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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Overzeetop Nobody wants them enough (465 comments)

Seriously. Nobody is willing to pay the necessary premium to bring this to market. Indegogo, Kickstarter, etc. provide a way to get funding, but even then you don't see keyboard phones popping up, though everybody and their brother seems excited to build another 3D printer.

What would you pay for a slider, and could you find 1000 people willing to put their money where their mouth is? Android is open(ish) so you don't even have to make your own OS. With a couple thousand people you might be able to get the cost down to $5000 a piece.

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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Overzeetop Re:Before you get too excited (120 comments)

A Tesla with an extra 1/2 battery pack would bust that record.

3 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Overzeetop Re:Wow (120 comments)

So, really, with a half-pack of bonus batteries in the trunk of a Model S Elon Musk could easily set a new world record?

I love the quote, "Five hundred kilometres is pretty much as far as a normal person would want to drive in a single day." Oh, man, I've driven further to see a live show, and driven back essentially the next day (It's ~750km to NYC from my house). I wouldn't want to drive that every day, but It's not unusual to top 500km for a long weekend/vacation trip which we do multiple times a year.

3 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Overzeetop Re:I take offense! (164 comments)

But to be fair... the babies are skinned alive before they arrive on a golden platter for him to devour.

FTFY

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Overzeetop Re:It sucks for him, but... (875 comments)

Probably not. This isn't a place of business in the traditional sense - it's a purchased seat on an airplane. It would be more akin to selling you an item, posting a poor review, and then the shop owner taking it back unless you deleted the review.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Overzeetop Re:Why did he roll like a pussy? (875 comments)

Exactly, though I probably would have re-tweeted both the original and the SWA legal threat immediately upon landing.

4 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Overzeetop Re:Crazy (778 comments)

So the $600 pre-refund of taxes that Bush2 put in place (which made a negligible increase in per paycheck take-home) and the SS 2% rebate by Obama (which had a similar result) were useless? No, they weren't, they were identified as having an impact on the economy, even though the money wasn't even in consumers hands when it was announced/started.

Minimum wage has nothing to do with minimum ability. It sets a price floor for labor. The people who lose out are those just above the minimum wage floor who see their less skilled/experienced/tenured coworkers elevated to a higher wage while theirs remains stagnant. (This happened to me, btw, and it sowed a short period of discord in that company)

For businesses with very small margins, the costs will be transferred pretty much one for one. As the margin of the business increases, the cost will be passed on in a proportionally smaller magnitude. People are (almost) never hired because they're "cheap" but because work needs to be done to meet demand. Just as nobody hires people if their taxes go down, or fire people if taxes rise. Might it delay hiring? In some instances it makes greater efficiency more valuable, with businesses investing in machines (which are built by people) instead of people. However most of the time it's just a cost of production. If you need to make more silk shirts and the cost of silk goes up, you don't buy less silk - you buy as much as you need to meet demand.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Overzeetop And you think the phone number was correct? (277 comments)

They can't bother to keep their (required annually) admin whois contact email up to date, but their phone number is going to be a working one that connects to someone who can resolve the problem?

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Overzeetop Re:An "unread email address"?? (277 comments)

I use Google Apps. Spam is never an issue.

It interesting, though, that the requirement for verifying your contact information goes (essentially) entirely unheeded. Perhaps there should be a 2% audit of addresses every year, with a 30 day response time and mandatory permanent loss of domain name and $10,000 fine for incorrect information.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Overzeetop Re:Well, uh, yes actually (435 comments)

As soon as the industrial revolution made most manual labor jobs safe, we began to value life more. In a time when you lost 3 kids to childhood disease, 2 to farming or machinery accidents, and ended up with 2 or 3 making it to adulthood, you made babies knowing you were going to see a 50%-70% loss rate. Nowadays, you make 2 and you expect them to make it to adulthood unless some major calamity happens.

Once you expect zero mortality, you begin to covet it. Also, with all the extra free time, people think of all the worst case, outlier scenarios. Most people, I've decided, are inherently evil and untrustworthy. They imagine themselves with all the power of technology, and then figure that's what The Man (TM) intends to do from the start. And then they fear something for it's danger.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Overzeetop Re:I am a mamber of a free (87 comments)

Ours does. But there are limits on their copies, and limits to their purchasing budget, which means very few new books in a given year. Interestingly, they also have CDs and DVDs - yet the selection I can get for $10 through Spotify or NetFlix, available any time with no worries about the item(s) I want being checked out, is 100x as large as theirs.

Libraries are good. But if you're okay dropping $10/mo for a much larger selection (potentially...nobody knows yet) it still might be worth it.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Overzeetop Depending on the selection, I'm probably in (87 comments)

My wife goes through 8-12 novels a month, and often the more recent ones are either not available from the local library or are checked out/reserved, so we're spending $40 or more on new or used books that generally get given away when she's done with them. She almost never re-reads, so there's no real loss in the rental model for her.

So depending on what the selection is like, it might be worth it. Even more so if it's a per-family cost instead of a per-device, since my daughter seems to be trying her best to put B&N back in the black, esp. during summer months.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Overzeetop Re:Congratulations? (590 comments)

They cut off his balls and dick and gave him breasts.And it's a near certainty that we will all want to bed this transsexual. Yeah, I think it's that last one that's the kicker.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Overzeetop Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

"The only thing keeping us from going truly cash free is the cost of exchanging non-cash things of value"

That, and the implied anonymity of cash transactions. Never underestimate the desire to not have a record of a purchase, even if it's just something that seems silly or stupid to someone else. Mormons will always pay for liquor and cigars with cash, for example. No need to get a (mis-)targeted mailing for the new Johnny Walker in the mail next year.

And there are times when cash is just faster. Not at a POS when change is needed, but elsewhere. If I'm running late and the waitress is dog slow, you can be sure I'll be leaving cash and just walking out the door. as soon as I get the check. I may not have 10 minutes for her to decide to come around to pick up my card and complete a transaction. And tipping a bellman for getting my luggage to my room - in a busy hallway it's far easier to give him a 5 or a 10 with my room number. Paypal/Square/... are slow compared to handing off a fiver. And, at least in the US, a discreet monetary thank-you is appreciated far more than a "transaction" that requires a 30-40 second interchange of electronics.

And, as a business owner, I chafe at car processors who bill me 3% of the gross on a transaction for the simple act of transferring a money from one account to another electronically. A transaction which costs a fraction of a cent to complete.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Overzeetop Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

You still can do pretty much any of those things on your own land, just as you could in the 1800s. You can build your own gun, drive an unregistered car, and perform practically any work for your own personal enjoyment.

What part of liberty allow you to do anything you damned well please on *somebody else's* property? Cause if you think you can fire a gun or perform Shakespeare or ride your 4 wheeler in my back yard then FUCK YOU! Because that's the American way.

about three weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Overzeetop Bullshit (181 comments)

Possession is 90% of the law, defense is the other 10%. If you can get it and defend it, it's yours. It's the same principle on which ownership of every country on Earth is based.

about three weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Overzeetop Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (310 comments)

No, the local cop saw someone speeding, chased him down, and then charged the person with drug possession after tossing a dime bag in the back seat after pulling them over.

about three weeks ago

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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