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Comment: Stable as a three-legged... (Score 2) 71

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47940149) Attached to: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

>> Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO

I can see why the stock dove. Ellison appears unsure that either Safra or Mark has the stuff to run the company by appointing them both to do part of the former job of one man.

In a best case scenario (where this triumvirate works for a while) I wonder which one's Brutus and which one's Cassius, because I'm pretty sure I know who Caesar is here.

Comment: This was my last Facebook straw (Score 1) 182

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47824257) Attached to: Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

Agree. I think this was the fad that finally allowed me to give up Facebook. Just looking forward to signing on one more time in mid-February and replying to all my friends' challenges with, "sorry, I've been offline for a while, but if you're still up for it I'd be happy to kick in a dollar."

Comment: I tried the free/open source route (Score 2) 163

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47808877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

I tried the free/open source route on video editing and ended up falling back to a commercial tool (MAGIX Movie Edit Pro). I still use Camtasia at home. For me, the key things that saved me time ($$$) when looking at commercial tools were:
- ability to quickly integrate still shots and movies (without a separate save/load process like some editors - e.g., VSDC)
- ability to see the voice-over waveform (makes it very easy to close up dead spaces, do in-line retakes and edit out "ums" and stumbles)
- ability to control every audio track independently (without an explicit "split the original video" step)

I just took another look out there for a quick project at work and STILL ended up with a non-open-source (but free) editor in VSDC (and CamStudio 2.7 for screen recording), but I'd be embarrassed to put my name on the resulting videos if they weren't just for internal use.

Comment: Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (Score 4, Insightful) 848

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47775677) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

>> Obama will be breaking out his Red pen anytime now

I'd love to see the transcript of their next call.
Obama: "Putin, but why?"
Putin: "Because fuck you, that's why."

But I won't, so I'll have to comfort myself with some classic Clinton triangulation, probably coming out on Friday.
H.Clinton: "I knew Romney was right about Russia, but it wasn't my place to defy my President as Secretary of State."

Comment: Re:As a guy whose worked in marketing... (Score 1) 126

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47774189) Attached to: Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

>> ad development is more like a crap shoot than a science

Crap shoots (e.g., deterministic systems) can be science too. Think of particle physics. Or today's story about the "one in decades" chance to film moving stones.

The "science" in marketing (focus groups, crowdsourcing, testing, brand affinity, etc.) can be used to take a pile of ".00001% successful" ideas to (let's say) "2-3% successful" ideas...which can still be valuable if each idea takes $10K to try but could bring in millions if successful.

Comment: As a guy whose worked in marketing... (Score 1) 126

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47773659) Attached to: Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

>> It could benefit marketers or anyone who wants to spread a message.

The multi-billion dollar marketing industry is WAY ahead of you. We are well aware of memes (as self-perpetuating brands or slogans) and have been successful launching quite a few of our own on behalf of our well-heeled customers for the past 80 or so years, e.g.,

"Bud" "Wise" "Er"
"So easy a caveman could do it."
"... Burma Shave"
"War on Women"

So...we're good over here. Why don't you just send that $1M back to the taxpayers?

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.