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Comment: Not really a robot (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by kamapuaa (#47538503) Attached to: Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

The robot barely moves, you could pretty much just put a cell phone on a stand and run a Jibo app and it would be the same thing. Make a $100 stand that's capable of being articulated about by cell phone software, and you could do everything that's in this video.

So while the youtube video is fun, what the company is really promising is a version of Siri that's far & away better than what Apple is capable of, delivered in less than a year and a half, on a budget far smaller than Apple's. I wish them the best but I'm sorry, I have to be a knee-jerk cynic.

Comment: Re:Blah (Score 1) 270

Not a troll. I actually do use Libreoffice, both on Mac and on a Linux. However even for my very simple jobs, I often find Libreoffice has some bug I can't work around and I have to load up my pirated copy of MS Office, which actually works.

I keep using the open sores software based on some weird principle. It's fine (but not quite as good) for editing basic text documents.

Comment: Blah (Score -1, Troll) 270

Great, they save $100/employee/year. If the employees spend an entire 2-3 hours of their time / year dealing with the piece of shit that is Libre Office, it's already a stupid business decision.

Unless they're writing very, very basic papers in the word processor, it's a stupid business decision.

Comment: Re:Well, to be fair... (Score 1) 115

by kamapuaa (#47533669) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

But the very article you posted says that there's testing because they're hoping to get classified as a sport, which no international sports league currently does. Chess promoters want to get into a sports competition such as the Olympics or Pan-Am games, and figure drug testing is a great first step.

Chess is not a sport, the idea is ludicrous.

Comment: Re:They're finishing off Nokia (Score 1) 272

by kamapuaa (#47483389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

You're making shit up. What he actually said is "we will continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox while also creating additive business value for Microsoft,"

Sure he's cancelling the XBox Original TV Shows idea, but in all honest that idea was incredibly stupid and really added nothing to 99.99% of XBox users.

Comment: Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 1) 214

by kamapuaa (#47449761) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

Even if they don't, how long is the turnover? Any person could download it from another site and then put it up on Piratebay 5 minutes later. And with a popular movie like Transformers, with tens of thousands of seeders, surely that's what happens. It's not like there's blu-ray screeners on other sites and piratebay is lagging 3 weeks behind.

Comment: Re:I'm not an anti sharing nazi... (Score 3, Informative) 214

by kamapuaa (#47449481) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

No they don't. That was sort-of true 3 years ago. Pirated content of current releases is from camcorder recordings. For instance that's all that's available for Transformers. Picture quality is generally shit. This still from the top-rated download may look OK, but in reality as a movie I find them pretty much unwatchable. And that's better than most camcorder recordings -Transformers was very popular around the world, and has been out for a while already, so better camcorder recordings are available.

Yeah I'm able to believe bootlegs are a slight positive, because anybody who wants to see the actual thing enough to suffer through a low-quality bootleg is going to want to go and see the movie in a theater.

Of course where bootlegs hurt the studios is in Blu-Ray recordings, where easily-available, free, high quality versions of the movie compete with the same thing that is not free. There is no economic method for not-free to compete with free. Just legal threats and an appeal to morals.

One exception is after the Oscar nominations in February or so, where review screeners are bootlegged, and some art movies may still be playing in the theaters.

I find you lack of faith in the forth dithturbing. - Darse ("Darth") Vader