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Comment Re:Blockbuster Business Model (Score 1) 385

Just don't fault these companies for being "stupid" as is so often the case. The CEO's were not reckless as you mentioned. Take Kodak, a company I've read a lot on the failure of, given that I lived in Rochester. Kodak didn't "miss out" on digital photography. They actually invented a lot of the firsts in the industry. The company's board made the very clear decision that they had a massive cash cow in the film production/developing business. To chase digital would be to cannibalize their own cash cow chasing a risky new technology in a race to the bottom. They made the best decision for shareholders within the decade time horizon. Also realize that had Blockbuster bought Netflix in ~2004/5, we'd not have great online streaming services today. As Tim Wu expounds in The Master Switch, it is always in the interest of the incumbent to subvert new technologies that threaten the stability of the industry.

Comment Re:it's too wide (Score 1) 323

Fool. Water going downhill means you must dump the volume of a super tanker's worth of fresh water into the ocean each lift. You've got to have that much flow in the body of water you're using to keep that up. Reuse uses pumps to circulate that fresh water back uphill. Remember that the Panama Canal requires a large damn to supply this water because it uses gravity fed locks. This fresh water source however is the limiting factor on how many ships can transit the canal over a period of time.

Comment Re:Ford is irrelevant to a startup (Score 1) 400

FWIW: Ford cared a great deal about his employees. He didn't just want them to work 40 hours a week. He wanted them to have balanced lives, nice homes and happy families. Had incentivized the whole bit of it too and even sent inspectors to make sure it was working in peoples' homes. He was not just a slave driver. Frankly, he was fairly in line with TFA.

Comment Re:But...Agile teaches us... (Score 1) 400

Precisely. I went from working heroic hours to 9-5 once we really were Agile. Most of those long hours in the past could be traced back to poor planning and management acquiescing to last minute customer requirement changes. Once you accept that you were doing Waterfall wrong and want to fix it, life can be much better.

Comment Re:sometimes (Score 3, Informative) 179

I was there, 200m from the bombs. Phone never had issues sending texts, but could not us Google Voice or regular calling to place a call out. Never had an issue with data/text however, which was useful as I texted folks asking "WTF was that?" Local hardwired wifi never skipped a beat, but sites like and tanked almost instantly.

Comment Re:Resilience (Score 2) 179

During the Cold War there was a telco exchange in Northern Virginia (I forget the number) that if you dialed through would give your call Federal precedence. It was used by Congress/Senate and high up Federal employees. In the case of a national emergency, those calls would be routed first and others dropped to make way for them. This idea is nothing new. I'm sure something similar exists today with 911 or similar.

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