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Comment: Re:So, in other words... (Score 1) 89

by k6mfw (#48941681) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion
I hit reply too soon, wanted to say I like what you did with the math. It is true one job is worth 1428.57 Hz but is meaningless like the App Store math (a few developers made much larger than $16K and most made only pennies). Also illustrates selling spectrum to reduce deficit is meaningless as well.

Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 291

by k6mfw (#48934915) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

"Because America" is a legitimate requirement for a Presidential aircraft. The President and what he uses is a powerful statement about the strength of US industry. That's why Queen Elizabeth II has a Bentley, and the French President is driven around in a Peugeot or a Citroën.

That makes sense though Bentley and all other UK cars are no longer UK (now owned by companies from other countries). Boeing is a US company but I was talking with someone who was familiar with the USAF tanker selection and competition. He said if a tanker from EADS will provide more US jobs because much of what Boeing has been off shored (though some of this may have reversed after 787 debacles).

Comment: 627,000 jobs, are they real? (Score 4, Interesting) 135

by k6mfw (#48926669) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"
There are many that create apps and have them for sale at Apple, but do they make a living from these sales? There was an article saying App store is more like a casino. House always collects revenue, almost all participants lose money but a few make some money. Article went on about how everyone has to pay $100 to submit their app to Apple Store, and most apps have little sales. Occasionally some apps have huge sales (i.e. Angry Birds) and developers make lots of money. I wonder if same like Hollywood says it creates 374,000 jobs but does that include people working at theaters making marginal income, or starving actors who occasionally get a stand-in part for $50?

Comment: chevy horn in a toyota, reference to Mazda (Score 1) 820

by k6mfw (#48881049) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I've never faked an engine noise but back in 1970s I replaced the horn from my 1971 Toyota with a horn from a Chevy, Toyota horn was a measly bleat-bleat where the GM product had more ommf to get people's attention. I see the tagline referencing a Mazda. I also remembered in that decade a friend had a rotary engine Mazda and it was a screamer. This was back in the days when small cars were small powered but with his Mazda he routinely accelerated ahead of those big American cars. But maintenance was a nightmare.

If going to fake engine noises, have a selection of vehicles from quiet Telsas to way-too-loud-for-city-streets Formula One racers. Now that would be fun to have.

Comment: Re:Enough of the anti-city agenda (Score 1) 160

by k6mfw (#48857457) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws
And also broadband internet is essential infrastructure for businesses like good roads and schools for a successful city. If roads (and internet) are bad, many businesses are not going to set up shop in town. They will go someplace else and the city will become third-world.

Comment: Re:Mars-a Mars-a Mars-a! (Score 1) 105

Stop the insanity!

True but if sending people to the Moon is the goal, then funding and work on things like a earth departure stage, lunar lander, and God knows what else will have to be done. NASA is not doing it because they don't have fundng for these items. Musk doesn't talk about it because he will have to allocate money and engineers to work on this stuff (right now their busy with developing a reusable rocket).

Mars as a goal cannot be readily challenged because it is so far into the future. There is no land rush to the Gobi desert because it is plonkingly obvious it is inhospitable to live. And it's thousand times easier to settle than on Mars. We romantize of colonies on Mars because it is so far out of touch.

Comment: Re:A great place to dump old hardware (Score 1) 122

by k6mfw (#48845441) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

The question is, how will they have a tech revolution without an open internet?

I wonder if they seek advice from other countries besides US. I'm thinking of places like Bulgaria have faster internet service than most of US. Then there is the higher ups in Cuba, are they willing to delegate authority? Only big transition is from Fidel to his brother Raul. Cuba could easily do business with other countries in spite of US embargo, I heard Cuban govt is terrible at doing business with other countries.

However, it will be interesting to see some Cubans wire up their 57 Chevy with internet access as JoeyRox suggested with various homebrew gadgets. At least many are mechanically creative like fabricating parts for these old cars.

Comment: Re:Radio Shack was a great store (Score 1) 314

by k6mfw (#48825861) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

But the point remains: what was their core mission? I never got that.

"Core mission" is probably a poor choice of words, I don't have a MBA to properly use management terms. What I was implying is Radio Shack is a store that sells radios, stereos, TV sets, walkie-talkies, microphones, headsets, various electronic parts, power supplies, etc. though not specializing in one thing. When personal computers became the rage, RS featured the Tandy computer but it never became the central item. Tandy Radio Shack thought of selling tens of thousands, Steve Jobs and also IBM and clone makers thought of selling millions (probably a good thing RS didn't try to compete with the PC market). It seems RS focused on the cellphone rage at expense of what they were originally known for so non-cellphone items took a backseat. Tough to compete selling phones.

Comment: Re:Radio Shack was a great store (Score 1) 314

by k6mfw (#48821429) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

When I was growing up. Used to be one of the few places you could go and buy electronics parts, and even leatherworking products.

I don't think I recall RS being a great store, many times it seemed mediocre. But now with its demise, this will be a huge loss for the tinkerers. I occasionally go to RS to get parts for some of my homebrew projects. Though there is Frys and HSC (in Sunnyvale), RS was also convenient. You don't know what you got until you lost it. It seems root of RS downfall is them chasing the cellphone market instead of staying with their core mission.

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