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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

kaiser423 Re:18B on 75B (514 comments)

If you run at single digit margins you have absolutely no ability to invest in development.

I agree with you in general, but to be fair that 24% margin is *after* all of the R&D, internal investment, etc, etc. So they could keep everything at the same level, which is among if not the highest in the industry, but 20% drop in price and still make 4%. This is true profit -- after everything else has been paid for -- if it was just an amortized profit per product without all the external costs wrapped in, then yea, 24% is not very healthy to begin with and 4% would put the company out of business.

2 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

kaiser423 Re:Boston Representing (394 comments)

Oddly enough, those same group of people don't take their vast meteorological knowledge to places like the national weather service where it could be put to better use.

Quoted for truth.

2 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

kaiser423 Re:Size (324 comments)

Not just size, but I think it needs to stop focusing on the consumer market. They're a couple of generations out from getting is small and useful enough that consumers will adopt it -- even if they make it very small, it's not going to be totally hidden and people will get anxious about whether they're being recorded or not.

But in the commercial space, every single person on an assembly line could benefit from this -- the F-35 has projects and computer vision systems to overlay work instructions, rivet patterns, and check whether they're in there right. You have to design the assembly line around not obscuring the projectors that are telling you what to do. Making it on the operators face, but doing the same job would be a massive boon. Police officers recording interactions. Medical professionals pulling up charts, etc. There are a couple of very viable commercial uses that they should use to survive and refine over a couple of generations until the tech gets to the point of being able to be packaged into a consumer friendly package. Honestly, spin off a small lean company to keep it alive in the commercial sphere for 5-10 years and then absorb back into the mothership.

about a week ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

kaiser423 Re: SUPER SLOW unless a faster than light system (105 comments)

Iridum has terminals giving you above 128kbps. I have a terminal that I pass data via Iridium all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

kaiser423 Re:I hope they succeed, but... (426 comments)

I hope that this effort of GM's succeeds at least well enough for them to continue R&D into EV's, but there are 2 significant problems I see that they'll need to overcome: First, they'll need a high-speed charging network that will allow for long-distance road trips...Second, the established dealer network has no interest in selling EV's.

I've always had this question, and I think that I know the answer (that the Big 3 aren't serious about EV's yet). There are dealerships *everywhere*, and they're large and have service bays. If any of these Big 3 were interested in EV's it wouldn't take much to help turn dealerships into quasi supercharger stations, where service and maintenance can also be performed. Heck, battery swaps too if the tech gets there. I think that once the Big 3 finally come full bore into EV's that the dealership network is going to have to be key to their strategy. Dealerships are independent, but if they help out and come up with the right incentives to put solar panels on dealerships and install fast charging stations, they could effectively cover all of the US in charging networks very, very quickly.

about two weeks ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

kaiser423 Re:Precious Snowflake (323 comments)

To be fair, she is using data. Most of the Psychologists at the time that the stupid Self-Esteem movement that was happening in education was incorrect and were pretty aghast. They *knew* from their studies, etc that that approach isn't particularly effective. It was more the stupidity of our educational system that was the fault of that one.

I'm all for data driven stuff; although Psychology is a tough one -- it's incredibly hard to effectively account for all the variables, and I think that she may be reading into the data bit much, as can happen in the field.

about a month ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

kaiser423 Re:Missed the Boat by about 15 years (222 comments)

Yahoo fantasy football is still about the best around. Same with their sports apps. They bought up Sportstacular and haven't ruined it (it's actually gotten quite better since the acquisition), so those are great. But not enough to keep it aroudn forever.

about a month and a half ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

kaiser423 Re:Someone has (270 comments)

I don't even know what you're talking about here. Up until a year or so ago, none had DRM. And you don't need to remove anything to use your own coffee grounds. I have quite a few reusable K-cup sized filters that I've been utilizing to put my own grounds in forever without modifying the machine. I've never actually met anyone that didn't have at least one -- eventually if you drink coffee, you realize how much money you could save with one of those versus the K-cup.

I use the Keurig for when I have multiple people wanting something. I like my coffee incredibly strong, so most people don't drink my french press coffee. But with the K-cups, they can get coffee, tea, whatever without me having to expend any extra effort. Makes hosting people easier than reworking my fancy coffee setup for 12-18 cups of coffee.

about a month and a half ago
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BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

kaiser423 Re:Interesting if done right (67 comments)

I'm a bigger fan of HTTPS everywhere over this. As far as I can tell, this would break a lot of that....But it still could be a boon for imgur, and other picture/video hosting sites. Makes sense, but I think that the trend towards encrypting everything clash with this idea pretty well.

about a month and a half ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

kaiser423 Re:simple (193 comments)

Playing with some friend's Chromebooks, they really do seem to have a drop dead simple administration backend. They're simple, can pretty much only do what you need them to do for school and seem to work at a good price. My friend had test trialed iPads versus Chromebooks and went with Chromebooks mainly due to durability. While they do pass that cost onto the student, it was much, much easier to crack an iPad's screen, which replacement cost as much as just a new chromebook. He has a pretty good chromebook junkyard that he lets the kids have access to to fix things before they have to pay for a replacement.

about 2 months ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

kaiser423 Re:Well, not really (307 comments)

Considering that's kind of like saying that maybe life will evolve to live on the surface of our sun (this is actually slightly more likely than an organism evolving to utilize as power utilize an event that takes place once every thousands of millions of years and is every bit as hostile as the surface of our sun).

Aka, they're not really talking out their asses.

about 2 months ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

kaiser423 Re: Who ends up paying for this? (85 comments)

Yea, but it's also getting better. I have unlimited talk, text and 2.5GB of LTE, with unlimited after that. $40/mo (Straight Talk with discounts). Pretty close to what my friends who live in the EU pay if they get a plan that works everywhere in the continent. They can get cheaper ones that cover a limited area, but you can also do that in the states too. I'd personally just like more competition; the prices are actually coming down if you move off-carrier (similar to what is seen in Europe also).

about 2 months ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

kaiser423 Re:The American Public (85 comments)

A decent chunk of the money (but way less than half) gets distributed out to the industries that have to move out of this spectrum that they're allocating. There are *lots* of legacy users in this spectrum that will get a small chunk of this money to move out of this spectrum and into other spectrum. That's why these auctions can be so hellishly complicated; before it can even be auctioned, they have to find other spectrum available to move legacy users into, which might require an auction or consolidation itself, etc, etc. You really need a long-term plan to make these kinds of things happen. Some of these industries have been notified for nearly a decade now (if not longer) about their spectrum going away in the future, and hence they've planned for it and just need the money from the auction to wholesale upgrade their entire enterprise and their customers.

about 2 months ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

kaiser423 Re:Only 65 megahertz? (85 comments)

65MHz is TON of spectrum. Most LTE is operating on a couple of 10MHz chunks. 65MHz, nationwide is enough to start multiple *new* wireless companies. If it wasn't so impossible to actually build a competent telecom that can compete, we'd see a lot more interesting things happening here. Look at the continual T-Mobile and Sprint acquisition/merger talks to see that it would be a huge risk of $50B+ to try to start up a whole new carrier in the US. It would be amazing, but incredibly risky capital investment.

about 2 months ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

kaiser423 Re:Setting the Clock? (249 comments)

You just determine your own new epoch :) you're the only one that accurate to begin with, so make the magic number yourself. Obviously you keep it accurate with respect to other clocks, but you're now setting the specific epoch of that extra precision. Yes, time is relative -- you just need to have an agreement on it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

kaiser423 Re:Pay the $15 extra a month... (170 comments)

Set her up with Wifi calling and a small data/minutes SIM from T-Mobile for next to no cost to get her through the times when she is not at home with Wifi. Sounds like she's mostly at home, so take care of 90% of the needs with home internet + Wifi and then have a small $15/mo plan for when she's not at home.

about 3 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kaiser423 Re:Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (269 comments)

I just posted this on Ars, but at least to me a distributed social network is screaming at Microsoft to be implemented. Let me explain:

They don't have a social network; I don't know if they want one, but they probably wouldn't *mind* one. More than wanting a social network, they probably wouldn't mind dishing out a bit of trouble to Google/Facebook.

They're also looking to transition everyone from licenses to yearly subscriptions, which lots of people are resisting. Microsoft also now has a very large, mature cloud.

Microsoft should make it so that if you pay for a Windows service that you get a small, configurable slice of the cloud. Then make it super easy to add services, and enable some by default. Make a distributed social media platform, or partner with some like WithKnown and establish an industry-wide API. Then enable it by default on the user's cloud account. Boom instant secure federate social media that the user controls, and Microsoft just enabled it. If successful, they also just increased their subscription rates and dealt a decent blow to Facebook and Google.

They could also do the same with basic webpages, email (for those paranoid, host your own Outlook.com instance), photo uploads, etc. That could be the hook to get onto the services and keep that service active and the money flowing. Honestly, I hate yearly subscriptions, but if someone had something like that set up, easy to use and administer I'd pay for that service. Hell, I'd even pay Microsoft which is something I really don't like doing.

about 3 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kaiser423 Re:Tedious story already OBE (269 comments)

I do wish Diaspora had taken off though. That seemed quite good. Needed a bit of polish, but definitely promising. Never got the critical mass though.

Yea, I wish that Diaspora wasn't Diaspora. It honestly was a bunch of guys without any idea of how to build a good, secure, scalable application trying to build one. That really poisoned the well for federated social network's. I gotta give it to the guys for coming up with the idea and generating the hype, and open sourcing the protocol. I was excited and willing to help out. But what they release was such a streaming pile that everyone whom looked at the source to help out (including me) after initial release pretty much thought the same thing about nuking it from orbit and starting from scratch really set back the entire concept. I definitely did not want to be part of a project and put my spare time into a project that was perpetually going to be in the headlines for security issues. Not worth the headache.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

kaiser423 Re:clinical trials. (124 comments)

Are we sure that they're planning a true 50/50 or standard clinical trial?

In situations like this, you usually see a study that tries to use a "time as a placebo group" mechanism. Essentially, you give the damn vaccine to everyone, and see how mortality rates compare against what was happening before the vaccine. Obviously this is a bit complicated by improved public health awareness, improved standards of care, improved procedures, etc. It definitely muddies the study up somewhat, but you can still get the information needed about effectiveness of different candidate vaccines while still doing the morally correct thing.

I'd be surprised if using a time-based placebo concept or something very similar wasn't their plan.

about 3 months ago

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Truly Remote Management

kaiser423 kaiser423 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaiser423 (828989) writes "I'm looking to integrate some highly critical solutions into what would essentially be a remote, moving datacenter. No operators will be allowed at the site, and we may be able to have a high-speed INMARSAT data link. As a backup, we're planning to have multiple redundant low-speed Iridium data links.

We've been looking at remote in and out-of-band management solutions, and really have found a ton of products. However, the "low-bandwidth" solutions still exceed our potential Iridum bandwidth (~10kbps). Even if we have the INMARSAT link (192kbps sustained, higher burst), a number of these solutions would hit that limit. We're starting to look at going old-school with some terminal-style applications, but haven't found much of a market for it. PC Weasel looks kind of like it might work, but the demo doesn't work for Windows.

Essentially, we're looking to be able to power up/down and reboot some computers, and be able to start/stop some programs. We're willing to write the terminal interfaces necessary for our programs, and possibly do the remote desktop thing with some of our 3rd party programs. But what is out there that would give us this type of access, work robustly over a high-latency, low-bandwidth stream, and would be tolerant to intermittent network outages? Please hold the pick 2 of the 3 jokes, I know they're contradictory goals; I'm looking for a compromise here! These boxes would regrettably be nearly universally Windows boxes (with some VxWorks). It seems to be a market that died with 56k modems. Does anyone out there remember those days, and have any solutions that they preferred?"
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Is there OSS Voip Comm-Net Software?

kaiser423 kaiser423 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kaiser423 (828989) writes "I had been looking at replacing our mission communication infrastructure at my employer. Currently, we have a small panel that allows the operator to switch between talking on 6 pre-defined nets and listening to any combination. It's currently analog, noisy, and not reconfigurable. We've been bumping our heads against its limitations for some time now, and have been looking for a more dynamic, scalable system. I had suggested upgrading to a Voip system, like the Quintron Dices or the Orion Voip system. However, all of these systems are locked-down with no API! We would at least like to be able to programmatically interface with whatever solution we buy, and to roll our own hardware to run the systems where needed. Also, considering that this is mission-critical equipment, we would like to not be totally beholden to a vendor that could lock us in. I have been browsing the Asterisk and other forums, but no one in the OSS community seems to have the same need as me. I am open to rolling my own, but am totally new to the Voip world and am not sure where to start. Do any slashdotters have any suggestions?"

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