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Comment Re:Demand More (Score 1) 665

This summer a fairly talented stringed trio (cello, violin and guitar or 2nd violin) would play for an hour on Saturday mornings at the city farmers market and leave with a 2-3 gallon jar full of money, with some large bills in there. If they would play two separate hours on 2 days, it would be decent money, especially considering how little they work.

Comment Re:iterative innovation (Score 1) 417

You have to give 64-bit x86 some credit. Intel decided it couldn't be done successfully, and developed IA-64. If Intel said it couldn't be done, I would consider it a breakthrough. Next up is helium filled hard drives, for lower drag, less power, more platters and more storage. The idea has been around for some time, but helium is notoriously hard to contain (e.g. balloons deflating). To compound the problem, hard drives are made on razor thin margins, severely limiting the price of any solution. There's supposed to be some product announcements this year, if not actual drives.

By comparison, Edison's light bulb "invention" just used a different filament material and better vacuum than competitors, with the basic device demonstrated more than 40 years before Edison. The "fundamental invention" of the transistor was based on a combination of advances in radar semiconductors and knowledge of crystal radios. It was built to be a better replacement for the vacuum tube, not anything fundamentally new, and vacuum tubes were used to replace the function of mechanical relays in early computers.

Slashdot has high quality video (at least VCR quality) and connection to off site resources. The fundamental change is being interconnected connected (open many web sites at once) vs the single connection (dial 1 BBS at a time). What manner of BBS's were you on that could scale to 621180 users or more? Do you think any could have scaled to Facebook's billion users with 500 million daily visitors and an insane amount of data flying around? Am I just too cheap with my processor and hard drive to process and store 500+TB of new, extremely-interconnected data every day, or do I need to run a beowulf cluster?

Comment Re:France on strike (Score 1) 196

For starters, internation aid by governments creates terrible, horrific corruption. Secondly, some countries are starving because armed thugs tear up farms for fun, but giving them a couple months of food will cause even more damage to the local farming because you can't price compete against free. Third, taking away the rewards for producing jobs (how people usually get extremely rich) causes those producers to spend their efforts elsewhere. Have so many people forgotten the example of the USSR when you put the government in charge of wealth?

Comment Re:Hilarious (Score 1) 196

You think it's a great idea to ban social networking by taxing it to death. I personally appreciate companies learning I want something besides pornographic or slutty ads. I think most people like businesses to get to know their customers, but they've been scared by fearmongering media. How appropriate that you posted as an anonymous coward.

Comment Re:Makes no sense. (Score 1) 207

If the traffic is going to Small ISP's customers, then Small ISP has already paid Orange for the traffic. Google has a rather large network to be paying such internetworking fees, considering their customer facing network is larger than all but 1 ISP. Fees like this are probably the main reason for their fiber service starting in Kansas City. I wonder how many price gouging services Google can sidestep before governments call them a verticle monopoly, finding some way of saying they have an unfair advantage of being more efficient than the competition.

Comment Re:Makes no sense. (Score 5, Insightful) 207

Google is changing it by coming an ISP. As soon as they offer service in a reasonable share of the market, they can refuse to pay anyone. If the ISP doesn't comply, they can't offer Google to their customers. Orange gets Internet lite. This gives me yet another reason to dislike France.

Google is probably running traffic straight from their networks to Orange, so charging the smaller, connecting network an interconnect fee isn't out of line. However, with two large netowks, they usually just call it even. Google's customer facing network is the 2nd largest in the world, without even counting the new Kansas City service, so it would actually make more sense for Google to charge them.

If I were Google, during negotiations I would have run ads to Orange customers on the main page about Orange wanting to charge Google for bandwidth customers paid for, and point out that additional fees would make it more difficult to run a free service, possibly shutting down access. It would give Google more leverage to just say no to fees, especially if Orange is getting 100,000's of complaints. Option 2 is to charge the customers for each youtube video and explain why. If running Internet search is lucrative, then why is no one else making money on it? Microsoft is losing $1 billion or so per year, and Yahoo nearly went bankrupt.

Comment Re:Apple (Score 1) 298

My Android phone functions as a remote for VLC on my computer, which has network access to my entire DVD collection. It also functions as a remote for my parent's Blu-ray player and future Google Fiber television service. In addition to being a remote it can stream media to or from VLC and watch programs on the television service (2nd screen). It's nice that it can integrate with software on Linux, Windows and Apple. Try that with your iPod touch.

Why would I want to pay for a Mac Mini, and how can I control iTunes when it won't even run on my computer? It sounds like iDevices don't play well with others. There is an iTunes remote for Android if I wanted one though.

Comment Re:Manipulation (Score 1) 298

Apple sells their phones and tables for a hefty profit margin, but there are market pressures for hardware at cost. It happened with consoles, and nobody tries to sell console clones anymore (e.g. Sears Tele-Games). Even PC gaming has taken a hit in market share. With hardware like Kindle Fire and Nexus, the shift is likely to be starting in phones and tablets, so the market for selling smartphone and tablet hardware at a profit could be shrinking. Regardless of what you think of iOS and Android the Nexus line is bad news for Apple's cushy profit margins (even with availability problems), especially when Google gets involved in providing network access (e.g. possible Google & Dish deal, municipal Wi-Fi, fiber Internet service, etc.). Apple's $800 phone looks competitive now with the $100-$200 + contract, but with cheap phones and access plans, the contract could be costing $50/month over competition. $1400 vs $300 over 2 years for similar hardware is a big difference, not to mention the extra freedom you get with the cheaper device. I could already get by with Wi-Fi only connection on my phone, and the biggest problem would be switching to just my Google Voice number. $300 for 2 years of semi-mobile phone service doesn't sound too bad, when I add up how much time I spend at places with Wi-Fi.

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