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Comment: Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (Score 1) 192

by Fnord666 (#47971115) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Kickstarter isn't a random third party. As the great-grandparent said, they're essentially assuming the role of the stock exchange - as the middleman and facilitator of the process. Thus they have an interest in seeing that the process is transparent and to some degree regulated.

I disagree. I see Kickstarter as just a middleman that facilitates the introduction between idea people seeking funding and a pooled collection of small angel investors. Like all middlemen, they take a percentage for making the the introduction if it works out, but after that they are not involved.

The issue that I have with this model is that most people throwing money at projects don't understand the amount of risk they are assuming and probably don't have the necessary background to even evaluate that risk. They just see a chance to get in early on some new game/gadget/service without realizing that their prize may never appear.

Comment: Re:What advice can I offer? (Score 1) 93

by Fnord666 (#47958669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

It's called 'Ask Slashdot' for a reason. What better group of people to ask than a group of geeks with diverse backgrounds? It's attitudes like yours that keep people from asking for help when they need it.

Wouldn't it be great then if Timothy would post it into the "Ask Slashdot" section?

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 331

by Fnord666 (#47944047) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

And, if you want to look at the causes for Visa and MasterCard's decision... the biggest single factor was almost certainly the deployment of Google Wallet, which moved NFC payment in the US from a "someday" possibility to "people are using it now". At the end of the day, Apple Pay will owe most of it's success to Google.

The biggest single factor was the shift to chip and PIN in Europe. That drove a large volume of card fraud to the US where card swipe and track 2 authentication was still the norm.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 156

by Fnord666 (#47942763) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

I buy damn near everything over the internet. I get exactly what I want from a competitive marketplace. Why can't I buy a car to my exact specifications direct from the manufacturer? If Amazon can deliver almost anything to my front door, why can't GM, Ford and Toyota deliver a car to my door?

In your scenario your going to hate it when you need warranty work and the dealers tell you that you need to take it to an authorized warranty repair center for directly purchased cars. BTW that service center is three states over.

Comment: Re: Great one more fail (Score 1) 599

by Fnord666 (#47902883) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

The only problem i have with this tech is that there are already states having laws that say that when this kind of tech is widely available that it will be the ONLY kind of gun that it will be legal to buy ... thereby eroding the 2nd amendment further.

Next they will require a 3g connection and a "kill switch" that will allow the "authorities" to disable a firearm as needed. I guess that would actually be a "no kill switch".

Comment: Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (Score 2) 326

by Fnord666 (#47900297) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

I remember learning to drive on my grandfather's farm in his old Willy's truck. You had to double clutch because there was no syncro-gear and if you hit a deep dip or ditch the wheel would spin beneath your hands. It was vital for the survival of your thumbs to ensure that they were NEVER curled around the steering wheel or risk having them broken or torn off completely.

I was taught the same thing in the Army while learning to drive off road vehicles at high speed. Thumbs outside the wheel always when off road.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 166

by Fnord666 (#47898835) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Out in the western United States you may well not own below your surface soil, you may well not own your mineral rights, you may well not own your water rights and you may well not even own the rain that falls upon your land. Check your deed and your state laws.

This. I got roped into a sales presentation one time in Las Vegas where they were trying to sell land in some no-name town that supposedly had an aquifer under it and the land was going to be very valuable very soon. The minute I mentioned mineral rights the sales team whisked me out of there so fast it took my hat 5 minutes to catch up. Clearly the deal was not actually going to include the rights to the water, if any, and they didn't want me anywhere near any of the other victims^H^H^H^H^H^H customers.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 166

by Fnord666 (#47898801) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

and guns are legal in most of the USA so i can shoot someone's drone out of the sky if it's spying on my property

The gun you are looking for is called a HERF gun. A HERF gun is a form of directed energy weapon. Think of it as an aimed EMP. The drone just drops out of the sky completely dead.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller