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Comment: Re:Sure, but what about (Score 4, Interesting) 239

by geekd (#46086411) Attached to: Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

If it's going to run LeMans, then it'll have to last 24 hours. :)

Kidding aside, it's not unusual for a race car engine to get rebuilt / replaced after every race. Heck, F1 used to use different engines for qualifying and the race. The qualifying engines were so lightweight and high strung they only lasted 12 to 15 laps. (F1 races are around 60 laps, depending on the track)

Comment: Re:Why would I want a "Nanny" app? (Score 3, Insightful) 173

by geekd (#43560401) Attached to: From 'Quantified Self' To 'Quantified Car'

I'm not "trying to impress anyone out there", I'm just trying not to die of boredom on my daily commute. A full-throttle acceleration from a stop light (when the way is clear and it's safe to do so) every now and then can really put a smile on my face.

I hear people say things about people with sports cars - "he's got small penis" or "he's showing off", but I'm just having fun. I'm having fun *for myself*. I've got no one to show off for - I'm married 17 years now.

This app is not for me.

Comment: Re:UMG has screwed me out of 2 jobs. (Score 4, Informative) 229

by geekd (#43194979) Attached to: Veoh Once Again Beats UMG (After Going Out of Business)

That may be true. I'm a developer, so I can't comment intelligently about the financial side of things. It may be that Veoh would have went under anyway, but we would have lasted a lot longer without those attorney's fees, and without the chilling effect the lawsuit had on us. I was told that some companies did not want to advertise with us because of the lawsuit.

Comment: Re:UMG has screwed me out of 2 jobs. (Score 3, Interesting) 229

by geekd (#43194945) Attached to: Veoh Once Again Beats UMG (After Going Out of Business)

In the all hands meeting when Michael Robertson told us all about his idea for my.mp3.com, one guy, a developer, (we'll call him "D") raised his hand and said "So, how are not a warez site, then?", and Michael had some explanation, and D asked the question again, and was insistent about it, and eventually was told to shut up and sit down (in nicer language). He was right, though, as history has proven.

Comment: UMG has screwed me out of 2 jobs. (Score 5, Interesting) 229

by geekd (#43194823) Attached to: Veoh Once Again Beats UMG (After Going Out of Business)

I worked for mp3.com from 1999 to them folding in 2003 from UMG's (and others) lawsuit. I worked for Veoh from 2008 to 2009 when they folded from UMG's lawsuit.

I HATE UMG.

Those were the most fun jobs I've ever had. The work was challenging, the environment was fun, and my co-worker were some of the smartest people I've ever met. I had the opportunity to write code that solved problems no one had every faced before. It was awesome.

UMG has screwed me out of 2 very fulfilling jobs.

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