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Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 181

All they need to do is price their offering at $50 or so for a year or two to kill off the municipal service...

You're probably right, but I'd keep paying $100/month to the local utility for the privilege of not dealing with Comcast. I would rather crumple fifty dollar bills and throw them in the gutter than have to deal with Comcast's worst-ever customer service.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 320

by ZipK (#49498587) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

How DARE he question Monsanto or even suggest that food from their genetic engineering be labeled.

So if I were to say that 2+2=4 and the moon is made of green cheese, you'd side with me on both issues because you agree with one? Whether or not you give him a pass on GMO labeling, there's plenty of quackery left on the table.

Comment: How many watches were preordered? (Score 1) 290

by ZipK (#49463339) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

957,000 people preordered the Watch on Friday

On average, each buyer ordered 1.3 watches

So did they actually sell 957,000 x 1.3 = 1, 244,100 watches? Because "more than 1 Million watches" would have been a better headline.

Comment: High Density Punch Cards (Score 2) 229

by ZipK (#49453491) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future
Why isn't anyone reporting on IBM's advances in punch card microscopy? By reducing the size of the punch hole and using modern encoding systems, they've greatly increased the amount of data that can fit on a standard Hollerith card. Those who can't wire the plugboard of an IBM 407 are going to be left behind.

Comment: Re:Not a watch (Score 5, Informative) 111

but a good mechanical watch in a stanless steel case can still cost $10,000 - because of the intricate, hand-assembled internals

A good mechanical watch in a stainless steel case costs a few hundred dollars or less. $10,000 watches are jewelry whose price is inflated primarily by artificial scarcity and brand management.

Comment: Re:It's win-win. (Score 2) 111

Tag Heuer brings the idiots willing to pay ridiculous money for a watch.

Tag Heuer customers don't pay truly ridiculous money for watches, because Tag Heuer is a piker in the luxury watch market. Google and Intel need to partner with Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Bulgari, Chopard, Franck Muller, Patek Philippe and others if they want to get into serious levels of ridiculous.

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson