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Comment Too much overlap, not enough coverage (Score 1) 82

Verizon wants to do what AT&T tried to do in the 1990s, become a nationwide wireline provider. Didn't end so well for AT&T (real T, not former Bell South or whatever). Verizon is all about the northeast and mid-atlantic, where Comcast also has a big presence. But the rest of the country is covered by many different cable companies, and also a good bit of geography still has no cable at all. Hard to run national campaigns when most of the people watching aren't able to get your product.

Comment Casio EDIFICE (Score 1) 232

http://edifice.casio.com/

I was all set to pull the trigger on one of these but then went with the Apple Watch on an impulse. Either one is probably more than your budget but I did like the looks of the thing. I own/used its little brother, the STB-1000 and found it functional enough to justify buying a smart watch. Yes, it needs a phone for reminders and such, but it will do much of what a true smart watch will do and still be a pretty good stand alone device. And you're probably going to have your phone with you anyway.

Of course you could go nuts and get an Oceanus...

Comment Re:Anything to avoid customer reality. (Score 1) 53

not enough customers bought into the tech to make it profitable in the timeline they wanted.

You missed that last part of my sentence, which is the critical part. Capex is all about time to payback the investment. If a stock buyback or acquiring a competitor has a faster payback or is preferred to the investor markets, infrastructure will take a back seat.

Comment Re:Anything to avoid FTTH (Score 2) 53

Sure, for many people there's no need for increased bandwidth. Until the next big thing hits and all of the sudden everyone needs more bandwidth. Dial up internet was fine for mostly text web pages and email. Then someone started producing graphics rich web sites with lots of advertising and people needed more bandwidth. Then people started sharing/downloading music, taking more bandwidth than available, so the ISPs had to catch up again. Then Netflix and Youtube. I'm not sure what the next big thing is, but you can bet it will take the ISPs by complete surprise.

Comment Anything to avoid FTTH (Score 4, Insightful) 53

Yet another bridge tech to keep from having to run fiber to the home. Cable companies are almost to the point where passive coax makes sense everywhere (Comcast will be deploying "fiber deep" tech in their network over the next 2-4 years). VZW again attempting to dump their copper pair network, this time for wireless. No idea what AT&T is up to with Uverse these days, but I think they're continuing to push RDSLAMs out closer to the customers. Any new build developments above a certain number of homes will be fiber to the home for every ISP thanks to joint open trenching, but all that legacy stuff is too expensive to dig up. The good news is that fiber continues to get cheaper.

Verizon was on the right track with FIOS, but unfortunately not enough customers bought into the tech to make it profitable in the timeline they wanted. This is the fundamental problem with very large national ISPs, they cannot scale out the last mile without sinking billions into the network, but because people don't necessarily understand what increased bandwidth means (and yes, lack of competition), there's little business at risk for doing nothing. So once again when the new bandwidth hog hits the network the ISPs are woefully unprepared.

Comment Re:Not everyone is the same (Score 2) 297

So if you're happy sitting here by yourself typing away, go for it.

But that's the thing, the OP isn't sitting here "by themselves," they are with all of our thoughts, including yours. Just because someone isn't staring at your face at the same moment in time doesn't mean they aren't interacting with you. Humans have been interacting over distance and time for thousands of years. Now that communication and artificial memory has become cheap, there are a lot more of us who can afford to engage.

Comment Re: Like the Altair 8800 - it's the first of it's (Score 1) 274

Yep, you're right. Commodore had the PETs and CBM machines. Oh, but they were built after Commodore got a demo of an Apple 2 (happy?) prototype:

"In September 1976 Peddle got a demonstration of Jobs and Wozniak's Apple II prototype, when Jobs was offering to sell it to Commodore, but Commodore considered Jobs' offer too expensive.[3]"

There was a lot of work being done in parallel. That's what happens when new chips are introduced.

Comment Re: Like the Altair 8800 - it's the first of it's (Score 1) 274

Actually CP/M ran just fine on the Altair 8800 and other S-100 bus computers, around 1975 or so (the first version of CP/M was released in 1974, but Wikipedia isn't clear as to what it ran on when). There were lots of different designs for personal computers, mostly built around the S-100 bus, and many of them were used by small businesses and hobbyist types even long after the first home computers hit the mass market.

But you're right, the Apple ][ was a new concept entirely. And by the time Atari, Commodore and the rest got into mass production the market changed. I think that the 3d printer world is in that same place as early PCs were in the late 1970s, still waiting for a great efficient design and mass market appeal. Unfortunately everyone thinks they're the next "the two Steves."

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