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Comment: Re:Ah ... AOL .. so overrated ... (Score 2) 153

by ubrgeek (#49673725) Attached to: Closing This Summer: Verizon To Scoop Up AOL For $4.4 Billion
The deal, done over the weekend by staff sequestered in two floors of an office building, was seen by those of us at TW as being no different than the Excite@Home merger. TW's Road Runner service would have access to more content than had previously been available via TW's Pathfinder service (when we were even allowed access to that stuff.) Myself and a few others pushed and pushed for Road Runner to make a deal with AOL for their content and were repeatedly told it would never happen. So instead we created our own. Hell, at one point we contemplated creating our own instant-messaging client.

The biggest is that TW was (is? No idea. Haven't been there in more than a decade) so stove-piped we knew the merger was doomed to fail. One example was when RR - the cable modem business - temporarily risked losing the "right" to use the cartoon character's likeness because the other part of TW that controls cartoons (Warner Bros? Don't remember) didn't like that we were doing things like using "Beep! Beep!" in our ads ... the official, trademarked term is "Meep! Beep!"

Comment: Re:"Policy construct we've been given" (Score 1) 212

> "The right thing" is a myth. Good guys vs. bad guys are just a matter of perspective with the roles being narrated by the winners and losers who are benefiting from the change or trying to create a favorable environment for one that hasn't started.

Prepend this with "Imagine a world ..." and read it in a James Earl Jones voice and you got one hell of a summer movie trailer.

+ - Start-ups increasingly target of hacking

Submitted by ubrgeek
ubrgeek writes: Friday's hack of Slack follows last week's compromise of Twitch.tv and is indicative of a growing problem facing start-up tech companies. As the New York Times reports, 'Breaches are becoming a kind of rite of passage for fledgling tech companies. If they gain enough momentum with users, chances are they will also become a target for hackers looking to steal, and monetize, the vast personal information they store on users, like email addresses and passwords.'

Comment: "zero percent of people get motion sick" (Score 1) 164

by ubrgeek (#49191493) Attached to: Developers Race To Develop VR Headsets That Won't Make Users Nauseous
Must be one of the new versions. I tried one six or seven months ago and lasted less than a minute before getting hit by motion sickness. Granted, I get it pretty quickly from FPS (I can play for about five minutes and then I'm laid-up for hours) so I might be overly sensitive to the experience.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!

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