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Comment Re:$100 is an impulse buy, $500 is not (Score 1) 312

You brought up an interested point. Do you think any company is willing to bleed money just to get more market share? How much is spent in marketing the product and can any of that be relocated to supporting selling at a loss? Would the benefits of (potential) increased market share outweigh the cost of lower priced products?

Comment Hypocritical (Score 2) 77

Getting people to use free and trial versions of their Autodesk software isn't part of a plan for them to upsell? And they're not going to make Instructable-like communities by obtaining members and projects from Instructables? Ok... I'll bite. What other things do they have planned, MAKE?

Comment Re:Now, Come On ... (Score 2) 410

As long as he doesn't have to bolt it down or changes something with the appearance of the house, most landlords wouldn't really complain too much. If they get their cut of the power, it's a sure thing they'll not only green light it but shoot down any complaints of neighbors concerning radiation or other minor complaints.

Radiation from a nuclear reactor is a minor complaint?

Comment Re:Is this the place? (Score 1) 108

I disagree with your disagreement! But not completely. There should be an option (keyword: option) to only allow sound from the visible tab. You most likely won't use it but CmdrTaco and I will.

However, I fully support your idea of a small speaker icon on the tab itself. Someone should write that up immediately! Maybe I will...

Comment Re:Is this the place? (Score 1) 108

I disagree with your disagreement! But not completely. We should have the option (keyword: option) to only allow sound from visible tabs. You most likely won't use it, but CmdrTaco and I will (on occasion).

However, I fully support your idea of small speaker icon on the tab itself. Someone should write that up, immediately. Maybe I will...

Submission + - Netflix doubling the cost of your current plan (netflix.com)

micsaund writes: While Netflix has continued to drop fees and still maintain a good services, today, they take three steps in the other direction by doubling the cost of the plan you probably already have:

"So for instance, our current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming), for $7.99 a month.

The price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). For new members, these changes are effective immediately; for existing members, the new pricing will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011."

Now, if they could get everything available on streaming, this would be fine, but how many times have you needed to get a physical disc for that oddball movie, or had a movie in your instant queue that magically disappears due to some behind-the-scenes contract expiration or whatever? Discuss.

Cloud

Submission + - IT Jobs: Winners And Losers In The Cloud (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Kevin Fogarty takes a look at how the rise of cloud computing will impact IT jobs, outlining which roles stand to gain prominence in the years to come, and which roles will suffer as organizations extend their commitments to the cloud. 'Ultimately the bulk of IT could look more like a projects office than the way it looks now, when most of the hands-on work is done inside. It probably won't be a total transformation, but moving into cloud, there will be more of that and less DIY.'"

Submission + - Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again (businessinsider.com) 4

MetalliQaZ writes: "Today, Netflix announced that they are raising rates on monthly plans that allow customers to get unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time. The plan which originally cost $9.99 a month will now cost $15.98 a month. In addition, the company is now splitting out streaming only plans from DVD plans and consumers can get an unlimited streaming plan for $7.99 a month, or one DVD out at a time for $7.99 a month."
Windows

Submission + - Windows XP End of Support 1000 Day Countdown (microsoft.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Using Microsoft's End of Support countdown gadget you can count along with the 1000 days remaining until this tired OS is finally laid to rest.
Cloud

Submission + - VMware's Largest Coordinated Software Release Ever (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: VMWare today announced updates to nearly all its core technologies today, along with a suite of cloud infrastructure technologies.

In its largest coordinated product release ever, VMware unveiled VMware vSphere 5 along with a comprehensive suite of cloud infrastructure technologies.

Flaunting nearly 200 new and enhanced capabilities, VMware vSphere 5 delivers improved application performance and availability for applications while automating the management of datacenter resources.

VMware says vSphere 5 will support virtual machines (VMs) that are up to four times more powerful than previous versions with up to 1 terabyte of memory and 32 virtual CPUs. These VMs will be able to process in excess of 1 million I/O operations per second.

The company also announced VMware vShield 5, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5, and VMware vCloud® Director 1.5.

Power

Submission + - New Antenna Harvests Energy from Thin Air (gatech.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: A team from Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has developed a new device that is capable of harnessing ambient electromagnetic energy and using it to power wireless sensors, computer processors, and other electronic devices. Lead researcher Manos Tentzeris and his team have used inkjet printers to create the “energy-snaring” sensors and antennas on paper and flexible polymers.

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