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Comment: Re:Like putting Marketing in charge... (Score 1) 178 178

Unfortunately, far too many people are worshipping at the church of Steve Jobs for the concept of the unskilled idea person to die out any time soon.

I'll tell you something about "unskilled" Steve Jobs: When Apple had all their plans ready for the Apple 1 computer, Steve Jobs got off his arse and sold 50 of those computers to a hobby computer store for $500 each, and the $25,000 he got was enough to buy the parts for the first 50 computers he needed to deliver, plus 50 more that he could sell. Without that money, Apple would have been dead at inception. That single sale started everything.

Job's ideas were a dime a dozen. His ability to make it stick and actually produce the thing, that's what sets him apart.

Comment: Re:useless idea person... (Score 2) 178 178

And yet, when you look at the stalwarts of today's tech industry, most of them excelled, not because of their technical skills but because of their ideas. The best technical skills in the world don't mean a thing if you can't envision how to use them for something others want. Put differently, it is a lot easier to teach others to code than it is to teach them to think creatively.

No, they didn't succeed because of their ideas, but because they managed to put money where their mouth is, and got the finances to turn the idea into something that can be sold.

Comment: Re:Reg the Unavoidable (Score 2) 82 82

I don't think you just quite go the idea. It looks like this is supposed to be a ride sharing service, not a "ride sharing service". Ride sharing service, as in "I want to go from A to B, so find me an additional passenger to go from A to B, to save some cost". Properly used, this reduces or removes your cost of driving to work. It isn't supposed to allow you to make a limit.

And properly done, I think it should be totally legal for example in the UK and in Germany. Actually, In Germany that kind of thing has been done for more than 20 years, mostly for long distance drives.

Comment: Re:67% is 75th percentile (Score 5, Informative) 292 292

The study, available in MS-Word format in a link posted by a kindly slashdotter, contains this gem. 67% is 75th percentile? People who trust the findings of such articles are the harbingers of onslaught of stupidity.

Careful complaining about stupidity.

Less than 25% bought more than 67% flops, and 75% didn't. That makes people picking 67% flops or more the 75% percentile.

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 357 357

And iTunes already does organize files by directories if your metadata is correct.

And if you want to access the music outside iTunes, it takes a total of two OS calls to read the complete iTunes library database into memory, with all the information immediately accessible.

Comment: Re:How much electricity was used last month to min (Score 4, Informative) 178 178

Very close to zero. Bitcoins are mined where power is cheapest, which means where there is plenty of hydropower, like in Iceland and the US Pacific Northwest. It is not cost effective to mine bitcoins using electricity from FFs.

Bullshit. Give us one shred of evidence that this is happening. Anyone involved in bitcoin mining isn't one bit interested in environmental issues, and coal is still the cheapest form of energy.

Comment: Re:Competent Authorities (Score 2) 145 145

Sure, not sharing your messianic opinion of Assange and wanting him to be judged like a normal person is capitulating...

Not even that> Assange asked for asylum (and now, like the fox with the sour grapes, suddenly he never wanted it), and France sees no reason to give him asylum. Firstly, because he is not in France. You have to be in France or in a French embassy to get asylum in France. Second, because they don't find any reason to grant him asylum. No fear for his life, no fear of an unfair court trial.

Comment: Re:it's nonsense (Score 1) 83 83

If you offer your copyrighted work for download for free what possible complaint can you have against anyone who takes you up on that offer unless they redistribute via other methods or sites? Peer-peer nature of torrents excluded of course, since they knowingly uploaded knowing full well that peer-peer partial transfers would occur from each torrent downloader...

Actually... With theft, there is an interesting situation:In US law, if someone sells stuff cheaply (for example a tiny company dissolving), and you think wrongly the goods on offer are stolen goods, and you buy them under the assumption that the are cheap because they are stolen goods, you are committing a crime (attempt to buy stolen goods). However, I don't think that attempted copyright infringement is a crime, and in a civil case there would be no damage done.

Comment: This is hilarious! (Score 2) 83 83

So someone wants to search Pirate Bay logs. Slashdotters up in arms!
The search requests come from the FBI! Slashdotters even more up in arms!
And the FBI is looking for criminal evidence against Prenda! All of Slashdot wants to applaud!

Surely, if the FBI finds evidence that Prenda uploaded copyrighted files to the Pirate Bay, and then sued others for this, and throws the Prenda guys into jail for that, we can only be happy.

Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 1) 262 262

Digital music was well on it's way before apple produced the iPod. And let's not forget the LG Prada which came out almost a year before the iPhone, it was the first phone with a capacitive touchscreen and that form factor.

Seriously. You are scraping the bottom of the barrel here. And the "almost a year": LG Prada sales started May 2007. iPhone sales started June 29th, 2007. And by the end of the month they had overtaken the LG Prada in number of sales.

Comment: Re:Why does Jobs always steal the limelight? (Score 1) 262 262

And there were probably asshole CEO level people that could have created "Apple" as well. Nobody is irreplaceable.

Fact is that there have been no asshole CEO level people who created Apple. And a reasonably successful software / hardware company. And maybe the most successful computer graphics and animation company in the world.

Comment: Re:It's just the lazy/untalented employees... (Score 1) 262 262

Someone is lazy and untalented if they think a father who abandoned his child is a dick? There are plenty of other examples of what a horrible person he was, but that alone is enough to damn anyone.

You are very quick at condemning. I suppose you condemn Steve Jobs' biological parents as well, who both abandoned him? And I mean totally abandoned him. The reality is that there are millions of parents who treated and treat their children worse.

Comment: (Score 1) 262 262

Steve Jobs accomplished some great things - with an enormous amount of help from people who actually knew how to do things - but there is absolutely no evidence that he knew anything about coding. So, to me anyway saying you've read all someones work when you clearly have not and could not. Makes you look like a doofus.

It makes you look like a polite host. Jobs knew it wasn't true, Knuth knew it wasn't true. It was just polite. (If Jobs actually said this, since Knuth denies giving the reply he supposedly gave). You know, social interaction.

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