I love you too, APK. But my heart is promised to another.
Newegg got really cheap on packaging too. I'm OK with Amazon for the stuff I'd buy from Newegg if they can avoid that mistake.
All I'm talking about here is what sounds better to me, for my personal purchase. I've heard DACs bad enough to matter, just as I've used patch cables bad enough to matter. Avoiding that without audiophile pricing is my goal.
I doubt it. I think it's just a temporary measure so that they can get some market share and then start charging again.
It does make a lot of sense. Windows phone outsells iPhone in the more price-sensitive areas of Europe, but hasn't seen the same traction in Asia. Getting app parity is a different story, of course, but MS did finally get the big commercial shops onboard. Now it just needs to be easy for the hobbyist to write apps, as it is for Android.
I really wish MS would step up and officially support C# on Android, and cross-platform dev in VS (third parties actually sell this today, c'mon MS). Anything I wrote at home I'd like to be as cross-platform as possible so my friends (the only audience for my hobby coding) could all use it! Much as I like C# in VS, I need at least Android side-loading as a target platform, and ideally iPhone too.
No, just worded it badly. Everyone tries to match pricing with each other - the pricing is the same at every commercial cloud storage vendor, and S3 is the easiest to check.
The two real players for "consumer cloud drive" with consumer friendly APIs are Google Drive and OneDrive (I guess it's called now). If the price for drives-in-bulk had come down or something, you'd see it reflected in S3 and Azure, so this is something different.
Either this is a loss leader now for Google, or they're monetizing the heck out of the content.
I can tell the difference between the DACs built into my (similarly-priced) amps. Too many variables to control for, of course, but something was certainly better, and I doubt is was the amp section since that's so easy to get right these days.
That being said, chips get better, and I can believe the price just came down (the ones I have are high power because they're "class A" (constant power) in the way they build the analog out, but I suspect that was just the easiest approach at the time).
I find it quite suspicious in this exact way, because the price cut is for Google Drive specifically, and not for S3 , which is still priced at 0.068/GB-Month, more than 3x this price. Commercial cloud storage has always cost more than the consumer "cloud drives", but clearly they expect to see some other forms of profit from this.
If they had dropped S3 pricing, I would have been looking for some tech breakthrough instead.
(By comparison, S3 and Azure storage pricing are effectively the same, but Skydrive is about 0.04/GB-Month past the free 7 GB).
Don't forget the roughly 25% pre-tax subsidy for employer provided insurance.
If they gave the same tax deductions to individuals- it would lower premiums by your highest marginal tax rate. For most people about 20%. For the wealthy by 39.6%.
That doesn't bother me.
What bothers me is that Google is constantly changing things and if you don't like it, tough.
My silver plan was $373 from BCBS of texas and the drug copay is much lower and my annual deductible is $1500.
It's better than my old corporate plan. And now I can get my drugs from local pharmacies again instead of Medco.
Medco was pretty bad. I would occasionally get bottles with 1 or 2 less pills (never 1 or 2 more). And they sent a lot of mail- if you didnt' read every single one; you might miss a rules procedure and that would cost you 10-15 days of pills while things got straightened out.
Encrypt the phone, and set a numeric PIN of 6 or more.
Cool, I'll just use my
You can't really make that work for solar. You won't be shipping power 20,000 km from dayside to nightside, regardless of how much you generate.
I think that there's a lot to be said for solar thermal + thermal power storage (at industrial scale), but it's more expensive than current sources so I wouldn't advocate rushing into it.
I already signed up and paid for my ACA policy, and love what it does for me.
But I recognize the challenge for people with families. They've been subsidized by corporations at the expense of childless couples and single people for years.
I think a better fix would be for people like me to pay $50 more per month so policies for people with kids would be less. We want to encourage people to have children.
I wouldn't count on that subsidy from corporations continuing-- my last corporations had cut benefits every year of the last seven years AND rates for children and spouses had increased for at least the last three years.
In my case; the ACA has allowed me to retire and start several small businesses instead of working another 16 years (despite not needing the money) because of my preexisting conditions. Since I don't think it's likely I would have been able to find employment with insurance all the way- an uncovered period was probably in my future.
Second recommendation for that -thanks. But I don't understand USB audio - am I going to be blocked by driver issues on say a old android tablet, or a Windows phone, or some other obscure platform?