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Comment For me, it's worth it (Score 1) 851

Back when the G1 came out, I'd just moved to a big city and didn't know my way around. Within *days* of getting the phone, it paid for itself with Google Maps Navigation.

I don't use it as much any more since i know my way around, but it helped more than any GPS device would when I was searching for a house. I could load up Zillow and Trulia and find every house around me that was for sale and go check them out.

Other commenters have already cited the value it brings in being able to check email and whatnot. Some folks say that they don't want to have email on their phone -- especially work email -- because they don't want to feel obligated to check it. It's more of willpower check -- if you can't discipline yourself, then don't add the account.

But yeah, it's probably worth it if you find yourself spending "hours" getting caught up on your digital lifestyle each day, when you could spend 1-2 minutes once or twice an hour and spread your tasks out over the day.

Comment Cache? (Score 1) 319

How much is cached? Yeah, initial page load sucks terribly, but how much has to be loaded on subsequent page requests?

How many copies of jQuery and etc. do people have cached on their machines?

It almost feels like we need dependency managers for browsers! I mean, I know there is the Google hosted stuff and other projects urge you to use their hosted version and fallback on a local copy.

Comment Re:PC analogy (Score 5, Insightful) 278

Imagine if you could only put Campbell's Soup in your soup bowl, or only put Folgers coffee in your Folgers-branded coffee mug.

If there's no reason for a restriction on what I can do with the hardware I buy, other than restricting consumer choice, there's no reason for the restriction. If I can make something do what it wasn't intended to do, and it's not negatively harming others, why should I be deprived of my right to make it do that thing it wasn't meant to do?

Comment Planning (Score 1) 234

I'll bet most of that cash went into the rounds and rounds of planning and back-and-forth that come with ANY government project planning process, followed by user testing and compliance analysis. The actual coding process was probably less than 10% of the cost. That's still high, but gov't contractors are very well compensated.

Comment Trap (Score 1) 536

If I create a simple, one page site the terms of service of which simply say "you are not permitted to use this web site unless you are Rinisari", I could turn them over to the authorities because they've committed a crime?

Comment Burden of the holder (Score 2) 303

The burden of preserving the "sanctity" of copyrights and patents has always fallen on the holder. This ensures that the holder is earnest in keeping their government-sanctioned property to themselves. It's simply a problem of our court system that enforcing these rights has become very expensive.

Comment Education? (Score 1) 130

Are they going to airdrop people who can teach them how to use this technology from the heavens? Some tools are intuitive. To people who have never seen a computers or even really much technology at all, computers are not.

Comment What a waste (Score 2) 920

No one should have thought that this We the People thing would bring about any measurable change. It's an exercise in false hope of efficacy in the legislative/executive process. 150k signatures supporting marijuana legalization/reform and the best answer they could come up with is a bunch of scare tactics and anti-drug rhetoric based around studies that were ineffective and the lack of studies because of the nature of the substance being tested.

You want real change for marijuana policy? Run for local office, get people to support you, and defeat the incumbents who stand in your way. Get the local laws to support your goals and work your way up the chain.

As for the education funding reform response, it's just pushing the Obama administration's education agenda. The petition signed by 32k visitors called for a bailout of recent graduates as the best economic stimulus possible for that generation. The response is nothing more than what you'd expect to receive from a Congressperson when you write vehemently in favor of or opposing a piece of legislation: the Congressperson will summarize the bill, summarize their position, and essentially say "thank you for your feedback".

Again, if you want real reform, get elected and don't let yourself get corrupted. Good luck; you'll need it.

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