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Comment Re:This is awesome (Score 1) 255

I have no reason to think that 50GB of ROM couldn't be manufactured for around the $1 price point, I simply don't know (in small runs it's probably much more, which may be a problem).

I have no concept of the economics of ROM, and suspect (perhaps naively) that you don't either. But for flash memory, I see 32GB for $0.76 here (https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Bulk-micro-size-sd-card-32gb_60489692297.html). The economics of solid state are dramatically different than even a short time ago, and that's simply what I can find while quickly searching.

Definitely won't be as cheap as a mastered BluRay, but getting close enough that it's not an insane prospect to have the other advantages of solid state (no need to "install" games that still require disk swapping to play, and 500GB is pretty small when you point out that games use 10s of GB each.

Comment Block It (Score 4, Informative) 52

The Feds should block this one if it ever comes close to being attempted. We have an absolute dearth of competition as it stands now. I looked at moving from Time Warner for my internet and found AT&T is the only option in my area. TW is okay, but overpriced and I have never heard a good thing about AT&T. Allow the two to combine and I get the worst of both worlds.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 255

You had to blow the connectors because of oxidation (different metal types) and springy bits.

The top loading Nintendo, and the Super Nintendo, and Genesis did not suffer from said issues.

Nor do the metal contacts on nearly any other device I've used (electrical outlets, USB, Firewire, Parallel ports, HDMI etc,).

Comment Re:Good, but... (Score 1) 90

or ten shows that different 10%s want to watch.

That was HBOs model, not to make shows with broad appeal, but to make shows that had narrower "must see" appeal.

The Sapranos (picked because I'm going with guessing it was the most watched premium show) had half the viewers as The Big Bang Theory, but people paid to watch it, while The Big Bang Theory would much easier be substituted for another random comedy by its fans (I suspect), but it has double the viewers. Both the Sapranos and Sex in the City had limited appeal, but to those that they appealed to, they were must watch.

Netflix isn't trying to be NBC, it's trying to be HBO, the shift to original content is part of that.

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.


Patriots Coach Bill Belichick on Microsoft Surface: 'I Just Can't Take It Anymore' (techcrunch.com) 185

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not happy with the Surface tablet provided to him via a deal between Microsoft and the NFL. Not only has he physically thrown the tablets at things, but he has verbally expressed his negative opinions of them. TechCrunch reports: When asked about the Patriots' headsets malfunctioning during last weeks game, Belichick instead took the time to let everyone know he's "done with the tablets." While he didn't go into too much detail on the tablets, Belichick essentially said that Microsoft's surface tablets are too "undependable," and there "isn't enough consistency in their performance." In terms of the rest of the sideline technology like headsets, Belichick is essentially fed up with the fact that everything always malfunctions and is impossible to fix during games. So why is the sideline technology so hard to get right? The tablets (as well as the headphones and all other sideline technology) are owned and maintained by the NFL. That means it gets delivered to teams literally hours before the game and taken away when it ends. This makes it hard for teams to test for issues before a game and to troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Belichick's full rant can be read here, which reads in part: "As you probably noticed, I'm done with the tablets. They're just too undependable for me. I'm going to stick with (paper) pictures, which several of our other coaches do, as well, because there just isn't enough consistency in the performance of the tablets. I just can't take it anymore..."

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 881

Well, I can't argue against your internal dialog because I don't know you, but for people who truly don't want to work, those people get jobs because they have to, and then work as little as possible. In many cases, they're counterproductive. For people who are simply intimidated by the job-seeking process, not having to worry about failure would probably ease those fears considerably at least, or give them more time to find a job that's a good fit for them. Perhaps there truly are people who are simply intimidated by the application process to a degree that they would never try if they didn't have to. I suspect, with no data to prove it, that this set of people is very small relative to the whole, and that policy decisions should not be made based on corner cases.

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