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Comment Re:Symptoms right, cause seems backwards (Score 4, Informative) 95

This is the problem with big corporations. Small firms and startups can offer a relatively large percentage of the payoff if successful. Google, while able to provide stock options out the wazoo, still can't offer the kind of equity in the company Sergey and Larry have. After all, even acquiring enough stock to offer a 1% payout on success would be next to impossible without either driving up the share price or diluting the pool with new shares to drive the price down. But if you're working for a startup with potential, hey here's 10% of nothing. If it works out, whoopee. If not, well you still have all that "FU money" from your previous employer.

I'm sure the same thing happened at Microsoft when they went public. I heard that people wore buttons that had the letters "FUIFV," which stood for "f*** you, I'm fully vested." I'm sure more than a few people decided to cut and run knowing their retirement, kids' education and possibly home were paid for. Just the right conditions for going out and starting your own company.

Comment Still around today (Score 1) 611

If you get nostalgic for the good old days, get your ham radio license. You'll be transported back to the past by trying to interface your fancy new $kilobuck radio with a modern PC, use software that can't address virtual com ports (meaning you'll have to hope your USB converter can fake being COM 1-4), actually attempt to communicate using only 45, 300, 1200 (but never 9600) baud, and deal with other users who won't let go of 20 year old computers running Windows XP because they're still pissed off they had to learn a new UI after that whole Windows 3.1 to 95 debacle.

Oh and when someone proposes actually doing something that might modernize the hobby, they get shot down in flames.

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.

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