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Comment Re:Other bugs (Score 1) 409

What I want to know is what these companies will do once they have the data. AFAICT it's like the underwear gnomes.

1) Get the data
2) ????
3) Profit!

So you sell the data to an aggregator. What if they've already have the data? What then? What happens when our lives are so well integrated into these feedback systems that no one wants the data anymore? Or that the data is so close to worthless it doesn't matter?

Comment Re:Gravity (Score 0) 261

It is not. In fact, it's not just gravity that would be an issue.

There is also the fact that it doesn't have a magnetic field like Earth's. This also keeps the solar wind from blasting away the atmosphere.

Just because they'd be released doesn't mean that's all that would be needed to terraform Mars.

Comment Good luck with that in the US (Score 2) 237

We don't teach how to fail in any segment of our schooling, which is somewhat necessary in addressing ignorance. Failure is taught to be avoided at all costs. Failure is mocked, ridiculed as a personal flaw instead of something that everyone experiences. We don't teach that failure is something that happens even when we've put our best effort into the work. That failure happens when you've done everything right and according to the rules. And in neither of those cases is failure something bad. It's just something that happens in life.

Comment Re:Try focusing on keeping subscribers (Score 5, Insightful) 319

The entertainment industry has a long history of ignoring their customers and trying to dictate what is popular.

For a short time, relatively speaking, they've been able to figure out how to do that and reaping a huge profit while it was happening. The amount of money was so big it blinded them to how the world and their markets were changing. Instead, these industries focused and focused again on how to industrialize (for lack of a better term) popularity of a few things. That is to say the popularity of "Boy Bands" in the '90s wasn't a complete accident and that yes, if you thought there was a formula for them there is indeed is.

At this point, much of the upper brass in these companies are so entrenched into these methods of profit that they can't see how to get out and maintain their power structures. It's not just the profits that they've become used to. It's also their position. Which is only human. They perceive that they've worked hard to become VP or Pres of their current company and their actions aren't going to disrupt that even if it means long term their industry will survive.

For what it's worth, these companies will continue to discount the success of Netflix and others simply because to do otherwise would likely imperil their current position. Change, will only occur when the companies are facing complete ruin, if it happens at all. Until such time that we see TW or Sony winding up their studio arms, I don't think we'll see them adapting.

Comment No, these companies need to follow the law (Score 5, Insightful) 273

Look, I get that these guys are trying to do something new. And for that I applaud them and their efforts. However until there are new laws supporting the sort of things they're trying to do they need to follow the current laws especially regarding employment.

Just because you came up with a new way to run things doesn't mean that the rest of it like it or agree that's the way the world should work. Especially when it seems like all you're doing is trying to dodge current legal frameworks without any good reason for doing so.

Comment Re:nonsense (Score 2) 532

I think they meant that there's no longer an option to think that society is just them and their immediate family & friends, that they could no longer ignore the plight of other people who are so much more than what you see on the surface, and all that mucking about with taxation, a subject much like society itself, is a complex thing that is full of nuances and consists of more that what you had for breakfast yesterday.

But that's just what I think about people who choose to jump right away on the if the government does it, it's bad bandwagon.

Comment Self Posession (Score 1) 698

If nothing else, she needs to be taught that she is self-possessed. That this is her life, her body, her decisions. That what other people may want of her can be considered, even negotiated around, but that in the end it is what she wants that should count the most.

She is going to be pulled in many directions, face many things that you and your wife have already passed through and have only the fleetest memories of. To navigate those and other unforeseeable difficulties the best thing that can be bequeathed her is an unshakable sense of self. It will help her through doubts and tribulations. It will be assailed by everything and everyone around her, tempting her to be things she is not. Which is why it is so very important that she has it, holds on it, and knows when to reinvent it.

Comment They brought it on themselves (Score 5, Insightful) 379

It could have been easy to get along and keep doing what they were doing, but no, Verizon has to go and sue in court. They had to challenge the weaker rules, force Wheeler's hand and cause this to happen.

It's their own fault here.

They brought it on themselves in a very real, legally binding way.

I couldn't be gloating any harder than I am right now.

Comment Coming full circle (Score 2) 309

So how about that? A programming language that'll download and store a program for later use just in case the network connection isn't stable or available. Sounds good to me. Having more than one way to get a program is a great thing to do.

Seems to me that if I can't rely on my network I'd want some sort of storage media that'll let me back up or reinstall the base program. It should also be light and easy to transport with plenty of additional storage space, just in case of anything.

Seriously, the older I get the more I find out that everything old is new again.

Comment That's a nice technical solution you have there (Score 2) 277

The problem is a human one, however.

Yes, this makes it harder should someone get to your stored hashes. But it doesn't make it any more secure if people continue to use "123ABC" as a password. Which they will do since that's an easy thing to remember.

Comment Re:Net Neutrality laws? (Score 1) 289

Except there has never been anything close to a 1:1 relationship. There couldn't have been because even since the IDSN days the up/down ratio of what we could get was always in favor of the down. So there's never been enough traffic coming from the ISPs to even approach parity.

In fact, it's been the stupid ISPs have been using this as a club against the other players. It's of their own making, and now they're choking on it. In fact, Nexflix is even willing to give ISPs servers to take the congestion away from that part of the network, something that's been consistently rejected. The ISPs are the problem. In specific their greedy, overly Wall Street focused, stupid management is the problem.

So, no. They don't get any sympathy from me in this. They aren't being held accountable by their customers, they aren't being held accountable by what little law is in place, and they certainly aren't being held accountable by the market. If they were, they'd be out of business by now.

Comment Not going to happen (Score 3) 222

Microsoft is going to hold on to that thing for as long as they can. It's not going away for several different reasons.

The first and largest is that the Kinect is a product differentiater. It makes the XBone different from the PS4. There really isn't that much a difference between the two boxes otherwise. Fine, you can go on with the technical differences between the types of RAM and the custom silicon for the XBone's APU but those are not large concerns for Mom and Dad buying little Sally's birthday present.

Until MS comes up with something besides the software that makes their product different, the Kinect is going to hang on. But the second that happens, it'll be tossed. They know they've screwed the pooch here. They know exactly what it cost them in terms of customer relations and in terms of developers.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen