Jan 26, 2015
commented on Satellite-Based Space Internet Could One Day Make Earth Internet Better, Too
Iridium is very much still alive. The original investors made no money (I believe they sold for pennies on the dollar) but it's still very much around.
It does OK after than initial investment. Reporters, scientists, etc. are willing to pay for phone and/or low speed data because, in the middle of nowhere (or in a disaster zone) some communication is WAY better than none.
The phones are bulky by modern standards but I've owned bulkier cell phones and, again, something beats nothing.
Sep 9, 2014
commented on Apple Unveils Bigger iPhone and New Smartwatch
Traditionally Apples hits haven't been so much new catagories as doing newish catagories very very well. Polish.
There were tablets before iPads, smart phones before iPhone, home computers before Apple II, windowing computers before Lisa (dud) and Mac (hit), etc.
I never know what I will like until I use it. A canonical example being 'who will want an oversize iPhone you can't even make phone calls on'? Really didn't expect to like iPad until it had been around awhile.
They have and will make stupid things but I stopped judging before touching some time ago....and never ever buy until the reality distortion field dies down a bit.
Jul 5, 2014
commented on The Saturday Morning News
@9: yes on a standard comcast account the IP can change at any time but for a lot of people the IP stays the same for months at a time.
Now Comcast needs to know which Ip's are connected to what hardware (usually owned by Comcast), who pays for it and where the hardware is located.
Given all that; not exactly hard to figure out the likely person(s) doing whatever....at least if it's in a house.
There are more roundabout ways too of course but I imagine anyone with Tier 2 technicians level access or above can just ask the system for the information.
Jun 13, 2014
commented on Stephen Colbert: "Because of Amazon's Scorched-Earth Tactics, More People Are Getting Screwed Than in 50 Shades of Grey"
I like Corey Doctorow books...a lot. If you read his stuff sequentially you can spot when editors started being involved. This was a good thing. The stories didn't feel different but the occasional jarring moment of inconsistency or repetition were gone. Those editors had a good touch.
If you read the originally published vs unedited Americsn Gods there is also a definite improvement in clarity (and some loss of cool but not essential stuff). They are both worthwhile but I wouldn't have read the very long version without having read the edited version first.
A good edit is a beautiful thing and writings hard enough as it is.
By the same token: a bad editor can ruin a good book but on balance, I, for one, am glad they're there.