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Comment Re:The AltaVista Page Sucked (Score 1) 172

Google added features like searching with "site:ibm.com" so you only searched one site for results. Google also added natural language processing so people could ask it questions and it would find the answers to the questions. Ask Jeeves had that first, but Google did a better version of it.

One thing that Google did was Adsense and advertising and I don't recall Altavista and others having advertising options, but they did have sponsored listings. Google found a way for web masters to earn money. Google became the default search in Firefox as well when people switched to it from IE.

Comment Here lies the problem (Score 1) 779

a lot of low paying, back breaking, labor jobs are 99% men and nobody cares enough to get women to take those jobs.

Bring in the blue collar jobs in IT, suddenly they want equality because those are better paying jobs that don't need a lot of physical back breaking labor.

Females just don't seem to have an interest in IT, only 18% people taking IT classes are female. Both males and females get bullied because they do well in math and science but somehow the females get discouraged from it and move on to something else. Males get bullied too but don't get discouraged from it. Maybe cracking down on bullying will make more females take up IT classes because bullies call females who take IT as not feminine.

Minorities, it is basically a poverty problem, they cannot afford tuition and college to earn the IT degree. They cannot afford the home computer to learn on, and they might be in a financial situation because their father left them or went into prison. You'd have to get a fund to get them home computers and low cost Internet and then scholarships for IT degrees.

Comment The Zynga business model (Score 4, Insightful) 101

Make social network and mobile games that are free to play but require you to buy in-game items in order to complete quests and become better.

Make sure you copy the ideas of other game companies.

When the game isn't doing too well, move it to the location in India and let the India division support it until it dies off and has an end of life.

Hire and fire developers all willy nilly, to save on research costs.

Release the first version all buggy so that people have to buy the DLC that changes the game and fixes the bugs for more money.

Comment Was that before or after (Score 1) 313

they built those FEMA camps?

Why did they build FEMA camps that look like prisons that are near rail road tracks and each one has thousands of community coffins that can hold 4 bodies.

They are modeled after the camps they kept Japanese-Americans in or before that the Native-Americans.

Comment Ubisoft has done this sort of stuff before (Score 5, Informative) 468

I bought some Ubisoft games at Big Lots on clearance for $5 in CD/DVD form.

One of the games had a discount code for half off the Ubisoft web store. I bought a few titles and applied the discount code to get half off my order. I entered my debit card and paid and waited for the software to ship. Two weeks later my order was canceled, out of stock on every item I ordered. My money was refunded. I tried the discount code again but now it doesn't work.

The games I bought for $5 at Big Lots, the keys were no longer valid.

Comment Robot Security Guards (Score 1) 335


Microsoft has them, K5 units. Plans to weaponize them with tazers and maybe something else later.

If a security robot can use a tazer on a human being, then they can use an AK-47 or AR-15 or anything else like a flame thrower.

Is the robot autonomous? Does that question matter when it aims a weapon at you and fires?

We might have an ED-209 situation here, malfunctioning robot that kills innocents.

Comment Re:Install Windows 10 on VM? (Score 1) 367

I tried this with Virtual Box. You need virtualization and my CPU does not support it. So I can't tell how well it works.

I bought my CPU from Newegg and they neglected to tell me it doesn't support virtualization. I cannot afford a new one until December.

I refuse to run Windows 10 Preview on my main PC bare metal, I wanted to use a virtual machine.

Comment The next version of Windows was going to be free (Score 1) 367

like MacOS X 10.9 was free.

In order to do that, you become the product they sell to other companies by logging everything you do.

This is really no different than what Dotcom companies do. Collect info on you when you use their website and then sell it to the highest bidders. It keeps their website free and targets you with ads and spam.

Comment If it is too big to colonize (Score 1) 89

it can be used as a refueling station to reach other planet and star systems out there.

I assume since it is a Class M planet it has fossil fuels and water and other stuff we can use on it.

You can send robot shuttles to the surface to mine and collect fossil fuel and water, water can be turned into hydrogen for fuel and oxygen to breathe.

There might even be plants or soil rich enough to plant Earth plants on it, that might or might not grow in the higher gravity. Put down solar cells to collect sunlight and store energy. Move robots all over the planet to look for stuff.

Comment I am a former federal contractor (Score 2) 372

Each email system had a triplicate of backups done so they would not lose emails. They used Microsoft Exchange Server and digital tape backups. They used Outlook and backed up PST files to network drives.

If they lost her emails with a system like that it was no accident.

Comment Re: Fsck x86 (Score 1) 230

See if ARM based PCs sell and scale better than x86 based PCs.

Can't run Windows on an ARM PC but maybe Linux or Haiku or AROS or something. Raspberry PI isn't a PC because it is in kit form. Make it a $100 or $200 brick PC and then see how well it sells. Make it on an ATX motherboard and then sell ARM based ATX PCs.

Submission + - Alienware swaps SteamOS for Windows (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Valve left many OEMs hanging when they delayed Steam machines until sometime next year to work out their controller issues. Many of these companies excitedly showed off new Steam machine hardware that they cannot ship so Alienware has been the first to re-purpose its Debian-based Steam machine to be a Windows-based Steam machine bundled with an XBox controller. While Windows 8.x has not been particularly well-received it does support a lot more games than Linux and when configured to boot straight into Steam Big Picture mode the influence of the underlying OS is visible only in the larger game library.

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