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Comment John Sculley? The guy who nearly killed Apple? (Score 2) 66

Sure, the guy ran Pepsico for a while.

But his business management was so damn pedestrian that he took Apple from a growing company with a complete lock on the education and AV markets to an also-ran that became so afraid of innovation (mostly because Jobs had gone wild, running after any and everything, before that) that the company stagnated nearly to death.

He was okay as a brand manager. But absolute shit at actually LEADING the company and bringing forth new products.

Comment Not really (Score 4, Insightful) 66

The article says they're not aiming at Apple. Instead they're actually jumping, feet first, into the commodity smartphone market. Which might seen suicidal, but, again as the article points out, that's where Scully actually excels (and probably why he didn't get as far with Apple, which was never commodity based, when he was at the helm.)

Essentially he's going to be selling nice, but not spectacular, Android phones, and using branding to differentiate the phones in the market. And he'll probably make a success of it because instead of having the overhead of a giant electronics company to contend with, unlike say Samsung, he's just having a third party put together a design, then outsourcing the manufacture of the thing, concentrating largely on quality (which affects brand) rather than features (which doesn't.)

It's not actually that exciting to nerds. The news is probably orgasm-worthy though if you work in marketing.

Comment Re:Worst outcome? Social. All the fucking prudes. (Score 1) 351

Again, I have no problem with "private" judgements. Honestly, I'm not exactly enamored of most of the people who used the site myself.

My problem is with a select subset who're actively getting their jollies from the fact that people are being caused pain (and not just the AM subscribers), losing their jobs, etc.
My problem is with the select subset that thinks it is "okay" to climb a pulpit and scream their neighbors' sins, generally acting as if they're sin-free, meanwhile completely glossing over the fact that they're no better.

They're the neighbor who's constantly peeping over the fence, into windows, and listening at doors.

I'm not saying I'm pure as the driven snow.

I'm saying I detest such buttinskies as much, OR MORE, than I do cheaters. Probably more, because cheating is a flash in the pan. Big explosion and then it kinda peters out.
Nosy, judgmental hypocrites are pretty much ubiquitous.

Comment Re:Regulation needed ? (Score 1) 190

Almost all people who vote want their own personal idea's and beliefs to be put into government. That's why we should all vote, so the super crazy hopefully doesn't bubble to the top.

That's two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner.

Rather than government hurting whichever group has the minority of votes every year, government power should be decreased so they don't hurt people when it's not absolutely, critically necessary -- and then only with due process, with an absolute commitment to do the least harm. But that idea won't be popular with a certain sort of people who want to use government to get stuff and to stick it to people who aren't like them.

Comment Re:No government fans here? (Score 1) 190

If they "know" there's no basis for regulation, they should be able to explain why these citizens' complaints don't matter while they're sure other citizens' complaints do.

Unless they base their opinions on their day-to-day feelings -- and thoughtful people should all be able to agree that day-to-day feelings aren't a wise or just basis for government to regulate and police (and hence bully and punish) anyone.

Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 1) 39

Is that *in theory* you could understand why they come to a particular result, but in practice it could be potentially very hard with a large network for any person to get their head around the processes leading up to the output. This means that unless safety rules are changed we won't be seeing these things driving cars or flying aircraft anytime soon since the software needs to be verifiable and neural networks are not.

I would agree that neural networks shouldn't be in a learning mode while they should be in a fixed operational mode, but once they are trained and the neural network is no longer being modified to fit the training set then a neural net is like any other algorithm and will output predictable results.

Comment No government fans here? (Score 1) 190

Come on. Answer the question. Why shouldn't the FCC regulate this?

I know the answer can't be "free speech rights", because the government fans told me corporations like Time Warner aren't people and therefore don't have free speech rights.

Citizens seek regulation of this corporation. Are government fans taking this corporation's side against the people?

Comment Re:No one should *ever* wonder why... (Score 1) 269

It's with the conservative authoritarians

It's more like authoritarians of all stripes, but the conservative authoritarians are the loudest and most numerous. (Left wing authoritarians, the ones that waved Mao's little red book or quoted Trotsky or Lenin aren't much of an issue at all these days). There are those who would have a breathalizer (MADD followers) built into the dash of every car, but they're seen as nutty.

Dr. Bob has a nice paper about this stuff:


Comment Regulation needed ? (Score 0) 190

Why shouldn't the FCC regulate HBO and address these citizens' complaints about Game of Thrones? Regulation is good, isn't it? HBO (Time Warner) is a huge corporate machine. These citizen have complaints.

Slashdot government fans want regulations on everything else. Why not this?

Comment Re:Worst outcome? Social. All the fucking prudes. (Score 1) 351

It'd be nice if people would actually learn to fucking read.

I've already said, multiple times, that cheating isn't okay.

But neither is screaming about your neighbor's sins from a bully pulpit.

Glass houses, two wrongs not making a right.

Etc, etc.

And I noticed that you safeguarded yourself behind an AC post.

Why? You have nothing to hide, don't you?

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis