* Posts by Tomas

6 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007

Spanking Spam King: Sanford Wallace faces jail for Facebook flood


Re: Ah the old memories...

We had a good crew back in those Usenet days, Gumby. :)

Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then


Google should temp block EU IPs...

When the EU commission gets too obnoxious, Google should simply block all EU IPs for a week, and see who survives the outrage from users... ;)

Or maybe simply shut down all the regional Google Search URLs and force folks to use the non-localized US servers. Google could easily argue that the commission makes it too difficult to do business in the EU, so there will be no EU sites/servers.

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'


More than one way to look at a business...

Balmer's view is that a businesses ONLY purpose is to make obscene profits and generate millionaires.

To do this all of one's product is vastly overpriced "simply because one can do it."

Perhaps Bezos believes in keeping prices and profits low and plowing money back into the company, getting as close to break even as possible.

Investors mostly view a company as a cash cow, and even though Amazon's collection of companies don't pay vast sums in dividends, those investors do make a steady profit by their stocks continuing to increase in value over the years.

If you sell a share that cost you $10 for $100, you've made a profit.

Personally I'm more impressed with Bezos/Amazon than I am with Balmer/Microsoft, and even trust them more as a company. Microsoft's total focus was to take as much money from their customers as possible, and call it profit., Amazon's was not to overcharge customers, and call it good.

I've spent thousands more with Amazon than I EVER have with Microsoft...

Stuff it, Steve.

Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE


What am I waiting for?

Obviously for someone to buy me new hardware as my current hardware doesn't qualify to run Mavericks, and on my limited fixed retirement income there is absolutely no way for my to run out and buy new laptops. Mine work just fine - except for being abandoned by the manufacturer. :(

Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC


Re: If they didn't have all their electricity cables above ground...

A lot of the cables are above ground, and when working with 20KV lines, it actually is a bit more complex than just burying conduit and pulling cables through them, but the problem is the electric companies are in business to make money and above ground is vastly cheaper AND does not require additional utility right-of-ways on private property, etc. (Also, the distances involved are, uh, a bit larger than those encountered in the UK...)

Much of the problem with the cell sites being out of service is power being interrupted, often by flooding of electrical distribution points, etc., but even more of a problem, I suspect, is the equipment cabinets at ground level being flooded with salt water. The towers themselves are pretty much undamaged, but much of the equipment at ground level has been damaged.

(Best info is just the somewhat small carrier I'm on, the third largest in the US, had around 4000 towers out of service right now.)

Mr and Mrs Renault cannot name daughter Megane


My wife once worked with...

Ida Baulder in a government office.


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