to expect.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 270

Why lie? "practically unlimited" means in practice it has no limits. What a crock. Why not just write the entire subscriber agreements in huge 72 point type? Change the billboards to be a sequence of 50 billboards so that all the conditions can be in huge print so people don't claim they didn't read the fine print. You know the fine print is there for a reason. If you choose not to read it so that you can go on blindly believing whatever you want, then don't complain when you get proven wrong.

Comment Re:Should suprise no one (Score 1) 413

Yes, I don't use the concierge in my car because you have to subscribe to it, and I'd really only use it 2-3 times a year. I'd rather just pay the $10 each time, but that isn't an option.

Mobile router is useless, I'd just use my phone, or buy the AT&T mobile router and plug it into one of my cars USB ports for power (or the cigarette lighter).

Don't need an automated parking system.

I love my HUD.

The only app I use is Pandora, because I click the button and leave it alone.

As for what I want... Just display my phone screen on the bigger screen, and allow me to stream in whatever audio I want from my phone to my speakers (optionally, a button to start Siri and pipe my car's mic to the phone). Otherwise, I want nothing of my "entertainment system". My phone is so much better, and when I get a new one in two years it'll be even better, but my car entertainment system which was much more expensive, will stay the same crappy system forever.

Comment Re:A HUD is usefull... (Score 1) 413

Oh, and the GPS itself is terrible. It's slow, and the points of interest database is so bad it is virtually useless. If you subscribe to onstar however, you can use their app (or through through talking to them) to get a location from google and then send it to the GPS which will then get you there. Voice recognition is more of a joke I use with my son... "Navigate to Studio Movie Grill" -> "Did you mean slush puppy drivein?" -> "No, Studio Movie Grill" -> "Did you mean Arby's?" -> "??? WTF, No, Studio Movie Grill" -> "Did you mean Holiday Inn?" -> "????"

Comment Re:A HUD is usefull... (Score 1) 413

The corvette's doesn't have oil and gas indicators on the HUD (at least I don't mine configured that way, and I don't recall any option to do so). But I agree with the Grim Reefer. I definitely like my HUD. It's not a killer deal in off track driving, but it is very nice and you can see your speed and tach without taking your eyes off the road.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang