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Submission + - Amazon to Offer Sneakernet Services

blueshift_1 writes: If you have 50TB of data that you'd like to put on the S3 cloud, Amazon is releasing Snowball. It's basically a large grey box full of hard drives that Amazon will mail to you. Simply upload your files and mail it back — they will upload it for you. For $200 + shipping, it's at a pretty reasonable price point if you're tired of hosting your data and want to try and push that to AWS.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway. -Tanenbaum, Andrew S.

Comment All depends on the product and the customers. (Score 1) 327

It all depends on what the product is in and how the business needs to interact with the customers. However, in certain environments that it works in - I believe steam works in this way. However, I can definitely see this not working in other business, but can be viable in a Tech-only company.

Comment For the Hardcore Apple Fanboys. (Score 1) 279

It's what carries do anyway with subsidized phone. You get the phone for cheaper, but pay the carrier in the long run for well over the cost of the subsidy. But lets just take a look at who this is targeting - people who want the latest iPhone every year. For ~$35 for 12 months is $420. So you save a couple hundred dollars if you were to buy it every year if you just have to have the latest and greatest. This isn't for the people on the 2 year cycle who would end up paying more in the long run.

What it comes down to is that the hardcore users always pay more - but now this is a way to pay just a bit less. And maybe convince people on the fence to do the same.

Comment The world needs a little more understanding (Score 1) 365

I feel like greater understanding is never a bad thing. Many of these people who start programming, won't ever get around to making a full production application or piece of software. But through experience, they hopefully will come to understand how their technology works. At this moment, we are raising a generation of techies who are just users - but have no inclination of how the tools that drive their lives function on the most basic of levels. Understanding how security work in this day and age is incredibly important.

Comment What we want, what we really, really want. (Score 1) 134

We want everything with bigger screens - but not that much bigger. We want everything lighter - but not that much lighter. Sometimes companies tend to focus on what the consumer says they want - instead of trying to figure out what they really want. Let's face it, we are generally terrible at knowing what we want.

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