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Comment: Tort reform would help (Score 1) 239

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) 582

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) 582

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.

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) 303

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).

Comment: Nice work if you can get it (Score 4, Insightful) 303

Personally, I'd like to be able to get royalty payments every time somebody used one of my commercial software programs or one of my hardware devices. Think about it. You spend a few months writing a piece of software and then get paid for it for life. Quite frankly, IMHO, the entire royalty business model is broken because while the original intent may have ensured that the "artists" weren't being taken advantage of, it's gotten so out of control that these "artists" have now been brainwashing into believing that they are oh so much more important than everyone else and that their opinions on things they know nothing about are to be taken seriously.

Comment: Social media bubble (Score 1) 252

by RogueWarrior65 (#49100535) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

If the bulk of technology dollars were focused on social media, I'd say yes this is a bubble. Social media stocks are wildly overvalued. But that's only a small segment of the tech market these days. Tech is permeating everywhere. What's going to happen is a collateral damage effect from the upcoming FCC Title II ruling, assuming that it stands. Further, there is a steady rise in sub-prime lending for things other than houses e.g. cars and college education. Bubbles form when a market rise is based on bullsh*t and/or "social engineering."

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.