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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free? 409

Posted by samzenpus
from the free-docs dept.
theodp writes "Touring a high school with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt informed students they're eating Google 'dog food' because Microsoft's costs money. 'Why would we use Google Docs over like Microsoft Word?' a teacher asked the class. 'Because it's free!' exclaimed a grinning Schmidt. 'Schmidt's comment,' writes GeekWire's Blair Hanley Frank, 'highlights one of the risks Microsoft faces in the academic world. While Microsoft has started offering schools incentives to use Office 365, including free licenses for their pupils, the company is under greater pressure from its competitors. As more schools like Chicago's face budget shortfalls, free and discounted products from companies like Google and Apple, especially when attached to financial assistance, start looking better and better.' Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said she'd rather see companies pay more in taxes and fund schools that way, rather than relying on their charity or free software."

Comment: Re:Hey if China is whining about building them.... (Score 1) 312

by shine (#41691147) Attached to: Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain

"no one would do the job for $40 or less per hour with full benefits"

I will do it for $20, when do ? Actually, a lot would do it for $10, but I'm retired an have a good pension as does my wife. And she has a job teaching at the local community college.

But for 20 with no bene's, I'll do it.

Comment: Re:CAFE Kills (Score 1) 1184

by shine (#41153597) Attached to: White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

NHTSA said back in the eighties* that smaller cars are safer b/c they are less likely to hit something or be hit b/c of their size. It makes sense that when you are hit, it's a greater catastrophe but you'd be hit less often.

~S

*I had a Toyota Corolla, a very small car then, now have a Prius. It consistenly gets 45 mpg or better and is a mid size car.

Comment: Re:T-Mobile Pay as you go (Score 0) 294

by shine (#39141945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?

I live in Kentucky and am happy with T-Mobile also. I bought a prepaid Motorola phone.When you buy $100 in minutes, the 1000 minutes last for one year or until used up. Phone calls are ten cents per minute and texting is ten cents per text. I got tired of the Motorola flip phone and bought a unlocked Nexus S from Amazon for $404. The phone I got was an ATT model GT-I9020A but since I don't have a data plan, it doesn't matter. But for T-Mo I could have gotten a GT-I9020T. All I really need is a GSM phone. I plugged in the sim from the Motorola and the Nexus worked like a charm. I have wifi at home and a lot of place I frequent have it also, so I almost always have the internet available. If you buy a smartphone from T-Mo, they will insist on a data plan.

ATT has a similar prepaid plan but texting on that is $.20 per text. I text infrequently, so the cost is not really important.

I am happy with the Nexus S but other phones would do as well.

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