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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Ralph Wiggam Re:Not a market back then (267 comments)

Timing is very important. If the first to market always won, we would all be using Apple Newton 17s.

But marketing is critically important too.

3 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Ralph Wiggam Re:The lesson... (267 comments)

In 1900, most people fundamentally didn't understand what a car was or was capable of- having never seen on.

In 2001, it was the same deal with tablets. Although there were some earlier pseudo-tablets from Palm and Apple.

Market research works very well for improving established existing products. People can answer "what do you like and not like about the product you currently use".

3 days ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

Ralph Wiggam Re:Should have gone with thorium (174 comments)

Yeah. But unfortunately the money for Iraq and Afghanistan has already been spent.

Good luck getting even $4B for science based R&D out a Republican controlled House.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

Ralph Wiggam Re:Should have gone with thorium (174 comments)

You think that a commercial scale Thorium reactor could be developed and built for $4B? You're about an order of magnitude off.

I'm not sure why I'm bothering to correct someone who thinks that Obama created the TSA.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Ralph Wiggam Re:Does Michael Bloomberg know how to code? (578 comments)

I was not a fan of Steve Jobs at all.

How many people do you think had a conversation with Jobs and left thinking "Man, that guy is stupid"?

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Ralph Wiggam Re:You can't teach Bloomberg to mine coal. (578 comments)

We have hired women coders and they do as good a job as men.

When did those women first get interested in computers and coding? I'll bet 8th grade at the latest.

Go find a 50 year old waitress and turn her into a professional programmer. Then you'll have a point.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Ralph Wiggam Re:Does Michael Bloomberg know how to code? (578 comments)

He was the head of Data Systems Development at Solomon Brothers. When that company got bought out, he started a company selling Bloomberg Terminals, which were extremely innovative. He parlayed that into the Bloomberg News service. He grew up middle class with no family connections or a leg up, and now has $33B. That doesn't happen to dumb people.

about two weeks ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Ralph Wiggam Strangers With Candy (193 comments)

If you like Stephen Colbert, go watch Strangers With Candy. It was one of the first Comedy Central shows and it's just amazing.

about two weeks ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Ralph Wiggam Re:WHy would he do it? (193 comments)

His bank account will see a significant step up.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Ralph Wiggam Re:More basic than that (181 comments)

True, but I've noticed that the F2P games that use that model are now trying to entice players back into monthly subscriptions.

What games are those?

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Ralph Wiggam Re:More basic than that (181 comments)

Once you're in, you find that you can't, for all practical purposes, go beyond a certain point without spending money and how much further beyond that you can go depends on how much you can afford to spend. It's why the derisive term is "pay-to-win".

Far too many gamers paint all Free To Play games with the same brush. Everyone should check out the games Loadout (FPS) and Paths of Exile (Action RPG). Both are more polished than many traditional model games. Paths of Exile has absolutely no way of paying for an in-game advantage. My objection was that their cosmetic items are obscenely priced. Turning your town portal from blue to orange is like 9 bucks. Adding a cosmetic lightning effect to your weapon is more than $20. Loadout offers an array of hilarious cosmetic stuff, plus short term double XP periods as part of a larger package. The thing is that a good player can earn 1500+ XP per match while a shitty player earns 500-800 per match. So a shitty player who pays for double XP isn't going to surpass a good player who pays nothing.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Ralph Wiggam Re:Crypto (146 comments)

That can't be a good idea. Litecoin has steadily dropped from $25 to $11 during 2014, after briefly touching $44 late last year. I don't see any reason why the downward trend in bitcoin or litecoin price will reverse.

I can't imagine that a $1500 card plus electricity costs are ever going to pay for themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Ralph Wiggam Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (371 comments)

Watch some video of what the insides of those factories look like. They employ a small fraction of the employees that worked in the old Detroit and Flint plants.

I watched a video about the Hyundia plant in Alabama. The chassis assembly line involves something like 30 people.

That would be the "automation" half of my comment.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Ralph Wiggam Re:It's simple (1112 comments)

Poor straight white males. They can't ever catch a break in this black and gay controlled country.

about two weeks ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Ralph Wiggam Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (371 comments)

The professional economics and historians point to globalization and automation as the major factors in Detroit's decline.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

Ralph Wiggam Re:Panasonic (151 comments)

Tesla is putting up something like $2B of the total estimated $5B price tag. So they would be a partner, not just a consumer.

But you are correct that US news outlets were overplaying Tesla's involvement in the project and underplaying Panasonic's.

about two weeks ago

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