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Nationwide Google Fiber Deployment Would Cost $140 Billion

zach_the_lizard Re:Time for some grass roots activism (327 comments)

This is the part that I'm pretty sure Goldman Sachs hasn't accounted for. That whole "could cost up to $140Bn" thing sounds very inflated.

Look at it this way. According to them, if Google spends 1/4 of its $4.5Bn it could equip 0.83million homes. That's $1.125Bn for 0.83million homes.
On the other hand, Verizon has spent $15bn and equipped 17million homes. For google to pass 17million homes, using the above calculations, it would cost them $25bn. Those numbers don't make a lot of sense to me.

I think the difference in these numbers is "nationwide" and what it might mean. Google could probably easily equip the same number of subscribers as Verizon with fiber for the same cost or less; however, there are some middle-of-nowhere places that would require a much more significant expenditure per potential customer than the places Verizon has deployed. Maybe to run a line to everyone everywhere costs $140 billion, but to reach, say, 30% of the population would cost $25 billion.

about 2 years ago

Python Creator Guido van Rossum Leaves Google For Dropbox

zach_the_lizard Re:Python VS PHP (261 comments)

Dropbox clearly is technically more advanced than Skydrive.

I think I would agree that Dropbox is more technically advanced; however, I would say that Skydrive (for good or ill) is also more ingrained into the Microsoft technology stack. Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, and (I think) Windows 8 have the ability to use it. In Office I think it is the default now which will probably trip a few people when they go to browse for their file and mistakenly saved it on Skydrive instead of their local box.

about 2 years ago

FCC Chief: 300MHz More Spectrum By 2015

zach_the_lizard Re:What I can't figure out... (60 comments)

The closest I could get in the US was on T-Mobile and that was USD65/mo for phone/data.

Straight Talk's unlimited everything is $45 / month. Virgin Mobile is $35 / month. Boost is $50 / month. MetroPCS is $40 unlimited 3G coverage. All of these are still a lot more expensive than the $25 unlimited plan, but it's not as large a gap as $65 vs $25.

about 2 years ago

Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

zach_the_lizard Re:Here is more from John Gruber of Daring Firebal (561 comments)

Spoken like someone who's probably never picked up an iPhone in his life. Select contact. Click-Hold address. Select Copy. go to whatever maps app or webisite you like and click paste.

Sure, if I expend more effort, I can use the clunky copy and paste functionality and open the app I want and still lose functionality: no Siri integration, for example. I can even use the crappy mobile version of Google maps, giving up speed, Siri integration, etc., delivering a worse experience than before. All of this makes my life harder. IMO the Android way of handling this is pretty good, and Apple should look into stealing the idea for at least mapping and navigation.

about 2 years ago

Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

zach_the_lizard Re:I wanted to post this (359 comments)

It's called a bike, and had a brief moment of popularity before the lazy fuckmobile was invented and killed all the transport infrastructure world-wide.

You mean, before the car improved the worldwide transportation network? And I take great offense to "lazy fuckmobile." I must be a lazy fat ass if I don't want to bike for 30 miles to reach the nearest airport (and I guess a plane is even lazier than a car) or 100 miles to the beach or 20 miles to visit my family.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

zach_the_lizard Re:Not smart Enough? (1276 comments)

Well, true that might be, democratic elections are the only way to get the representative you deserve.

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." The problem is the average voter is merely an average; what they demand and deserve affects the saner parts of the populace just as it does the less clear minded.

more than 2 years ago

Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

zach_the_lizard Re:Japan and Europe is where the industry is (599 comments)

Hyundai, BMW, Toyota, Honda, etc. all have plants in America. So we have those, at least. Apart from that, the coolest American car is probably the Tesla Roadster. Maybe a Jeep.

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

zach_the_lizard Re:Welcome to our world (1205 comments)

I assume you realize that your high gas prices are the result of high taxation and not natural market forces.

If anything, those couple trillion not only didn't make the price of gas lower, they made it higher by destroying equipment, driving off workers, and generally making Iraq not a safe place to do business in. Those couple trillion were meant for the enrichment of a select portion of the population, not Joe Sixpack.

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

zach_the_lizard Re:Welcome to our world (1205 comments)

Mass transit is better suited to the higher population densities of European cities, much of the USA is too spread out.

I think part of the reason we Americans are so spread out is because of the enormous costs of urban areas, at least some of them anyways. In my neck of the woods, years of artificially limiting density, height, and building moratoriums have resulted in an increase of suburbs outside of the urban core. The urban core, because of artificially limited supply and intense demand, has become hellaciously expensive. We're talking $600K for a 700 square foot condo with high condo fees and taxes.

Needless to say, businesses and workers have begun to move out, but they brought the same "let's limit development and density" attitude with them. So there are now suburbs to the suburbs and so forth, resulting in some unfortunate folks who commute 50 miles each direction because they can't afford to live in the city. I think in order to really get America urbanized the artificial city costs need to be addressed. We should be making it easier for e.g. high density offices / apartments to be built, not make complaints such as "ruining the character of the city" and decide to ruin entire regions for the sake of keeping your house price propped up.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Trying To Woo Customers With Porn, Gambling Apps?

zach_the_lizard Re:I dunno, are they? (157 comments)

Not all of us have the luxury of public transport. Hell, housing prices in this area are so inflated some lower income ($45K or less) people have to drive at least two hours each way just to be able to qualify for housing.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

zach_the_lizard Re:"All"? (562 comments)

I don't live in the Bay Area, and the closest bookstore of any kind is at least 40 miles away. It may even be further; the closest ones were Borders, and those are now closed.

So 15 minutes is not far at all.

more than 2 years ago

IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels

zach_the_lizard Re:YOU must let your boss know (266 comments)

you'll do better switching companies every 3-4 years.

That's probably so, but what are the odds that you're going to find multiple companies in your area needing the exact skills you possess, and happen to be hiring right when you are looking?

Depending on the area, it can be fairly easy or highly difficult. I just started in IT, and the job market here (D.C. area) is fairly strong. Further south in VA, and the pickings become slim.

more than 2 years ago

IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels

zach_the_lizard Re:Average (266 comments)

Sure, I live in a part of the country with a lower cost of living, but so do most people in my career. Am I really getting the shaft that bad? Or are these studies that skewed?

Depending on how much cheaper your area is, you could be coming out ahead of those $100K+ folks in, say, the DC area, New York City, etc. I know that if I had my salary in the part of South Carolina where part of my family lives, it would be an almost palatial lifestyle. Housing costs are at least half of what they are in my area. Gas is also nearly a dollar per gallon cheaper. I could take a fairly hefty paycut and still have the same standard of living.

more than 2 years ago

Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund

zach_the_lizard Re:News? (362 comments)

No, the 70s Chrysler is fine only at very low speeds, such as a fender bender. I own an old (60s) vehicle, and have been rear ended in stop and go traffic. My truck came out in better shape than theirs. However, if they were going more than 5-10 MPH, things would have been quite different. Let's take a look at some videos, shall we?

1960s Crash Tests, mostly GM vehicles I believe.

more than 2 years ago

Speculating On What a Microsoft Superphone Might Mean

zach_the_lizard Re:Will it a be world 4g / 3g phone with GSM / CDM (371 comments)

Perhaps the savings of not having to deal with multiple phone models outweighs the costs of including hardware for multiple bands? I don't know, but this is a guess.

more than 2 years ago

Fatal Problems Continue To Plague F-22 Raptor

zach_the_lizard Re:Bleeding Edge Aviation (379 comments)

Yes. But we're not in one where we need an air superiority fighter jet designed to hunt and kill other aircraft.

more than 2 years ago

A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

zach_the_lizard Re:I'm not so sure. (392 comments)

For many years, states had their own militias. Maine skirmished with Canadian forces IIRC.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android

zach_the_lizard Re:Nokia's Windows Phones (532 comments)

As a young person, I cannot confirm that we want to only make phone calls.

more than 2 years ago

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad

zach_the_lizard Re:Uh... (396 comments)

The term you're looking for is genericized trademark, I believe.

more than 2 years ago


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