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Comment: Re:Altough I agree (Score 1) 61 61

Why would they even need to compete on that front? How would the competition benefit thier core business going forward? One of my favorite quotes by George S. Patton is, "Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning." It seems like this new CEO knows what he's doing, and is willing to make the tough choices to turn the ship around, even if it means dropping a lot of dead weight in the process. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Comment: Re: It only increases accountability (Score 1) 294 294

You have no clue. I've been running Amtrak trains for 18 years. There is no intentional speeding, over 10mph and you lose your federally issued lisence for 30 days, second time you get caught 6 months and probably won't have a job to come back to. That's all laid out in the CFR. Everything is recorded, no one would dare. Remember we mess up and we're right there in an accident with you. Here's what I assume happened from my experience. He was newish to that route, I've read 2 -3 weeks, thought he was somewhere else, sped up, realized it and dumped the brakes. It takes years to know a route.

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Comment: Re:Very Serious (Score 1) 85 85

I'm not so sure. Someone's identity isn't going anywhere soon. Once you have the info, it seems like the sensible thing to do would be to sit on it for awhile. This way you distance yourself from the breach. Assuming the breach is known and made public, the affected individuals will be on guard, checking for suspicious activity. But for how long? Maybe in a year or so, take out a bunch of credit cards and convert to cash as quick as possible. Bam, done! The info is just as valuable (minus a small percent), and with a much lower risk of getting caught. At least that's how I would go about it, were it a problem I was interested in solving.

Comment: Re: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept? (Score 1) 507 507

Maybe off topic, but is there good money in DevOps? I've always thought it would be something I excel at, and I usually ending up filling that roll anyways at the small shops I've worked at anyways. Are there fun and interesting problems to solve in that position, or is it mostly an admin task? How does it compare to something like systems design / architecture as a career path?

Comment: Re:let's be real for a second (Score 1) 429 429

Hehe, this reminds me of when I was a young buck, fresh out of school, and working for a small credit union. Since I was the only "expert" there, it was up to me to integrate / test a very expensive software system to handle our mortgage loans. I remember putting up quite a stink when I discovered special chars could be saved in the form fields. How could they be so incompetent! Clearly they should strip these chars out, and on the client-side no less! I even provided the JavaScript to do it. This resulted in several meetings between the big bosses and the vendors (which I was not invited to, of course). In the end no changes were made.

Boy what a fool I was at that age hahaha. (: don't sweat it kid, we all go through that stage in our life. Just make sure to learn from your mistakes, and you will be a pro in no time.


Comment: Re:Universal wants me to use YouTube more (Score 1) 117 117

It makes a lot more sense when you realize that over 95% of all media in the US is owned by 6 companies[1]. When you control the national dialog, you get to decide what's popular and what's not. This is why media companies despise the internet, and even worse, the big bad "piracy" boogie man. Us plebs being able to spread ideas and information without them being the gage keeper is literally their worst nightmare. Hell we might just go and do something crazy, like choose our own poloticians to vote for The chump change they get from media sales is nothing compared to the loss of control these companies stand to lose.

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(please excuse the typos... I'm on the mobile)

Comment: Re:I Don't Know (Score 1) 284 284

"Someone, someday?"


This problem has been solved for years.

We invented the legal fiction of copyright for exactly one reason. To find a way to pay artists to create their work. We wanted successful artists and a society made rich and beautiful by their work.

There are a total of 12 business models that are known to have ever made money at all. One of them is to make a product and sell it above cost. Others include things like loaning money and charging interest, leasing a property, buying wholesale and selling retail, providing insurance against risk. What all of these have in common is that none of them make any sense at all for turning art into money on the Internet.

There are a few models that obviously work just fine.

1. Become famous and sell tickets to live concerts. Been done too often to think about. 2. Become good enough to aggregate an audience, use your influence to advertise things that people actually want to buy. Every Youtube star does this. Every TV show does this. Everyone who puts on a "free" show at a coffee shop or a bar does this. 3. Build a catalog and charge for access - make sure it is sufficiently convenient an inexpensive that the "happy to pay crowd" outweighs the "I'll just copy it" crowd. Musically I know about the weird case of Magnatune. Also done by every single Porn site in existence, and you don't exactly hear the Porn industry complaining that the Internet ruined their movie business, do you? 4. Lastly, and most directly, is to recognize the obvious: Distribution online is effectively free. Creating the work in the first place is expensive. So quit trying to prop up the DISTRIBUTION industries and start paying the artists for CREATION. If you need crowd funding, take a look at Kickstarter. You want a crowd funding subscription to the service of artistic creation, head over to Patreon.

Again. This problem has been solved for years.

It may be hard to become a great artist, but there is absolutely nothing complicated about paying artists to create work that we can download and copy for free. The only reason we have this problem is because we keep listening to corporate mouth-pieces of the completely redundant distribution companies who were NEVER INTERESTED IN PAYING ARTISTS TO BEGIN WITH.

Stop listening to the corporate mouth-pieces. Please. You are far to intelligent to fall for their BS.

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The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill. -- Robert Heller