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Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 552

by RealGene (#49142087) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The dial-up that I used did not have limits.

I'm going to assume here that was after 1982, when AT&T was broken up. Before that time there was only measured service (folks of a certain age will remember the Kafkaesque hell that was "message units". Unlimited local calling is a recent invention, and had the unfortunate timing to be introduced about the same time as the Hayes modem.

Comment: Sure, blame the source that isn't paying... (Score 1) 136

by RealGene (#48852671) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance
Livestock are fed an enormous quantity of sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics to stimulate weight gain.
Those animals piss and shit those drugs where it eventually ends up in the water supply.
The difference between industrial agriculture and pharma factories in India/China is that agriculture pays for the drugs.

Comment: Re:Ring itself should be a drone.. (Score 1) 62

by RealGene (#48738867) Attached to: Project Ryptide Drone Flies Life-Rings To Distressed Swimmers
What happens when the 'casual beachgoer' misses the victim, hits them with their drone, or their drone crashes due to to the payload, or from hitting another beachgoer's drone? Lawsuits.

A floatation device doesn't have to support weight, it has to be buoyant, which isn't the same thing.
The blades (ducted fans, actually) can be guarded with mesh, the batteries can be designed and sized for one-time use.
Using naturally buoyant foam is simpler than an inflatable. Even if the drone fails, it will float.

Comment: Rimberry's only advantage was security.. (Score 1) 132

by RealGene (#48633371) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009
Post-Snowden, they would have been perfectly placed to argue that theirs was the only secure communicator available to the public.
But then they rolled over for India, of all places, trading backdoors for market share.
The security niche might have given them the breathing space to hold on, but when that was gone, it removed the only cogent argument for corporations to not buy iPhones instead.

Comment: They're leaving money on the table... (Score 3, Insightful) 125

by RealGene (#48524915) Attached to: Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

However, the fact that all the drives far exceeded their endurance specifications bodes well for the endurance of consumer-grade SSDs in general.

No, I think it means that the first ones were over-engineered, and the next generation will meet their stated MTBF number to within 1 standard deviation.

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.

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