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Comment: Re:Shitvertisement (Score 1) 46

You idiots also said that about TV's, music devices, homes etc...

No, they didn't.

But I'll say it right now: My house does not need to be on the Internet. My shoes do not need to be on the Internet.

Not this Internet, at least. Because every one of those connected "things" is going to require connecting to a web page to manage, and that web page is going to require you to create a profile, that is connected to your personal information. The Internet of Things is not designed for your benefit. Right now, in 2014, do you really need to be told that? Have you not noticed anything happening around you?

For a group of people who are supposed to be tech-savvy, a lot of techies really don't seem to get what the Internet is about. There is some fantasy from the 1980's that still seems to hang on in the minds of people. Maybe a fairy tale that is told from generation to generation. But it has nothing to do with the truth. That Internet we dreamed about decades ago never happened.

Comment: Re:Shitvertisement (Score 1) 46

I don't understand why this has been modded as a troll. He took the words right out of my mouth.

My "things" don't need to be on the internet. I like the Internet being in a neat compartment where I can go when I want it. I don't want it following me around.

Seriously, what the fuck is so attractive, I mean, given that the Internet has become pretty much a combination of a low-rent shopping mall and the equivalent of having your boss, your government and your phone company looking up your ass every minute of the day, about an internet of things? Have people really gotten that bored with life? Can you really not live one single minute without the illusion that your measly existence matters one bit to the universe?

Can anyone be so dense as to not be able to see what this "internet of things" is really all about? And here's a hint: It's not about making your life better. For fuck's sake.

Comment: Re:And no one will go to jail (Score 1) 216

This is not the first time an agency lied. It worked out great for them so he probably thought "Why lie about it?" Very soon these agencies will use it as bragging rights and will so so publicly.

First they hide it. Then they lie about it. Then they laugh in your face. Then they win.

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 235

by PopeRatzo (#47573587) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

And this is the fault of Apple / Google ?

No, it's not the fault of Apple/Google. It's a feature/bug of any bubble market. If you can get in early and score, get out fast and buy real property. Then think about what you're going to do next. Not the other way around.

I bet a lot of those app guys wish they had bought a house with their money instead of renting that warehouse and hiring their WoW clan members to develop the next big app.

Comment: Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (Score 1) 93

by lucien86 (#47572995) Attached to: Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

The allegation is true. It doesn't take a genius to work it out. - The problem with electric cars is that they are too expensive, and most or all of that extra cost is in the batteries. Cheaper and bigger batteries with a smaller & lighter physical footprint = cheaper electric cars. Simple!

Comment: Re:Anti-piracy (Score 1) 230

by lucien86 (#47572945) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

'Propaganda' - one of the most misused and frequently misunderstood words out there... Actually half a dozen closely tied but different meanings
- Words, statements or other 'media' twisted with lies to convey an emotionally charged meaning..
- The psychological manipulation of people using intrinsic or subliminal methods..
- All emotionally charged speech, as used by politicians to sway voters...
- Black propaganda, the manipulation of people using hate driven by negative stories and communications - either lies or true.
- Black propaganda, as above but used for the destruction of a particular person, or group, ... the rumour that xx has Nazi sympathies. . .
- Subliminal propaganda, the use of distraction and repetition to plant internal subliminal messages.. (using your subconscious as a weapon against you)
- Subliminal propaganda, the use of deliberately invisible (flashing images) or inaudible messages to transmit the actual message subliminally. Probably doesn't work.
- Engine or radio propaganda, method used by the Nazi's and the BBC and others (using audio filters and compressors) to force program their people using audio sibilance. (also called 'psychic' propaganda)
- 'Psychic' propaganda, obscure military term for a method based on manipulating Jung's 'archetypes' to manipulate entire populations at a subliminal level.
- 'Sonic' propaganda, - obscure military term for a form of 'sonic' or 'sub-sonic' subliminal propaganda driven by a device that uses very low frequencies -modulated by a high frequency carrier- at very high power. Designed to create resonance in the target, can also be used as a direct weapon.. (also called the 'Horn of Jericho', also called 'Psychic' propaganda.)
And I'm sure there's a few I haven't mentioned..

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 491

by PopeRatzo (#47571755) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

You seem to think the institutions are racist because they wanted some "very sharp" kid to get a GED ?

Not at all. I don't think the institutions are racist at all. I think they saw talent.

And because of (and in some cases, despite) the efforts of people who have fought these fights for many decades, there are now such opportunities. There was a time, not that long ago, in my lifetime in fact, when this young man would have not gotten the opportunity because of the color of his skin and his station in life.

Now his job is to make sure he gets as much out of them as they get out of him. That is the hard fight.

Comment: Re:If true. If. (Score 4, Insightful) 173

So the REAL question is what WILL stop it. Saying that "This one is a bad person and did nothing to change it" doesn't work. Saying "The previous one did nothing to change it" doesn't work.
Voting for "The other party" doesn't work.

No, I do not have the answer, because if I did I would be giving it.

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 235

by PopeRatzo (#47570371) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Yeah, hate that $13 billion *developers* have made so far.

That money's been spent a long time ago. A lot of it on development of more apps that have not been profitable.

Assuming your figure of "$13billion" is correct, of course.

Anyway, this article is about the marketplace, not about the relative handful who have scored big on an app, then hired a staff, invested in their businesses, took venture capital and private equity and now are well and truly fucked.

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 1) 250

Why, in theory, build out municipal fiber when internet service is already offered by two respectable private businesses?

Because places have done it and saved the population money and provided better service?

If there's been consolidation to the point where there are only two providers, I completely understand a municipality providing the competition. I lived in a town with municipal power generation. It was cheap and the service excellent. Until a group of Koch-backed corporatists got elected to the county board and privatized the service without public hearings or comment.

Home energy bills doubled within six months.

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