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Comment The concept of "legitimate pop-ups" (Score 2) 114

The Firefox pop-up blocker allows pop-ups only in response to a discrete user action, such as a click or keypress. This was intended to allow for pop-ups inside legit web applications, especially in the era before DHTML pop-overs became standard. But it ended up abused, as ad networks would just wait for any random click on the page before doing the same old pop-ups. And pop-overs have since also been heavily abused to nag viewers, usually into subscribing to a mailing list.

Comment No one owns football, basketball, or hockey (Score 1) 110

I see no major difference between American Football/Basketball/Hockey and candy-crush/angry-birds/WoW (except that the latter has orders of magnitude more players than the former while the former has orders of magnitude more viewers than the latter).

One difference is that gridiron football, basketball, and ice hockey have been around since before 1923. This means there's no entity with the exclusive public performance right to prevent a new football, basketball, or hockey league from attracting viewers.

Comment Re:A good step but watch the NCAA (Score 1) 110

More like the colleges are realizing that there is another bumper crop of highly marketable kids that they can exploit for multi-million dollar TV and streaming deals

Not if the games' publishers refuse the deals. Nintendo, Capcom, and Blizzard have all asserted the exclusive right to perform their copyrighted games publicly as a way to crack down on leagues, tournaments, and broadcasters that they don't like.

Comment Re:Let's presume you're being honest for a moment (Score 1) 56

Let's review:

...And you keep presenting it the same way. And it keeps falling apart the same way, for the same reasons. Funny how reality doesn't just bend to your will.

So, that was me. And then I say

Maybe your replies are feckless.

And then you say

I think there was a topic, but you again turned it to be about me. If I had more of an ego to me I'd probably be honored in how quickly you abandoned the topic to talk about me instead, but that's not how I roll.

So you make it about me, and I push back, and then you get all hair-shirt about the topic. Or your coolness, there just is no end. None.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 273

They've been working on prototypes at the NASA Ames research center in California for a while, and they're building a small system in Tel Aviv now. The problem with a system like this is getting funding and space. Americans can build stuff like iPhones pretty easily: they have a design done, send it off to Taiwan to build some prototypes, have them sent back, then work on the software (which seems to be the only thing Americans are any good at any more). You don't need to get all kinds of regulatory approval and such to build a handheld electronic device. But no one wants to invest in a fundamentally new and different transportation technology because it doesn't look anything like current systems (light rail, bus, etc.). They're probably also afraid of pissing off the auto industry; that hasn't gone over too well in the past. They have a long record of purposefully destroying anything that threatens the dominance of the automobile.

If you're at least open-minded about the idea, that's really good. Most people take one look and just say "that's impossible, it'll never work". People like them said the same thing about smartphones until Apple made one that people really wanted. People like them said the same thing about the automobile even, and couldn't understand why anyone would want a car instead of a horse and buggy.

Comment or perhaps... "other elegant computers" (Score 1) 24

Not to say that they are more elegant, but they are elegant, and another example thereof. Sorry English is such a shitty language that it routinely introduces serious ambiguity with as few as three words.

FWIW, English only allows you to be ambiguous, you could have written "other elegant computer"...

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith