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Comment: Re:hackers oligarchs & thugs (Score 4, Insightful) 256

by Moof123 (#49131607) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

For a long time the intelligence community has been putting capability well ahead of results. From my meager experience I would guess that most of these capabilities produce little actual actionable results. More likely tese are a direct result of having to keep showing really cool possibilities to keep their fiefdom funded. Actual results driven funding would reault in much more human level intelligence, but that is hard and not sexy.

Comment: Re:The problem is... (Score 2) 158

Living here I can say I am frustrated by how much the local big businesses get big tax breaks simply by occasionally threatening to leave now and then. Nike, Intel, and now these datacenters. The rest of us, and other employers foot the bill to cover their shirked responsibilities to their communities.

Comment: Re:No Time (Score 1) 244

by Moof123 (#48980881) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

Same boat here. I only watch a few shows, and frequently I don't even get to watch most of what is in my queue before it expires. Heck, I am only halfway through last year's Southpark season.

I have a 2 year old that keeps me quite busy, so I am lucky if I can manage to squeeze in a half hour to watch John Stewart.

Comment: Advertising Bubble? (Score 3, Informative) 619

by Moof123 (#48969863) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

Craziness in the ad space has all the feel of being a ginormous bubble. Companies who have a business model of selling banner ads via an app and have no other revenue sources seem especially precarious to the perception of advertising effectiveness. If at some point studies come out showing banner ads are as ineffective as I think they are (I think they are a net negative to most companies who use them) the rug could get pulled out from the whole mess.

People are getting trained to filter this stuff out left and right. I find myself avoiding google when I look for certain things because I know that if they are common I will have to wade through a page or more of paid up links that are mostly only tangentially related to what I am looking for. I can't recall the contents of any recent banner ads, and there are a number of sites I just don't visit on my ipad because they are so awful without AdBlock running.

How about a new Kickstarter campaign where we pool our money to buy up highway billboard space and put up pretty murals instead of ads?

Comment: Dave Barry? (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by Moof123 (#48962731) Attached to: Building a Good Engineering Team In a Competitive Market

I can't quickly find it, but years ago I read a nice 1 page column that summed up how ot motivate your employees well.

1) Give employees the tools to do their jobs well (don't make us fight over licenses, etc).
2) Give clear goals and direction (know what you want before unleashing the whole team on it).
3) Get out of their way (keep the meetings and paperwork truly to a minimum).

All else seems to be window dressing.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln