14 posts • joined 31 Oct 2012
It's interesting only a number of months ago they were talking about the idea to ban Bitcoin, or find a way to regulate it. The reason is with Bitcoin they would not have control over it as like regular currency, and be able to track it for taxing the users who make profit it.
To add to all of this, when the first LCD monitors came out in mass production they started to be produced slowly. At the beginning when they were targeted to be mass distributed during the first year or so many of the models were selling at below the actual manufacture price. The manufactures were putting these out on mass as an investment to get the cost down over the volume of sales for a targeted time duration. They were looking at after two years they should be starting to have a profit.
Back in 1996 a 14 inch LCD monitor with a contrast ratio of 250 was selling for over $8000 US. In the year 2000 an equivalent which was improved a bit was selling for about $1600. Now we can purchase a far superior LCD screen at 24 inches for a few hundred dollars. The R&D to develop this technology was in the billions of dollars. The cost to bring these in to mass production was at a huge cost, but in the end they did it.
There are many appliances and devices being sold that cost much less in pieces than the asking price. When taking something apart to estimate the cost of the pieces, it is not possible to know the development cost for each piece, the design cost for the device, and also the cost of development of the software it will be using to function.
We can look at a piece that is part of something, and it can appear to look like it does not cost very much to manufacture. Then if you consider that maybe only a small number of the specific part was manufactured in relation to the development cost the total cost can be huge.
About twenty years ago I was involved in the development of a device for controlling the phasing and delay of sound. The cost to produce each unit was not too expensive if not including the R&D that went in to it. When the R&D and setup for production was included in relation to the sell price the cost per unit manufactured was huge. In the end the product did not succeed very well because the industry changed too quickly before all the costs were able to be retrieved.
It would be best to have the phone enabled to be operated by any of the passengers. There was a system devised where the vehicle has a device installed that senses if the phone is in front of the steering column and being held by the driver. It is designed to be very difficult to bypass. Only the local emergency number can be dialed, or the phone can be answered or hung up. There would be some logistics where the phone can not be used for other than emergency (911) unless a hands free unit is working with it.
The automobile companies would have to get involved. Royalty and patent issues would have to be worked out. This type of system would save a lot of lives. There has to be a serious and costly penalty for those who implement a way to bypass this safety system. The fine has to be at least a few thousand dollars with a court hearing. If the fine is only a few hundred dollars and no court appearance there are many people who would still bypass this. I have personally seen people texting and talking on their phone to their ear while driving. When mentioning they can get a ticket they tell me they don't care because the ticket is not expensive.
I have been amazed how well the Google picture search works. I used my own picture, and pictures of a few friends in Google picture search. It found websites that contained the pictures I looked for. A friend of mine took some photos at a number of touristic places. These were easily identified with Google picture search.
As for smart phones they generally have a short life between battery charging because of the extensive CPU and operation demand. Scanning for emails, monitoring the phone network for a possible incoming call, working on WiFi, operating a Bluetooth device, and running a few programs in the background eat up battery time. If you were to turn off all the services and have only the phone section active for only simple phone calls you will notice the battery will go a lot longer.
But... If you were to use your smart phone with all the extra services turned off, then there is no point in paying out the extra bucks for a smart phone and the data plan. You may as well own a cheap regular flip phone or something like that!
In many public places it is not safe to expose expensive gadgets, or anything that represents something of value, unless you are prepared to have to protect it, or be injured from being attacked. There is also the other aspect where people become offended, or had their privacy invaded when they think their picture has been taken.
Google Glass, as like a digital camera of any type stands out a lot, and opens an invitation to be robbed of it. This is why many press reporters when going in to unsafe public places where they cannot be protected will use a hidden camera if they want to take pictures.
When I use my smart phone I wear a small Bluetooth earphone that does not light up, and it is under my hair and not visible especially if I am wearing a hat. I never take my phone out. I operate it entirely by voice and button command with the hidden Bluetooth earphone. I also make sure I am not drawing attention when talking in to my earphone. I usually walk out direct site from the main area if possible.
You are right. I am using both the Z10 and the Z30 for my work.
The Blackberry phone is extremely secure. Android apps run in what we can call their own sand-box if you understand my description. All apps allowed to run on the Blackberry device must be approved and authorised by Blackberry.
I will not abandon using Blackberry phones. The enterprise I work for is using Blackberry phones for any type of business where security is important.
I have been using a Z10 since it came out. There have been a number of update of the OS. So-far I have had excellent results with the phone and like it a lot!
I am running a number of Android apps in the Z10. They have to be what they call, "side loaded". They work very well.
I am considering the Z30 to have a slightly larger screen. My question would be is if it is worth the extra cost for this.
Re: BB's saviour?
From the many articles that I have been reading over the last year, it seems Google is making their tons of money by selling user demographic information. When using their operating system, their web pages, and their mail services they are collecting user information. This information is based on what they have viewed on their computer screen, the searches they made, and the purchases they made. They gather all of this through the usage of cookies, and when using their services.
The information they gather is demographic only. At the most they can know is the computer itself as a hardware device, but not more than that. They are not interesting in our names and the exact address where we live. When considering the billions of searches and views from the many hundreds of millions of users, it would not be practical by any means to know exactly every person individually.
If users were to absolutely object to allowing demographic information to be collected, we would end up having to pay for every decent web page we visit. The web page operators have to have the income from their web sites to be able to earn a living and pay their expenses. Otherwise there would be no good quality services on the net.
Kettle Look Like Hitler?
Maybe I'm a bit dumb...
I don't see how this kettle resembles Hitler in any possible way. Is it the slant of the handle? Many people of today have the same type of hair wave in the front of their forehead.
There is a series of kettles being made that the body of the kettles each have the face back and front of famous leaders in history. Some of them were terrible people. Maybe this is being mixed up from that series of kettles?
I am a heavy Blackberry user. I did not notice any outage. I use my phone for email, web based applications, scheduling, and etc throughout the day. I use my phone for both personal and work.
Maybe this outage was not global???
I hope any browser that will browse cached web pages will at least display a warning showing the internet connection is lost! Not knowing the connection is down can cause some frustration when the user has to access it.
MS Browser IE with Windows Operating System
Something I cannot understand...
I don't see the big deal in having Internet Explorer installed with Windows or any other programs that comes with Windows. The user can still go out on the net, and download and install any other browser or program he wants. Windows does not block any other browser or programs from going in.
When I install Windows on any computer I find IE a convenient starting point. I then install Chrome and Firefox because I like them. I end up using all three browsers. I found some have weak and strong points for different approaches in how I like to cruse the net, and use the user groups.
Taxes For News Site Searches!
Everyone is over taxed to begin with. Once this type of thing starts with an open service such as usage of the net, then it will never end.
Google should simply remove all the France web sites to show them how the loss of millions of visits will affect them. Then they can think about this. The losses will reduce the value of the advertizing revenue that they presently have.
Soon will will be taxed for sitting on a park bench or simply taking a walk outside on the street!
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