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Comment Troll far from out of business (Score 1) 153

Yes, I read the article, sorry. This was a shell company, that already made money. These companies are designed to live for a short period, make a lot of money, then go down in flames. The 'troll' is actually Austin Hansley, the lawyer representing eDekka. Amazingly, he also represents the #2 and #3 patent troll companies of 2014...

Comment Re:one person != some developers (Score 5, Insightful) 131

I can see several instances where people can benefit from this. Most people have no first hand experience with programming. Watching a bit of something like this might open their eyes into what it takes. Perhaps it's a kid that thinks she wants to grow up to be a programmer, or a mother wondering what in the world her son does at work all day long, or a novice in the language wanting to see what methods are being used. I'm not saying it's going to have a huge audience, but it's hardly worthless.

Comment Great way to show the fail rate (Score 1) 60

I can see how an exercise like this can benefit those against smart guns. Put that exact technology in a device we use everyday, such as our mouse, and track how often it fails or becomes temperamental. So, you had to readjust your grip after every 50 uses, and it flat out stopped working after 1000? Would you want that to be in the hands of an officer trying to save your life?

Comment Possible Malfunction (Score 1) 961

The source is TMZ so take it for what it's worth, but:

"...possible evidence of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident scene."

The sources also made evident the absence of skids leading up to where the crash took place, with marks only noticeable before the point of impact. They claim if Roger had lost control of the vehicle there would be visible signs on the road from swerving rather than in a straight line, suggesting he didn't have control of the steering. "

Which would make all this talk of their skill and the dangers of that model moot in this situation. Perhaps we should wait for the final investigation report.

Comment Re:What was "stop loss"? (Score 1) 668

Ok, I get a little pissed off every time I hear this crap. Let me explain to you how enlisting in the military works: You enlist for 8 years. not 3, not 5, EIGHT. Generally, it's 4 active and 4 inactive. The inactive years, IE:reserves, are put there on the end of the active to allow the government to call you back or retain you if they need it. It's not a mystery. It's right there on the contract you sign. Stop Loss activates those inactive years because the military has deemed you currently irreplaceable.

Source: 5 years ACTIVE 3 inactive, USMC.

Comment Re:Sounds handled fairly well (Score 2) 223

I figure that because it happened in the first place, which is completely inexcusable. What were they thinking?

The latest release from ESEA covers this. It was initially beta tested with client approval, then they decided against moving forward.

With the whole fervor around Bitcoin, we did conduct some internal tests with the Client on only two of our own, consenting administratorsâ(TM) accounts to see how the mining process worked and determine whether it was a feature that we might want to add in the future. We thought this might be an exciting new tool that we could provide to our community. Ultimately, we decided that it was not. On April 13, 2013, after the initial tests, ESEA informed those involved in the test that we were killing the project and they should stop using the beta test. It came to our attention last night, however, that an employee who was involved in the test has been using the test code for his own personal gain since April 13, 2013...


Submission + - New study finds that music sales are not significantly affected by piracy. (

HungryMonkey writes: A report published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre claims that music web piracy does not harm legitimate sales.

Using clickstream data on a panel of more than 16,000 European consumers, we estimate the effects of illegal downloading and legal streaming on the legal purchases of digital music. Our results suggest that Internet users do not view illegal downloading as a substitute to legal digital music.

And in a big shocker, the IFPI claims the study is flawed.

IFPI believes the JRC study is flawed and misleading. The findings seem disconnected from commercial reality, are based on a limited view of the market and are contradicted by a large volume of alternative third party research that confirms the negative impact of piracy on the legitimate music business.

Comment MPAA will fix this (Score 1) 334

Does this mean that the studios should be liable for all of the damage caused by tv shows and movies intended for children under 3? I mean sure, the parents could have prevented it, but they wouldn't have to if they weren't produced in the first place! And this line of logic is why the MPAA will never allow this to become a law, so it's pointless to debate how this would ever be regulated, or why anyone would think that the government should instruct us on how to raise our kids.

Comment U-verse really can't compete (Score 4, Informative) 168


Speaking of fiber, what about AT&T? The company did not make the top 15. In fact, the fiber-based AT&T U-verse service got an index of 7.9, putting it at number 22.

I'm really not surprised by this. One of the worst features of U-verse is that the tv and internet share the same bandwidth. After a little at home testing I found that my '18mbs' connection dropped by almost 6mbs per HD channel we were watching or recording. So while you pay for both, you can really only use one at a time. I promptly dropped their cable. The most frustrating fact is that we can't get Fios in my neighborhood. When we called to set it up while moving in the gentleman kindly informed me that if AT&T services my area Fios will not. Still trying to figure out how that is legal...

Submission + - Game Mechanics Applied to Prison Management (

HungryMonkey writes: Seth Priebatsch, founder of mobile companies SCVNGR and LevelUp, attributes the success of Angola's latest warden to the application of game mechanics in a real life situation.

— On October 20 in a small town in Louisiana, there will be a rodeo, complete with the prerequisite boots, bulls and Marlboro-man doppelgangers. But this particular rodeo will take place not at a fairgrounds, but at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as "Angola." The riders are untrained inmates who have earned the right to participate — and feel up to 6 seconds of freedom atop an angry bull — in a highly calculated and wildly effective prison reward system. Oh, we'll get back to that. First, though, I want to acquaint you with Burl Cain. He's the Angola warden that I'm fairly convinced moonlights as a savvy game designer. In 2004 Cain was charged with giving a makeover to America's largest and bloodiest maximum-security prison, home to 5,300 violent offenders.

Cain's play-by-play at Angola reads like a deck of game-mechanics cards. To change behavior, he introduced a progression system that was notched with "appointments" — challenges inmates had to conquer to in order to get a reward. Rise to the challenge and you could earn the right to own a pet, to take a job, even the freedom to roam the grounds. To reach the highest level, known at Angola as becoming a Trustee, can take up to 10 years. It's not an easy game, but it's one that the majority of its players are highly motivated to play.

At a certain point in the climb to Trustee status, inmates earn the opportunity to participate in the Angola Rodeo, held each spring and fall in an arena that holds more than 7,500. The day consists of 11 events, including bull riding.

"The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray." -- Robert G. Ingersoll