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Comment Re:Why does every story need a villian and a victm (Score 2, Insightful) 214

here we have class of people who have, for the most part, worked hard their entire lives.

and they have shit. social security, medicare, and its not enough. no one will hire them.

except a company that rewards them $50 after a 10 hour day driving hipster assholes from A to B

you can call that a fair market trade if you want. i think its inhumane.

Comment wow (Score 3, Insightful) 278

with very few exceptions every single comment in this thread blames pedestrians for jumping out in front of cars

in San Francsico, crossing a street, within the crosswalk, with the light, is a stupid act of faith that some idiot isn't going to
mow you down. bikers taking turns without looking, ubers shooting across the street looking only at their phones
some self important dickhead in a bmw blowing a red 20 seconds after its turned.

collectively - you're the worst. people who might actually want to walk 10 blocks instead of getting in their cars are effectively
disposable human trash who should really just be killed for forcing you to slow down for a few seconds.

Comment toolchain? (Score 1) 66

given xilinx's history in the past, whats the toolchain situation?

in the past i've had to deal with license servers, multi-thousand dollar licenses, being locked into windows,
having to reverse engineer internal formats because the tools wouldn't work for me, having day-long
synthesis/test cycles because their routing was so abysmal, etc

admittedly I'm an old fuck, so thing may have changed

i scanned the page, but they dont seem to say a single thing about tools.

  what the situation?

Comment Re:So...? (Score 1) 121

i tried to read the high level material, but its really not very clear

would it be possible to use this to write a peer-to-peer collaborative application in javascript that just ran
in the browsers of the peers and didn't require a central server for conrdination, say by passing svg?

Comment yeah, ok, this is silly (Score 1) 108

but think about the utility of having a container standard for smaller objects that would be

    - nestable
    - stackable
    - designed to be manipulated/carried by robots
    - has a self-describing tag or at minimum a reference in a standard form to an internet object

that you could use interoperably in a variety of storage/transport applications

Comment go sonic (Score 2) 113

I know the article is meaningless, but sonic is just great.

I've never had a provider before who

    - consistently answers the phone for tech support, and provides honest, useful advice and really address problems

    - is willing to own issues with the local loop provider

    - consistently ups my capacity and lowers my rate just because

    - encourages me to run an open access point

    - takes an unmitigated pro-consumer stand wrt net legislation at every opportunity

Comment editorial criteria (Score 1) 103

this is potentially a huge space. do you have any ideas about the segment you're addressing? I can
image projects that are

    - too dangerous: there are some plans floating around for making a tig welder out of a microwave transformer, which seems
                                                          cool but it might be too dodgy

    - too specialized: tips for grinding fluted cutters

    - too derivative: projects that require alot of infrastructure (i.e. a ccd and a xilinx)

    - too expensive: I found this neat application for my $150,000 low end used gas spectrometer

    - too substantial: construct this working harrier jet in your own back yard out of sheet metal and a file

do you have a bounding box in mind?

Comment who's over-inflated idea of his own importance? (Score 2, Insightful) 425

>> Even the artist doesn't really know what he's created, and a work doesn't become 'something' until given value by an audience: 'the artist is merely the medium for his or her work.'

the writers, producers, costume designers, actors, etc are really irrelevant in the creative process. no, its the
talentless consumer thats really the creative wellspring of artistic work

Comment Re:Can I pick two options? (Score 1) 469

no, this is wrong. having spent most of my life against the secret world, almost all of it is more convenient to classify than to make any kind of informed decision about what really needs to

at a tremendous cost.

its difficult to understand why you would assume that most classified material would be worth reading by anyone at all.

Comment Re:Why not show hubris? (Score 1) 311

i worked for a startup and the CEO insisted on having some kind of ceremony in the parking
lot where...i think we burned some of their marketing t-shirts of our huge 'competitor' that
we were going to present a serious challenge to.

6 months later, they had shipped their own technically superior version of our product, and ran
it on all their existing platforms. they didn't even bother buying us, we just disappeared from

does anyone know which startup i'm referring to? or is it really all of them

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