It's awful that universities have to do a "remedial year" to fix shortcomings in K-12
"Awful" is a strong word. In the past these students would have become blue-collar workers and never learned the material at all. Now that path is largely gone, so we're trying to help more people reach higher. (This is not just a glass-half-empty philosophical distinction; the percentage of students who enter college has gone way up in the last century including the last 20 years.)
I quote: "Once the prototype of the product is ready..."
FTTH is between $1,500 and $3,000 in suburban markets which is recouped by annual customer commitments. The only way these costs are made affordable is through government subsidies.
Pfft, those prices are right in line with the total price for a two year contract on an iPhone, which I don't have but lots of people do. I've had Comcast cable Internet (@home initially) for 14 years now, which is somewhat over $15,000 in total. Customers are laying out enough money is being laid out to justify some re-investment now and then.
Why are you using the name Bolex? Isn't that trademarked?
We're working in partnership with Bolex International, SA. The collaborators on this project are based in Los Angeles, Toronto, China, and Switzerland.
What is the nature of "working in partnership," I don't know. Hopefully it's a close partnership, because otherwise it seems like you'd be crazy to buy such a complex product from somebody who never made one before, when there are already entrenched, world-class competitors.
Now, I know perfectly well we could dicker about whether or not X11 is technically part of Unix, and whether X11 has hobbled or helped the adoption of unix-based systems. But mainly I find it interesting how many have tried and failed to displace X11 on Linux. Apple, on the other hand, pulled it off, and now there's an entire ecosystem of popular software for Quartz or Cocoa or whatever it is. Microsoft's pivot from DOS to Windows-NT was also huge, and key to the long-term profits they have enjoyed.
So my point was that re-use and commonality aren't always good. The organizational ability to junk something good to create something even better is necessary at times.
Let's say I want location-aware reminders on my google glass ("you said you wanted Monkey's Uncle Ale, well this store you're walking by has it for $X") OK. Does that mean all reminders I create are mined for shopping-related keywords? Does it mean my location over time is recorded and sold, and to whom?
It's nice to see an application (yeah, I typed out the whole word!) slammed for being too simplistic.