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Comment: Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 4, Interesting) 458 458

While there's no denying Apple helped build the sector into $140B (or whatever it is), the real innovation was bringing data to users at a reasonable price.

I had some lame windows smart flip phone prior to the iPhones coming out. But, it wasn't subsidized by my employer. The browser was garbage, and the email was rudimentary. I lived in fear that something would misbehave and I'd get slammed with $100's of dollars in data fees from AT&T. I bought an early iPhone and lost that fear. Ultimately, the closed ecosystem drove me to Android. Now, I struggle to get to 10% of my monthly data cap.

For me, opening cell companies to reasonably priced data (by jumping in at the right time and locking in with AT&T) is what Apple did to open the market.

Comment: Re:They ARE a utility. (Score 3, Interesting) 706 706

You've hit the real problem. Many large ISP have effective monopolies through high infrastructure costs. I would expect that any government regulation would first seek to formalize these, justified by the claim that service and rates would be managed centrally by the government.

We have, with great struggle, deregulated power and gas in my state. In most options, the prices were lower for competitors delivering service over the same "pipes" as the official, prior monopoly.

Comment: Re:They ARE a utility. (Score 0) 706 706

When the airlines were de-regulated in 1978, fares dropped. But, passenger loads increased. This, of course, allowed commoners better access to the friendly skies.

I'm pretty sure if government gains more regulatory control over the internet, speed will continue to lag our peers, quality will go down and price will go up.

Comment: Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (Score 4, Insightful) 204 204

HD content, for video, is a lot of data for minimal increased information. Increasing pixel density provides no additional information if added pixels are below the threshold of perception.

Given the option, I'll watch HD over SD, but I can follow all the action on SD.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 251 251

... It works well with a touch screen but sucks for anyone without it.

Actually, I bought a Yoga Pro 2 with WIn8 (now 8.1) and I find the touch interface useless when I have a keyboard and mouse. Only with the use of 3rd party utilities can I control Windows 8.1 enough to use the computer. But, I've found myself using my old netbook that I put Mint on. It's a shame when a small, slow and old computer is now more usable.

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