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Comment: The water in your example is Netflix. (Score 1) 361

by duckgod (#46275455) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You
Your metaphor is off and is the point that ISPs are trying to use to exploit customers. Netflix is the product that I am purchasing. They could charge people who consume 10x as much 10x the amount ,but they choose not to. ISPs are nothing without content providers.

ISPs are just the roads that Netflix delivers the product to me on. There are costs to build and maintain that road. I pay a monthly amount to make sure those roads are up and functional so Netflix can deliver. Whether I choose to use those roads or not they are still there. The only problem comes up when too many people are using those roads concurrently. ISPs have made what I believe to be a fair compromise by setting a limit on how many deliveries I can order at once(bandwidth) to make sure everyone gets their deliveries on time.

Long story short roads are a much better metaphor for ISPs business. But if you have to use pipes remember that ISPs are not the ones producing the actual utility.

Comment: Talk about Knockout game.. (Score 4, Interesting) 124

by duckgod (#46228793) Attached to: How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)
Got an invite to purchase Google Glass last week. I was excited and had almost made the purchase before my coworker made the observation that if I wear them anywhere in downtown Rochester NY there is a good chance I will be mugged. I guess the moral of the story is until they make it not obvious that I am wearing $1500 on my head that this is probably an impractical accessory for anyone living where crime is at all prevalent.

Comment: Spent all mod points on Beta protest (Score 4, Informative) 573

by duckgod (#46169739) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
I would have modded you flamebait since you are using a reference that contradicts your statement in the first line on the site.- "jQuery and its cousins are great, and by all means use them if it makes it easier to develop your application."http://youmightnotneedjquery.c... #incaseyoumissedit

Comment: The Army of Ants should not get protection (Score 1) 606

by duckgod (#45718701) Attached to: Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Business is war, not a matter of "gratitude" because employment isn't a "gift". Collective bargaining is the only way otherwise valueless workers have leverage. One ant is nothing, but an army of ants is very different.

Very true. But I have a problem when the Army of Ants start feeling that they have a right to always win because "They are real people." The world does not have an obligation to take the unions side. I as a rational outside observer I should be able to take the corporations side without the guilt.

My biggest problem is that people have the right to work. If a person does not want to join a union they should not have to. This includes strike-breakers. If it weakens the army to bad.

This is all disregarded in cases of public safety where the only rational choice is to have government intervention.

Comment: Re:Not Amazon's Fault (Score 4, Insightful) 606

by duckgod (#45713647) Attached to: Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Is a CEO really worth the same as 10000 (or more) "workers"? No, of course not.

Yeah actually they are. Every decision a CEO makes is a decision with potentially billions on the line. A hundred workers could do their best to destroy the company and they won't be able to do as much damage as one decision by a CEO. CEOs are paid a lot because there is a high demand for people who won't make billion dollar fuck ups.

Comment: Faithful to Diablo 2 (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by duckgod (#45476419) Attached to: Game Review: <em>Path of Exile</em> (Video)
The thing that I enjoyed about Diablo 2 that Diablo 3 completely eliminated was my desire to create a new character build that no one thought of and make it the ultimate character. It is that pursuit of perfection that drained hundreds of hours away of my life for Diablo 2. I would get a character power leveled up to around 70. Try out a build. If it didn't work I had the punishment of having to do another series of power levels to try again.

Diablo 3 not only failed to replicate this excitement, but they took every possible step to ensure that I wouldn't. I got a few of the characters up to max level in a month. Then there is no reason to ever create another character of that class because there are infinite skill respec. Ok fine, Let me pursue the ultimate equipment. Oh wait I can spend a 100 hours grinding or dump $100 in RMAH and get it. There is no point. I might as well be playing Cookie Clicker.

That being said Path of Exile does a good job at giving this experience. Lots of skill combinations combined with deep leveling system works well. I feel like there is still a perfect build out there I can pursue.

Comment: 2 most important things I look for in Interview (Score 2) 305

by duckgod (#44080375) Attached to: Google Respins Its Hiring Process For World Class Employees
1)Will I and the coworkers get along with this person.
2)Will they work hard.

Soooooo many people in the tech industry fail at these 2 points. I would much rather have someone who has skills in the same ballpark that meet 1 and 2 then someone who is an expert in the area but is an ass.

Comment: This almost feels more evil (Score 1) 379

by duckgod (#43812225) Attached to: Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale
Am I the only one that feels worse about this plan then if they had banned used games alltogether. So I won't be able to sell my games first hand anymore. I am at the mercy of GameStop(which is at the mercy of Microsoft).

So if GameStop receives a million requests to sell back Madden whatever because of poor quality. Supply and demand would normally mean used prices would go down both for the seller of the game and the resseller. But in this scenario Gamestop can't give much money for game because they are going to have to sell it for X amount of $ according to Microsoft.

Meh I aint no economist but the feeling I get is consumer will get screwed worse then if they were just 1 use license like PC games have adopted.

Comment: Re:It is a shame that OpenOffice gets the nice nam (Score 1) 155

by duckgod (#43745369) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Downloaded 50 Million Times In a Year

Speaking as a LibreOffice user and contributor, I am impressed that the OpenOffice name is so well known these days. I remember a number of years ago when *nobody* knew the name "OpenOffice" ("Is that some kind of template pack plugin thing for Word?"). It's very interesting to hear that now the name is well known enough that technically-minded users use the OpenOffice name to refer to both LO and AOO. Brand recognition is really quite strong!

Questions for you:

  • What do you think LibreOffice should do to make its brand more recognizable?
  • How 'known' would the project need to be for you to start calling it "LibreOffice" ?

Honestly it is partially a problem with the word Libre. I understand the whole "Free as in Beer vs Free Speach" conversation. To a whole lot of people "Open Source" = "Free as in Beer". Most open source software leverages this as the main selling point. Open Office for example. So when I have to explain that

Libre (pron.: /libr/) is a loan word in English borrowed from French. As it does in that language, "libre" in English denotes "the state of being free", as in "having freedom" or "liberty".

(Wikipedia) ...How am I not supposed to sound confusing and pretentious?

Maybe we could just go back to calling it StarOffice?

^^^Can we do that???

Comment: Why so much bloat Firefox??? (Score 5, Interesting) 153

by duckgod (#43745237) Attached to: Ubuntu Developers Revisit Replacing Firefox With Chromium
Message to Firefox developers: Please stop adding features that someone else can do with addons. For the life of me I can't figure out why Firefox started developing its own set of developer tools when Firebug is still one of the best tools on the market.

I beg of you to please strip anything out of Firefox that is not part to the web browsing experience and put it back in as a plugin if you have to. Just focus on being a web browser and having the best plug in interface possible.

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.