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Comment Doesn't concern me... (Score 1) 55

...since I usually use less than a GB a month. I have WiFi turned on and I don't watch movies on my damn phone. I have a TV for that. I have the 10 GB plan. My teenage daughter uses about 4 GB a month. If it ever gets close to going over, I try to turn off her data until the end of the month or have her pay for overages. Haven't run over yet.

It will effect my friend who pays out the nose because he has a 30 year old daughter with a college degree on the plan. Our company got bought out and now we get a 22 % discount on standard price of service, but he won't switch because of his daughter. I think, fuck if she is 30 years old, then she needs her own damn plan. You pay over $250 a month when you could pay $160 so that your 30 year old daughter can have unlimited data? And, you complain about money sometimes? I know where you can save a boatload of money. Cut the cord...

Comment Watching this whole thread (Score 2) 249

... left me thinking... Who says atheistic programmers and IT professionals are not religious? It's even driven some to pray...

Gates a marketing genius? I don't think so. He got lucky that he got that initial contract with IBM. He was even more lucky that IBM did not buy him out when he offered to sell. Jobs seems to be a much better marketing genius...if you ask me.

I think what made Windows last was applications and the attention Microsoft made to keep their software compatible with previous versions. The Windows team bent over backwards to work around problems that popular 3rd party applications had by misusing APIs.

Comment It's not a discussion... (Score 2) 582

It's a statement. It's a statement by a dogmatist on one side, and there will be statements by dogmatists on the other side. Two dogmatists don't have discussions--they just try to shout one another down.

Yeah, if you get enough eyeballs on a problem, sure it might be easier to solve. But users != eyeballs. I suppose being open source, it is easier to get eyeballs on something, but it is also easier for the black hats to get eyeballs on something as well and exploit it.

In the end, neither side in the dogmatic divide is likely to listen let alone switch sides.

Comment "Firemen less sure" (Score 1) 253

Down in Texas, they put a man to death (Cameron Todd Willingham) because they were sure he committed arson and killed his kids. Forensic scientists later showed the fire marshal to be wrong I'd rather trust scientists to tell me what happened than some firefighter that just lasted on the job long enough to be the investigator or kissed enough butt.

Comment Re:Gee, really? (Score 1) 530

Ok, I did the math...

Assume numbers in article are true and that the cost of the system plus gold cards in cash is $384.52... The buyer is financing $285.52 for 24 months--$384.52 - $99. The buyer is making 24 payments of $14.99. Use TVM calculator, and the interest rate is 1.94% per period, multiply by 12 for yearly to get 23.28%. So, it's about the same as a bad credit card, or a credit card if you miss a payment. It's still way less than the 300+% from Rent-A-Center or payday loan places. You'd be better off going to Best Buy and going for a 12-month no interest plan, or paying off in cash to begin with. I'm sure its market is those with low impulse control--teenagers.

Comment Gee, really? (Score 1) 530

Maybe next there will be a slashdot story telling me that buying my TV from Rent-A-Center is a bad deal, or that Montel Williams Money Mutual Loans might not be such a good deal??? Duh?

Actually, compared to those deals hawked by Troy Aikman, Hulk Hogan, and Montel Williams, the Microsoft deal isn't so bad a ripoff. Some finance guy could probably tell us the interest rate--might be less than a credit card?

Comment Re:Make his own? (Score 5, Informative) 166

What does it mean?

Well, he owned a music store and was selling Fender amps from America. He took them apart and inspected them and figured he could make them cheaper and sell them for a better profit in England than he could by importing them from America. He used British variations of tubes that gave his amps a different sound than Fender amps. He happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right product.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long