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Comment Re:Software? Really? (Score 2) 89

Yes. My users love the Z30/passport software, the HUB, the calendar and email management, intelligent CC'ing, intelligent meeting mode, quick notification for late meetings, quick delete of read messages it is all very well thought out. As a productivity tool it blows everything else out of the water. You can't play your games on it, sorry.

Comment Re:Our financial foundation is strong (Score 2) 89

The reality is you are hopelessly wrong. They had +257M cash flow from Operations last fiscal. Their investments cash flow (which is where asset selling/purchasing would occur) was down 439M - ie they invested MORE in assets then they sold. They have been buying assets with cash. Buying. Not selling. They have a profitable software business. They are out of the unprofitable hardware business, good for them. They will wind up like Novell - once dominant, nearly wiped out, but still chugging along as multi-billion dollar business.

Comment Just rename windows 8 ... (Score 2, Interesting) 153

So they are calling the Xbox version of "Windows 10" the same as the phone version of "Windows 10" the same as the Surface RT version of "Windows 10"? Even though they have different interfaces, requirements, CPU's etc? Why not just rename Windows 8 and Windows 7 to " Windows 10"? They could leap another 100M+ devices that way. The delta between 8.1 and 10 can't be any great than that between Mobile and xboxone, right? rename hotmail to "Windows 10" to, pick up another 100M users there. They can hit a Billion quickly if they just rebrand everything "Window 10". It's been done before. MSN, Live, Windows10.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 436

The 2nd amendment only went insane recently. It was perfectly sane and reasonable for the first 217 years of its existence. The effort started when the NRA was taken over by far right wing gun nuts in 1977. The NRA moved its primary purpose away from gun safety advocacy and marksmanship to gun ownership advocacy. They pushed for more guns, finally getting the dream of unlimited weapons for all in 2008. Why? Because they made money, that's why. No money in community gun safety programs. Shooting competitions? Boring. Lots of money in gun rights rallies, lots of fear, lots of excitement, and that generates money - to the tune of 350-400M a year now. Ka-Ching!

Comment Re:Criminal (Score 1) 528

Except the US is the only first past the post that only has two parties. So the law works in the US, and fails to work anywhere else: "While one of the only principles of political science elevated to the level of a law, in practice most countries with plurality voting have more than two parties. While the United States is very much a two-party system, the United Kingdom, Canada and India have consistently had multiparty parliaments.[3][4] Eric Dickson and Ken Sheve argue that there is a counter force to Duverger's Law, that on the national level a plurality system encourages two parties, but in the individual constituencies supermajorities will lead to the vote fracturing"

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Yes you need to drive a 5000lb, 15mpg, 400 horsepower pickup truck so once a year you can pick up a piece of wood at Home Depot. Or you could just borrow the home depot truck. But why pay HD $15/hr for their truck when you can pay $50,000 for one of you very own?

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

An important part of ignorance is thinking things will never change. Up north, our parking lots are already wired for electricity. In the winter, you park, plug in and go to work. After work, the engine isn't frozen solid because it was plugged in . Sadly, most of these plug lots are gone now as synthetic oil, 0W20 and lighter engines don't freeze as much as conventional 10w40. The point is there is NO reason why your parking lot could not be wired. It's been done before. We can do it again. So if that's your only argument...what was your argument again?

Comment Re:uhm, no.... (Score 1) 174

Requirements to watch 4 cable TV programs at the same time: 4 TV's, 4 cable boxes (@ 10/mo each) and a $100 cable plan

Requirements to watch 4 netflix streams at the same time: Any combination of [laptops,desktops,phones,tablets,game machines, BR players, smart tvs, tvs], internet, and the $12/mo plan

Comment Re:..doesnt factor in connection cost. (Score 4, Insightful) 174

OP's point was that Neilson can tell when your TV is on, but they can't tell if you are actually watching it. The morning news on mute with no one in the room counts as 'watched'. With netflix, generally, you have to explicitly turn it on and pick a show so you are more likely to be actually watching the content. That might explain the huge averages - the average american watches 5.4 hours of TV every. single. day? more likely they have TV on somewhere, but not necessarily watching it

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 2) 140

A lot of the respondents to this post just don't get it. At a certain point the computer is not the ends, it is a means. Consoles provide a computer that, relatively, easily plays games. No tinkering or fussing required.

Instead of not working and expecting me to figure out what I need to do to fix the computer, they sometimes do have a update to install first. That is fine, I switch to some other task, or read, while that is happening. . . or just play a different game and instal the patch when I am done for the day.

At a certain point, the computer ceases to be a hobby unto itself.

An off the shelf PC will play games with exactly the same amount of "tinkering" as a modern console requires.

No it won't. An off the shelf PC - DELL, Lenovo, Acer - has a 120watt power supply, an integrated intel video card that is directx 9 compatible. It won't play anything other than solitaire without a lot of tinkering. Oh, it's the buyers fault for not doing their research and buying a 'proper' PC, right? You buy a PS4, it plays PS4 games. You buy a PC...maybe. Did you check to make sure it has 8 lanes PCIe? 400 watt PSU? proper connectors? No? Toss a coin on whether that game will work or not....

Comment Re: So funny (Score 1) 176

OK fluffernutter. You've posted your junk all over this thread. You hate Elon, Tesla and SpaceX. A start up that loses money is somehow shocking to you.

Please outline any recent accomplishments you've made, and let us compare to Musk. We are particularly interested in your fantastic success creating profitable startups with no outside investors in extremely difficult fields.


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