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Comment: nomorobo.com (Score 5, Informative) 193 193

I'm going to keep posting this until everyone uses it. It's a free telephone filtering service. Just enable your simultaneous ring feature on your landline and nomorobo looks at every call that rings your phone. If the originating number is on their blocklist, they pickup the call.

It's a fantastic service.

Phone companies should embrace these filtering technologies. If it wasn't for nomorobo I would have gotten rid of my landline a long time ago.

Comment: The cost "equalities" of degrees (Score 1) 1032 1032

It's enormously unfair that colleges and universities charge the same amounts for different degrees. Nothing else in life is like that. Things that are in high demand have high prices - things that are in low demand are priced lower. Simple economics.

Colleges have gotten away with charging the same for every course of study - that is absurd. A communications degree should not cost the same as pre-med or engineering.

The way we fix this is to index loan amounts to starting salaries in the field of your degree. Lower starting salaries get lower loan amounts. This market feedback will either force people to study things that can generate income, or force colleges to lower tuitions for courses of study that have low market demand.

Funding all courses of study equally is stupid policy.

Comment: Pragmatic Libertarian here... (Score 5, Interesting) 229 229

I prefer free-markets where I can get them, but the last mile is anything but a free-market.

It's time to declare the last mile a public utility - just like roads, sewer, and power. Build and maintain fiber networks just like we build and maintain roads, sewers and the power grid.

Any number of companies could compete to offer data, voice, and video over that publicly maintained infrastructure.

This way maximizes competition where possible and minimizes monopolistic control over things that are "natural" monopolies.

Comment: Why I bought the small office version (Score 1) 369 369

When our last Keurig died, I bought this one:

http://www.keurig.com/Brewers/...

I chose this one since it was a heavier duty machine that could accept a plumbed water line - and NO DRM.

All Keurig needs to do is make good quality hardware and source good quality beans for their K-cups - it's not a difficult business model.

Comment: FU Disney (Score 1) 636 636

As if I needed one more reason not to go to their hell-hole parks.

I got dragged to their parks a few years back to make the wife and kids happy. It was a miserable time, but my kids loved it.

No more. I won't give Disney another dime of my money. I'm going to vote with my wallet on this one. No more Disney toys, lunchboxes, clothing, movies...etc.

F these guys. Let them build parks in India for all I care.

Comment: You can outsource the work not the responsibility (Score 1) 325 325

School districts are notorious for having just enough tech staff to keep end users functional, but absolutely no staff to "think ahead".

This district needs tech leadership that can look forward at technologies that may or may not be useful, then it needs implementation and testing staff to make sure those tech plans become reality.

I suspect this district thought they could simply sign a contract with Pearson - and like magic, the tech would deploy itself and the staff would automatically learn the tech and integrate it into the curriculum.

Our schools have moved away from iPads - management tools are sparse and the tech simply isn't that great in the classroom. We've settled on Chromebooks. The management tools are great, the devices are cheap - and Google Apps is free for schools and non-profits.

If LASD had competent technology leadership, they would have known about all of these challenges and limitations during their pilot phase - before dropping a ton of coin on a half-baked solution.

Comment: Not everything needs to be "social" (Score 1) 146 146

Google made the first step by removing the Google+ requirement for Hangouts. Splitting photos and streams is also welcome news.

I like the Google ecosystem, but not everyone wants a social "wall". Apple seems to have managed delivering core functionality without the need for social integration.

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