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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

macromorgan Re:.7% (168 comments)

Breaking even for them is more along the lines of a 7% profit. Anything below that is a loss. If Amazon makes 0.7% profit investing in itself or makes 7% investing in the market in general (like an S&P 500 index fund which averages year to year around 7%), 0.7% represents a loss of 6.3% not a profit of 0.7%.

3 days ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

macromorgan Re:We would have had this ten... (234 comments)

After having written numerous letters to him, I can assure you Ted Cruz is looking for any and all available means to allow TWC and AT&T to bend you over and give you the business. At best, the man is ignorant when it comes to technology policy; his stance on Net Neutrality is "the internet has always worked fine, leave it alone" which ignores the fact that from its inception until 2005 providers were common carriers, and from 2005 through January of this year providers were under open internet rules from the FCC. At worst, and what I think is the case, is that the man is corrupt and receives a great deal of money from companies to do or not do specific things in the senate. His #1 donor by industry is the oil and gas industry, which I'm sure influences heavily in his refusal to accept global warming as the solid science it is. He gets plenty of money from telcoms too to do their bidding.

about a week ago

Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

macromorgan Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

While I wish Aereo had won, I can see the argument against them as a "re-broadcaster". If the OTA signal comes in encoded digitally as MPEG2 and is then re-encoded to MPEG4 to make it use less bandwidth, that is in a sense rebroadcasting. If they transmitted the data from the antenna down the wire using the much less efficient encoding option it might have been different in my view. I do believe, however, that Aereo acting as a re-broadcaster is entitled to the same statutory license as all cable and satellite companies, and if they pay re-transmission fees they should be allowed to run their business as they had done before. I just hope Aereo offers a package soon that includes traditional cable channels. When this happens, we'll see exactly why the cable companies have fought against common carriage laws and net neutrality laws; they seek to prevent anyone from competing with their traditional services.

about two weeks ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

macromorgan Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

Nothing is proportional to murder. That's what makes it such a terrible crime; there's really no way justice can ever be served since it's impossible to repay the cost of a human life. Some people try with the death penalty, but to me it just reeks of vengeance, not justice.

about 3 months ago

AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

macromorgan Re:Typical AT&T (129 comments)

Not as bad as when Verizon started an LTE rollout and called it 4G (somewhat egregious) then AT&T simply renamed it's HSPA+ network 4G (very egregious) so it looked better when you compared "4G" coverage.

about 3 months ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

macromorgan Re:Local content? (96 comments)

A TiVo might be about as close as you're going to get... for now. One of the models with an ATSC tuner anyway (the 2 tuner Premiere or the 4 tuner Roamio). It requires pyTiVo on another machine to stream your own videos to it, and lacks Amazon Prime streaming. It does have Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and can record whatever show you want. If your cable company does pull the plug the shows you recorded still work (you just can't record new ones obviously). I just wish they weren't so damned expensive ($550 for the Roamio for hardware and lifetime) and had more services, say nothing of their closed nature.

about 4 months ago

Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

macromorgan Re:Ford Explorer (314 comments)

More Firestone jokes? Let's not tread there guys.

about 5 months ago

Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

macromorgan Re:Alternative Nomination (343 comments)

I'm not sure Nobel would be turning too much. His whole goal of the Nobel prize was so people wouldn't look at his legacy harshly considering he invented dynamite (at the time what could be considered a terrible weapon of war). Instead of associating his name with death and destruction, we associate him with great feats in science or humanitarian work. Looks like he got exactly what he wanted.

about 5 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

macromorgan Re:Hmmm ... (513 comments)

Why would you buy a PC from HP?

Great question. Even if you format the drive and load a clean copy of Windows, you still can't get the HP crapware out of the firmware. You know, the one that blocks you from putting any wireless card you want in a laptop... The truly evil part is that they RSA sign the firmware so you can't modify the hardware whitelist away. Seriously, stay away from HP.

about 6 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

macromorgan Relevant Quote (510 comments)

"A matter of [internal] security... the age old cry of the oppressor!" - Captain Picard

about 6 months ago

Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

macromorgan Re: No Wine for Me (128 comments)

If I recall, they are using the WebCrypto HTML5 standards in their HTML5 implementations today. They use a plugin on Chrome OS, but only because those extensions aren't yet implemented in (non dev versions of) the browser. On that note, anyone successfully get it working in Chromium, preferably by enabling those extensions in the dev version?

about 7 months ago

Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

macromorgan That's Odd for HP (57 comments)

No, I'm not talking about the overheating problem, I'm talking about the fact that using a 3rd party charger is allowed. If my HP laptop is anything to go by, I would have expected it to just detect you are using a non HP approved charger then fail to charge.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

macromorgan Shocked That Elop is the Front Runner (183 comments)

Given what Alan Mulally had done for Ford as CEO and Boeing as a senior VP, I'm shocked he's not the front runner. He helped lead Boeing's resurgence against increased competition from Airbus, and then made Ford the strongest of the big three automakers and the only one able to weather the storm of the Great Recession. It would seem only fitting that he would be picked to lead Microsoft as it attempts to reinvent itself against growing competition.

about 9 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

macromorgan We're All Guily (1160 comments)

How does killing killers make us any better then the killers themselves?

about 9 months ago

Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

macromorgan Re:"Ubuntu Phone" (88 comments)

So they're letting design decisions for their phone interface dictate how they implement their desktop interface.

You mean Ubuntu is about to adopt Metro?

about 10 months ago

Asus CEO On Windows RT: "We're Out."

macromorgan Can't Believe Microsoft Thought it was a Good Idea (246 comments)

The main strength of Windows was its ability to maintain an impressive amount of backwards compatibility. A few applications aside, things I bought 10 years ago still work on my Windows 8 x64 machine (without virtualization or emulation). To attack two well entrenched competitors Microsoft went in guns blazing without what is historically been the most compelling feature of Windows. I have an MBA, and even I saw this coming...

about a year ago

Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

macromorgan Expert Advice (148 comments)

If anyone knows how to filter internet traffic, it's the Chinese.

1 year,2 days

First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild

macromorgan Main Reason I went iPhone... (54 comments)

This is really the main reason I'm still on an iPhone, despite being a mostly Linux fanboy. Apple is able to push software updates without having to deal with carriers' machinations, while Android requires both the manufacturer and carrier to be on board*. Apple has also supported the devices I owned for a minimum of 2 years from their launch. *(I'm aware of Nexus devices, however due to some licensing issues there are no Nexus Verizon phones, and Verizon as a carrier is a requirement).

1 year,4 days

Why Microsoft Shouldn't Worry About Cannibalizing Their Userbases

macromorgan Re:"You have to kill your own babies" (180 comments)

The important thing to remember is in a competitive economy, someone is going to disrupt your business. It might as well be you. Fighting against it only postpones the inevitable.

1 year,11 days

Eben Upton Muses on the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and, His Love For Parallela

macromorgan More RAM (71 comments)

Unfortunate to hear the SoC can only talk to up to 512MB of RAM. I have one of the original Pis with 256MB... how I'd love a GB or more (call it a model C).

1 year,11 days


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