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rsvihla  ·  4029 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: John Gruber: Facebook Home and Dogfooding

It's really hard to make products that people _love_ to use. From what I've read this is driven by a thoughtfulness and attention to tiny details.

It looks like none of that happened here and they just threw this out there expecting people to flock to it because they believed their brand is so amazing. Sadly, there brand isn't amazing, and they have hardcore trust issues. They'll have to make an much better product than what's already out there for anyone to bite.

rsvihla  ·  4030 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Young Americans Won’t Pay for TV. Will They Ever?

This. If you're just set on not paying for cable, you really do not have many great options. The NHL service has been the best so far, since the NBA, MLB both have pretty draconian lock out deals. You don't even get to see past games in the current season that are nationally televised, the NHL lets you wait 48 hours and then the lockout is lifted.

But college football depends on the team and the NFL doesn't know the internet exists as far as I can tell.

rsvihla  ·  4585 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Shale Gas Revolution - NYTimes.com
We have plenty of time and resources..they're just completely misallocated. I tried to find something more recent but for example this chart clearly shows where our money is spent federally as of 2006 and the total amount of subsidies by energy source. It shows total federal subsidies at 13.6 billion (with a large chunk going to oil).


Compare this to how much we spent on ONE cancelled fighter jet program which had "development costs" alone of 56.4 billion .


These number clearly indicate our priorities and it took me 10 minutes to find. I'm sure more digging would reveal even more of a slant. Spending an atrocious amount to protect our energy interests abroad instead of spending time on _any_ approach to develop adequate domestic energy sources seems pennywise and dollar foolish.

rsvihla  ·  4585 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Shale Gas Revolution - NYTimes.com
I'm inclined to agree. However, I do think that it is worthwhile dumping some actual time and resources in short order to try and answer these questions if this is as big of a "revolution" as they claim.
rsvihla  ·  4587 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: America's Relationship With China and Jon Huntsman
Yeah the republicans are pretty much set on giving this one away. The Tea Party side of the party is large enough and uncompromising enough that there is no room for reasonable candidates that a broad spectrum would support.
rsvihla  ·  4587 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Kindle Lending For Prime Members
I keep waiting for them to raise the price of prime, since it was already a no brainer for us to use.

I already dropped netflix and settle for what prime has, and now I'm going to buy less books because they're giving me them for free?

rsvihla  ·  4595 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HP Not Spinning of PC Division
No idea why this took as long as it did to figure out. It's expensive to do, loses a major competitive advantage in pricing of parts and dumps years of branding. Shouldn't have left the boardroom in the first place.