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Comment: Re:Seems dubious to me. (Score 1) 195

by mea_culpa (#46700455) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

I've been quite pleased with the quality of Monsanto products. I use RoundUP grass and weed killer to keep my landscaping tidy without fail.
I'm sure those in the agriculture industry also appreciate their service. I don't agree with some of their offerings but from a customer service standpoint I have no complaints.

Comment: No. We've been lied to (Score 1) 313

by mea_culpa (#46371973) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

There is zero financial reason for anyone in America to pursue STEM. They are better off getting into medical, legal, real estate or starting their own business.

All my life I wanted to be a programmer like my Dad was in the 70's. He made good money and it was a very respected career even through the 80's. I tinkered with computers, learned to program in BASIC, then C and went on to learn a lot of UNIX shell scripting.
I graduated high school in 1991 and entered college with a bit of excitement. Half way through I dropped out after learning that these jobs were mainly being sent overseas. My dream of working at someplace like Motorola or HP, etc were dashed to pieces as none of them would be hiring local talent anymore. What a joke it all was and still is today. Office Space summed it all up pretty well IMO.

Comment: Re:Vive le Galt! (Score 1) 695

by mea_culpa (#46337777) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Despite all the regulation in place dealing with USD fiat currency $60,000,000,000 has been lost to various ponzi schemes even after Bernie Madoff. Which goes to show that no amount of regulation will compensate for human greed.

Anybody that was serious about bitcoin likely educated themselves on how they work or should have. They understood that transferring them to Mt. Gox was the same as transferring them to someone else's wallet. Regulation was not necessary to know that Mt.Gox was a horrible company. They've had a track record of incompetence since the very beginning.

Comment: Re:Erm, the 3DS (Score 1) 559

by mea_culpa (#46033517) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

My problem with the Wii U is there was no where to demo it. When it launched it launched in plexiglass cases with the controller firmly bolted down. It was like playing a gameboy. There was no way to experience it in any way.
Every console I purchased starting with the SNES could play actual games at the demo kiosk in the stores.

Nintendo really cared about presentation back then, the SNES kiosks were connected to EGA monitors offering slightly better better looking graphics than a TV could and looking much better than the competition next to it at the time. When playing the demo I wanted nothing more than to take one home. Nintendo's presentation of the U only made me scratch my head. Their marketing was and is horrible no matter how good the console may actually be. I certainly wasn't going to shell out $350 when I knew for certain that my kid would be excited beyond measure getting a tablet.

Comment: Re:Tulips (Score 1) 537

by mea_culpa (#45560147) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Except that tulips could not be teleported to and from special freely made flower pots in any location on the planet. Tulips could not be stored as a number, written down on a piece of paper, placed back into a magic flower pot and teleported elsewhere. Their supply was not fixed, they could not be infinitely subdivided and still be useful.
How is bitcoin tulip again? Or are you just an uneducated jackass?

Comment: Re:End of Life for XP in General (Score 1) 257

by mea_culpa (#45272605) Attached to: Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop

Yeah, three full OS versions:

Not quite. There has been one full version and three point releases.

XP = 5.1

Vista = 6.0

Win 7 = 6.1

Win 8 = 6.2

Win 8.1 = 6.3

The n.0 versions of windows have traditionally been less than stellar compared to their .1 counterpart. This is the first time we are dealing with a .2 and .3 release and I agree that there seems to be an abundance of suck on these releases.

Comment: Re:No, bad idea (Score 2) 160

by mea_culpa (#45084257) Attached to: Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

CAN is based on Modbus, Modbus is a lot like ethernet. There is no security at the bus level, much like connecting a laptop into an office LAN.

There needs to be an intermediary device, CAN on one end, a firewall in the middle, and a very limited and hardened interface for the infotainment system.

Thus far automakers have been keen on connecting infotainment systems directly to the bus.

Comment: Re:It's like deja vu all over again (Score 1) 786

by mea_culpa (#43643529) Attached to: Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

I didn't agree with the ribbon interface at first either. But after watching the lengths at which microsoft went in R&D it does make more sense. After watching this 1 hour 30 minute presentation I was left with the sense that this move was genuinely engineering over marketing.

However, force-feeding Metro to windows users stinks of marketing over engineering in a big way. For this Microsoft deserves lots of egg in their face.

Comment: Re:why not ban capitalism? (Score 0) 353

by mea_culpa (#43631527) Attached to: Paul's Call To Abolish the TSA, One Year Later

Because governments meddle too much turning an otherwise mostly self-correcting system into crony capitalism. The moment any regulation is introduced the government has metaphorically jabbed a pole in an otherwise smooth flowing stream. The distortions caused by this affect the surrounding environment creating the need for more regulation and more poles jabbed. Before long the system is so chaotic and distorted that it is unrecognizable as capitalism.

Government policy created the worst offending corporations we see today. Don't confuse this crony capitalism with capitalism.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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