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Comment Re:Does Alibaba matter to those in the west? (Score 1) 41

The sale is rolling by timezone. As I type this in, the sale will be starting in about 9 hours 15 minutes from where I live.

So, that was all China.

Aliexpress is getting bigger in the US. It is the same factory sources as many US companies, so the build quality is very similar and the prices are often significantly less. They also reflect the chinese tech market and that can be several years ahead of the US domestic sales market.

Comment Re:Not your father's NASA anymore (Score 2) 24

The point of NASA is to not become essentially a merchant marine for space. It put all of its budget into operations of space craft for decades and that has taken a toll on its science and research portions. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about it having a monopoly on space operations and that negatively impacts other options. NASA is a great R&D operation and does wonderful science. Why would it also be tasked with running operations when that is a function that has moved well into industry at this point?

There is nothing to indicate that it functions as a rubberstamp for private space operations. Actually, the only government agency that has any stamp functions is the FAA. NASA is *not* a regulatory agency, it is an R&D agency for the purpose of science and research and that function looks to be both necessary and germane to the long term space strategy of the US.

Comment Re:Probably actually illegal (Score 1) 250

Not really...

They won an original settlement of $120 million (about $5.50 per copy of DOS sold) less $13.6 million awarded to Microsoft for their countersuit. That was never paid. Microsoft appealed the decision and hung it up in court. Eventually, they settled for Microsoft investing $39.9 million into Stac (ie, they ended up part owner of the company they screwed over) and $43 million for Stac to try to move into a different area. Stac tried other products, but failed. In 2002, they sold their remaining assets and refunded the money to their stockholders (including Microsoft).

Comment Re:Probably actually illegal (Score 5, Insightful) 250

Probably, but I am reminded of the Microsoft/Stacker lawsuit. Stacker was a company that did on-the-fly disk compression for DOS systems. Microsoft met up with them and went through a lot of due diligence and saw a lot of Stacker's software code as part of a discussion about Microsoft licensing Stacker for the next version of DOS. They did not reach an agreement. Microsoft then incorporated a product in the next version that looked a lot like Stacker. Stacker sued and eventually won, but was already driven out of business by the time everything cleared court.

So, I ask you.. does it really matter if something is illegal if no one goes to jail and it is cheaper to pay a fine than deal with competition?

Comment Target market (Score 3, Insightful) 102

The interesting thing here is that people are complaining about how the Raspberry Pi operates when used by people who were not its primary customer when it was designed.

When it launched, it was launched, it was done as a teaching system and it has been aimed more at replacing the arduino than PC's, where this is very cost competitive given its vastly greater capabilities.

That is does not have all the functionality of a desktop is not surprising. That is not what it was designed for. But, the low cost is really causing people to think about the system and deploy it in very surprising ways. (We are using them at my place of business in our NOC for all our monitoring systems where more powerful systems are just overkill.)

Comment Re:Where?? What is wrong with MORE CHOICE (Score 1) 551

How do you propose hooking this phone to the car audio system now? Has to be wired as no car stereo supports this new format or are they doing both bluetooth and this new format?

Did they talk about cars at all? I am actually quite curious as to how this would work. a) Wired for audio, bluetooth for calls? b) all wired?

Don't know about where you are, but it is illegal to wear headphones while driving in Colorado, so that is not really an option. What is their handsfree solution for driving?

Comment Re:New Technologies... (Score 1) 385

In the past few days: On a bus. In a waiting room at the auto repair shop. Lunch at a burger place. On a bridge call where I needed my hands free to type and did not want to use the speaker phone as I was in a public spot. (The joys of oncall).

That ignores the times I use it on airplanes, waiting rooms, or any of a hundred places where I am killing time in a public place.

Seriously, do a walk-thru of an airport sometime. Nothing but headphones all over the place.

Comment Re:I wonder what (Score 1) 100

I saw they have $500 in revenue last year, but I would be very surprised if they were in the red. I suspect this was to try to position for the USPS contract renewal and for customer transfer. HP did something similar with Apollo back in the day. (Compaq and a slew of other businesses were still going concerns. Apollo was on its downward spiral when HP acquired them.)

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