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Comment: Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (Score 1) 191

by jandrese (#48889143) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network
FiOS is expensive, but then so is cable and at least you get what you pay for with FiOS. If Google fiber or Muni Fiber came to my area I would almost certainly switch, but as it is I feel lucky to at least get good service if I'm going to be paying out the ass.

Comment: Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by jandrese (#48888423) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network
That is in fact exactly what the article says. While the profit margin on FiOS is apparently 4.4%, the wireless side had a 23.5% profit margin. While those numbers are heavily encrusted with bullshit, they do show the relative value of the technologies to Verizon.

Comment: Re:One of many (Score 1) 76

by jandrese (#48884985) Attached to: The Camera That Changed the Universe
It's also possible they don't have some of the features you would need to make them any better than the Hubble. They may be set up to track things on the surface of the Earth and not have hardware necessary for long tracking shots of deep space objects. They may also be malfunctioning in some way and not useful unless they get serviced, which isn't going to happen now that the Shuttle program is over.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 4, Insightful) 661

by jandrese (#48869405) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

How about we get politics out of science and rely on the scientific method to determine if "Global Warming" is real or not.

It's fundamentally impossible to remove the politics from the science if your solution to the problem is political. It's hard to imagine any solutions to a global problem like Global Warming that aren't political short of some miracle technology coming out of nowhere that magically solves the problem.

Comment: Stop hobbling it? (Score 1) 321

by jandrese (#48869091) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
A few things come to mind.
The first is the price tag. $1500 is a laughable sum for a consumer electronics toy that doesn't have a clear niche.
Another is artificially restricting what it can do. One of the killer features for Glass could be facial recognition that floats someone's name over them. No more awkwardly trying to remember someone's name that you met earlier at the party.
The battery life was also apparently quite bad, as was the performance of the device. Not a surprise given the form factor, but this needs to be addressed.
I want it to be powerful enough that it can do everything locally and not have to phone lots of info back to Google to get work done. People would be a lot less freaked out about the camera if the data couldn't be exported from the device.

Google glass was ahead of its time IMHO. The technology wasn't there to make it work properly, and everybody fixated on the camera so much that it was hard to see anything else about it. However, the Camera is necessary for the device to be more than a smartwatch that looks even more dumb. Augmented reality is the killer feature for glass and you can't do that without a camera.

Comment: Not good enough (Score 5, Interesting) 224

by jandrese (#48864857) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'
There should be a requirement that if you flag a story as false, you have to provide a link to a reputable source refuting it.

I already do this on Facebook, but I always provide a link to Politifacts or Factcheck or even Snopes. If you don't, you'll just be that guy who says "no" because he's to naive to believe that Obama already has secret death panels that kill millions of Americans each year.

Comment: Re:Why a custom OS? (Score 1) 227

by jandrese (#48859463) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software
Those Custom OSes that hardware manufacturers like to use are almost always rebranded and slightly modified versions of existing distros. I wouldn't be surprised at all if their Linux distro is just Debian with their logo image bundled in. Maybe a few tweaks to make it a little more battery efficient, which it's going to need if they want to get 8 hours of runtime on a 48WH battery and a Core i7.

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