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Comment Re:Makes more sense (Score 1) 218

You don't consume bandwidth.

No, technically you don't consume bandwidth in the exactly the same way you consume gasoline. But in his example, imagine that there was a magical gasoline fountain in North Dakota that produces an unlimited about of gasoline. All of that gasoline in ND doesn't do a bit of good for the drivers and shipping companies in Chicago. It does them no good until a pipeline is built. That pipeline isn't free to build, pipe, pumping stations, and valves all have to be purchased, then someone hast to be paid to put all of that into the ground. On top of that, people have to monitor the pipeline to make sure it is still working effectively and isn't leaking. Now you have an unlimited source of gasoline and a means to get it to Chicago. But, due to physics, that pipeline is only able to move enough gasoline to power 1,000,000 car-miles/month. You know how much it costed you to build the pipeline, you know it's life expectancy, and you know it much it costs you to operate and maintain the pipeline every month. Let's just say that works out to $1,000,000/month. Now you have unlimited gasoline, but it costs you $1/car-mile to get it to Chicago. What's the fairest way to recoup your money? Do you charge a $1000/month to everybody, regardless if they are a person driving 100 miles or shipping company that drives 10,000, or do you charge them per car-mile?

The example works with electricity, water, gasoline, mountain dew, or Internet. The only difference among them is the input cost of the product, and the physical method of getting the resource from its source to you. Yes, the Internet bytes themselves are infinite and free, but getting them from one place to the other is a finite resource that costs money and has to be paid for. The gasoline has a cost to produce as well as a cost to distribute. Both the source and distribution are finite, but you still have to cover the cost of both.

Comment Re:Wow - What Complete Bullshit (Score 1) 109

If I want to buy a widget and I'm looking for the one rated best or cheapest or whatever

Not sure what the problem is. There are a number of different sorts and filters. Sorting by price, lowest to highest, highest to lowest, and rating all appear to do what you'd think they should. The only one I question is the "relevance", I'm assuming that's the "magic" one that shows you what amazon wants you to see. (and it's the default)

Nothing here discusses their ratings being manipulated. I assume what's being discussed is how the magic sort works. And as long as you understand that what they are presenting you isn't always in your best interest, you are fine. (And as soon as you click on an item it shows you if there are other purchasing options that are potentially cheaper.)

Comment Re:Nor shipping (Score 1) 109

I've had Prime items not ship for 3-4 days and then get here 2 days after shipping

I realize we are merely exchanging anecdotes, but I have never had that issue that I can recall. (Not with prime items anyway) It's 2 days (or less) every time, from order to delivery. Now that they are building a distribution center about 40 minutes away, I anticipate it will get better.

Comment Re:Perhaps all new legislation (Score 2) 84

I don't mean to be an ass, but that doesn't make any sense. Do you REALLY want someone who knows nothing about the industry under consideration to be writing laws about that industry? No single person is able to know enough about a subject to be able to effectively legislate it, it has to be a group effort. And chances are, the people that are smart enough about a subject probably works in that industry. If you want to know about telephone poles, and the best way to hang cables from them, are you going to talk to a politician or a company that hangs cables on telephone poles for a living? It is 100% necessary to get input from the industry you are trying to regulate.

Not saying there aren't problems to solve, because there are many, but you can't exclude the industry from their own regulation. But I would tend to agree, a politician submitting a document that they (or their staff) didn't author or even bother to review should be barred from office.

Comment Re: What a maroon (Score 1) 170

Still have my Yahoo e-mail that I have had since 1999. My only complaint is they are trying to make it like g-mail with conversation grouping that drives me insane. It works, their spam filtering is decent (if not too aggressive at times), it's free, and doesn't have a mailbox size limit that I'm aware of (although, I just checked, my oldest message is from 2008, so not sure about the limit).

Couldn't he at least registered a domain like "" or something

Yeah, you have a point there. That's dumb as hell. It's like the shit. Come on man, at least make an effort.

Comment Re:Other People's Playlists (Score 1) 64

Curious what kind of music you listen to. I have a couple stations on Pandora that are "trained" pretty well, to the point where I'm only skipping a track here or there. But it seems like some genres are better than others, it seems to suck with anything that was created in the current decade. "Oh, you just added the new Disturbed song? I bet you'd like some Justin Beiber to go with that!" Or "you've thumbed down every live track I've played, maybe you'll like this live track instead"

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 64

The quantity of ads depends heavily on the radio station/type of music you are listening to. I have 3 main stations, stand up comedy, non-modern pop, and one closer to new pop music. In my experience, the closer you get to "mainstream" (new, popular) music the more ads you will hear. It also seems that the more you skip the more ads you hear. On my pop station i'll hear an ad almost every time I skip, on the comedy station it's closer to every 3rd time.

Comment Re:Fools (Score 1) 192

Don't forget about student drivers, and distracted drivers, and aggressive drivers, and people the drive too slow, and people that drive to fast, and people that don't use their turn signal, and road ragers, and... everyone, let's just go with everyone.

I guess it depends on what your metric for "worst" is.

Comment Re:Ah yes, user-selected hugboxes. . . (Score 1) 220

User-selected hugboxes

I really don't see what the big deal is, and why so many people are up in arms over this? The user is able to filter words from their "feed" (or whateverthefuck Instagram uses) that they find objectionable. Maybe I just don't like word "bae", and I immediately discount the intelligence of someone that uses it. It's a free world, and I'm free to choose whether or not I want such ignorance in my world. Me blocking that word doesn't really affect anybody else in any way, does it?

Comment Re:What about DeVry? (Score 1) 420

In my personal experience, employers are looking for work history over education. I spent two years at DeVry (as a EET), but for family reasons I transferred to a "traditional" university to finish up. I graduated with a decent enough (3.3-ish) GPA, certainly not top of my class, but high enough to prove I wasn't an idiot. I had nearly zero trouble getting into a job in my industry (once I got out of the tiny town I grew up in). I can't say whether or not the place where I got my degree made a difference in the hiring process, but I can tell you that it wasn't even mentioned in my interview. They were more interested in my work history than my education. I had worked various shit jobs since I was 15, including some that were mildly applicable to my degree.

As far as the quality of the education... I'd say it was a horse apiece. Both places had good instructors and shitty instructors. Both had classes I would use and ones that I would never use in my life. All said and done, it would have (probably) been smarter to just start out at the University, more from a financial standpoint than anything.

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