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

by carlzum (#38276038) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of Kodak
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

by carlzum (#37634434) Attached to: Ohio Supreme Court Drawn Into Magnetic Homes Case
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: I don't get it (Score 3, Insightful) 47

by carlzum (#36930604) Attached to: <em>Dice Age</em> &mdash; Indie Gaming Project vs. Hollywood
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

by carlzum (#36859682) Attached to: Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste
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:4 year old? (Score 1) 70

by carlzum (#36708364) Attached to: Playdough For Fun and Profit

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

by carlzum (#36708298) Attached to: Playdough For Fun and Profit
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

by carlzum (#36708000) Attached to: <em>Space Invaders</em>: The Movie
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

by carlzum (#36701850) Attached to: PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015
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

by carlzum (#36653516) Attached to: Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US
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

by carlzum (#36626084) Attached to: Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies
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.

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