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Comment: His past... (Score 4, Interesting) 211

by mycroft16 (#47224627) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public
It should be noted that Elon Musk has degrees in economics and physics as well as real world experience in the software field (PayPal) as well as engineering and business (SpaceX/Tesla). The man is incredibly intelligent and seems to really understand how things work. I'm willing to bet this decision wasn't made without the board. I'm sure Wall St won't like it and stocks may fall, but this is the correct decision. Musk is doing what many businesses don't seem to understand these days, playing the long game rather than the short game. He may lose a little in the short term, but long term, Tesla comes out a huge winner an brings up a whole lot of other winners with them. There's a good chance he explained all this to the board, and given their about to start battery production, they realized that they stand to have a huge revenue stream if they jump start the electric car industry in this way.

Comment: Re:Stay behind the line! (Score 1) 388

by mycroft16 (#45347721) Attached to: Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March
I have to disagree. The point of a protest is not to go to jail. The point of a protest is to make a point and raise awareness. This goal is not always best served by going to jail. In fact, often times, going to jail because you were being an ass and breaking laws only serves to distract from your point and make you look, in the eyes of the broader public, like a hooligan. If you are improperly jailed then it can be a boon (sort of a martyr thing), but you can't be trying to get jailed or intentionally breaking laws. This is a very key point that OWS has never ever understood. Their point and purpose has gotten completely lost and forgotten among their fights with police and constant reports of arrests. They think they are fighting the man when really they are playing perfectly in to the man's hands and tarnishing their own public image. A protest should decide what their end goal is and then use all the tools at their disposal to most effectively achieve that goal. If that involves mass arrests, so be it, but that is actually very rarely the best method. In the case of OWS, it is the least effective method. They are all but forgotten. Not to mention hilariously presumptuous. Million mask march? How many actually showed up? Several thousand?

Comment: I started young... (Score 1) 623

by mycroft16 (#43851739) Attached to: How Did You Learn How To Program?
I was 6 years old and my older brothers (17 & 19) taught me some basic stuff on their TI-99/4A. Wasn't long before I started experimenting and looking for books in the library on programming it. Wrote games for TI calculators in high school that probably lowered the grades of a number of kids. I was out of the country and away from technology for a couple years right when the internet took off and went from primarily BBS to the WWW. When I came back it was quite a shock. MP3s came into popularity while I was gone... I had a whole new world of programming to learn. Taught myself HTML and ended up in a job cleaning up css on php pages. Taught myself php by going through and fixing their code as I cleaned up the css. Now I have been the senior developer and db admin for several startups.

Comment: Only think holding me back from buying (Score 1) 511

by mycroft16 (#43110665) Attached to: In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks <em>SimCity</em> Download
Is the always on DRM. I have long loved the Sim City games and this one looks phenomenally amazing. If it weren't for that crazy bad DRM, I would have bought it. I hope EA and Maxis get the message that DRM only hurts the paying customers, doesn't stop piracy, and in the end, hurts their bottom line.

Comment: Re:No persuasion required (Score 4, Insightful) 510

by mycroft16 (#42506301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?
"10+ years ago we didn't use smart phones and we coordinated the rest of our lives just fine." This argument is ridiculous. It assumes that nothing in the world has changed, which is obviously flawed. It's like saying that people didn't use cars in the 1830's and still got around just fine, so why should we be using them now? Progress and innovations are made to make things easier and more accessible. Rather than carry a 12 month calendar around everywhere you go, or a planner as a separate book, now you have your email, calendar, to dos, notes, voice recordings, phone, etc all in a single device that fits in your palm. No more need for a briefcase worth of crap. Just a single phone. Sure people got along find 10+ years ago, using the best that was available to them at the time. And so should we.

Comment: Re:Spaceport? (Score 2) 409

by mycroft16 (#40196045) Attached to: SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists
They are currently using one that we already have. But SpaceX has ambitious plans for the future far beyond being a taxi and ferry for NASA. At Kennedy that have a single pad, the old Titan pad. Not nearly enough to support what they want to do. They also has also used the launch facilites on Omelek Island in Kwajalein Atoll, but again, not enough to support their future plans.

Comment: Re:Mojave? (Score 4, Insightful) 409

by mycroft16 (#40195987) Attached to: SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists
Mojave is only certified for horizontal launch of spacecraft, such as Scaled Composite's White Knight/SpaceShip1 combo. SpaceX is launching rockets. Doesn't really fly to launch those over land. People tend to complain. That's why they are all located on coasts. Kennedy, Wallops, Vandenberg... Brownsville is an ideal location. Now, Kennedy is also in the middle of a wildlife preserve, as is the Stennis Space Center where they do engine testing. Animals don't have the heck scared out of them at either location. Nor are their noxious chemicals spread all over.

Comment: Re:The end is nigh (Score 2, Informative) 98

by mycroft16 (#40166763) Attached to: European Parliament Committees Reject ACTA As IP Backlash Grows
Our legislative body did as well this year with SOPA. Elected leaders will do what the public wants if the public makes its voice heard. In the end, elected officials want to keep their jobs and that means not pissing off the people. There have been huge demonstrations across Europe against ACTA. It's actually not hard to get legislative bodies to do things... it is hard, however, to get people interested enough to care to make some noise.

Comment: Re:People need mediation (Score 1) 226

I think the important thing is to use the polling system to gather information about public opinions, not necessarily as a vote to approve or set policy. Especially if competently coupled with facts, pros and cons from both sides written and vetted so that they are as honest and truthful as possible. I've actually been thinking about coding something like this for quite some time.

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