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Comment: Golf (Score 4, Insightful) 496

by HoboCop (#43426371) Attached to: Not Even Investors Know What Google Glass Is For

I could see that thing being awesome for golf... they already do GPS through smart phones.. if it can tell you how far away an object is in your field of vision, pretty darn spiffy.. show you a trail where your ball went, display your swing trajectory in your field of view for analysis... lots of cool things. Plus golfers will spend that kind of money.

Comment: Re:No faith (Score 1) 453

by HoboCop (#32929028) Attached to: Measuring LAMP Competency?

Bah, certifications wouldn't help there most likely. I'm not certified in shit, and I know all that stuff because I can read, and bothered to pick up a book and figure it out. The most valuable skill in almost any IT person is the ability to find answers to things they don't know. I never ask anyone for help, cause I never can get any. I just look shit up.

Comment: Re:Abolish Patents! (Score 1) 434

by HoboCop (#31336870) Attached to: Apple Sues HTC For 20 Patent Violations In Phones

Yes, this is true. From the interface perspective it's no different. A keyboard is displayed (picture), and you must touch the right areas in the right order. It's not coded that way, but to an observing savage who can't read, the two are indistinguishable. Clearly not the spirit of the patent.. but if you wrote a password screen that acted like a keyboard, but functioned in this way (based on the position of the key rather than an ascii code), are you violating the patent?

Comment: Re:Abolish Patents! (Score 1) 434

by HoboCop (#31336340) Attached to: Apple Sues HTC For 20 Patent Violations In Phones

check out the gesture unlock patent. It even cites a patent which says "A graphical password arrangement displays a predetermined graphical image and requires a user to "touch" predetermined areas of the image in a predetermined sequence, as a means of entering a password. "

Doesn't this apply to a displayed keyboard and an actual alphanumeric password?

I'd like to patent "A series of grunts that combined can be understood by humanoids as meaning 'Where the fuck is your toilet?'"

Comment: Re:What a lot of work. (Score 1) 574

by HoboCop (#31333380) Attached to: Scalpers Earned $25M Gaming Online Ticket Sellers

Seems like the problem is the venue then.. why do they have to have so many crappy seats? If the artists were smart they would play a lot more shows at smaller venues.. so the tickets were not scarce enough to warrant scalping, and the average seat was much better. The arena thing should die. I guess for the lazy pop star that's too much to ask.

Also look at what some artists do by camping out in Vegas. I'm not sure, but I bet they don't have nearly the same problem with scalping, and they have complete control over the venue.

Comment: Re:Real Life Achievements (Score 1) 176

by HoboCop (#31202748) Attached to: Life Imagined As One Big RPG

I think this is an interesting idea. The vocabulary ("levels") would need to change.

Also interesting because there's a mechanism for giving short-term rewards for activities that really only pay off long-term. Instant gratification is a problem for lots of younger people, this is one way to combat that problem.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 449

by HoboCop (#31120534) Attached to: Is Plagiarism In Literature Just Sampling?

This is true.
On-topic: You have to credit other people's work, or suffer the consequences.

Although I'd argue that covering another artist's work (music) and not worrying about it is a valid business strategy. The music is proven, therefore is more likely to get some recognition. The original artist has some incentive to see that song get airplay, since it pays them. It at least gives you a shot to have your original music heard by both wider audiences, and people in the industry who's attention is hard to get. If you suck then you won't get much further, but at least it's not because nobody heard your stuff.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas