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Comment What about the density??? (Score 3, Insightful) 123

This is the wide open United States, not some densely packed EU country. How can you expect a provider to provide fiber to all those people over all that distance and still have enough money for bribes^H^H^H^H^H^H lobbying? Wait, this was for New York City? Well then, uh, hmmm, what, nevermind....

Comment Re:Something to hide? (Score 5, Insightful) 203

What if you're searching for a birthday gift for your wife, or planning a surprise getaway for your anniversary, etc.?

Yes, I know about I the incognito modes, running browsers in a VM and resetting the VM, etc. I was just pointing out legitimate things that you would want to hide from your spouse and that your spouse would most likely be glad to not find out about (depending on how they felt about surprises...) :)

Comment Re:My mother is an optometrist (Score 1) 464

I was in a similar situation and ended up getting progressive lenses for 'normal' uses and a fixed focus pair for work distances (i.e. computer use). The next time my prescription changes, I may opt to try something where my work glasses are optimized for the work distance but offer some minor help for reading at the very bottom of the lenses.

Comment Re:Meta-review (Score 1) 51

The good thing about putting the book review on Slashdot is to potentially give a "heads up" to folks about a book they may not have been aware of. In my case I am now aware of this book and it is a topic I am interested in.

I didn't even read the review. I look at the rating and if it is reasonable (usually 7/10 or higher), I'll head over to Amazon to read the reviews there.

Comment Re:Comparison to EverNote (Score 1) 208

I was about to respond with "You want to capture notes and not have them sync with the cloud" which is desired for company private materials (and for other privacy reasons). I did a quick search online and http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/43171-evernote-without-the-cloud// shows that you can have local Evernote notebooks that don't sync with the with the cloud too (although you do not to create an account).

Comment Re:Don't pay cash if you have good credit... (Score 1) 309

I understand the comment about opportunity cost and inflation. I bought a used minivan two years ago for cash. I have a solid credit rating and qualified for a low rate. I forgot what the rate was, but it was still > 1% more than I could get with any type of cash based investment. The cash based investment options included locking money into a 4 year CD. I agree with the having cash and if investments are earning more than the loan costs, take the loan. Given the volatility of the financial markets these days, there is also merit to buy used (i.e. cheaper) and paying cash.

Comment Re:Well of course (Score 1) 501

I see what you are saying. At the same time, the company that takes the money from the customer is responsible for delivering a quality product. If Apple has a quality problem that has a root cause of a problem with one of their suppliers (Nvidia, Intel, Sony, etc.), Apple still has a quality problem. It is their job to qualify their suppliers and the components they supply. I have a 2006 Macbook Pro with an ATI Radeon X1600 card that overheats that Apple has not addresses adequately in my opinion. I can use it if I crank up the fans to 6000 RPM and don't do anything GPU intensive.

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