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Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 2) 525

They can bask in their pure capitalist sunshine as soon as they buy right of way access for every mile of line they use, instead of leveraging the government sponsored right of way access they've been given. They can also pay a requisite sum for the monopoly access they were granted. Then they can setup any internet they want. Until then, they need to deal with regulations.

Comment: Re:They still do a reader for the professional mar (Score 1) 172

by rhsanborn (#47606901) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap
The device was great, but no one really buys a Kindle for the device. They buy it for convenience and content. The Sony ebook store had a terrible selection. Worse, you had to buy it on the computer and transfer it to your device. Nirvana is achieved when you can pick up your ereader, decide you want a book, and can complete the selection and sale immediately. That's why Amazon was willing to eat the cost of the cell subscriptions, because it meant people could complete a purchase when they wanted, not when it was logistically feasible. That's become easier now with more ubiquitous wifi, but Amazon won on content and ease of availability.

I still own a PRS-505 and it's a wonderful device, especially paired with Calibre, but it's used almost exclusively to lend to people while I used my Kindle Paperwhite.

Comment: Re:Not medical grade instruments ... (Score 2) 123

by rhsanborn (#47396695) Attached to: FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps
Unfortunately, companies like Apple are developing services to aggregate health data from things like wifi BP cuffs, scales, activity trackers, pulse oximeters, etc. And, physicians and regulators are already looking at ways to integrate that information into a broader plan of care. So, regardless of it's novelty, it's going to be used for very real medical decisions. At the very least, there needs to be better education about the lack of oversight and the potential for wildly inaccurate data, and I don't get the feeling that's happening.

Comment: Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (Score 1) 121

by rhsanborn (#47222085) Attached to: The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks
This is a good way to hide your snooping in sensitive environments that are running adaptive intrusion detection systems. It's also a way to get secure computers that aren't connected to the network, to talk to less secure computers that are. Think military. Jim falls prey to a USB based piece of malware and puts it on a DoD machine that is on their internal, secure network. It talks to an Internet-connected computer to move data from one to the other. The USB vector is exactly how the US/Israel got malware onto Iranian centrifuge controller systems, so it's a valid concern.

Comment: Re:Not me (Score 1) 255

by rhsanborn (#47056029) Attached to: Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries
It's not necessarily a status symbol, but I do see more people realizing that there are services that fill the needs to "moving the occasional couch". Most people don't need the utility aspect of the vehicle but 1-4 times a year, and likely spend way more in gas and other expenses (tires, etc.) for the privilege than they would if they rented a truck for those purposes.

Comment: Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (Score 1) 216

by rhsanborn (#46984827) Attached to: GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet
This is what happens when a company's first priority is to find a way to make money. This product was built with money as the first principle. If, instead, GM asked what would be best for a customer, they probably would have made a deal with Google and/or Apple to build integration into the car and phone. They wouldn't get $5 a day, but they'd sell more cars.

Comment: Re:Don't understand it. (Score 1) 198

by rhsanborn (#46959201) Attached to: Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion
It sounds like Beats has streaming music deals. I'm speculating here, but the record labels aren't happy about how iTunes worked out for them. Read the Steve Jobs bio and you'll find that they were over a barrel and Apple took advantage of that. I suspect the labels were trying to get their pound of flesh back from Apple with streaming contracts. Perhaps Apple went around the labels and is buying less expensive streaming deals via Beats, depending on how long the term is on those Beats contracts with the labels.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 2) 258

by rhsanborn (#46958573) Attached to: The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling
Unfortunately, it takes a company as large as Google to be competitive. ATT, Comcast, et al have the infrastructure for this, but not the incentive. The minute a small org comes in and tries to provide higher speed service, then ATT can roll out the higher speed service for less money and destroy that small org with price competition. This isn't direct competition. This is Google being willing to throw away money to shake up some markets, and it shouldn't have to work that way. The governments have granted cable and telcos monopolies, and then failed to regulate them. THAT is a problem.

Comment: Re:What we would like to know (Score 3, Informative) 329

by rhsanborn (#46842967) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital
We can't know the details, because releasing them would be a violation of patient health information privacy laws. So we only get to hear the story from the side of the parents. We do know the physicians at the hospital have diagnosed the child with medical child abuse. A key point form the Slate article someone else linked is that 1 in 10 children who are abused medically, die. It isn't something that is taken lightly.

Comment: Re:The Cloud! (Score 5, Insightful) 145

by rhsanborn (#46660549) Attached to: GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games
We're hitting the age where some earlier services are starting to shut down, and that's actually a good thing. It will start a conversation about how much we're willing to trust to "the cloud" and what we're willing to make temporary. Many of us have Kindles, iPhones, Rokus that use content from providers not unlike GameSpy. We need to be willing to say out loud that ownership of these items is now temporary. The sellers of these items need to be more open about that as well.

The other line moves faster.