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Comment: Re: This is LESS worrying than Comcast (Score 1) 73

by beanpoppa (#46889305) Attached to: WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition
This is more worrying. The Comcast/twc merger is not really a merger of competitors. They generally serve separate and distinct markets. If I am unhappy with comcast, I cant switch to twc. But I can (generally) switch to directv or dish, or possibly at&t uverse or verizon fios.

Comment: Re:Power button. (Score 2) 194

by beanpoppa (#46436595) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
Well, this might come as a surprise, but not everyone is like you. I very rarely shut down my computer, and I don't want it to go to sleep every time I close the lid to move to a meeting, so I always map my power button to sleep. On the rarer occasions that I do want to shut down or reboot, I hit the Windows key, and the shutdown/reboot options are right there. Just like they have been for almost 1.5 decades, until Microsoft decided to hide it.

Comment: Re:Still a ways to go...until we get where? (Score 3, Insightful) 131

by beanpoppa (#46395463) Attached to: Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries
At the risk of sounding 'Applely', Think different. Right now, I have to stop to 'recharge' my ICE car for 5-10 minutes, once a week. That's, on average, about 6 hours a year I wait for my car to 'recharge'. If I had an electric car, I would be plugging it in every night. For most weeks of my commuting year, it would eliminate any time waiting at the gas pump.

Comment: Re:It's not a 'fear' it's simple reality (Score 1) 357

by beanpoppa (#46146957) Attached to: Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record
Yes, and your case is so typical. Therefore, there is no use case for anyone to buy an electric cars. And I need to carry my 3 kids in the back seat of my car about 2 times a week, so obviously there is no market for 2-door sports cars, which explains why no manufactures make any of those

If only 80% of two-car households replaced one of their cars with an electric car, it would be a huge savings

Comment: Re:Chevy Volt (Score 1) 357

by beanpoppa (#46146925) Attached to: Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record
I think the best thing about the Volt platform is that in a few years, when battery technology has improved 10 or 20%, and prices have been reduced by 50%, they can drop the gas engine to lower the price and save weight (thus improving range and space- really wish it could seat 5). So then you could buy a Volt LE with a 70 mile range for $30k, or spend $40k and buy a Volt HE with a 130 mile range (no ICE, more room for batteries), or spend $40k for a Volt Classic and get 60 mile range with the ICE range extender for people with range anxiety.

Comment: a does nothing for coverage (Score 1) 254

by beanpoppa (#46097273) Attached to: Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says
In our office and campus environment, we load up on access points in open office areas so you are never more than 30 feet from an AP in open air. 802.11an is the preferred protocol. But in my house, I have lots of plaster walls, ceilings, etc. I don't fell like wiring up an AP in each room, so 802.11g is my preferred protocol. There is nothing wrong with 2.4Ghz in my house. There is very little interference from my neighbors, as they are at least 30 feet beyond my walls and I can allocate non-adjacent channels. It's far desirable to a 5Ghz frequency that will be cut by 2/3 when it passes through the first wall. Sure, I could upgrade to 802.11gn, but I easilly get 30M to my AP, and my FiOS is only 10M so why bother? My servers and other things that matter are all wired anyway.

Comment: Re:Units sold or already out? (Score 1) 511

by beanpoppa (#45975185) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014
I'd say 2 years is probably a good estimate. Most people replace their iPhone after 2 years. Some of them will put their old phones in a drawer and forget about them, while others will give them to their kids (as a phone with service, or as a WiFi only iPod), while others will trade-in or sell their old phone which will keep it in circulation even longer. That would make the average life longer than 2 years, but 25% of iPhones don't even make it to 2 years.

Comment: Re:I'm torn... (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by beanpoppa (#45923963) Attached to: Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case
It's basically Tivo, in the cloud. I could put a Tivo box in my house, hooked up to my antenna, and play Tivo $13/mo and watch/time-shift broadcast TV. Or, I can pay Aereo $8/mo for their DVR in the cloud, and do the same exact thing. What's the difference if the DVR is in my house, or remote? The difference with Aereo is that when I am away from my house, I can still watch my DVR. If Tivo+Slingbox is legal (which the courts have said is) then Aereo should be legal.

Comment: Re:Target needs to be sued (Score 4, Interesting) 213

by beanpoppa (#45923877) Attached to: Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims
Not sure why you think credit card companies don't care about fraud. They invest a lot in systems that study CC usage to flag transactions for possible fraud. In the last year, I've had 3 situations where a transaction has been declined until I contact the CC to verify that they are legitimate transactions. You might not feel that they do enough, but they certainly have an effort. There is just a point of diminishing returns where they've decided that it's not worth the extra effort to get fraud down below a certain level.

There's got to be more to life than compile-and-go.