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Comment: Re:Fine (Score 1) 291

by drooling-dog (#48661907) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

By that desire, the Hotel has the right to block all Cellphone services, after all they put phones in your room (and charge you ridiculous amounts of money to make calls on them).

That's actually happened. Back in the 90s, before cell phones were widespread, you typically made calls using a phone card. The hotel I was staying at (in San Diego) would block these calls, trying to force guests to pay their insane long-distance fees instead. They released the block the first time I complained, but when it happened again the next day I packed my bags and changed hotels. A hassle for sure, but the new hotel was cheaper and nicer (right on Pacific Beach), and didn't block my calls.

Comment: Re:Win hearts and minds (Score 1) 295

by drooling-dog (#48595765) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Oh, yes, causing massive traffic snarls is a sure way to with the hearts and minds of the public.

Whether you're sympathetic or not, this is an act of civil disobedience to protest what they consider to be a mortal threat to their livelihood. Civil disobedience has never been about getting people to like you; it's about getting in the public's collective face to the point where you can't be ignored.

Comment: Re:use your own cable modem (Score 1) 291

by drooling-dog (#48561617) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

I did that a few weeks ago, after being bugged to upgrade from my old DOCSIS2 modem. I wasn't about to pay $8/mo. for $60 modem (and I wanted control over the router), so I bought my own, a Motorola SB6121 listed as compatible on their website. I spent an entire evening on the phone with three different reps, none of whom could activate it (despite a lot of time spent trying) because of some problem with the "provisioning department". Finally, I was told I'd have to physically take the modem to a customer service center. I did that the next morning, took a number, and patiently waited behind about 40 people waiting for 3 service reps. About an hour later it was my turn, and the rep just scanned the box with a barcode reader and I was done.

I don't know if my experience was typical, but it didn't seem that they were going out of their way to make the process easy.

Comment: Re: First and foremost (Score 4, Insightful) 176

by drooling-dog (#48442573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

It's always a good idea to have a rough map of where you think you're going, but be careful about getting too carried away with formal business plans. You'll meet lots of people educated in business who will tell you that you need to sweat blood over a comprehensive plan - to the neglect of everything else - and then tour the country with a finely polished road show pitching it to potential investors. They tell you this because it shines the spotlight on their own training and talents. In reality, successful software business development almost never works this way, unless you have a stellar track record with several big hits behind you already (in which case they're investing more in you than the specifics of your plan). As others here have pointed out, what matters most is your rapidly growing list of happy, paying customers. Don't let your focus get diverted too far from that.

Comment: The ice cream method (Score 5, Insightful) 167

by drooling-dog (#48328885) Attached to: New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

To divide ice cream equally between two kids, have one dish it out and the other choose. My parents did this with my brother and me, and there was never anything to fight about afterwards. You'll never see more precise measurement in your life, though.

Comment: Re:Gore to the Rescue (Score 4, Interesting) 553

by drooling-dog (#48224299) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

You can tell a lot about a person (or political party) by whom they choose to ridicule, and why. Gore never said he invented the Internet, but rather that he was instrumental in its creation. And it was quite true. This is what Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf had to say about the matter:

Al Gore was the first political leader to recognize the importance of the Internet and to promote and support its development... No one person or even small group of persons exclusively "invented" the Internet. It is the result of many years of ongoing collaboration among people in government and the university community. But as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore's contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.

So the kids in the back of the class are laughing and shooting spitballs at the smart kid. It's Junior High all over again.

Comment: New frontiers in narcissism (Score 1) 165

How the hell is this considered a "selfie"?

Because this will be its biggest consumer market. Just imagine: I can surround myself with icons of the glorious figure that is me, and they will make great gifts (suitable for worship) for all of my friends and followers as well. And who on this Earth wouldn't be interested in an ultra-realistic 3-D model of what I ate for lunch? You could almost recreate the experience of what it is like to be me, looking at my lunch.

Comment: Re:zomg singularity! (Score 1) 145

by drooling-dog (#48211411) Attached to: Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

It's not just regulation and consumer acceptance that limits the pace of technological change: it's also the need to amortize development costs over shorter and shorter product lifecycles (before being leapfrogged by competition). Does this imply that technology-driven markets will increasingly become "natural monopolies"? Not because of patent laws as we all fear, but because a monopolistic company can set the pace of innovation in its market such that a desired minimum ROI is achieved.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 478

by drooling-dog (#47973781) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

I know very little about them or where they came from, but I do know that the continued flow of hundreds of billions of dollars per year to who-knows-who depends on the inability of the US to extricate itself from this quagmire. And so now we have these public decapitations, clearly designed to inflame the public and create a political environment guaranteeing that the torrent of war money continues for years to come. And when that finally starts to slow, who doubts that some other convenient outrage will be perpetrated to start the cycle all over again?

Comment: Re:academic achievement as a proxy for intelligenc (Score 1) 269

by drooling-dog (#47880413) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

My first thought, exactly. Who would have thought that academics would equate intelligence (and other admirable traits, as well?) with academic achievement? Are there other ways in which this innate component of intelligence can manifest? Might cultural and socioeconomic factors - among other things - muddy the association?

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