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Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS 255

milbournosphere writes "It looks like Steve drew up an idea for an ad-supported OS. A patent was filed back in 2009 detailing how it was done. From the article: 'Rather than charge the normal upgrade price, which in those days was $99, he was thinking of shipping a second version of Mac OS 9 that would be given away for free — but would be supported instead by advertising. The theory was that this would pull in a ton of people who didn't normally upgrade because of the price, but Apple would still generate income through the advertising. And any time an owner of the free version wanted to get rid of the advertising, he or she could simply pay for the ad-free version. Steve's team had worked out the preliminary numbers the concept seemed financially sound.'"

Comment Re:Google versus Apple (Score 1) 360

As for sophistication, Google's implementation might be significantly less sophisticated, but it does work reliably, Siri from what I've heard, not so much.

IME, Google Voice does a very poor job of transcribing voicemails. Considering that it doesn't even need to attempt near-real-time transcription, this doesn't bode well for Google's prospects of natural speech recognition.

Siri isn't perfect, but it mostly works and is already out in the wild on tens of millions of phones.

Comment Re:SFGate review of the Nexus - "Delicious, indeed (Score 1) 123

You left one part out:

Using both T-Mobile's standard 3G and speedier HSPA+ networks, at least, I got about three hours and 15 minutes out of the Galaxy Nexus for surfing the Web, streaming a movie, sending instant messages, chatting on the phone and other activities. The phone got quite warm with all this use. Over Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, it's possible that the phone's battery would drain even faster if you're doing a lot of downloading.

Comment Re:Fuel efficiency (Score 1) 359

Nothing I've seen US bound from Subaru comes near 40MPG, if you have a model or engine type that's US bound I'd love to know about it as I'll put it on my short list for my next vehicle.

The 2012 Impreza gets 36MPG highway, and that's without the diesel referred to in the upcoming Mazda. This is with a 2.0L flat-four with a CVT transmission.

When (if) Subaru pairs the diesel and the CVT, IMO 40+MPG would be very likely.

Comment Re:Maybe on purpose? (Score 1) 327

If you want to see artificially restricted production runs, just look at most of Apple's competitors. Do you see it working for them? There's your answer.

Apple doesn't need to restrict its production runs. Its products fly off the shelves as quickly as they can stock them.

Exactly. I believe Apple will have fortified its inventory as much as possible to withstand the pre-order and general availability rushes, but how much stock to people really expect to them to horde? It sounds like they had at least 1 million units for pre-order, and probably that much ready for in-store sales as well. That's at least 2 million units, and I don't care who you are, that's a lot of inventory.

Comment Re:You don't need to use BEAST (Score 1) 54

Riiiiiiiight, and no government would ever set up thousands of Tor exit nodes just to watch traffic. Couldn't be done

I don't have a citation, but Tor's circuit-building algorithm constructs the chain such that each of the 3 nodes are in different countries. A government can set up as many Tor nodes as they want, but unless they are also in different countries they still won't own enough of the chain to break it

Comment Re:FLAC (Score 1) 277

I was tested in the 90's as having above average hearing acuity, and I often hear things others don't. I'll hear the whine of a flyback transformer 100 ft away in a quiet room. Strangely, I have difficulty understanding speech if it's not significantly louder than background noise, and have a lot more difficulty carrying a conversation in loud places than most people.

I am much the same way - I tend to hear very low-level sounds easily that others either can't hear or don't notice. However, I too have more trouble with speech - whether it's in-person or recorded, the volume doesn't matter, it seems like my brain doesn't parse the words as they're being spoken. Many times if I pause for a few seconds I can re-process what someone just said it will come to me.

Comment Re:Lost e-mail? WHAT THE HECK? (Score 1) 291

I don't have any experience with Earthlink, but SBC/AT&T seems to lose (yes, send to /dev/null) mail from time to time. AT&T/SBC is my DSL provider, and I run a mail server on my DSL line (totally within their TOS, BTW.)

Even though they allow customers to be released from the port 25 filter, most customer netblocks are listed on RBLs, so I smarthost my mail through their servers.

Every mail I send shows in my Postfix logs as accepted by their servers, but maybe 1-2 out of 10 will get delayed before delivery, and maybe 1 out of 20 will simply disappear.

The frequency of these occurrences also comes and goes; I first noticed it when dealing with an ebay customer whose package arrived to her damaged. Apparently my mails weren't getting through to her, so she thought I was trying to stiff her, and she filed a case with PayPal, which I lost.

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