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Comment: Re:Trust but verify (Score 1) 211

by Monkey-Man2000 (#47224131) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public
This is a very good point and excellent support for your point is the experience Google had with Sun Microsystems and now Oracle regarding the Android/Java technology. Last I heard Oracle had won the argument that an API is copyrightable in front of a judge and that Google owes them money; it must be in appeal because I didn't recall hearing that Google actually paid out yet. A key difference, of course, is that this is patents and Oracle was mostly arguing copyright I believe. And I believe Google's main defense was that the last CEO at Sun supported their usage (notwithstanding the fact that an API should NOT be copyrightable to begin with!).

Comment: Re:it's explained in the study (Score 1) 86

by Monkey-Man2000 (#47030451) Attached to: Static Electricity Defies Simple Explanation
Well, I think it's pretty well known that you're more likely to shock yourself from static electricity in low humidity conditions (I haven't RTFA so will have to see how this observation jibes with the study). I always assumed it was because when there is higher water density in the air that charges are more evenly distributed in a room while in lower humidity charged surfaces are more isolated and when you touch something you make a conduit and feel the shock.

Comment: Re:You don't hear about the failures (Score 1) 390

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46799707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
True, and many people are not born with entrepreneurial skills either (but some learn early and we'll say they were born for it) -- most people need to learn these types of things through work or education. Those averse to learning them, or encouraged(/discouraged) by comments like yours, will surely fail as they think they can't learn to be an entrepreneur to begin with. Did Walt Disney think of himself primarily as an entrepreneur, or just an animator that wanted to get shit done? The end effect was the same, he was an animator AND an entrepreneur but he needed no special training, or novel built-in talent, to distinguish the two. That's my point. The GP post pointed out he knew some of his faults were in his industry connections; IMO, that's the first lessons to be learned toward an entrepreneurial future and GP learned some hard but good lessons IMO. Why not start an industry? We need more of those things states-side I think...

Comment: Re:You don't hear about the failures (Score 1) 390

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46797219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
I guess I just don't get why you wouldn't try bettering your community with starting a new local industry (the US needs more job-makers after all!)-- that said, being a teacher is certainly admirable as I would like to be one, and that betters the community in nonlinear ways like creating a business. But there are are a surplus of students in the US and not enough JOBS, so the ability to be able to deliver an _actual_product_, produced locally, is a big deal IMO, and a big deal for your locale (and would be for your local government FYI)...

From your brief comments, you could shepherd that, and even Pixar and Disney(!) started small.... Just saying... There's probably more going in your life than you let on I would hazard a guess, like family or something, and I understand if that's the case, because they can distract from the IDEAL career-choices... And I suppose the IDEAL career-choice, was not a recent option for you, because you (like many) have had practical considerations to think of... Cheers though, for sharing your story!

Comment: Re:You don't hear about the failures (Score 1) 390

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46797003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
Fair enough, but big cities started as small towns too. I.e., you could still start a studio if you find some good people and you might be surprised what skilled people (like you) live in your neighborhood, and if you were very good in the local endeavors, you would probably attract more to the locale.

LOL, I just realized, my comment was directly influenced by the fact I've been reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin this week -- good book btw, a bit rambling as he was mostly an old fogey as he says up-front, but I should have read it when I was much younger I think, because he has really good advice for getting shit done (both personally and in the community). :)

Comment: Re:You don't hear about the failures (Score 1) 390

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46796753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
I'm curious what you are doing now then? If I had the skills, I'd try to use Blender (or whatever) and start my own studio if I couldn't get hired by the big boys/girls. Connections would still be a problem though for distribution, but now you know that and could alleviate it.

Comment: Re:How to call Bruce (Score 1) 2219

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46184783) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Hi Bruce, What I wish had happened is that /. had asked for volunteers to start a non-profit foundation (like Blender) to sell to instead of a company like DICE that's apparently run by pointy-haired bosses. In the absence of even that offer to the community, I'm onboard supporting your actions but I would also suggest waiting to see how the protest works out here.

Comment: Re:first (Score 5, Insightful) 206

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46169399) Attached to: Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance
The editors know... we made it clear in the beta announcement thread and at least one editor said he was going to bubble it to the top of the foodchain. This is a topdown order and going to straight-up KILL slashdot. I don't think DICE even cares, and apparently neither do the editors as their still drawing paychecks. This is some serious shit; I don't know how things went down but I'd like to think Taco had the integrity to leave when he knew which way the ship would be going -- maybe he had family concerns financially. But the others, I feel bad for them, but damn, goddamn indeed, they need to stage a revolt because the users of /. are about to if this shit is forced down our throats....

Comment: Re:Fuck the beta (Score 4, Insightful) 206

by Monkey-Man2000 (#46169327) Attached to: Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance
If you took their survey you'll see they know most long-time /. users are outraged. The first question was something like, "Did you know, you can find the classic slashdot layout at a link at the bottom of the page" Answer: No. Next question, "did you find it?". Answer: No (it's buried in a text box). Next question, "Do you have any suggestions for improving the usability of the beta" Answer: Go back to classic Slashdot by default. Etc., etc., They know the beta's shit and don't care because they are going to use the site to phish irregular users into their "Business Intelligence" BS. They don't care to keep us here, they just want the name for the geek-chique with the managers that may think they're hip because they've heard of /. but never actually visited. I hope Taco made a mint on this and the other "editors" as well because they sold out hard -- I knew something was seriously wrong when he jumped ship after so many previous acquisitions....

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