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Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 432

thank god, a car analogy to save the day.

That'd be similar to trying to privately build the portion of the road system to get to your front door, then driving a subsidized car over them to help defray the costs.

it'd be similar to having a *3rd party* build a road to my home, then paying that party to use the road. isn't that called a toll road? yes i understand that 3rd parties don't compete to build roads, but it was your analogy.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 432

how about subsidizing the service, once it's implemented? in other words, let them build it themselves with their own money, and once it's built, subsidize the customer's payment +X%. that way they have an incentive to build it, and it build it well in a way customers will want it.

but anyway, too late for that.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by farble1670 (#48888811) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Droids controlled from a single point of failure

"... under 12 parsecs .."
an artificial moon that they decided to name "death star"
ewoks
that cheesy scene where obi-wan and vader showed up as force-ghosts
muppet yoda
hammil's terrible acting
the most stereotypical villian ever (deep scary voice, a black helmet and cap ... and so on)
the piles, and piles of action figures and ships that have ended up in land fills

THAT crap was awful.

the problem is, as it keeps getting stated is that when we watched Star Wars 4-6, we were kids so all that stuff didn't bother us. when we watch 1-3, we were adults and it did. 1-3 are not great movies, but let's face it, 1-3 are essentially the same style and quality as 4-6. they have a larger special effects budgets, and more marketing. that's it.

Comment: Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (Score 2) 307

by farble1670 (#48881037) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

Oh. I completely agree. There's no reason to have DRM on Netflix now that the DRM has been broken on BluRay.

netflix HAS to include DRM. it's contractually bound to do so in it's content licenses.

the point of DRM is not to make it absolutely impossible to copy. the point is to make it non-obvious for the average user (something more than File->Save as ...). DRM will always be broken and everyone with 1/2 a brain knows this.

Comment: Re:I've been trying to hire a Senior EE for a YEAR (Score 1) 512

by farble1670 (#48880847) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

I've been trying to hire a Senior-level EE for over a year. I have interviewed 2 candidates every week during that time, so basically 100 people.

that's a meaningless statement without knowing the wage / benefits / incentives you are offering.

Comment: Re:You see that too? (Score 1) 512

by farble1670 (#48880789) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Democrats traditionally favor large government and using government assistance programs to buy votes of immigrants

republicans are traditionally staunch supporters of military spending. it doesn't get any bigger government than that.

the large v. small government is rhetoric. both parties favor large government when it serves their needs. public healthcare wasn't opposed because ideologically it's a step toward "big government", it was opposed because it might upset a very lucrative business investments of upper-class support of many politicians (insurance industry and healthcare).

buy votes of immigrants who in effect become their clients

the votes are a (welcome) side effect, but the real goal is to supply big business with never ending supply of cheap workers.

Comment: Re:Cognitive Dissonance (Score 1) 324

by farble1670 (#48871511) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

A restaurant filming me does not bother me at all. Why? Because they don't do anything with it other than in the case of a crime.

seriously? how do you think all of the celebrity footage gets released? sort of like the film of Jay Z getting punched by his sister in law (or whatever it was) in the elevator?

the reason why nothing gets done with security footage of you is that nobody gives a crap about you. google glass won't change that.

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