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Comment: Re:most lego's are a rip off (Score 5, Interesting) 225

by GameboyRMH (#46771209) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Reminds me of one of the most frustrating realizations of my life. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Lego. I often asked for lego as gifts but rarely got any.

As an adult, I found out why. My mom asked me what a little boy in the family might want as a gift. I asked what he was into, and one of the things was Lego. Apparently he was a big fan too.

"Then you can't go wrong with more Lego," I said.

My mom replies "But he already has Lego."


Now it all made sense :-(

Comment: Drivers, its all about the drivers (Score 1) 76

by EmperorOfCanada (#46771029) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
For years MS had a near monopoly on drivers. Basically every device manufacturer made a driver for MS and maybe, kind of, sort of, possibly got around to a Mac driver, and then occasionally made a Linux driver. Thus anyone wanting to take on Windows would have had to reverse engineer and make a whole slate of device drivers. As an example, by Mac OS X making the switch to Intel it allowed hardware companies to more easily port their drivers so a few more did.

But over time Linux did managed to do just that, but being open source those drivers are then much more portable to entire other architectures such as ARM. This is then combined with the fact that few people hook devices up to their tablets makes for a near perfect environment to completely overtake the Wintel monopoly on drivers.

So for the first time in decades a consumer does not worry or even know about any driver issues and can choose their device and OS based upon features that are genuinely meaningful to themselves; such as price, app availability, and quality of the hardware.

So with the playing field is now much more level it is not surprising that the former Wintel monopoly is losing market share.

But there is a second and very critical issue and that is of CPU power. Quite simply a Raspberry Pi is around the minimum power that a typical Browser surfing, youtube watching user needs to have. Thus most people don't need the latest and greatest CPU to power their needs. So a halfway good arm inside a device is well enough for the vast majority. Also most people don't need to do much on their computers. A few simple games, some surfing, some video, some messaging. Thus a mobile device is becoming most people's primary portal to the world. Again this does not need to be a powerhouse; it just needs to be reasonably price, work well, and have a good battery life.

But lastly there is the way that ARM is structured. From what I can tell, if you want to buy 10 million arm processors then you buy 10 million arm processors. But if you want to buy 10 million Intel processors then Intel wants to make it complicated and have you enter into a "relationship". The same with the android OS vs the Microsoft OS. Personally I would be very wary dealing with either Intel or MS in that if suddenly my product was somehow incompatible with some corporate vision they had then they would cut me off or otherwise strangle my company. But ARM and Android just want you to buy/use their products.

I suspect that neither of these companies are going to adjust well to actually having competition who aren't even playing the same game meaning that neither Intel or MS will be able to squirrel the rules. Does anyone remember the phase Dell went through where they were Intel only? Can you imagine the angry conversations when Dell, HP, or anyone like that started to ship Linux machines? Do you think that anyone shipping ARM devices even wonders what ARM thinks?

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy abounds (Score 1) 621

by GameboyRMH (#46770691) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Funny, I often see the exact opposite in conservatives - talk of the evils of the dark lord Soros while pretending the Koch brothers don't exist.

However there is a matter of terms of dollars in "contributions", they're not in the same league. Soros is a pissant weekend amateur compared to the Kochs.

Comment: Re:Business class is a misnomer (Score 1) 142

by EmperorOfCanada (#46763259) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
If you are in Canada around 80% of First/Business class will be populated by something government flavored. So actual government people (especially politicians), government funded companies such as the CBC, government granted monopolies (Emera/NSP), or companies that thrive doing government work such as politically connected advertising agencies.

When I was in the consulting world I often had to fly at the last moment so paid full fare economy, so by being polite while checking in I often was bumped to first. So I sat beside these self entitled douche bags and only twice did I sit beside someone who was employed by a private company that wasn't bankrupt within 5 years.

One notable exception was a guy who flew so much he had hit some uber-mega-ultra elite status and was now automatically bumped to first class after flying for years in economy.

But the government people all blah blahed about how important it was for them to show up in good shape and that first class allowed them to do that. The error of their thinking was that the two things that get you from flying are the bad air and the time zone induced jet lag. The lack of a warm towel doesn't hurt.

These were people who weren't paying for it and wanted to be treated like a princess so they get the tax-payers to pay for it.

My simple formula is that any organization that isn't governmental that has its employees flying first class (executives included) either doesn't pay enough taxes, or doesn't pay its employees well enough. Don't get me started about private jets.

Comment: Don't just cut, but clarify (Score 1) 142

by EmperorOfCanada (#46763143) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
I would love to use AWS but I am on a tight budget. I use Linode because I know that this month I will pay $20, and next month (surprise surprise) I will pay $20.

But I look at two scenarios with AWS, one is that I will screw something up and end up with a $2,000 bill. I will turn on some database crap that is insultingly expensive the way I am using it. My other fear is that I will get hit with an overnight DDOS that wipes out my budget for the month some time well before the month is over. Thus I would now have two options, one to pay more money and hope that it doesn't happen again. Or to shut down my service and stop making money.

Basically the rate pages (hard to find) for AWS are harder to read than my local cell company rates. I signed up for their free trial (had to give a CC) and still wasn't sure that I wasn't going to see a $2,000 bill on my CC so I basically was too afraid to push it. If there had been no CC I would have pushed it hard to see if it would meet my needs. But with my CC it sat for a year and did nothing.

Comment: Re:Oh no! (Score 1) 103

by EmperorOfCanada (#46743819) Attached to: Why the IETF Isn't Working
Maggie was a ten pound hammer used on a five pound problem. Things needed to change and she changed them, then kept on changing them. If I understand my history correctly British Leyland was on strike more day than they were in production (during one of their incarnations). Mayor Giuliani was similar, he massively reduced NYC's crime problem and when that was dealt with he started focusing on things like jaywalkers.

Comment: Most organizations break down (Score 1) 103

by EmperorOfCanada (#46743803) Attached to: Why the IETF Isn't Working
Nearly every organization that I have come into contact with broke down in the exact same way. A few incompetents managed to redesign the system. So it goes off the rails of whatever purpose it originally had and begins to concentrate on navel gazing. More and more is spend on things like PR, conferences, communications, legal, and most important of all, who they let in. A simple way to detect if an organization has gone rancid would be the number of MBAs who are in "leadership" positions vs people who actually know how to solve the problems at hand.

It is not so much that an organization should not have MBAs but you never give them the keys, they should be limited to marketing and maybe a little bit of accounting. But once they are in the boardroom then the organization is a walking corpse.

Another simple test is whether the original founders would even be qualified at this point to pass muster as new hires.

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