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Comment: Re:The US tech industry (Score 1) 208

by theshowmecanuck (#48229653) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Microsoft used to be THE company that sells software that corporations need (from OS to their office suites). Used to. Now Microsoft is a company clinging onto new versions of legacy software

I agree for the most part on your points. But for major products like Office, we see people here agreeing quite often that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And that is valid too... it is a good product even now. But sure, now they seem to be more interested in catching up and copying other companies' ideas than innovating; or even being clever and visionary enough to understand which companies have truly good new ideas and products before they buy them.

What I think is ironic in all this, is it is my understanding that Ballmer was at the helm for most of the time when this mental and innovative contraction took place. Even more interesting is that Microsoft stock went up when he finally left. My take on that is that he's not really qualified to make any judgements on other companies.

Comment: Re:No, wait, do-over! (Score 1) 95

by theshowmecanuck (#48215679) Attached to: German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets
And Google gets nothing out of the relationship I hear you say. The web sites are only leaches that exist solely because of Google. As if, if Google didn't exist someone else wouldn't step in to fill the niche. Google makes money because they have a lot of sites indexed. Let them cut off whole swaths of Europe say, or North America, and another search engine will take its place. As for Amazon, sure I get cheap books. But I no longer have as many bookstores I can go to, to look at books, find something I might not have picked before, have a coffee, talk to real people. A whole bunch of my favourite bookstores have gone down in the last number of years. Everything is a trade off. And while I like Amazon for technical books, I would rather pay a higher price for a real book, if I had the opportunity to have more book stores. Unfortunately the ones that still exist are mostly big chains that only bring in what some wanker at head office sends them. Someone who probably never reads books either, never mind the genre you like.

Comment: Re:Intellectual Property (Score 5, Interesting) 64

by theshowmecanuck (#48184233) Attached to: 3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids
Around 25 years ago, Eisner (the president of Disney at the time) was driving in Florida. He saw a small daycare where someone had painted Disney characters on the walls. He sent them a cease and desist order and threatened to sue if they didn't remove them. You know, they even sell their management technique to other big companies and those companies employees become creepy culture of the corporate cult after that or get fired. I worked for one when they bought us out. We had to go to their headquarters and be inCernerated (what we called their 3 day orientation). If you were a good boy or girl the creepy HR types would throw you a little rubber Disney figurine. Wow I got 3 Goofys. In my opinion, Disney is not a nice happy smiley company. Only their characters are and God help you if you infringe.

Comment: Free is not free (Score 2) 210

by theshowmecanuck (#48124887) Attached to: Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy
People use Gmail because it is generally reliable, they abstract them from whatever ISP they may have at the moment, and appear to be free. But mostly because they appear to be free, because the other two can be had elsewhere. But we all know it isn't free. They have your data. I personally don't believe they don't mine your data. The cost is your personal information not really being personal. But cash money is a powerful thing. And with new job creation tending towards "would you like fries with that," saving cash is more important to most than saving privacy.

Comment: Re:Rules and Terms and Conditions (Score 1) 106

by theshowmecanuck (#48114773) Attached to: Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015
The rules weren't posted when I made my comment. Announcing prize money is not the same as posting rules terms and conditions. If YOU had bothered to look you would have seen that. And I had to go through numerous pages before I found the one that said 'rules will be posted in mid October.' I am cynical especially when something is hyped but no conditions place around it.

Comment: Rules and Terms and Conditions (Score 1) 106

by theshowmecanuck (#48109015) Attached to: Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015
Wait till the full rules and the Terms and Conditions are made available. I would bet that somewhere there will be a clause that says that people who enter sign over any rights they might claim on the design of their robot and Amazon gets to patent anything to do with it that can be patented... in exchange for a prize. Companies like Amazon don't do shit like this based on the goodness of their hearts.

Comment: Isn't a real cure in changing a person's DNA? (Score 1) 100

by theshowmecanuck (#48108967) Attached to: Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

The other question I have is, is this really a cure? It sounds more like a 'permanent treatment' for the individual (which is a good thing). Genetically they still carry the gene that could pass down diabetes to the next generation.

I wonder if the next (or even real) step to proclaiming a cure to a hereditary disease like diabetes is being able to change a person's DNA so that they no longer have the disease and can't pass it on to their descendents.

Comment: Re:Olberholzer's comment is borderline insulting (Score 1) 100

by theshowmecanuck (#48108933) Attached to: Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin
What, so it's better to just die? My uncle had diabetes his whole life and kept himself fit, ate right, and followed the rules. He died at 80+ years of old age with no 'complications'. Most of the people, if not all, who had complications from diabetes didn't follow the rules. I'm sure that's not always the case, but these things are far from absolutely certain.

Comment: Re:Much of the failure was in explaining... (Score 1) 336

For instance, who put the current head of the FCC in place, and where and for whom did he work prior? To summarize:

Thomas Edgar Wheeler (born April 5, 1946; Redlands, California)[1][2] is the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

He was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2013. Prior to working at the FCC, Wheeler worked as a venture capitalist and lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry, with positions including President of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

Comment: Re:People (Score 1) 481

by theshowmecanuck (#48071007) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?
Look dude, the concept isn't that hard but I'll explain it. To a person with no money, stealing food may not be immoral. To the person with money, someone stealing their food is immoral. Morality is often defined by the perspective of the person. Get it? It's all relative, and defined by exigencies (in small words, that is 'defined by needs).

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