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Comment Re:Duh... (Score 1) 109

A class action needs to smack Kickstarter hard.

Besides the representation of investment as a long lead order fulfillment system, I can't imagine where they aren't violating some investment laws whether it be because they aren't providing investors with shares or not accounting for fulfillment as capital gains.

As for people trying to tout their anecdotally high success rates (e.g. 33%) compared to traditional investing, they seem to missing the fact that almost no Kickstarter has approached a novel problem. Everything they deal with is in the realm of known solution, can we produce in volume that people with the solution in hand won't touch because in the given industry, the business isn't there (from a volume perspective).

The average Kickstarter is essentially this: I know the components to make this product cost this much. Manufacturing by skilled labor adds this much. I can't make it myself or obtain those parts because I only want one. Essentially it's acting as an end around for the fact that all the parts are held hostage by the warehousing model and building a lot of simple things is 10-100x more than what manufacturers are able to directly assemble them at due to volume. A fine example is kit cars from mostly off the shelf parts from other automobiles. The rest of the Kickstarters are generally charlatans, especially including the ones with a good idea on a napkin. Those guys are just happy to have gotten 3 years of stable employment out of other people's wishes.

Comment Re:typical marketing horseshit (Score 1) 154

Also, screw starting a website or social media. Rural towns need to band together and hold the faces of big telecom to the f---ing fire.

It's reached the point where it would not be unreasonable for a violent mob to show up with torches and pitchforks at any telecom C-level executive's doorstep. Alas, we've become a society so violence averse that I think the U.S. is relatively easily conquered at this point. We've reached the pacifism which the Japanese attributed to us in the 1940s and then some.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 220

You're too late. Her message isn't for the technology elite and knowledgeable implementers. It's meant for the technologically moderately literate and illiterate CIOs and CTOs who have enough ethics still to question outsourcing to South-East Asia and Cloud hosting.

It doesn't matter how good the network security team at Amazon is when management is actively designing around the use case of the most security compromising end users: Software Developers.

The funny thing I can't believe is that the smaller, more ethical, higher performance, and higher cost Cloud hosts aren't bundling pentesting and remediation with those ASAv's, Check Point open servers, and Juniper olives. It's a no-brainer upsell where remediation and compliance can be part of the monthly fee or an hourly / fixed fee post-scan offering. Security is ALWAYS an easy sell after you hand the CIO the results.

Comment Re:How useful is this? (Score 1) 66

Owner of an Asus Zenfone 2 here. Stellar device for the sub $300 price point. Good screen, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, micro-SD, and probably the only non-vanilla Android UI I have ever liked well enough to keep around.

It's only weak point is the camera is closer in performance to a Galaxy S4 than the last year and current flagships with laser assisted focus and 4K video (LG G3/G4, Galaxy S5/S6, Nexus 6/6x). I am actually waiting for the Zenfone Zoom and probably going to jump straight to getting it should the shooter prove a big enough leap.

I recommend the Asus Zenfone 2 to friends over the OnePlus 1 and 2 both now due overall better value and consistent execution. A few friends with OnePlus 1s had to deal with some of the common quality issues of a new comer to the field as well as the pile of poo that Cyanogen was becoming at the time.

Comment Re:Black Boxes??? (Score 1) 247

Today's level of anonymity is a recent and generally unhealthy for society development. Before the last 100 years or so of transit, most of your daily habits and movements would be well known to your neighbors and the idea of reputation and place in a given society was kind of a big deal.

If you were a "bad person" or just had a difficult past, you might move to another scarp of civilization with a fairly long multi-year curve before being accepted.

The whole idea that people should not be judged on each decision they make is silly. It benefits the most charismatic, pathological, and selfish in society.

Better to live in the days of being married off to someone you know than to be choosing someone based on 6-12 months of romantic intrigue. The same applies to most business and personal relationships.

Comment Re:Use-case? (Score 1) 165

Except the part where socially, we should shun unrepentant criminals. Being allowed to continue contributing allowed Kip to belong to a community and likely gave a lot of solace and sense to him that he wasn't a "bad guy".

One of the key points of prison time is being removed from community, much more so than lacking freedom.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 3, Interesting) 456

One other important bit. All of the legitimate biological research shows that humans don't really multitask. We do very well at high speed time sharing. Your analogy is biologically false.

It's important and completely lacking in the psychology field to actually validate behavior models and such analogies against physiology. It doesn't happen, and is specifically why your false analogy can seep through the cracks as useful.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 4, Insightful) 456

Wait, I must have ADD then because when I am on a call and the content is boring (especially conference calls) I frequently fiddle with objects around or near my desk to amuse myself.

That isn't ADD, it's being bored, whether due to intellect, knowledge, or interest level in the subject. Everyone deals with boredom. It's like the weird dream of driving a car from the back seat. It's an astonishingly common dream, but most people think it's strange because they haven't heard another person talk about it before. You're not special, sorry.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1, Interesting) 456

Funny, the only people I know who know when to and when not to cowtow to physical violence are the ones who had a level headed mixture of physical and non-physical punishments growing up.

The generation of sheep are almost entirely comprised of people raised under the false ideal that violence and physical action are never acceptable responses. The kind who would sit idly by while another person is assaulted because to attack the attacker is somehow wrong.

Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 1, Interesting) 257

Let's be mindful that academically, CS is not considered one of the hard sciences. It might look and smell like one, but nobody in physics, math, biology, engineering, or chemistry takes CS seriously. There is a pretty sharp intellectual and attitude divide at the engineering oriented schools between the EE majors and professors and the CS majors and professors. Much sharper divide than two fields with so much in common and a decent number of overlapping classes. There's a reason why IT/IS is taught at the business school rather than engineering or science, and it is because CS was so far into liberal arts-like territory that they weren't going to take a second chance when IT/IS emerged as a field needing their own degrees.

A biology researcher I know was pretty disgusted by the science when she worked with some psychologists. The gist came down to that the field considers results only as results for the particular cohort used in the study, not as a repeatable experiment.

Comment Troll is successful (Score -1, Flamebait) 87

Yes, we're going to see silly stuff like homepage grabbing as a way of monetizing free products and updates. How long was Google on the default home page of Firefox?

But this part:
"Has Microsoft set a new precedent that it's okay to expect users to have to go searching through every setting and proactively monitor network traffic to make sure their data isn't being stolen, modified or otherwise manipulated?"
is pure trolling horse!@#$. Grow up already.

Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 1) 379

There small / home office laser printers already meter the number of pages they will print before claiming to be empty. The one we dealt with had a hard limit of 10,000 pages despite being half full of toner still. Printing blank pages counts against the total as well and reinstalling the cartridge still gets a replace toner message. Worse still is that they refuse to print, unlike old equipment you could pull the toner cartridge, give it a shake, and print a few dozen more pages with at worse some light areas.

Comment Re:Ya, right (Score 4, Interesting) 277

Years back there was a spat of hidden cam whistle blowers going through the police academies. There is a huge emphasis on how to escalate a situation. The rationale is that too many perps get off on technicalities and such, but stuff like assaulting / threatening an officer and resisting arrest charges stick and make the DA reluctant to work out plea deals.

You would also need good cops running the training program, and you are more likely to get the opposite. The men and women I have known in law enforcement who are good people either get out of the field within a handful of years, or change post to constable / sheriff work because they get ostracized in municipal police forces for calling out bad cops.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.