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Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 2) 318 318

Just because advertising has infected other mediums, doesn't mean that advertisers are entitled to infect everything.

Leela: Didn't you have ads in the 21st century?

Fry: Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio, and in magazines, and movies, and at ball games... and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts, and bananas and written on the sky. But not in dreams, no siree.

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Global Business Leaders Say They Don't Know Enough About Technology To Succeed 110 110

Lemeowski writes: New Harvard Business Review research finds that only 45% of business leaders surveyed say they personally have the technology knowledge they need to succeed in their jobs. What's more, the survey of 436 global business leaders finds that only 23% are confident their organizations have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital aspects of their business. The report says that given the low levels of digital knowledge and skills outside of IT "it's troubling that close to half of all respondents (49%) said their department occasionally or frequently initiates IT projects with little or no direct involvement of IT."

Comment: Re: Mac/Linux support removed... mildly surprised (Score 4, Interesting) 227 227

I don't have a problem with DRM that doesn't get in the way.

Even more than that. Valve has worked hard to make Steam very feature rich. Unlimited installs, In home streaming, cloud synced saves, family sharing, big picture, VR mode, the card collecting meta-game, community features, Windows, Mac, & Linux support (most titles with access to all available versions), built in patching, built in modding support (workshop), etc.

Sure it has DRM, but they hugely offset the inconvenience of the DRM with features that take care of a lot of annoyances and issues players have had with or without DRM.

Not saying they're perfect. Their customer service could be greatly improved. That said, 7 years and I haven't had to call them for an account issue (knock on wood).

Comment: Re:Bidding for Access (Score 1) 31 31

My only question would be how would you verify that the provider is returning a realistic answer?

I would guess by crowdsourcing the data like they do with google maps (and slow roads, contruction, accidents). If multiple users report a source as being slow then it'll get marked as such for all others.

The app can do this in the background. And since it's done per app if you get a slow connection, then the next request for data can ignore the lying node.

Comment: Re:Occulus Rift (Score 1) 186 186

as a gamer I'm no longer interested in 4K video since I know Occulus Rift (and competing VR set) are coming.

Same here, I've been due for a monitor upgrade for a while (was running a triple 19" monitors), but it doesn't make sense to do that now since the budget can be used to snatch up Oculus CV1s when they come out (for less money)!

Comment: Re:Long-Term vs. Short-Term (Score 1) 273 273

It would have seemed sane to only tax ***coins when cashed out or exchanged for a good.

An analogy I heard for the current IRS guidance is that it's like taxing furniture makers for the full price of a couch (minus material + labor costs) when they combine wood, cloth, and padding. Furthermore they must calculate the price based on the current sale price of the couch in furniture stores.

Comment: Re:Luxotica (Score 1) 125 125

If you're looking for other online glasses providers (and want to avoid the Luxotica cartel) there's a few alternatives that I've seen come up on previous discussions:

Zenni Optical
glassesshop ?
goggles4you
cheapglassess123
Warby Parker
Classic Specs

We bought 3 pairs from Zenni Optical for just at ~$100 ($110 I think?) and we've been *very* pleased. This after paying $250 - $300 per pair year after year at the local places. Seriously, the glasses online are so cheap it's worth it even just to have a throwaway (for going to the beach, theme parks, etc) or a backup pair.

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