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Comment Re: AT&T (Score 1) 188

I have to raise an eyebrow about your comments. Granted, I'm not out in the middle of nowhere, but I live in North GA and can drive all the way to Orlando, FL and not lose service, although it may not be as strong in some places, it's still there. On the other hand, there's a control room at work, buried deep in the middle of the building, and if the door to the room is closed, I get nothing. If the door is open, I get enough to get the occasional text message. I have to go to my office to make a call. I have T-Mobile, and had the same problem when I had Virgin (Sprint network). On the upside, I've traveled to Canada, and my son to Germany, and our phones "just worked." So I can't attest to network performance for where anyone may live, nor customer service (haven't needed it, which is the best service, IMO), but if you travel internationally, T-Mobile can be very handy to have. I pay $160/month for my family of four. I was paying the same at Virgin, but for prepaid without as many minutes and much less total bandwidth.

Comment Vegatative Patients? (Score 1) 288

So... If vegetative patients are at a lowered state, and these psychoactive drugs can elevate mental state, has anyone done a study giving these drugs to someone in a vegetative state / coma to see if it can bring them out of it, even temporarily?

I'm certain there are all sorts of ethical concerns there (medical experiments on someone who's incapable of consent, etc.), but what if this could help some of those patients regain function?

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 354

You imagined wrong. Some people do that. Most do not. The reason is quite simple - the whole point of K-Cup is that it's easy and fast. If you just turn it into a mini drip coffee maker, you're not gaining anything - now you just have a smaller "brew basked" to clean after making coffee. I do think a lot of people have backtracked to single-cup drip coffee makers (that don't require "cups" or "pods"), but most people using K-Cups are doing it for the convenience. It's quite wasteful, but I admit to having one. On a normal day we brew a half pot with our Ninja coffee maker, but if I'm making one cup for myself, I'll just use the K-Cup. I do have the refillable, but they are practically pointless. The other upside is getting variety packs of K-Cups. Also, since we make most of our coffee with the Ninja, I have the luxury of walking through the coffee aisle and just getting what's on sale.

To continue on with the conversation, as it seems to relate to the "internet connected" portion of the article about the juicer, the most boneheaded thing Keurig did was to make the 2.0 makers that will not make a cup that doesn't have their blessed RFID chip in it. These juicers apparently double-check the barcode on the juice bag. Way to alienate your customers, idiots!

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 354

I read the article. The packets are moronically expensive, but there's a sucker born every minutes. At the same time, while, on the whole, it may be cheaper to do it yourself, if you don't use your juicer a lot then it may be more expensive in the long run when you have to buy many different ingredients that don't last that long. It all depends on how much you use it. Like any recipe, if I don't cook a lot, then I often need to buy a bunch of ingredients that other cooks might take for granted - certain uncommon spices, for example, that end up costing me several dollars for the bottle when I only use it once because I don't cook that much. Suddenly it would have been cheaper to go out or buy it ready made.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 354

Ok, but that's not what I meant. You need to clean the brew basket (at least throw away the paper filter, or clean and rinse the permanent one) after every brew. With Keurig you just throw away the cup. Yes, very wasteful - but easy, convenient, and most importantly: fast. On a "daily" basis the only thing Keurig needs is adding water to the reservoir.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 0) 354

I don't know why "internet connected" is a selling point for something like this, but the "bags" are actually a very good idea to capture the same market that Keurig captured with K-Cups. A decent drip coffee maker can cost a fraction of a K-Cup machine, and even if you don't want to grind the beans yourself (the best option for the freshest coffee), pre-ground coffee by the bag/can costs WAY less than a comparable amount of K-Cups. Yet K-Cups were wildly successful - because there are too many things going on in life - people don't want to waste time grinding coffee of cleaning up the pot and brew basket when all they wanted was an easy cup of coffee that they could just push a button for while getting ready for work in the morning.

So sure, having just a "regular" juicer not only gives you a lot more options, but it's healthier and you get fresher fruits and vegetables in your juices (plus whatever little extras you want to throw in). But then you have to keep fresh fruits in your home - they often don't last the week at my home, people don't want to make multiple trips to the supermarket because they ran out of one of the fruits or vegetables they'd be blending in, then they have to wash (and often cut up) the produce, and then clean everything up. It's frankly pretty easy to see the appeal of something like this. It may not be for you, it may not be for me, but then there are probably a lot of products like that - like an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. I don't know why people like them, I don't care, but there's obviously a market for it.

Comment Re:Commodore PET (Score 1) 857

I started on a PET. Our school library had four, but they had a shared floppy drive instead of cassette. I did ultimately buy an Atari 400 with paper route money; that had a cassette that I eventually smashed into pieces with my bare fist after working day and night on a galaxian clone that it then wouldn't read back. I then just stopped using it for a while, and when my parents asked why, and I explained, they bought me a floppy drive. Yes, I was spoiled. In those days, the floppy drive cost more than the Atari.

Comment Re:Atari ST (Score 3, Interesting) 857

The ST was the last Atari I had. I was hoping they'd have an Amiga comparable system, and doing computer graphics and some video editing in the early 90s, Amiga was what some local TV stations were using for their graphics. The ST was a vast departure from my previous Ataris, but it was awesome. My first was a 400 with 8k, upgraded to 16k; the membrane keyboard upgraded to a third party keyboard. I learned assembly language on it (the 400). Upgraded to 800XL and ultimately 130XE with paper route money. I feel bad for kids today - I don't think you get the same experience and understanding given a modern computer and incredibly complicated (by comparison) operating systems. I just feel like you don't really get the same kind of "aha! so that's how it works!" experiences you could with the simpler computers.

Comment Re:Atari 800 (Score 1) 857

Not the GP poster, but yes to your questions... My first was an Atari 400 with the membrane keyboard. I eventually got a third party keyboard with full travel keys. I bought the assembler cartridge and a 6502 programming book. I had NO idea WTF I was doing, I'd never learned any of that in school - my knowledge was limited to was BASIC I could glean off fellow students at the computers in our school library (4 Commodore PETS).

I eventually figured it all out, learning how to do "player/missile" graphics (sprites to everyone else) and figuring out how to optimize slow parts of my BASIC programs with stuff I wrote with the assembler. NOTHING could prepare you better for a career like this than working on things like that. NOTHING. I feel bad for people getting into programming later on and not really understanding how things are working underneath the surface. Sure, a lot of them figure it out, but a lot don't, and I think learning how it all fits together and THEN programming for it is better. By the end I'd gone through the 800XL and 130XE Ataris... ah, the good old days.

Comment Re:It's the Linux monoculture that's worrying! (Score 2) 83

From a user's perspective, the only real benefit that open source brings to the table is easy and free procurement.

I don't think you really understand what open source software is about. The cost of procurement is not the main benefit of FOSS.

For us it's not, for 90% of the users it is, rightly or wrongly.

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