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Comment Re:Horse and buggy companies didn't make it either (Score 2) 352 352

Kodak may have a fighting chance in an "expensive camera, free film" market. Unfortunately for Kodak, it's becoming a free camera, nonexistent film market. The article argues Kodak's problem is worse than the auto or entertainment industries because their core products are still in demand, they just need to adapt.

Even in hindsight, I'm not sure what they could have done other than using their capital to move into another industry. Digital cameras and picture frames, printers, printing services... they had relative success with many of those technologies and it didn't help. I agree with you, sadly, Kodak is a lost cause.

Comment Re:Why replace? (Score 1) 462 462

I may be a liar making a guess, but a magnetic field powerful enough to displace a HD head even .0001% would do more than distort TV screens and phone signals. I have a hunch they were struggling to prove monetary loss, and data loss sounded good. "My wedding pictures and valuable business records are gone!"

Comment Re:Ridiculous idea (Score 2) 279 279

The idea is rational, the only question is if it's practical. I bet lucrative incentives are more cost effective than fighting legal and political opposition. Something like the Alaska Permanent Fund would be very appealing to poor communities. It makes perfect sense to at least explore the idea.

Comment I don't get it (Score 3, Insightful) 47 47

Products in different industries with no reasonable claim that it may confuse or mislead consumers. Absolutely no attempt to invoke the film's characters, images, or design. The game's title is not even Ice Age, it's a pun for a common phrase which accurately describes the product.

This isn't even close to copyright/trademark gray area, like parody, fair use, etc. It's simply intimidation and proves we're speeding down the IP-law slippery slope opponents had feared.

Comment Re:Consider projection systems (Score 1) 197 197

Projection systems are becoming more practical, but I wouldn't replace my family room TV just yet. You have an actual movie theater in your home, and that's really cool... only the ultra-rich could afford something like that until now. But you still need a relatively dark room, and maintenance would be expensive with everyday use.

I'm jealous of your setup. I've seen your photo a few times now and always wish I had the space (and not so lazy) to do the same.

Comment Re:Never heard.. (Score 1) 104 104

Bejeweled is similar to Tetris but better because there's only one shape and no rotating. If you match two colored shapes, they're removed and replaced with two more. You continue matching shapes until the monotony becomes unbearable or the device's battery dies.

Comment Re:4 year old? (Score 1) 70 70

Not at all. I started doing kitchen experiments with my daughter when she was 3. Once she gets how one conducts and the other doesn't, she'll be able to try different combinations and see how the current moves, degrades, etc. She may not learn the technology, but a four year old's ability to learn through experience is incredible. Don't forget, she learned English in less than two years using observation alone.

oops... I meant to say, she may not learn the terminology

Comment Re:4 year old? (Score 4, Interesting) 70 70

Not at all. I started doing kitchen experiments with my daughter when she was 3. Once she gets how one conducts and the other doesn't, she'll be able to try different combinations and see how the current moves, degrades, etc. She may not learn the technology, but a four year old's ability to learn through experience is incredible. Don't forget, she learned English in less than two years using observation alone.

Comment Re:Blame "Pirates of the Caribbean" (Score 2) 244 244

I don't know, Pirates of the Caribbean was entertaining because it didn't rehash old characters and plot lines. It's not responsible for the A Team, Transformers, etc. The fact Space Invaders is starting from a blank slate gives it a chance. The moment "let's remake Planet of the Apes" was uttered, it was destined to suck.

PS: Don't rip on the Chipmunks, my 6 year old's kindergarten will be on you like Muslims on a Danish cartoonist ;)

Comment Re:I hope that.. (Score 1) 391 391

I agree, my experience with PayPal support ~2 years ago was very poor. The experience was similar to my futile attempts to reach an actual person for help with google search or Facebook. That level of service may be adequate for "free" services, but not for a company handling financial transactions. PayPal support may be better now, but I'll wait for my trusted credit union to offer mobile payments before I turn to PayPal.

In my opinion, the death of the wallet will be the death of PayPal and Google Wallet. What value do they offer if banks simply replace debit cards with smart-phone applications?

Comment Re:Silly Americans (Score 2) 1173 1173

Where I grew up in New Jersey, we had "circles" at big intersections. In a state with possibly the least considerate drivers on earth, it worked fine. It confused out of state drivers, but once you grasped the concept of yielding vs. stopping, spontaneous consideration wasn't required. They were replaced by traffic lights in the early 1990s. It's irritating waiting at a long traffic signal when the circle used to let me keep moving.

Comment Re:Climate Catastrophists are funded by everyone e (Score 1) 504 504

It's not oil and coal companies funding lobbying and advertising that raises eyebrows. This is a prominent scientist getting paid a substantial amount of money by these companies. It raises serious questions over his research and his position on global warming. Promoting public policy, whether you think it's appropriate or not, is an entirely different issue.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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