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Comment: vending machine pricing (Score 5, Informative) 105

by Virtex (#46978749) Attached to: FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal
I'm reminded of a story about a company that made soda vending machines. The company had a new vending machine they were marketing to amusement parks which would raise prices when the temperature got above, say, 80 degrees. A lot of amusement parks liked the idea and started buying the new machines, but the word got out to the public and there was a huge backlash of people complaining about deceptive pricing and basically cheating the customers. In order to save themselves, the vending machine company explained to the public that their machines were really lowering the price of their sodas when the temperature dropped below 80 degrees. Somehow that just sounded better to the general public. This thing with fast and slow lanes sounds a lot like the vending machine company. Allowing fast lanes and allowing slow lanes are the same thing, just worded differently.

Comment: Re:The US Navy has lots of windows boxen (Score 1) 147

by Virtex (#46285887) Attached to: Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months
I remember shortly after the Navy had their problem with the Yorktown, an admiral was quoted as saying, "A lot of people claim Windows NT is unstable, but we've found that not to be the case. Our Windows machines have an average uptime of around 95%" A 95% uptime works out to an hour and 12 minutes of downtime per day. Without realizing it, he made the point of just how bad NT4 really was. Fortunately for Microsoft, Windows stability has improved dramatically since those days.

Comment: too many patents (Score 1) 96

by Virtex (#44006157) Attached to: Congress Proposes Strategy For Fighting Patent Trolls
It would be nice if there were a way to limit the number of patents a company or individual was allowed to own. If companies couldn't stockpile their patents then they would be forced to limit their patents to the higher quality ones. Of course any such law would have to be written carefully to avoid the obvious loopholes companies would surely exploit.
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+ - Washington Post fires mobile team-> 1

Submitted by imac.usr
imac.usr (58845) writes "The Huffington Post is reporting that The Washington Post has gone through yet another round of layoffs, but this time instead of cutting editorial positions, they're apparently cutting IT positions, specifically in the mobile applications department. According to Washington, DC media blog FishbowlDC, 54 people, including the General Manager of Mobile and Director of Mobile Products were given the axe on Valentine's Day. A particularly damning quote from the FishbowlDC article: '“[CIO and VP Shaliesh] Prakash thinks these are ‘inefficiencies’ – that is the exact word he uses for human beings who are not useful according to him,” said a source who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “Get rid of experienced people to save money, under the garb of streamlining is the new trend inside the Post.”'

Given that mobile products seem somewhat more likely to succeed than printed newspapers, this seems a strange decision at best."

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Comment: $100 billion (Score 1, Flamebait) 230

by Virtex (#41712455) Attached to: China's Yearly Budget For High-Speed Rail: $100 Billion

Running high speed lines across the nation is expensive — to the tune of $100 billion dollars a year.

Isn't that about what we pay to China every year just to cover the interest on the money our country has borrowed from them? At least all that interest money is being put to good use.

Comment: Re:here comes another round of litigation (Score 1) 675

by Virtex (#38698256) Attached to: Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM
What Apple does is a little different. They make their own hardware, so (at least in my opinion) they are justified in locking down that hardware. In Microsoft's case, they ony make the software, but are trying to dictate to every other hardware manufacturer how their hardware should be built. If Microsoft made their own hardware, I would have no problem with them locking it down. It's them acting like they own all the hardware companies out there that really irritates me.

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