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Comment Re:Sharing Paper (Score 1) 153

Older people - of which I am one, are accustomed to being able to share books. Book clubs, used book stores, sharing your favorite new read with a friend is part of the culture. The notion that you pay once and can never share with someone - yet pay close to the same price as paper - is both insulting and greedy.

You haven't priced ebooks lately. Most of them are considerably more expensive than having a physical copy shipped to you. Take for instance the classic 1984. A paperback copy can be bought brand new including shipping for $6.51. On Kindle, it is 50% more, at $9.99. I love my Kindle, but I refuse to pay the premium price that publishers are charging for the books. On books that are priced this way, I'll either borrow a copy from the library or pirate it.

Comment Face time (Score 2) 587

Cog making is fine and good anywhere, but, honestly, many bosses want to be able to hold someone's feet to the fire. Someone in the room. Someone in the room with people in their room. If you have a product that requires specific communication and intense deadlines, being able to look someone in the eye is most of the justification for a premium. Managers don't get paid for results — they get paid for the appearance of results. They justify your expense to justify their own expense.

Comment Re:Yield problems? (Score 3, Insightful) 81

Wireless charging is great. You can have a charger/stand on your desk, one on your nightstand, wherever you want. Just leave it there and your battery is always topped off when you go. You can pick it up and reply to messages without a cable getting caught on things. That was my biggest disappointment with the latest Nexus and Pixel phones, was that Google discontinued that feature. Hopefully if Apple puts it in and Samsung keeps it in their flagships, the next Pixel phones will have it as well.

Comment Re:Escalation? (Score 1) 316

The only one of those things that a legacy USB connector is is orientation specific. They're not bulky. They're ubiquitous. Your mouse dies and you need a new one at 3 in the morning? Run over to the local 24 hour drug store, they'll be there. Need to send a large file to someone with a bad internet connection? Send it on a USB thumb drive, you know if they've got a computer they'll be able to open it. This is the new spec, but there's no reason to remove the legacy completely at this point. Just like most new car stereos still have a CD player even though most people get their music online now. It's ubiquitous. Everyone can, and will continue using it for a long time.

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