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Comment Ya I'm having trouble imagining it (Score 1) 142

Everyone I know, even the cheap types, keeps some kind of wired Internet. It is usually faster than wireless and always cheaper per GB. If you were an EXTREMELY light user I suppose you could go all wireless all the time, but even for the casual user who likes to surf the web on a daily basis and watch cat videos, you'll easily use more data than a wireless provider is interested in letting you have cheap and they'll charge and/or throttle.

Simple example: T-Mobile gives me phone, text, and 1GB of data for $50/month. It would run me $30/month more to get unlimited data (they'll throttle if you get too excessive though). That's for a single device, and gives 7GB of tethering. Speeds are in the realm of 40mbits max, 20-30mbits normally. So that'd work only if your phone is going to be the one-and-only device you use for most things, and do a little surfing on something else. If you want to add a tablet to it you'd be talking adding another line/device which brings it up to about $100/month with 10GB of data per device.

Ok well then having a look at the cable company for about $60/month they'll sell you a 50mbit connection with a 350GB soft cap (meaning if you go over they complain at you and try to upsell you, they don't charge or throttle). You'll really get those kinds of speeds too, pretty much all the time.

That's more money, but not a ton more. Presuming you would have the basic phone plan anyhow you pay about $30/month more than the unlimited or $10/month more than the two devices. With that you get a faster connection, the ability to connect as many devices as you like, enough data to watch Netflix, download games, and so on. Also, you can, of course, upgrade your speed. They'll happily sell you 100mbit or 300mbit for a bit more per month (about $75 and $100 respectively) whereas the mobile speed is what it is.

Not surprising then that all the people I know keep a wired connection. Personally I don't find I need much LTE data, I use WiFi most of the time at work and home, so the 1GB cap is fine for me (more than fine actually) but I need a lot more on another connection. Looking at my usage I used about 350GB last month. Not the kind of thing a wireless provider would be ok with.

Comment Even if it isn't some blend (Score 4, Insightful) 565

Most fruit juices have a lot of sugar. Fruit contains a lot of fructose, water, and fiber. So squeeze out the water that contains the fructose, the fiber gets left behind, and you have something that is by volume and weight a tons of sugar.

Apple juice is a good example. If you go and have a look at the Simply Apple stuff at a grocer you can see easily. It really is 100% pure apple juice. They don't add any sweetener or anything else, they just squeeze the juice out of apple and bottle that shit up... and it is as high calorie as soda. 180 calories per 12 oz (355ml). For comparison Pepsi is 150 and Mountain Dew is 170.

I love apple juice, it tastes fantastic, but you can't fool yourself in to thinking that because it is juice it is magically good.

Comment And what, pray tell, is a "digital agenda"? (Score 4, Insightful) 109

Because it seems the US likes technology plenty. The US is a bastion of high tech research and production. Intel, AMD, nVidia, Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Broadcom, IBM, most of the big names in chip technology are US companies with US R&D centers, and many of them have a lot of US production. That's just one example, you can point to plenty of other technologies that the US does a ton in, it is just a good one since those chips tend to underlie our digital devices these days.

Same deal on the purely digital side of things, namely software. The US is a mainstay in virtually every segment of software.

So what is this "digital agenda" that the US so desperately supposedly needs to not fall behind? Because they seem to be doing well.

Also as an aside, what's wrong with being #2 or #3 in something? I've visited a number of other countries, and by definition not all of them are #1 at most things. They are still very nice places to live and I have no issues. Seems that between #1 and "stone age shithole" there is a whole range of "quite nice places to live". So who cares if China is #1 at something?

Comment I'll make sure to let me sister know (Score 0) 164

She'll be happy to know that her cell plan is much cheaper than she thinks it is, because some random dude on the Internet is convinced US cell plans have to be more expensive.

I'm going to guess you have no fucking idea what you are talking about, and are just hating on the Us because that's trendy to do. My cell plan is 50 USD/month. For that I get unlimited calls to and from any number in the US, Canada, and Mexico, landline or cellphone. I get unlimited text to and from any cellphone in about 140 countries (including Europe). I get 1GB of data at 4G speeds (meaning about 30-40mbit/sec where I live) and then 2G speeds after that (meaning about 100k/sec) unless I choose to buy more.

When traveling internationally I can continue to use my text and data just like in the US, no extra charge. Voice calls are $.20/minute when roaming, though as mentioned not in Canada or Mexico.

My sister couldn't believe it. She lives in the UK and we were discussing my trip to visit and she was mentioning getting a prepaid SIM, which I told her I don't need. I told her my plan and she was stunned.

This isn't some super-secret service or anything, it is just T-Mobile's normal post-paid plan. They are happy to sell it to anyone and advertise it heavily.

So how's your plan compare? Also please remember when talking about roaming and long distance that the US is almost certainly a bit larger than your country. Roaming and calls in all 50 US states would more be the equivalent of roaming and calls in all of Europe, than all of one European country.

Comment Intel will make you custom chips (Score 1) 76

They are expensive and you have to buy a lot, but they'll do custom. Oracle also buys custom Intel chips. There are limits to what they'll customize, obviously writing a whole new ISA wouldn't be possible (at least not without a shit ton of resources) but they can customize things like cache sizes and configurations.

In terms of clock rate I image what Amazon is doing is more or less having Intel raise the TDP for the chips and run them harder. All the Xeons cap out at about the same TDP for the high end, regardless of core count, so higher core count chips are slower. However with aggressive cooling, you can have a setup that'll cool more than that TDP. So Amazon might contract to Intel to sell them higher rated chips, with the understanding of the increased cooling needs.

Comment Presuming this means "replaced by a new guy" (Score 3, Insightful) 233

Then try not sucking at your job? Seriously, the reason that Uber has been successful vs traditional taxis is because taxi services suck. Their service tends to be sub optimal and they don't make use of modern technology to allow people to hail and pay for their ride. Uber does better in that regard, and so is popular. Cost really is secondary.

Well, same shit with IT work. If you are "Mordoc the Preventer" then ya, you could well be subject to getting replaced with a service (or person) that better meets their needs. However if you stay on top of what your customers need (customers in this case being the people that call you for service) and try to improve things as you can, then you are more likely to be fine.

I haven't been doing IT all that long, about 15 years now, but in that time I've seen what users need and expect change a lot as technology has changed. They still need and want IT, but what they want from them is different. The IT departments they bitch about are the ones who still think it is 1990 and refuse to update the way they do things.

Comment Probably not in this case (Score 1) 114

Or at least not all of them. The BTC faithful are really uneducated when it comes to money. Many really thought that Bitcoin would just grow forever. I had one confidently tell me that in two year (this was about 2 years ago) it would be worth over $10,000 per Bitcoin and so on.

So I'm sure there were a fair share of dummies that really did think that magic Bitcoins = tons of interest through some magic method. They thought that normal rules of money didn't apply because this was the Internet, or some such crap.

Comment No kidding (Score 1) 449

Different people have different likes and dislikes and we as a society need to accept that. Trying to force kids to like something isn't going to work. Nobody ever had to convince me to like computers, I was fascinated with them from a young age. Likewise nobody had to drive my sister away from computers, she never had any interest in them. It wasn't my parents pushing what we should do, they were extremely good about letting us choose our own path. My mom in particular was big on that since her mother had not let her choose her own career (she was told a teacher or nurse, nothing else). We are just different people, very different despite coming from the same family, yet both very happy in the choices we've made in life.

Computer camps, or any kind of camps, are great for kids that are interested in them. However trying to set something up to force kids to like what you like is doomed to fail. If anything, it'll drive them away. Something can quickly change from "fun" to "work" when you are being forced to do it, rather than allowed to do it, particularly as a child.

Comment Also it would hurt them less (Score 1) 381

China can outright block sites they don't like. France doesn't have the infrastructure to do that, and probably not the laws either. So while Google could have no corporate presence in France, they could still be a usable site in France by virtue of being accessible on the web.

Comment Universities love bullshit jobs (Score 1) 737

In particular, marketing and communication jobs seem to be popular these days. Now I understand, universities have to market themselves like any other entity, but they take it to stupid extremes.

That's what's going on here, I'm sure. A mouthpeice for the university to talk about how good they are and what they are doing, etc, etc.

Comment Ya this is really bad (Score 3, Insightful) 737

I don't think some people understand how much shit like this hurts their argument.This is the kind of thing that scammers and charlatans do. When someone challenges their view they do whatever they can to silence them, very often including trying to abuse the court system.

So when someone advocates using tactics like that, well it makes some people wonder: What do they have to hide? Why are they acting like scammers?

I mean you don't see this with evolution. You don't see people trying to sue creationists, no they just make fun of them and point out how wrong their arguments are.

This shit needs to stop.

Comment Yep (Score 3, Interesting) 262

It is actually a bad thing, overall for Apple. The last thing they want is for every tablet to be an "iPad" because it then makes it much harder to market and differentiate their own products. While I'm sure MS isn't pleased, Apple is likely non to pleased either. Having your brand turned generic isn't something any company wants. Even if you still technically control the trademark, if it is a generic term in the mind of the ordinary person, you've lost.

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