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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

bgfay Debating this? (398 comments)

It says that Nissan is debating the idea of better battery options. Well, that's great, there, Nissan. My guess is that the folks at Tesla aren't debating these things so much as always working on it. This is what separates the old companies from the new.

about 5 months ago

AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

bgfay Reminds me of IBM's golden screwdriver (129 comments)

I remember reading in _Big Blues_ how IBM mainframes were throttled when first installed. That way, a tech could be sent into the locked room with the golden screwdriver and magically upgrade things to incredible speed. The customers didn't know that they had been using hobbled systems and were happily impressed that the thing was now so much faster. Sounds like the same trick AT&T is trying to pull.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

bgfay I care some and think there's a solution (285 comments)

Our local Syracuse paper was bought up by the same folks who are running the Times-Picayune into the ground. We used to have two daily papers (certainly don't need that now), but are left with a non-daily paper that is primarily AP wire and NY Times stories.

What I would like is to see Syracuse University buy the paper, use the press to print a daily for both the university and the city (keeping with the Town & Gown movement). The paper could be the Journalism department and also be an outlet for the business department. It seems a win-win. I wonder what the downsides are.

about 5 months ago

Why Internet Pirates Always Win

bgfay Re:Interesting point on HBO's potential revenue. (360 comments)

And as with piracy, aren't the methods for eliminating ads going to increase? I tape delay the Olympics when I watch because I HAVE to have the ability to skip the commercials. I honestly can't stand them and won't watch. YouTube has become polluted with them too and I go there less and less. Have we reached the tipping point when a half hour network show is less than 20 minutes long?

more than 2 years ago

Why Internet Pirates Always Win

bgfay Reminds me of Millipede (360 comments)

I played Millipede until I ran my entire family dry of quarters. And the better I got at it, the more mushrooms appeared.

HBO is playing the same game. I wonder how long their quarters will last.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Photo of Stolen Ring Puts Couple In Jail

bgfay When you care enough to send the very best (143 comments)

Nothing in the world says "I love you" quite so much as stolen merchandise. I'm so head over heels for my wife that I'm about to go out and knock over a convenience store.

more than 3 years ago

News Corp's The Daily Is Doomed

bgfay Re:Drop in the Bucket to Be Shoved Down Our Gullet (246 comments)

This comment is right on the mark, but I wonder if Murdoch will wait for the money to happen. I would give this less than a year. (BTW, I have been wrong about every technology related prediction I have ever made.) Mostly I keep thinking, would I use this thing (if I had a tablet/iPad to run it on)? The answer is no, because for now the NYTimes is free. When their paywall goes up, I'll have to see how that works out and what other sources I might read. But it has been so long since I paid for news that I find it difficult to imagine going back to that. If nothing else, I'll send a hundred bucks to NPR and turn the radio on. Maybe I don't need to read the news at all.

more than 3 years ago

Egyptians Find New Ways To Get Online

bgfay Knee-Jerk Reaction (202 comments)

A regime that tries to shut down all means for its population to communicate is one that does not deserve to continue.

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

bgfay Re:Not dead yet in surgery (2166 comments)

Most places are reporting that she is in surgery. Please change the original post. Thank you.

more than 3 years ago

House Passes TV Commercial Volume Bill

bgfay People still watch commercials? (408 comments)

Wow, I can't remember the last time I watched much of anything live on television. The price I pay for commercial free television is that I wait until it's over before starting the TiVo. Even my parents don't watch commercials anymore, they flip through the rest of the channels until their show is back on. It amazes me that companies still pay the price for commercial spots. They must still work, but it's hard to imagine. It's also hard to imagine that 1/2 hour show is shorter than 20 minutes long. When will businesses learn that when they make their practices onerous, people find a way around. Too many commercials leads to TiVo. Too high a price for music leads to bittorrent. And so on.

Oh well.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Losing Big To Apple On Campus

bgfay Re:LINUX rounds numbers fine (764 comments)

I would think that the rise of Macs is actually the reason fewer people are using Linux. The Macs just work for people and solve the Windows problems that so many of them have had. Besides, and this may sound curmudgeonly, I think that students are less and less interested in how things work and just want to get stuff done. Ten years ago, there was a real need to know html. Now, not so much. That translates to other things. When you don't need to know how to work under the hood, Mac makes sense.

For me, playing under the hood is half the reason I use Linux (though I'm typing this on Windows 7 right now) and most of the reason why I find the Mac so unsatisfying. But I'm old and toothless, so what do I know.

more than 4 years ago

Like Google's Chrome, Mozilla To Silently Update Firefox 4

bgfay Re:silent, or totally invisible (287 comments)

This is smart thinking. The process should be easy but not invisible. I like that Chrome does a lot of things easily, but don't like that I don't know about those things. It leads to the sudden "this thing doesn't work anymore" syndrome where things break with no seeming reason.

That said, I hate that Firefox has to be restarted to install add-ons. Things like that aren't good enough. I should be able to install the add-on and use it immediately.

Combine the two ideas: tell me that my program is being updated but do it for me when I push "OK".

more than 4 years ago

Are the New Kindles Tablets-In-Training?

bgfay Re:Agreed, 3G Value Is Not Clear to Me (134 comments)

I agree that the 3G is not necessary for my experience and that this thing should sell for $99. Amazon has just moved to selling more eBooks than hardcovers, why not just keep going with that.

As for the full tablet experience, an incremental approach sounds right to me. Next, how about an audio player for Amazon MP3s. Then color screen and the ability to download Amazon video. That way they keep generating revenue and utilize it as a tool for selling more stuff which is all it was ever designed to be.

Me, I'm sticking with my Netbook as well. I watched a few people during a summer course I took trying to make it with just an iPad. It's not there yet. Hell, I like a keyboard and there's that whole printing thing and...

But if it comes below $100, I might get me a Kindle.

more than 4 years ago

Songbird Drops Linux Support

bgfay Re:I would feel bad about this... (356 comments)

Bad form to reply to my own post, but here goes.

I just had a thought: this is exactly the way it's supposed to work. Songbird is a pretty bad player and I wouldn't imagine that many people are using it, so it dies.

I like the idea of natural selection. It works.

more than 4 years ago

Songbird Drops Linux Support

bgfay I would feel bad about this... (356 comments)

...but I tried Songbird and it was slow, prone to crashes, and generally not very useful. Compared to Banshee, it just didn't work well enough. I don't like to see any company stop supporting their software on Linux, but I'm hardpressed to find anyone I know who uses Songbird anyway.

This is a sad thing at the general level of Linux software, but so far as usefulness goes, not that big of a deal to me.

more than 4 years ago

NY Times To Charge For Online Content

bgfay It's a pickle (488 comments)

Back when Times Select existed, I thought about joining. I like the NY Times because it really is a well-written news source. I don't like getting news from TV or print newspapers. I listen to NPR when I can, but I prefer to be able to scan through the NYT especially on the iPhone app.

I'm waiting to see what this pay model will be. I really wish Google would buy the NYT and put in a good ad-based revenue system, but that seems unlikely. If the pay model is fair and cheap, then I might do it. If it's not, then I'll search for better sources. I have (and I pay for that by maintaining a membership with my local NPR station--because it's a fair system). But I'll be looking for other sources.

I'll scan through the rest of the comments for other free sources (or sources to which I can donate what I think they are worth) for good journalism.

I really thought the NYT was onto something when they released their content for free. I thought they had a plan. It seems like they didn't have much of a plan at all. Oh well.

more than 3 years ago

Early Look At ASUS Eee PC 901 With Intel Atom CPU

bgfay Re:Still one thing missing... (235 comments)

Doesn't selling it with Linux avoid that tax?

more than 6 years ago



bgfay bgfay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bgfay writes "The New York Times Magazine is running a long, multi-page article about US spy agencies' uses/misuses/lack of uses of technology in their work and a new push to use Wiki and blog methods, to open-source their efforts, in order to collaborate and share information. The article contends that such sharing would have likely stopped the 9/11 attacks because agents could have written searchable, linkable blog entries and someone would have likely put up a Wiki page that would have put the pieces together. Also, it mentions how this new approach let the agency decide very quickly that the recent plane crash into a NYC apartment building was not terrorism."


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