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Comment: Re:Good for consumers? (Score 3, Informative) 191

by KeithJM (#48611579) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case
When DRM is a prerequisite to get the rights to offer the item to consumers at all. I'm not saying it necessarily WAS worth it, but the people who owned the rights to the music wouldn't allow downloads without DRM. So the options to bring it to market were download music with DRM, or don't download music legally. The consumer gets to decide whether they want that deal or not.

Comment: Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (Score 3, Insightful) 545

by KeithJM (#48534963) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
The thing is that this is really short-sighted (I say this as a development manager). You can force people to work long hours in a horrible job market -- but 100% of your good developers are going to jump ship the moment the market turns around. The only time this strategy makes sense is when two things are both true: 1. The job market is so bad even great developers are scared to quit 2. Your company is so close to going out of business that you don't have the option to think even medium term. You only care about the next month or two of results.

Comment: Can Google Glass record for 2 hours on one charge? (Score 1) 357

by KeithJM (#48279985) Attached to: MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters
Quite apart from how horrible it would be to try to watch a movie recorded by a camera the width of a matchstick that's strapped to a person's head while they watch the movie, does Google Glass even have the battery life to record a full movie? It seems like this is a symbolic gesture by the MPAA. I get that long-term battery life will probably improve, but why not wait until something is actually a problem before sending out press releases that might annoy your customers?

Comment: $80K cars are fringe models. (Score 1) 267

by KeithJM (#48022563) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
From GM's point of view, Tesla IS a fringe brand. How many sales does GM lose to Tesla? Granted, some people may be in the market for a $60K Corvette and decide to buy a $80K Tesla Model S instead. But if you look at directly competing models, how many people decide to buy a Tesla instead of a $35K Chevy Volt? Basically, none. If you create a bell curve of all car models by selling price, Tesla will be in the fringe with the other cars that are close to 6 figures. Being a fringe brand doesn't mean you don't make a good car. Lamborghini is a fringe brand too. If you don't think it's a fringe brand, ask all of your friends who have ever purchased a car how many of them have seriously considered buying one.

Comment: Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 2) 541

by KeithJM (#47649907) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Scientific discussion of racial differences is not the same as racism. It's amazing how afraid some people are of frank discussion about race. They want to shut it down as soon as it begins, typically by denying the question ("there's no such thing as race!!") or personal attacks like you're doing ("you're racist for even suggesting that!!!").

And writing a book to be published to the masses on your "scientific" theory rather than submitting it for peer review and publishing it via the normal process isn't a scientific discussion. To me, that raises a red flag as big as all of the "cold fusion" and other physics discoveries that call press conferences rather than publishing papers and letting other scientists analyze their results before the press sees it.

Comment: Re:Rather broad leap.. (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by KeithJM (#47533915) Attached to: Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered
It's a broad leap, but they didn't just find some random feathered fossils. They found fossils of various species that shared an ancestor very early in the dinosaur line. So it would be like discovering that Humans, Orangutans and Gorillas all had something in common (like a particular lobe of the brain) that we had previously thought only humans had. It would imply the there is a good chance Chimpanzees have it too, because it seems likely to be inherited from that early shared ancestor. They could be wrong, and each of those lines of dinosaurs could have evolved feathers separately. But it's not just a random conclusion.

Comment: Re:Yep, they're doing seamless feedback (Score 3, Insightful) 126

by KeithJM (#47077291) Attached to: US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE
They won't want to pay for both systems forever though. The reason you'd do something like is partly to make your customers happy, but partly because you realize you're installing two sets of hardware on each tower (one for data, one for telephone calls) and if you treated everything like data, you could save money on purchasing and maintaining the hardware because you'd only need to install one.

Comment: But they need to move around in our environment (Score 4, Insightful) 122

by KeithJM (#46439769) Attached to: iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm
This is a very good point, and for robots designed for a single task that obviously makes sense. But if they have to be able to move around a house or office (with either stairs or an elevator with buttons to push), or open doors, or put dishes away from the dishwasher, etc -- they'll need to be shaped roughly like a human. The more human-shaped they are the more easily they can integrate into a world designed for human-shaped things to get things done. The alternative is to redesign everything in the world to make LESS convenient for people to use them.

Comment: Re:Anybody else wish Google would grow a mean side (Score 1) 476

by KeithJM (#45299941) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
If they did it for a day, that might annoy Apple and Microsoft. If they did it for longer, people would just move away from Google and go somewhere else. If people wanting to buy iPads or Surfaces or look up Windows APIs or whatever can't find their answers on Google, they'll stop going to google to find Thai restaurants and art supply stores too. It's kind of like shutting the government down to force negotiation over a particular law. You better be REALLY sure that the people affected by the shutdown feel as strongly as you do about the particular law before you do it.

Comment: Re:Anti-Trust (Score 1) 476

by KeithJM (#45299891) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
It isn't ironic. The reason they took those actions and the reasons we are discussing it is because it gives them a legal monopoly. It's not like they banded together to buy these patents and then were later surprised when it occurred them that this allowed them to sue their competitors for competing with them.

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