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Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 612

by jtownatpunk.net (#49142049) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
Then they can do what some electric companies do. Offer a discount to consumers with a router that throttles the connection during peak demand and let them suck up all the data they want when consumption is low. I'm pretty sure that's a broad-stroke version of the model DirecWay currently uses for their satellite internet service. The FAP throttles you during the day and you get a window of a few hours in the early morning when the shackles are lifted and you can download without penalty.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 2) 612

by jtownatpunk.net (#49140025) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
I don't understand why that's so evil. That's how electric/water/gas works and the world hasn't stopped spinning. You pay a fixed amount for the capacity of your connection and a per-unit charge for what you consume. While I certainly prefer the flat rate unlimited pricing model, I can see why metered service would make more sense.

Comment: Re:Nice for a RV mini-NAS (Score 1) 59

My RV's storage array was 32tb. Went over 11,000 miles without a hitch. (Not powered up while I was driving, of course.) As for a DC-DC converter, there are universal 12v DC laptop power supplies with a bundle of tips. There's probably one that will match this device.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 1) 59

The rpi-2 is also under $50 delivered with a case. Even more not the same target market. That's my "I'll buy one just to play with it for a few days" threshold. I installed OpenELEC and it seems to do fine with my 1080 material. Tho I still find it quicker to just play content off my laptop. Only real gripe I have so far is the move to MicroSD. Full size SD cards are cheaper and there was plenty of room on the old board. I don't see the advantage of moving to the smaller, more expensive format. Especially when the big selling point is the low cost of the board.

Comment: Unnecessarily complicated and inefficient (Score 1) 101

by jtownatpunk.net (#49128601) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks
Just put the fabrication equipment in a commercial building and ship the finished products. Next day delivery infrastructure is already in place. Why does it need to be fabricated in my driveway? If there turns out to be a demand for same-day delivery, set up regional production facilities and deliver the product via courier. Amazon, feel free to PayPal me a huge consulting fee.

Comment: Re:Turns out agencies don't really work like that (Score 4, Interesting) 145

by jtownatpunk.net (#49118587) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent
That's not the only model for agents and managers. I have a friend who works on the production side of TV and movies. For a while, he hit the bricks between every project to line up future work. Then he was making enough to afford to pay someone 10% to do that for him so all he had to do was sign a contract and show up at the next gig. Then he got popular enough that the offers were coming in without the agent's effort so now he lines up his own work again but doesn't have to pound the pavement to get offers. Some day, he may be popular enough that he needs an agent again to "filter out the crap".

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred. -- Superchicken