Well, it beats making them into the world's most complicated airplanes as with the space shuttle. SpaceX has proven that they can do vertical landings of the first stage intact onto both land and a seagoing barge; after a trip out of the atmosphere and to about 1/5 of orbital velocity but not into orbit. They plan to do a parachute-less vertical landing of the Dragon capsule after a heat-shield re-entry. That turns out to be far less expensive and complicated than a space plane. It does turn out we need a lifting body for much larger vehicles. It still doesn't have to be a plane, though.
We don't need wings.
Me: *Picks up Harry Potter Book*
Game: *It's Super Effective!*
Any employee taking this option is a fool. They would be voluntarily giving up the (sometimes meager) benefits of being defined as a full time employee under US law. Great for Amazon, terrible for the employee.
Under 32 hours and the law would say no benefits are required. Amazon is actually giving them a straight ratio of benefits instead of dropping them to part-time. It's the opposite of a dickish move, as far as the law is concerned (and Amazon is showing that the law need not dictate when businesses are competing for employees).
There are probably many parents who will jump at this kind of opportunity (plus others who want to start a business, do more volunteering, or just have more leisure time).
Expect scheduled brownouts when the Great Computer gets hungry
Well, that *is* interesting. Will Alphabet* be reducing the capacity of its services in response to high grid utilization?
MONEY. They pay you to do this.
Also, connecting your thermostat is not the smartest decision. But laundry and dishwasher both make a lot of sense to do it.
Or cheaper. We've been hearing about SSD under 30 cents a GB "real soon now" for, what, five years now? At ten cents it replaces hard drives in all small capacities. The slope still puts that many years out.
Maybe 3DXpoint will depress the NAND prices for existing fab utilization next year. Here's hoping.
I work for a law firm. We need to send data out all the time. When possible we FTP it. But for many jobs we need permanent record, so we use a mix of DVD's and hard drives.
For large jobs, we use Hard Drives. Anything less than 10 GB, we burn DVDs. We do it all the time.
Also, while I don't buy laptops or tablets with DVD players, I insist on every Desktop computer I buy to have one.
I will do so just for the ability to play my old movies and TV shows.
There are over 7 billion people in the world. Every day, over 150,000 people die.
Two die playing Pokemon? That's sounds about right.
You need a good comparison to make these kinds of claims. When the number of death per hour played exceeds that for other games, then call me.
Otherwise, go take a class on statistics.
I believe that's what I said.
The problem is the quasi-monopolies (i.e. industries with very few players but very high barriers to entry)—but in the other direction.
I'm a Google Fiber user, but in this area, the moment that Google Fiber announced, the two other providers both suddenly rolled out gigabit fiber plans at around $70/mo. after years of charging about that for 5-20 megabit plans. Their customers all switched to the new plans while waiting for Google Fiber to build out (took many months) and as a result didn't go through the hassle of switching to Google Fiber once it was available, since they already had an affordable gigabit plan with their current provider.
Basically, Google encountered the power of monopolies in exactly the classic sense. They found out that it was very difficult to enter an existing monopoly-served market because the large interests are able to instantly match whatever the new kid on the blog was offering.
It also demonstrates the power of competition—as soon as *someone* was offering $70/month gigabit fiber, all players in the area were. But sadly, it is the new kid on the block that suffered most by incurring the costs of trying to enter at a lower price point without realizing the expected benefits.
As an aside, I also imagine that were, hypothetically, to pull out of this area, those gigabit fiber plans from the others would suddenly and magically "disappear" again.
The computing field is always in need of new cliches. -- Alan Perlis