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Comment: Anyone remember the Visual Basic fad? (Score 1) 151

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48613087) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional
Sure, we had Java at the time, but for some reason Visual Basic caught on big time in the late 90s. After going to school for software engineering, I had to completely remember how to program in subs. Subs are just like functions, except you need to remember to never use the same loop variable you used in the parent subs :P

Comment: I'm surprised online ads work at all. (Score 1) 190

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48568339) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion
One of my ideas was for a gaming network where you played online video games, and you split ad revenue between the player and yourself.

I then wanted to simplify the system and just have a streaming network where you watched advertisements and got paid. The problem is that someone could simply turn it on and walk away from their computer and there's no way to know they watched the ads. The same thing is going on with bots. Anyone can say they watched ads or clicked on ads with computer, and until you solve a way to determine if someone is actually sitting there watching the ads, your system is open to exploitation.

Comment: RIAA sues EVERYONE, news at 11 (Score 1) 187

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48488097) Attached to: Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy
Until courts will stop rewarding RIAA for suing every backwater bar, video game streamer, internet provider, or anyone who plays their music at a party, they'll keep suing everyone. Hey, the music industry isn't as profitable as it was before the free transmission of information, so lets sue anyone who allows free transmission of information. If those buggy whip makers only were as sue happy then as the RIAA is now, maybe some people would still be using horse drawn carriages because cars could have been sued away before they gained ground.

Comment: I know it is privacy invasive,how far can they go? (Score 1) 93

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48442731) Attached to: Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market
Okay, police are tracking people on their cell phone. So they should know if you're in a car traveling with someone else. So they should be able to make like "facebook friends" of all the people who travel with you. If someone reports your car's license plate, they probably could just feasibly link that to your phone on a simple 1:1 database search and stop you down the road if you're driving erratically.

This makes me wonder how the public could contribute... Has anyone thought of, just for getting a full panopticon feel and a reverse likes of making a website that links bad driving with your license plate number? All you would do is take a video of a car driving bad in front of you, then upload it to a video sharing site, link it with the license plate on a searchable website. Suddenly all the bad driving someone does is now logged permanently on the Internet.

Now cops could "randomly" be browsing the worst offenders, and just "happen to be the the area" (by linking drivers licence to cell phone records against bad drivers within 1 mile of a patrol car), and hand out reckless tickets.

Comment: Many people have had this idea before (Score 2) 33

Many people have had this idea before, so it is just the execution that matters.

If I'm correct, this is Little Big Planet meets MMORPGs on player run servers. This idea generally always starts with,"Imagine if everyone could make their own levels and people could go from server to server with the same character." But then the realization that hackers could do what they want with your player data when you entered the server makes a game designer then go,"Okay, so let everyone design the rules on their own server then since hackers will do it if we don't". The cool part is if you allow monetization of player made Objects which sell in a global store across all servers. The owner of the object created and the game company would split revenue. There's some details about how things could be hacked to spawn free items, but a little thought could quell the hackers on this front.

The coolest part is that you could have games which are like Skyrim, but there would be live gamemaster(s) there. They could then have you interact with NPCs with live dialogue or do things a computer game alone wouldn't be able to reason. People could be in serious demand of a game where they are playing with a live game master because there might be continual end game after being capped with equipment.

Between charging for objects people made in Blender and uploaded to the game development team to be put on the market, and people charging for monthly access to their server, the creative minds could make enough for rent on this game. And once creative minds developing new worlds are making revenue, there's no stopping how in depth the games get. This in turn draws more players and developers in too.

For the past year I've been saying the future of video games is video games with quality map makers like Little Big Planet, but sharing revenue with the creators of the new content.

Comment: Competition gets sued (Score 1) 135

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48397301) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?
I've heard many stories of successful municipality competitors to major ISPs, but they got sued because the state should not be allowed to compete with monopolies. In fact no one can compete with monopolies because they are the ones who can afford legislation to write the rules. You have more than one problem here. One: The politicians are corrupt because of campaign contributions makes them bribed and in someone's pocket (or they won't get elected). Two: You have a system with no competition.

Comment: This is a people vs monopolitic corporations issue (Score 0) 127

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48365313) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015
It is the vast popular opinion of the people that they want Network Neutrality. The monopolistic corporations however feel that extortion of websites to pay up or get slowed down should be legal. The question isn't whether campaign contributions corrupt a democracy because we're all finding it that bribing politicians shouldn't be legal like it is. The question is,"Just how far do the people with all the money want to screw things up?"

Comment: I'm a dude who knows Jesus is real. (Score 1) 187

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48341379) Attached to: I expect to be conventionally alive ...
I'm trusting in my Bro in Heaven to not only let me live forever, but for there to be no suffering, all my loved ones to be there, and some epic immersive video games. You gotta think that he's the most creative force. He could make us each captain of a star ship to explore a universe more populated with better situations than you see Earthly writers come up with. Of course, any fantasy we can imagine will be lesser than what God has in store for us in Heaven. God wants to fulfill our desires more than we know how to put in words. All he asks is that down here on Earth that we do good to everyone and love them, helping the people in bad situations.

Comment: I love recruiters, but they're basically useless. (Score 1) 253

I've talked with hundreds of recruiters in the past 11 years. They've only managed to get me two or three interviews. And from what I hear from my friend who hires, recruiters try and throw something out of control on top your salary like 25%. So in the rare situation they do get you an interview, it is even more rare they can get you a job. The only sane approach to getting hired is to apply directly to companies.

Comment: Could be good if just for legal mumbo jumbo (Score 3, Interesting) 136

by GoodNewsJimDotCom (#48289533) Attached to: A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin
There is a limit on how many CC a gasoline powered bicycle's engine can be just because of random laws in the USA. If you look to China, a great deal of people get around cheaply on a bicycle with gasoline powered engines. But we can't, because we have laws. Now if you turn your bicycle electric, it will be heavier, more inefficient, but there are no ways of measuring how many CC an electric motor has ^^. Voila, sneak around the laws, and maybe you have a market for this.

I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by 4 o'clock. -- Henny Youngman