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Comment Re:They lost me at Goldman Sachs (Score 1) 233

There's at least two reasons here why GS would be interested:
1. High frequency trading, if you control the software and make it as fast as possible, then all that is left is the networking between you and the exchange. Controlling the networking is the next step, this is total control, total integration
2. Limit backdoors; if you own the system totally and completely, you can nearly guarantee your system has no backdoors from state actors.
If you're as big as GS, you definitely don't want to own any american made networking hardware, and building it from the ground up is a cheap hedge against whatever lawsuits come down the line

Comment Re:small problem (Score 2) 227

The main problem is that the sun does not produce a whole lot of energy that can be captured on the night side of the earth, and we happen to consume a lot of energy when it's dark. If you overbuild capacity for daytime generation, nighttime generation is mostly solved, the big problem now is not cheap renewable energy, but rather, how to store it. Even if converting water and CO2 in to Ethanol is only 15% efficiency, you're still able to store 15% of your excess grid energy, whereas before you could only store 0% of excess grid energy. These guys are claiming 60% in the lab, which probably means 20-30% at industrial scale, perhaps 40% within our lifetime. It's not 85-90% hydro-electric efficient, but that's pretty dang good for a fuel which has so many uses, stores well for long periods of time and works with existing combustion engines.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 313

A good chunk of that is executive and engineering salaries, R&D costs etc etc
If they fired all but a skeleton crew and ran it out of AWS they could definitely do what was proposed.
The problem is that they've been in "perpetual growth mode" for 8 years or so, but haven't been able to show any growth for 2-3 years. They've been trapped at about 320 million users for well over one year, soon to be two years. Due to... Silicon Valley mentality + brand name appeal(?) they've continued to attract business dollars but I suspect when they do hard analysis of how many engaged human (not bots, not automated scripts) users they have, they realize it's a skeleton service like PR Wire or whatever, that marketers buy in to and the business/journalism community uses as a read-only service, but there's no "social networking" happening by anyone with any money (i.e. adults and college students).
My guess is that Sales Force, etc sign a NDA, do their due diligence and find out that they have less than 150 million engaged verifiably human users. That certainly devalues the stock. Eventually it'll come out, it's only a matter of time.

Comment Re:Moores Law (Score 3, Interesting) 116

My buddy bought a second hand, Xeon 16 physical, 32 logical core workstation with 96GB ram for under $1000. It's sandybridge era, but hot damn there's plenty of cores to spread the work around. We estimate that even though his workflow involves six different VMs, he won't need to upgrade his personal machine again for probably five years. I was considering buying one too, but I think I'll settle for a brand new i7 quad core XPS 15 with a 1050 GPU for ~$1800, which ought to last me four years or so. Maybe more. My 2012 era i5 thinkpad laptop (ivy bridge) is still faster than anything I need it for, but the screen needs updating, and to be larger as my eyesight starts to deteriorate as an adult and replaces my old "fire breathing" desktop from 2010. I'm a power user and barely find reason to upgrade my hardware, I can only imagine how long the average user can go between upgrades these days.

Comment I question the strength of Yahoo and AOL brands... (Score 5, Insightful) 77

Building a coalation of toxic brands liket Yahoo and AOL seems like a pretty poor business strategy, I don't think the Verizon brand can lift them up, if anything those brands will drag Verizon down. In terms of long-term business strategy you'd need an incredible turnaround CEO at each to somehow leverage this deal. I can't see anyone worth their salt wanting to attach their name to this gambit. The whole thing sounds half baked and that's a lot of money for a half baked idea.
Disney got Star Wars for $4 billion. Are you saying the whole Yahoo brand is bigger than Star Wars? Especially with the government spying attached to it? I would run - not walk away from this deal.

Comment Re:That what was the point (Score 1) 63

I remember when I got a NEC 17" display that was capable of displaying 1600x1200! Used! In 1999! Only $250! What a steal.
I was the envy of all my friends. And it only weighed half as much as I did when I was in high school. 3 inch bezel was great for attaching sticky notes to. There must have been twelve analog dials along the bottom of that screen to adjust for various things.
I never did own a 21" CRT, I don't think I owned a table sturdy enough (or large enough) to house something of that nature. Easily weighed 100 lbs.

Comment Re:That's no more than 10... (Score 1) 243

I'm sure that will come as a significant concern to college students and people working at a "part-time" employees at pizza hut, but as an adult with a full time job, I wish I had that kind of time. I've been "binge watching" Game of Thrones since April and I'm just now getting to the start of season 4 :( I can't imagine what life is like for parents.

Comment Re:Everything Working As Planned (Score 1) 254

I think a better metric of safe would be, "how many human drivers make this mistake per day" vs "how many self driving cars make this mistake per day"
Your post appears to be written from the perspective that a human driver would never ever turn the wrong way down a one way street; my guess would be that in 5 years 1% of human drivers will continue to make the same mistake, while
Is it perfect? Nope. Is it better than the status quo? Yep. Will it continue to improve? Probably.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 2) 86

Yep, my 40" Samsung LED backlit TV is rated at 40W. To give you an idea of how much energy that is, the Samsung soundbar + subwoofer is rated at 180W. That's 4x more energy consumed (at peak) by the barely-midrange soundsystem than the display. It's 8x more than my 5W rated Amazon Fire TV (streaming media device),
but, running my electric oven for 20 min to make my pizza uses more power than my TV, Speakers and streaming media device do in a month.
Shrug. There are bigger, better fights to pick than LED backlit TVs.

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

I had to ask Gibraltar "immigration" for a passport stamp on the way in, and on the way out back to spain... well it was after 6pm so they'd gone home for the day, I just walked out through their vacant office back in to the schengen area. UK might not be schengen area, but you'd be hard pressed to find it fully enforced.

Comment Re:RATIONING (Score 1) 327

Medical schools limit the number of students to keep pay high for doctors to keep them from bleeding off in to other fields like law or engineering, it's absolutely artificially limited. Would I rather be a doctor than a software engineer? Sure. Can I afford it, or do I want to spend ten years training for it? No. Could I provide better services than an EMT, given 2-4 years of training at an affordable or subsidized price? Probably. Ideally I'd like to be the village doctor for some remote tropical island (or group of islands), but that's not going to happen with the current educational climate.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

Yep, exactly this. 4K is a $50-70 premium on a $400 purchase. You get access to 4K netflix content now, plus access to 4K other content down the road with no upgrades needed. And all your 1080p content from Amazon and Netflix looks amazing at high bit rates, upscaled slightly. Or at the very least looks the same. For a device that's going to last you between 5 and 10 years, that small premium is definitely worth it. My first TV was a second generation hand-me-down and is in my second cousin's dorm room now after changing hands three more times. THey last forever, and as long as you can play mario kart on them in some capacity, are still useful. High resolution TVs are one of the few "future-proofs" that pay off.
We're definitely nearing the end of the road in terms of useful resolution bumps, though; at 8K you need a wall-scale TV to take advantage of the resolution at 10' (average) viewing distance.

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