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Comment: Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (Score 1) 203

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) 96

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) 335

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) 600

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.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson