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Comment: Re:Have Settled Charges? (Score 1) 92

by RogueWarrior65 (#49188675) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

It means that the company gets screwed for millions of dollars all of which magically disappears into the black hole of the federal government general fund. Meanwhile, you, dear victim, will get discount coupons for cellphone accessories for obsolete phones. It's a little bit like the government promising you a tax "credit" in return for actual money paid by some private entity. You can only make use of this "credit" if you meet certain specific criteria e.g. tax bracket and taxes owed combined with astrological sign and body mass index which most people don't meet.

Comment: I never understood the recent patent reform (Score 1) 97

by RogueWarrior65 (#49180555) Attached to: Has the Supreme Court Made Patent Reform Legislation Unnecessary?

Switching from "first to invent" to "first to file" makes no sense to me. If you're working on something for several years and some asshat hacks your computer, copies all the data, then files the patent, why should they get credit for it? Beyond that, I don't understand how some filers seem to be able to get patents in a few months while others take YEARS to even get reviewed. Something doesn't smell right here. And then there's the patent troll problem. Why has nobody put forth legislation that requires the patent holder to also be the applier of the technology? Nobody likes campers in a MMO game. IMHO, if you own a patent, you should be required to create a real product with it and sell it in order to benefit from the patent protection.

Comment: Re:"Loser edit" is a new name for a very old evil. (Score 1) 144

by RogueWarrior65 (#49180481) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Yellow journalism has infected most of media these days particularly in Hollywood who has figured out that they have a one-side, one-directional soapbox from which to preach their beliefs. I'm not just talking about what passes for a documentary these days but even in screenwriting for fictional shows. The writer or rather whoever ends up creating the dialog that a character utters or whoever comes up with the plot has the ability to make statements knowing that there is no opportunity for debate. Quite often, once the hero character of a series has won the hearts and minds of the audience, that character is used as the conduit. People believe it because of their adoration of the character.

Comment: Tort reform would help (Score 1) 245

by RogueWarrior65 (#49133847) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

Drug companies pretty much expect to get sued by the likes of the law offices of James Suck-a-glove and lose every penny they made thanks to a jury in east Texas. And it doesn't matter that the side effect warnings are well disclosed. Take a look at pretty much every drug ad on TV. They basically say, "If you have such-and-such condition, ask your doctor about Fartseeguh. Meanwhile, here's a 45-second long list of things that might happen to you even if you didn't take this drug because we're expecting to get sued even if you don't take this drug." At a certain point, the drug company is looking a the upfront costs as well as the potential legal costs and deciding that there is too much risk. The FDA is no help because they insist on all this testing beforehand and when the lawsuits come they are notably untouchable. Aren't they supposed to protect the public from dangerous drugs? If they approved it, shouldn't they be held liable too?

Comment: Re:How can you be in favor of the unknown? (Score 1) 599

by RogueWarrior65 (#49128563) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

Wrong...again. There is a 300+ page document that is being withheld from public viewing which is what they are going to be voting on. I don't know what's in it and neither do you. You are ASSUMING that this is simply going to be a reclassification under Title II which would take a one-page memo to accomplish. You have ZERO facts upon which to make your statements. It amazes me that you are willing to simply accept a sweeping change based on no facts and only what you believe will happen. How the hell can you be opposed to a public comment period on the contents of the proposed rules? Are you that gullible? If so, I've got a little document called a Power of Attorney that I'd like you to sign. You'll just have to trust me that I know what I'm doing and it'll all be for your own good.

Comment: How can you be in favor of the unknown? (Score 1) 599

by RogueWarrior65 (#49127241) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

How the hell can anyone be so blindly in favor of something when you aren't allowed to read the proposal before it's voted on? How can you possibly believe that this won't turn into colossal clusterf*ck? Do you really trust the government to do the right thing sight unseen? Have major companies ever bent over and taken it without passing it on to the customers? Do you honestly believe that this is going to level the playing field when you aren't allowed to know what the rules of the game are before starting?

You might want to read a real example of what's going to happen all over.
http://hyperborean.liberty.me/...

Comment: It's all about the residuals (Score 1) 145

by RogueWarrior65 (#49119307) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

Ever wonder why Hollywood A-listers (and Oscar winners) are appearing in TV commercials? Because residuals. Nice work if you can get it. Personally, I'd love to see the geeks of the world exulted like musicians, actors, and athletes. The only question is whether this will result in a new Catch-22 barrier to entry i.e. can't get published without an agent and can't get an agent unless you've been published.

Comment: Re:Nice work if you can get it (Score 1) 305

Consider the latest Keurig machines. Some doofus at Keurig decided that only official K-cups will be allowed to use their machines hoping that the public would get used to it and not buy k-cups that aren't compatible thus driving them out of the marketplace at which point they jack up the prices. What's happened though is that the consumer rejected it and the hacker community hacked the machines to work with 3rd party k-cups. It's a bit like Napster was to the long-entrenched record labels who enjoyed being able to sell you 11 crappy songs for 1 good one.

This is how the 3D animation marketplace has been evolving. Autodesk owns the two most popular software products so they can charge more for them. Sure, there are a couple of second-tier tools and some open-source stuff but if you want to work for the major VFX or game companies, you'd better know Maya and/or 3D Studio (not the Pixar's of the world as they write their own stuff).

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.

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