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Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

sunfly Re: dump the money losers (406 comments)

It's better to look at your total bottom line, not individual profit centers. This is actually part of the problem at MS. It is OK for one business to lose money, as long as it supports something else. Note that iTunes used to lose money, or barely break even, but they make money on devices. Amazon gives away the hardware to make money on content. Google loses money on search, gives away hardware, so they can make money on ads and selling data on its users. All 3 sound strategies. If they broke everything into a profit center that has to make money like most companies do, they would not be leading in their perspective fields.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

sunfly Competitive (629 comments)

Ford is worried more about competition from Chevy than Mercedes. Google is worried more about competition from Microsoft than Apple.

Besides, Google makes more per iPhone than they do per Android.

If your going to link to one of the hundreds of articles out there on this, could you not choose something more credible than Gizmodo? *sigh*

about a year ago
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

sunfly Don't forget passenger comfort (533 comments)

If there are not windows, its a no go, this solution forgets that you are moving people.

A mere 300mph is fine if it has car like comfort, Instead build:
    - Some type of track that can handle a small 2-4 passenger pod at 300mph, and transfer energy to the electric drive.
    - Elevate track for reasons given by Musk
    - Build canopy over track covered in solar cells to get as close as possible to zero net energy
    - Track canopy protects track from most weather
    - Cars that can handle a 300mph crash without killing occupants (big crumple zones)
    - Side windows, and a big screen in front for entertainment and possible operator interaction
    - On / Off ramps and terminals about every 30 miles. You are never more than 6 minutes or so from a terminal.
    - Computer can space cars for airflow efficiency (think Nascar drafting), and make gaps when cars need to switch tracks.
    - Build a hub and spoke network across the US, with the first track from the East Coast to the West Coast.

Select a route with an app on your phone or touchscreen in a terminal. It shifts the nearest empty car to you (think elevator). You get in, select your in car entertainment. If you need to stop for bathroom just let the computer know, or perhaps push a button, and your car will stop at the next terminal. When you are ready you get back in and continue your journey. All the while watching something close to low level flight out the window.

This is doable today.

about a year ago
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Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)

sunfly Rubbish (307 comments)

The truth is we don't know. Big groundbreaking ideas are rare which is why it is amazing Apple has had 3-4 in the entire history of the company (Not every year as media for some weird reason expects), Google 2-3 maybe, and Facebook 1. These companies simply refine existing ideas over and over and make them into great products. For example Google search was groundbreaking, but gmail was taking an existing idea and cleaning it up and making it something you might want to use. Google Earth was purchased from independent developers. Until someone reinvents the phone again we will likely never see a new product that takes off like iPhones and Android again, there is simply very few things almost all of the billions if people in the world wants to own. Breakthrough innovation is really rare, but it will continue to happen. In the mean time Google and Apple will refine like crazy (sorry, just can't bring myself to put Facebook in here) and continue to make great products.

about a year ago
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3-D Printing Enables UVA Student-Built Unmanned Plane

sunfly Great start (87 comments)

The shape of many of today's planes has a lot to do with buildability. This is a great start, but I hope once they a happy with the printing, they move on to more creative plane designs. To those asking "why", the correct answer is to learn. Baby steps.

about 2 years ago
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Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?

sunfly easier to go down (417 comments)

Much easier to reduce the price than raise it. start slightly high, adjust to the market.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad

sunfly Re:Awesome! (521 comments)

Jobs actually talked about this in a keynote somewhere along the way (too lazy to google it). He said it was a terrible user experience, and that is why they created touchpads.

about 2 years ago
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Uber Gives Up On New York Taxi Service

sunfly One company? (180 comments)

The bigger question is, how the hell did one company get to create a monopoly on taxi service in a major city?

about 2 years ago
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Asus Joins High Density Display Club With New Transformer Tablet

sunfly Too Small (265 comments)

I'd like a tablet about the size of a piece of paper or legal pad. Build this in a 13" size (7.8" x 10.4") and I might just buy it!

more than 2 years ago
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DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV

sunfly I'm the one he's not worried about. (264 comments)

At one time hooked to our TV was a DirecTV box only. Today we have (in order of usage):

- Apple TV. This is what the kids hit first when looking for something to watch. Mostly Netflix cartoons, our Vimeo home videos, and our Photo Stream. We have never purchased or rented a program from Apple!

- XBox with Kinect for a gaming fix.

- Old re-purposed Dell. This is full of all the DVD's I did not want my kids destroying (locked safely away, and yes we do own them), and a way to access anything on the net the first two don't.

- A real antenna. Sports look horrible on my friends HDTV with all the compression! (needs fed through the computer... someday).

I would be OK with just the first two if Apple would open the interface up for more content. I would happily pay a small ($1-5) monthly fee for channels such as Discovery, Science, etc. I'm guessing this will only happen once these channels are replaced by new content producers that are 'net only.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

sunfly Whole house (341 comments)

Our house has a device made by Joslyn labeled "secondary surge suppressor" and "lightning protective device". It simply bolts to the main breaker box, and wires to each main supply line.

If I remember it was rather cheap ($35?). A google search of the model number finds only ebay hits, so apparently superseded.

I believe it is similar in function to this:
http://www.surgepack.com/transtrack-lp.htm

No idea on effectiveness, but perhaps something to research.

more than 2 years ago
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North Carolina Threatens To Shut Down Nutrition Blogger

sunfly teaching, media (515 comments)

Most license requirements have exemptions for common use cases that have a reason to exist, and are not actually practicing, such as teaching or news coverage. For example you need a license to give financial advise, unless doing it as an instructor or as a member of the media. Imagine if every news person, blogger, and high school life science teacher had to have a Series 7 license to do their job.

This should be the same.

more than 2 years ago
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Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue

sunfly Not Venus, sensationalism at its best (307 comments)

He did not take evasive action to avoid Venus, but did point to Venus and briefly discussed if it was an aircraft when he first woke up. He later made the evasive maneuver when he misjudged the position of another aircraft. The two events are only connected by the fact the pilot was entirely too exhausted.

more than 2 years ago
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30 Blu-ray Discs In a 1.5TB MiniDisc-Like Cassette

sunfly Shiny discs (247 comments)

Shiny discs in 2012? No thanks.

more than 2 years ago
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New Targeted Mac OS X Trojan Requires No User Interaction

sunfly Best protection is abstenance (322 comments)

To be specific uninstall Java. I did on my wife's mac, and she is yet to miss it. There is always the sandboxed java built into chrome if needed.

more than 2 years ago
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More Malicious Apps Found On Google Play

sunfly Google and Market Choice? Perhaps. (143 comments)

One argument is that this is simply a market choice, A) a free and open market that is easy to upload malware, or B) a closed market that is difficult to upload malware.

Perhaps, but I believe you can have both. If a third party was able to find this malware in the market, why can't Google? Google simply needs to make this a priority, and do a better job. Scanning and making sense of the data really is their core strength.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T To Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones

sunfly Re:former customers? (146 comments)

That does not pass the sniff test.

I am sure Apple would love all iPhones unlocked, eliminating the primary reason for jailbreaking. It would also keep old devices in service, giving Apple more "credit cards on file", and active on the iTunes store. In fact I could see Apple requiring unlocking to keep selling iPhones.

Locking the devices makes it more difficult for the very popular iPhone to work on competitors networks.

I have no insider knowledge, but locking iPhones only benefits AT&T.

more than 2 years ago
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Coming To a War Near You: Nuclear Powered Drones

sunfly Area 51 and the Odd Uncle... (202 comments)

I have that "Odd Uncle" that swears the crash at Area 51 many years ago was an atomic aircraft in development, and the pilots were wearing anti-radiation suits.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Tablets Help Children Learn?

sunfly Technology? Not black and white (223 comments)

Does any technology help children learn? The answer is always, it depends on how you use it.

more than 2 years ago

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