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Comment Re:AOL AND Yahoo!!!? (Score 1) 26

I don't know about where you live, but where I live (a more rural area about an hour from DC), Verizon is king, as it is in most rural areas I know of. Verizon has, hands-down, the best cellular coverage in rural areas. Of course, they also have the very worst service, and the most astronomical prices. But people in rural areas happily pay it because they're unwilling to put up with less-than-stellar coverage from the other telcos.

Personally, I have a Sprint phone with Ting and it works well enough. I'm not willing to pay $150/month more just for better coverage. Sprint's service is "good enough", and doesn't cause me any problems.

Comment Re:The few Web 1.0 Sites. (Score 1) 26

While I mostly agree with you, your points about not having any cache among millennials and being a vaguely recognizable name from the past can also be said about Cadillac, which everyone has long been predicting demise for because it's an "old person's car". They were saying this 2 decades ago about Cadillac and Lincoln. Yet those brands are still there, somehow. Cadillac even survived the whole GM collapse, while Pontiac and Saturn did not. Now, how Cadillac manages to stay afloat, I have no idea, but they do. It's just like AOL and Yahoo; I have no idea how they survive, but they do. There must be someone out there still giving them money. And if Yahoo is anything like Cadillac, they could still be hanging around 20 years from now, though people will still be wondering how.

Comment Re:The few Web 1.0 Sites. (Score 1) 26

Advertisers want young people with disposable income for the most part.

They do?

Young people tend to either be flat broke, or rather savvy to attempts to rip them off, especially internet advertising. Young people are far more likely to use ad-blockers. Old people are not; they're more trusting and easily taken advantage of. That's why they even have laws designed to protect against "elder abuse". Advertisers would do much better targeting the old folks who use Yahoo Mail.

Comment Re:Open Office Failure (Score 1) 251

That's why it's better to live alone. My cats don't expect too much, though they can be a little bit distracting when they insist on jumping in my lap. Much better than having a live-in partner who's always whining about having too much housework to do and never has any free time and wants me to do all kinds of house-related stuff and chores, yet somehow when I'm on my own I don't have much trouble keeping up with the laundry and dishes and it takes me a tiny fraction of the time it seemed to take her.

Comment Re:Problem solved (Score 1) 251

I'd like to add to this that one good solution to this (for office workers who spend all their time on a computer) is to allow more tele-working. Encourage or allow employees to spend X days a week working from home. Then sick workers can get work done from home while not spreading their sickness, and healthy workers who never get sick can also work from home some and not feel like the sickly people are getting to do less work (leaving the healthy people to do it) as a reward for not being as healthy, and enjoy being able to work from home and stay out of the noisy open office too.

Comment Re:Problem solved (Score 1) 251

The problem with sick days (separate from vacation days) is that if you're the kind of person who never or rarely gets sick, then you're effectively penalized compared to someone who does, or compared to someone who lies. So places with sick days frequently have employees who lie about being sick so they can use up those days.

Otherwise, how is it fair that you should have to come to work every day because you're healthy, while Sick Sue gets to stay home a lot, and then you have to cover for Sue while she relaxes at home?

Comment Electric VTOL aircraft? (Score 1) 84

Does this plan involve inventing Mr. Fusion reactors?

What known power source exists capable of running an electric VTOL aircraft? The only thing I can think of is gas turbine driving a generator, at which point it's not really electric and efficiency wise you might as well just use that as shaft power. Certainly no current battery technology is capable of the power density required to drive a VTOL aircraft.

Comment Re: The popularity of open offices has exacerbated (Score 1) 251

I've worked in all three too (plus labs). Cubicles are only "amazing" when compared to open offices. Really, they're tolerable, and not bad at all if you're in a group that's quiet AND you're allowed to have "do not disturb" signs to prevent interruptions AND your group isn't next to some noisy group. I had that setup once (plus my cube was next to a window) and looking back, now I think of it as luxurious, even though at the time it was merely OK (but a big step up from my previous cube at the same company where I was seated next to some loudmouth asshole who was on the phone all the time, plus I had a big pole in the middle of my cubicle there).

Offices are the best setup. People who advocate for open offices should, IMO, be lined up and shot for the good of society. I'm not kidding about this; the amount of sheer misery caused by these people is incalculable.

Comment So in other words (Score 1) 33

So in other words, Skype. Or WeChat. Or any of a dozen other near-identical video chat programs.

I feel dizzy from so much innovation.

They used to say that every program expanded and added features until it could send email, now it looks like "video chat" is the new benchmark. How long will it be before the "FlashLight Extreme" app on my phone can initiate video calls?

Comment Re:Buzzword du jour (Score 1) 104

Human intelligence is also "fancy pattern-matching".

No it isn't. AI nutters.

ShanghaiBill is right. As humans we're not much more than pattern-matching algorithms with a sensory and mobility package. Most of what our brain does is screen out the deluge of sensory input we're bombarded with as it attempts to make some sense of it.

Visual, auditory, tactile- pretty much the only way we make sense of the world around us is by pattern-matching in one form or another.

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