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Comment: Re:BS (Score 3, Informative) 280

by RealGene (#47977175) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
This isn't Mexico.
Ebola is not spreading from contact in restaurants, schools, or businesses. It is precisely from staying home (which is a sentence of death by starvation in the countryside), in contact with an infected family member, and/or handling the infected corpse without a bunny suit, gloves, and a face shield, none of which are in stock at the (non-existent) local CVS / Home Depot / Target, that the pandemic is spreading.

Comment: It's not the Phone, it's the Carrier! (Score 3, Interesting) 134

by RealGene (#47862567) Attached to: Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents
Why should I pay them for what amounts to a Point-of-Sale terminal, then have to sign with and pay AT&T for the means to connect it?
AMZN already has "free" 3G via WhisperNet for Kindle; why can't they just act as a reseller for air/data time?
What I thought should happen when AMZN announced a phone was that you would buy it for a nominal amount, and your AMZN purchases would generate airtime credits:
Buy something, get a percentage of the purchase price converted to minutes/megabytes. Of course, you could always 'buy' more mins/megs, but if you're trying to drive consumption of your other products, it seems straightforward to make the means to do so a reward for the behavior you want.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 4, Informative) 63

by RealGene (#47386869) Attached to: Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs
That's the whole point of TFA. A lightbulb will hand out the WiFi credentials to anything impersonating another lightbulb.
No need to crack WPA, just hop into the mesh network, announce that you're a lightbulb, and the keys are handed to you.
So, your lights, thermostat, lawn-watering controller, swimming pool monitor, and eventually your TV and your refrigerator become attack surfaces that roll over just by looking at them and saying "please".

Comment: Re:4/$2.50 (Score 2) 196

by RealGene (#47360983) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...
Those prices are typically underwritten by the local electric utilities. They supply the bulbs to the retailer at below cost, and take the difference as investment in energy efficiency, getting tax credits in the process.
CFLs are approaching actual retail prices below $2, but as the Marketing Eye of Sauron has fixed its gaze on LED, I wouldn't expect much more investment in CFL technology.

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 5, Informative) 484

by RealGene (#47315283) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service
Scalia agrees with you:

"Unlike video-on-demand services, Aereo does not provide a prearranged assortment of movies and television shows. Rather, it assigns each subscriber an antenna that — like a library card — can be used to obtain whatever broadcasts are freely available. Some of those broadcasts are copyrighted; others are in the public domain. The key point is that subscribers call all the shots: Aereo’s automated system does not relay any program, copyrighted or not, until a subscriber selects the program and tells Aereo to relay it."

This is a good time to punt work.