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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

quetwo Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

The theory is that if you pay for broadband, you are paying for your connection to the infrastructure. So that cost is sent to the "data" side of the house.
The incremental cost for the TV channels they provide you are probably $1.00 (at least their hard costs going to the broadcasters).
Whey they get the bonus is the "number of households" that they can now increase to the advertisers (when they sell ads, they sell them based on how many households they serve). Additionally, they usually get a large amount based on the number of households subscribe to the shopping networks, jewelry networks, etc. On our cable system, we were offered nearly $1.25 per household for HSN.

Add all those up, and you end up with them making a few pennies on you. But ultimately, you become a stickier customer. If you start rely on them for CATV and have all sorts of shows on your DVR, then you won't want to jump to an AT&T, DirecTV, Verizon, etc. Also, if you are a CATV customer, the chances of you upgrading to a better package than not.

3 days ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

quetwo Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

This election, and the last two districts I've voted in have used the "connect the line" form. You take the sharpie and complete the arrow that points to the candidate's name. It honestly can't be more obvious and simple than how they do it. When you are done, you walk up to a machine and stick in your ballot. The machine prints out a summary of your vote (as the computer sees it) on receipt paper, and you hand that to the election official to get your "I Voted" sticker. If you feel that the receipt paper didn't match your actual vote you have the choice of re-running the ballot or asking for a new one and having the previous one discarded. The print-out also will tell you if a selection was invalid because you voted for too many in one section or something didn't work right.

 

about three weeks ago
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

quetwo Re:For a moment I thougt this was important (59 comments)

Nope. The Motorola that made RF equipment (CATV, Radios, etc) was spun off by Google to a company known as Arris (the Arris Group).

about a month ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

quetwo Re:shouldnt this be illegal? (163 comments)

You would need to prove that 80% of those discriminated against were of a particular protected class. There is no way you could do this.

There is case law (I don't remember the particular case name, sorry), where a city had to close down a sidewalk in front of a school for a month for road construction. A person in a wheel chair sued the city because they were unable to reach the handicap ramp in the front of the building (but they were still able to get to the zero-barrier entrance on the side of the building). Since the city didn't go out of their way to discriminate against a particular class of people (they inconvenienced everybody), they didn't win the case. Now, had they only shut down the sidewalk immediately in front of the ramp, the results would have been different.

about a month ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

quetwo Re:shouldnt this be illegal? (163 comments)

Because they aren't changing the price based on skin color, disability, or any of the other protected classes. They are doing it to non-protected classes of people, which is which swell and dandy -- according to the law.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

quetwo Re:Maybe you can't (256 comments)

In Michigan (and all the other states nearby, including Tennessee), you are permitted to drive a vehicle for the purposes of TRANSPORT and/or registration after a recent sale. In Michigan, a title dated within 3 days is all you need to be road legal (including driving without a license plate). Indiana and Ohio are 5 days, and Illinois is 7 days. The purpose of the law is so you can legally transport your newly purchased car without issues.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

quetwo Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

It was more than just reinforcing an existing ban. It also prohibited Tesla from doing a showroom or direct advertising in Michigan as well.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

quetwo Re:That's great (46 comments)

Of course, our HR and ERP systems took the exact opposite approach. They only support IE6.5 through IE8, or Firefox 14 - 19. Of course, they also force us to have Java 1.6 still installed because while their app runs on Java 1.7 and 1.8, they do some version checking and artificially block it.

about a month ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

quetwo Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

Our office has pretty much replaced laptops with iPads for 90% of the people. They didn't need a portable device for anything other than checking their calendar, email and basic web browsing (since almost all of our apps are now designed for the browser, we don't need custom, PC based apps anymore). It turns out, when you do that, those people start to demand to be able to print their emails, web pages, etc. from those mobile devices.

And this is a growing trend. Look at all the business people carrying around iPads / Tablets in favor of heavier laptops.

about a month ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

quetwo Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

Because then you have to write a front-end GUI for every OS out there -- Linux (all 200 flavors of it, because, you know..), Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Canon DSLRs, etc., etc.

It turns out, writing your GUI on top of HTTP is really nice, and means you just have to expose it, and let the browser on the existing OSs take care of the hard work of drawing the button on the screen.

about a month ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

quetwo Re:are you fucking kidding me? (57 comments)

Except they've pivoted and HAVE been making HTML5 authoring tools for the last 3 years. Edge, Muse, Flash (yes, it's been exporting to HTML5 for a while now), among others use HTML5 as their final output.

about a month and a half ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

quetwo Re:Whew! (161 comments)

Powered by Nuance... Sorry, try again.

about 2 months ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

quetwo Re:Irrevocable License (161 comments)

You would be surprised at how few speech recognition companies are left in the industry. Nuance was on a buying spree a few years ago and there really are almost no mature companies left. There are a few smaller ones, but their software really isn't any good. Plus, they own almost all the patents, so others are quickly purchased or squashed...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

quetwo Re:Too Late for Aus (336 comments)

I have used my USA based phone with a USA based app in Europe (UK and Germany) as an NFC payment option with no issues. I think the NFC enabled cards don't work in Europe -- but I've never actually seen one of those in the wild in the USA either...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

quetwo Re:Too Late for Aus (336 comments)

Every McDonalds I've been to in the last three years has accepted NFC. In fact, they were one of the first to do it when they started refreshing their stores.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

quetwo Re:Nope they are clever (336 comments)

Um... I've been using Google Wallet with my Samsung (and now my HTC) phones for about 3 years. Last night I paid for my groceries at a small mom-and-pop grocer with NFC. I paid for gas at a Sunoco with NFC. I got breakfast at McDonalds with NFC. I think the only thing I needed to use cash for was parking. And since the Target thing last year, most retailers I visit have been replacing their card readers with NFC and Chip+Pin readers. The only retailer that really bugs me is Staples -- they have had NFC readers for about 4 years in all of their stores but their register software has no idea what to do with it (it scans, but then it pops up a screen on their register asking for the Authorization Code.)

When you use Google Wallet, you load the app, and enter your pin. You swipe, then chose which bank account you want to have the money paid from. It then pops up a copy of the transaction, which in my case I can put into a category. It's amazing how simple it is to use, and I've never had an incompatibility issue, except when the register isn't working (their card reader won't read anything).

about 2 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

quetwo Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (819 comments)

I live within 2 miles of my organization's HQ. That doesn't help the fact they sell my services all over the USA.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

quetwo Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (819 comments)

Sure, the biggest of the biggest airports, there are more options. But If you look at the remaining 1,000 smaller airports (wait, Detroit is a smaller airport?), the selection goes WAY down. Hell, even MSP, has only a handful of flights that aren't Delta or United. In my case unless I want the one or two flights a week that Frontier, Southwest have, the next closest airport to get away from the crap that is United/Delta is about a 5 - 6 hour drive. The truth really is that if you live between the coasts, you are pretty much screwed when it comes to selection of airlines...

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

quetwo Re:Wait a minute, a few years ago I recall and AA (819 comments)

They ran that ad because they realized that if they could get rid of one row of seats, they could drop one of their stewardess, and save money that way.

Since that time, the FAA changed the rules on the number of people per crew member, so they lost their incentive to drop the extra row.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

quetwo Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (819 comments)

Wish I could upgrade. My company will only book the cheapest fare (X or lower), which usually ends up to be about a $500 fare between Detroit and LAX. Because they won't pay for the upgrade, I have to wait for the day of the flight to do an upgrade, and the last time I tried, they offered an upgrade to business class for an additional $600, or first for $1200. I used to be able to use my miles to upgrade, but Delta changed the rules so that I can only use my miles to book flights. I'm always number 200 on the upgrade list because they take care of the families that got their branded credit cards before me (I only have 200,000 miles -- but somehow the people who never flew before have 250,000 on their account).

The other solution people give is to fly another airline. That's fine if you are in New York or California -- but in the midwest, there are only two to choose from -- United and Delta. Both are in a heavy competition to see who can be worse. Every airport within 250 miles of me only offers one of those two to any destination that is not Florida or Mexico.

But that's ok. I guess I deserve it. Every time I fly my knees swell up and look like and apple after a food fight because the 5' 3" housewife ahead of me deserves to lounge in comfort. I have an appointment to have the cartridge behind my knees to be scoped because they are torn up -- and I don't run marathons or do any activities that would produce that outcome (other than flying a few times a month). Being a healthy 6'4" with long legs is not easy if you need to travel in the USA for your job.

about 3 months ago

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