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Comment: So.... the key back to profit is... (Score 1) 93

by Puls4r (#48674807) Attached to: Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way
1. Don't actually develop technology
2. Hire another company to build smart phones with no particularly compelling features
3. ????????
4. Profit!

Exactly HOW does that bring a company back from irrelevancy?

Unless they are planning to acquire some whiz-bang startup with new tech or a new social paradigm that is going to make them stand out, this will just continue their slide into obscurity.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 1) 222

by Puls4r (#48666079) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford
I've said it before and I'll say it again. People act like this sort of thing is new. But every single industry has the same problem with the same kind of thing. Telling your kids not to go into your field is pretty much a 'grass is greener' viewpoint. Take it from someone who works in automotive, you don't WANT the solutions that people propose. You're going to end up going to sensitivity training, diversity training, business relationship training and sexual harassment training. When it's all said and done the only thing you'll have learned that you didn't already know is a new repertoire of jokes about the topic. Note: When you're in sexual harassment class and they ask you what you would do if a girl with nice donuts walks by, the correct response is not "eat them".

Comment: Re:If Google happens to be an EU corporation ... (Score 1) 334

by Puls4r (#48438247) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google
Actually, that's where you're wrong. Americans hate each other. We treat each other like crap. Here's the thing though: anytime ANYONE not from another country tries to fuck with us we immediately band together. We may not get a long, but we have a nationalistic streak a mile wide.

Comment: How much more screw up can our government get? (Score 3, Interesting) 119

by Puls4r (#48413333) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins
So, rather than just selling them on the exchanges, they're pricing them in huge blocks that only the wealthy can afford. I mean seriously, how many folks here have $150k burning a hole in their pocket that they want to plunk down for some bitcoin? I truly hate our government. These bitcoins are going to be sold a huge (unrealized) loss to the wealthy, who are going to turn a giant profit. Fantastic. No wonder it's 'closed' bidding.

Comment: Re:I guess they missed the first step of engineeri (Score 3, Interesting) 173

by Puls4r (#48341785) Attached to: Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months
I don't normally reply to my one post, but here's the key take away from that article:

Codecademy is also hoping to convince employers that completing one of those programs is a meaningful qualification for a job

I.e. - create a new certification that companies can require. Then profit from it.

Comment: I guess they missed the first step of engineering. (Score 4, Insightful) 173

by Puls4r (#48341775) Attached to: Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months
Where you have to list assumptions for your problem statement. For instance: 1. We're assuming that the 'beginner' already has a functional knowledge of more advanced math. 2. We're assuming that the 'beginner' already has a functional knowledge of computers - things like screen widths And so on. Yeah. I can grab my 7 year old, plop him down and teach him to write basic programs like 'hello world'. But he won't have the background in all the other subjects along with the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are required to actually be a good programmer. THAT's a skill set that takes way more than 3 months to teach.

Comment: /wiki/Streisand_effect (Score 3, Insightful) 257

That is only true because this is still a novelty. When other people and companies jump onboard, google will be deluged with hundreds of thousands of requests from everything from microsoft to restaurants to politicians. At that point no one will be paying attention. This needs to get fixed, ASAP.

Comment: Managers (Score 4, Interesting) 51

by Puls4r (#47849123) Attached to: NASA Panel Finds Fault WIth Curiosity Rover Project's Focus
Can we please retitle this story to "Armchair Quarterbacks Randomly Decide They Don't Like Curiosity"? Because, in all seriousness, do you think a that a bunch of rocket-scientists and engineers are like "nah.... let's just point the camera at clouds and do nothing with this huge multi-million dollar rover". Far more likely that the engineers behind the project are doing everything they physically can with curiosity, but this review panel doesn't like the reality of what can be done. I can think of a great Dilbert comic or two that cover this.

Comment: Summary that misrepresents the Article... *shock* (Score 5, Insightful) 373

by Puls4r (#46266465) Attached to: Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History
Actually, the article doesn't say anyone has been banned using the data. It specifically says that NO one currently knows what happens with the data. So that's a pretty large red herring. That doesn't negate the heinousness of them tracking the websites you visit *just* in case you might cheat. Very NSA-esque.

Comment: Re:UK invented HTTP. (Score 2, Informative) 193

by Puls4r (#46228845) Attached to: ICANN's Cozy Relationship With the US Must End, Says EU
Despite your sarcasm, you're right.

The countries that invented that particular item can go ahead and specify anything they want inside their borders. If countries outside those borders don't like it, then they can ignore it.

ICANN is no different. Don't like it? Then go make your own. Just because the internet has gained universal acceptance doesn't mean you get a say in how it's administered in the US. There is nothing saying you can't stick a bunch computers between your country and the internet and administer everything inside your own borders any way you want. If you want it to work on *our* internet, then make it compatible with ICANN. If not, get out.

Am I being rude? Yes. Because I'm pretty sure ANY country would react the same way to a bunch of other countries constantly whining about something like this. It took hold in the US first, and we went through creating the system so it works. You guys plugged in. If you don't like it - then unplug.

Comment: Re:I do not look forward to this. (Score 1) 336

by Puls4r (#46141927) Attached to: Through a Face Scanner Darkly
Why not take it a step further? A 15 year old female gets pregnant by a 15 year old male. Guess who's likely to be charged with statutory rape and guess who's not?

The lists are jokes because our legal system is built to be flexible. When you get into a situation where you have a law that says your name goes on regardless of the reason, but only because of the verdict, then it's the equivalent of zero tolerance.

Comment: Re:Threatning the midwest! (Score -1) 684

by Puls4r (#45879125) Attached to: Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US
More right than you know. We've seen this many times before in the last 20 years in terms of snow here in Michigan. And the cold? Well..... it's cold. It tends to do that in the winter. As for other states like Kentucky that might get snow and cold... I suggest a unique item called a 'coat'. Perhaps you can stay home a day or two as well until it melts... *BREAKING NEWS* - It's a slow news day because nothing has blown up and no one has been shot. Let's name a snow storm.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.