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Comment: Re:Groupon (Score 1) 245

by Starcom8826 (#35536614) Attached to: Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO
Interesting use of an example. Americans spend much less on clothing as compared to 30 years ago. The things that have increased the most over those decades are mortgages and health insurance, things that can't really be cut. That's the reason why the average American household is in debt. It's not because they're overconsuming.

Comment: Re:What does Wikileaks get from this? (Score 1) 606

Well maybe, but even if that wasn't the case, there still would be no big releases on Russia and Venezuela. After all, we already know Wikileaks has asked for help on occasion before to prepare their work. Their releases on the US government precludes all other work given their manpower.

Comment: Re:MS is doing that (Score 1) 345

by Starcom8826 (#34018300) Attached to: Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft

When Ray says "Beyond the PC" what he's really saying is "beyond Windows OS".

This has been Microsoft's greatest nemesis, is their own myopia. They view everything with the tinged glasses of Windows. You can see this with Windows Mobile 7, even if it isn't "Windows" is trying to leverage "Windows 7" branding.

I don't think that's necessarily something unique to Microsoft. I remember when the iPhone was first released, Steve Jobs talked about how it had "the power of Mac OS" on a phone. It was only with iOS 4 where it was rebranded to be separate from Mac OS.

Comment: Re:I dont feel sorry for Wikileaks (Score 0, Troll) 725

by Starcom8826 (#33902874) Attached to: Wikileaks Donations Account Shut Down

They held back 15 thousand pages to protect people's names while they tried to sort through them. Google it. They asked the pentagon to tell them which name to remove, the pentagon told them to go to hell.

See this kind of statement doesn't make sense to me. Why is it reasonable to steal documents from the Pentagon and then go back to them and say "Hey, we stole so much that we care to look through ourselves so go redact this for us"? If Wikileaks wanted to take the high road it would withhold all the documents and then at the end do a final check. Not whine about how the Pentagon isn't doing their work for them. That just seems like a lame attempt at taking a jab at the Pentagon that has nothing to do with moralities of disclosing secret documents.


Venezuela Bans Hostile Videogames and Toys 335

Posted by timothy
from the hostile-autocrats-still-ok dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In an effort to 'help improve child education and prevent misconduct,' the Venezuelan government began enforcing a law on March 3rd banning war videogames and toys, imposing a fine and 2.5 years in prison on the production, distribution, sale, hiring and use of video games and toys inciting violent behavior. Alberto Federico Ravell, former director of opposing news network Globovision, has already come on twitter denouncing the authorities for seizing imported Gameboy, Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles, due to considering them violent."

Comment: Re:Build trust? (Score 1) 436

by Starcom8826 (#31094832) Attached to: Iran Suspends Google's Email Service
And how is this mistranslation supposed to be better? I've heard plenty of apologists for Iran say this was a mistranslation and really it was "will vanish pages of time." How is that better at all? If the current Israeli regime (it's elected government) vanishes from the pages of time, that is a direct result of foreign military invasion. Israelis would never agree to letting their government disappear from the pages of time. And vanishing from the page of time means that it ceases to exist forever and its previous existence was never recognized which is foolish and wrong. It effectively means the same thing only it's more devious, so if anything it's worse.

Comment: Apple?? (Score 1) 292

by Starcom8826 (#30725696) Attached to: Here We Go Again — Video Standards War 2010

That's where the standards war, or in this case, a variation on the theme comes up. In one camp, we see a several years old alliance called the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, or DECE, which includes five out of six of the major movie studies (Warner Brothers, Paramount, NBC Universal, Sony and Fox), together with an impressive array of players in almost all of the affected sectors: software and hardware companies (e.g., Microsoft, Intel and Cisco), consumer electronics vendors (Sony, also a content owner), mobile device vendors (like Motorola and Apple, cable companies (including Comcast, Cox Communications and Liberty Global) and video and player distributors (e.g., Netflix, and Best Buy)....
And in the other camp? Well, to start with, there is the remaining major studio: Disney. And then there's, well, maybe nobody. But everyone's expectation is that Disney's partner in combat is Apple, which has not joined the other group. Apple, incidentally, remains Disney's largest single shareholder, as a result of the sale of Pixar to Disney (Amazon is also notable by its absence from the DECE member roster). According to one report, the Disney plan may rely on an Apple approach called MobileMe. Disney also made an announcement last week at CES, saying that it would take KeyChest live before the end of the year, and would announce other participating companies shortly.

Could have used a better example in the first block...

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"