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Comment Fast camera + m-disc (Score 1) 174

For camera I would recommend a mid-high end compact. Look for ease of use and fast autofocus, not for megapixels or many features. I would not get a DSLR if you have not had one before.

For storage there are any number of options but if you are serious about durability get m-disc and recorder; this is a special type of DVD that is predicted to last for a thousand years.

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 231

You have no idea how this works, does you? How much you pay for a service has nothing to do with how much it costs to provide a service. It's a matter of how much the market will bear. Why else do you think there are rubes out there still paying for text messages?

In competitive markets what the market will bear is driven by the cost to provide the product. This is true even if you are required by law to by the product. The auto insurance market is very competitive ("15 minutes will save you...")

Comment Re:You can bitch and whine all you want (Score 1) 580

The problem isn't the system, or the money, or the tests...it's the parents. All the money and great teachers and fabulous facilities do is set the stage for learning. If the parents can't do their part, it will - by and large - be wasted.

So you would explain the signficant differences in states by different parent behavior? That doesn't seem very plausible.

Comment It was about execution, not about the concept (Score 2, Insightful) 184

Sony-Ericsson actually DID release iPhone-like devices (e.g. P800,P900) before Apple. They did not sell very well, at least not compared to iPhone. They just weren't as slick. And Microsoft isn't exactly known for releasing very slick products either - so even if they had released it it is far from obvious that they had been successful.

Comment Re:I'll stick with Netflix streaming, thanks (Score 1) 105

Redbox for newer release movies, and Vudu for when I've got to watch it now

I used to do same, then I realized the saving in redbox vs Vudu really was not worth it. If you drive a few miles to nearest red box (back and forth, twice) you probably spent a dollar on gas, for a total price delta of less than $2. And you spent thirty minutes of your life to get this saving.

Comment Re:That's how it's done... (Score 1) 294

There are 3 such games: Craps, Blackjack and Baccarat. Poker is promoted so heavily, because it makes the Casinos so much lucre.

It may be true that they make more money on poker, but it is still an easier game to beat, because you primarily fight other players and not the house.

In black jack, only the most extremely skilled players under very unusual conditions can generate a positive average return based on their strategy.

In poker, there may be one player at every table of 10 (i.e. 10%) that shows a positive average return based on their strategy.

Comment Re:That's how it's done... (Score 4, Insightful) 294

Not a game - or entertainment or luck. Just calculation of reall odds and risk.

Luck is a huge component, as the winner himself said he was ready to walk away with a $400k loss which could have happened had the cards come out differently.

Only if you have an infinite amount of time and an infinite loss tolerance (or if you cheat) can you avoid the impact of luck.

Comment No $100 needed domestically for frequent fliers (Score 2) 527

Just a clarification. There is an international program called Global Entry, that is $100. You can get invited to the domestic program PreCheck either by being a frequent flier or being part of Global Entry. I am a frequent flier and participated in PreCheck, did not cost me anything. I did not pay $100 to join the Global Entry program. And btw, they still randomize more thorough searches.

Comment Re:Contractors (Score 2) 135

I think in general it is very difficult to have two groups of separate people, one who understands the problems, and another who understands how to write code.

IN theory you let the users write down a list of specifications, but it rarely works into problems. You always run into trade-offs and conflicts involving functionality vs complexity for example, only somebody who understands both the software and the problem situation can resolve this well.

I agree with you that the best solution is to have the users learn how to code, or possibly let the coders learn how to run the business. Unfortunately I think it is rare to find the right combination of talent. And certainly users without coding talent are not going to declare themselves incompetent to manage in business with increasing software content. And coders are all too comfortable letting somebody else specify what to code and not taking ownership for a product that actually adds value.

Comment Wheels on luggage patented in 1972 (Score 1) 389

When discussing why it took so long to invent wheels it is interesting to note that the luggage with wheels was invented in 1972 by a Mr Sadow, who initially had a hard time selling his idea to luggage manufacturers. If you went to a station or an airport before this time you would have seen everyone lifting or perhaps dragging their bags. In retrospect wheels and wheeled bags seem obvious, but it is not obvious before you have seen a lot of other people use it.

Comment Re:No one see's a problem with this? (Score 1) 278

There's nothing that can't be hacked!

Including people. Point is, "zero" is not a reasonable basis on which to evaluate new risks and technologies. A reasonable basis of comparison is current technologies. Sure, computers can get hacked, but people can get tired and make mistakes, or defect for that matter. Not to mention they are very costly to train and keep trained (and support after they retire). There is little doubt that the cost/benefit/risk equation for bomber aircraft has shifted significantly in favor of robots.

Comment Profit maximization (Score 1) 507

Of course Sony tried to maximize their profits before Whitney Houston passed away as well. It was just that then the demand pattern was different and the optimal price was lower.

Most people seem generally OK with the notion that companies set prices to maximize their profits. It is only in those special situations where supply- or demand- side events causes the profit-maximizing price to shift upward that there are cries of greed, manipulation, etc. The old price sets a mental frame as to what is "normal" or "fair" and the new price becomes "abnormal" and "unfair".

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller