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The True Cost of a $10 Subscription

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It all sounds so simple. For just 10 bucks, you get a little something extra.$10? That’s like 2 drinks at Starbucks.What can you get for $10? You can get HuluPremium. You can get Netflix On Demand. You can support your favorite podcast. You can get access to the Wall Street Journal. You can extra credits for iStockPhoto. You can get another gigabyte of data transfer for your phone. You can get a larger package of text messages. You can get... + read on

The positive side of technology’s rapid change.

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This is not a post about the iPhone, but I’ll talk about it because it helps make my point.I spent 6 hours and 40 minutes standing in line to get the greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread in the mobile phone world, the iPhone 4. Is it really that great? Actually, it is a very impressive machine. But it was just the one year ago we had the previous greatest-thing-since-sliced-bread, the iPhone 3Gs, before that, the iPhone 3G, and so on. Will the... + read on

BP Math vs Simple Math

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Today’s post is a departure from my usual writing, but it has math at its core. It’s not meant to be taken as a political statement, but you’re free to read into it what you choose. We’ll get back to more typical geeky topics next time.As I right this, on Sunday morning, May 30, 2010, the world is learning the method known as top kill has not succeeded in stopping oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. I initially found out about the failure of... + read on