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Comment Re:awwww, poor sports, no game ball for YOU (Score 1) 329

If you move to an on-demand model, there is no such thing as leaving on the TV and the meter keeps running.

I suppose they could try to keep the outdated "scheduled" way of showing movies or other programming and stream that, but why would you do that? And if you aren't doing that, how are you going to monitor usage?

Just charge a premium for a scheduled non-stop stream and be done with it.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Range issues are a concern

Not quite so much in a Tesla. With their latest software, you put in your destination and it will plan your route based on supercharger locations. They're adding more all the time to make efficient routes. But wait ... there's more! Not only do they route you to superchargers, the route planner tells you how long you have to spend at each location charging to get to the next charger.

At the rate they're installing superchargers and combined with any future battery improvements, range anxiety won't be any worse than it is for gasoline vehicles. Possibly less so.

Comment Re:awwww, poor sports, no game ball for YOU (Score 1) 329

I seriously doubt that's where it's headed at least not in the way you describe. The trend is towards on demand streaming. Even HBO who I thought would be the last is one of the first with their no landline subscription needed access to their on demand service.

There may be usage based billing, but a set fee makes more sense so that even if people get really busy and barely watch anything for a while, companies still make their money.

Some cable companies are looking into turning essentially every channel into nearly on-demand with features such as rewinding any show back to the beginning even if you didn't record it on your DVR or have it playing with the real-time buffer to go back on.

The future is trending towards what customers want and when they want it. The holdouts run the risk of having an upstart that full-on embraces new tech replace them.

Comment Re:Too speculative right now (Score 1) 359

Sure, I mean it could be as simple as they're looking for a way to transport their workers and/or goods and maybe hope to make some additional money off broader sales. Could also be that they have a whiteboard in a room somewhere with tons of "what if" written down on future projects that could be tied into their own transportation infrastructure.

Comment Re:Incompetent IT in a health care industry? (Score 1) 223

It's almost always a lack of will to spend the money required or accept the pain necessary and NOT technical feasibility. If you build your systems to the strictest of standards or beyond, then you are by default in compliance with the rest.

Doing things "right" almost always gets hamstrung by the dollar figures required or by "business" push-back. "Do we really need to install IDS/IPS equipment in every little branch network we have?" Yes, yes you do if you want to prevent and catch breaches early. "What do you mean I shouldn't use my iPad pool-side while on vacation to do my work? I'm the CEO." Yes, but that guy taking pictures of your screen behind you on the balcony isn't and the guy that's going to steal your iPad while it's unlocked when you get up to get your margarita certainly isn't.

Comment Re: What's the point? (Score 1) 175

Because many corporations will not let you access corporate data (including email) outside of maybe a web front-end without having some kind of say in how your device behaves (example: screen lock settings).

This means if you want native application access while on the go for convenience, you have two options:

1. Carry two phones (personal and corporate)
2. Let "corporate tendrils" onto your personal.

It's worth pointing out that many corporations will provide a financial stipend to use your personal because that saves them money. Depending on your carrier and the size of the stipend, it could just about pay your monthly bill.

Comment I've been on Gigabit in EPB territory for a year (Score 1) 279

Here's what I can tell you.

1. Outside of torrents, you're not going to get the full benefit of that gig for most applications.
2. Netflix is awesome with it. Load times of a few seconds for high def.
3. Hard wire anything that doesn't move often (TV/Blu Ray/PS3/Desktop/etc) and have plenty of ports around the house you can plug your laptop in just in case you feel you need more speed.
4. Use wireless the rest of the time. You seriously just won't notice that big of a difference web browsing unless you have serious interference issues although if you're gaming, you'll want to use the hard wire.

Honestly with current web applications, a gig is just about overkill. Sure that might change in the future once gig becomes more prevalent, but it's seriously overpowered for pretty much everything currently. Short of having multiple people streaming HD video and downloading/uploading via torrents, your pipe is going to be bored most of the time.

Comment Re:"Paleolithic diets" now vs then (Score 1) 281

The latest research points to primarily sugar being the main problem in our diets. Excessive carbs in general seem to be likely driving a fair amount of weight and health problems and my very rudimentary understanding of the paleo approach addresses this and it's why many people on it find success -- if you're eating paleo, you aren't eating much bread, sugar, etc.

It seems to me that this transition to carb heavy diets that satiate hunger probably helped accelerate civilization -- it helped to satisfy hunger more easily and freed people to pursue activities that didn't involve hunting for food from dusk till dawn. But this came at a price -- negative health effects.

Maybe I just don't understand what paleo is all about, but trying to achieve a balance of macronutrients closer to those original diets seems like the point (or it should IMO) and not actually trying to eat foods that are 100% like what our ancestors ate.

Comment Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 441

It's a very typical practice to have insane requirements that just aren't practical for jobs you have no intention of locally sourcing. Spend 10 minutes on a major job board and you'll find them. It will be like 6+ years experience in a product that's only been out for 6 or 7 years. They'll want someone that's an expert on three or four unrelated things that it's just not likely someone WILL be an expert on all of them -- expert in Java, SAN and Networking with 8+ years project management experience. They will post someone with CCIE level experience and be asking for someone at a CCNA level salary.

I've noticed you'll find this behavior often in older public companies that have exhausted their market growth through saturation and have made every reasonable efficiency improvement they can make without hitting salaries and cutting workforce. This is the last step of the constant drive for greater profits to appease shareholders.

Being in one of these companies at this transition period is not particularly pleasant and there's a better than good chance you'll get axed either on the front-end as they find a way to outsource your job or on the back-end as they prep the company to look more attractive to a potential buyer or after an acquisition and your job is marked as duplicate because someone from the other company is working for less and will get saddled with your work load.

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