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Comment Quit Whining and Follow Metallica's Example (Score 2) 665

Ya, Lars Ulrich led the charge against Napster way back in the day and got stomped like a fool for it.

Since then he's wised up and got back to work and today Metallica makes its bones doing bigger and better shows and more touring with more musicians along side them in the big 4 concerts.

The point is: if you aint making money, your music is probably just boring background music and nobody is willing to pay extra to see it live no matter how many times they play it over streaming radio.

Music itself has its own evolution and natural-selection and survival-of-the-fittest kinda thing going on out there. Thats why the harpsichord aint as popular as it used to be.

Comment Sure, Its happened before (kinda) (Score 2) 589

During World War 2 the Germans had WAY more superior tanks. They had better armor, better accuracy, better range, delivered a more explosive package, plus the soldiers driving them were very well trained in tactics. They even had better camoflauge.

American tanks sucked by comparison. They were easy to spot, they had very poor armor, their accuracy was crap, range was crap, and the soldiers driving them were dunces by comparrison.

But we still overwhelmed them and won with sheer numbers. Our tanks sucked, but we had a crapload of them.

Comment How bout a waterless slip-and-slide? (Score 1) 104

Heck, if we all wear slippery clothing, I guess we don't need the slip and slide anymore. We can just run and jump and hit the ground sliding off into the sunset.

Oh! What about shoe soles? To heck with rolerblades. We can just scoot around on the soles of our shoes!

Oh my God I'm having an idea-anurism!!

Comment Still not what I want, but its a step closer. (Score 1) 280

I like that its small and can be plugged in anywhere and all that jazz. I'm always after ultramobile, so really small and really cheap is getting there, but its not like everybody everywhere is gonna have a flat panel TV that I can just feel free to hookup and use on a whim.

I still am going to need a large WUXGA panel monitor that folds up to be pocket size. Maybe make it elastic and stretchy so that I could use it small and touchpad sized, or else large 17-inch widescreen monitor sized.

You could also build a bluetooth laser mouse into my cell phone, so that'd eliminate one extra device.

And instead of making pocket sized foldable keyboard, maybe improve those laser-projected keyboards so that its keychain-sized and more accurate with its touch response (the one I already bought kinda sucks).

Everything together should weigh no more than 1 to 1.5 lbs (including the power cords).

End goal is that my entire computer is very portable and agile and versatile, and can be fit in my cargo pants without it looking like I'm a shoplifter.

Comment Its not Games - its Classic ASP (Score 1) 951

Whats keeping me (and my clients) from using Linux is web development, not games. I ended up coding Classic ASP based websites as a career. Yes, I know all of you hate Classic ASP and feel it should be banished, but the reality is that companies have stuff written in it and they won't be throwing out or rewriting their stuff it anytime soon as long as it still works. And as long as I can't legally redistribute LAMP-server-like version of linux with Chili!Soft or Halcyon pre-installed and pre-configured to just work immediately after installation, I just don't see myself or my clients ever making any real progress towards getting away from it. Nevermind the games; we're just suck-in-the-mud here in Windows-world for business reasons.

Comment Real Response to Climate Change Extinction (Score 1) 401

From childhood to today, I've heard it asked many times in so many different ways "What would you live if there were no tomorrow?". People say stuff like "I'd party and have fun" or "I'd quit my job and spend time with my family" and all kinds of great stuff. Rubbish! Most people are just gonna find ways to loot whatever is there for the taking, quit acting responsibly, and/or sit around blaming and complaining about the problem.

Comment GRAPHICS DESIGNERS yes (for pot), not programmers (Score 2) 878

I won't deny that smoking pot has had its influence in the artistic creative-arts world. But programming involves thinking-things-through, and being logical, and not being lazy. Pot does not help this at all. Maybe caffeine and amphetamine based drugs though. That'll perk you up and get you focussed on getting things done, which is required for programming.

Comment Re:Invasion of Privacy! (Score 1) 87

All kinds of privacy concerns this could lead to as far as what the carpet home-base-database folks have at their disposal. Suppose homebase knows all the homes with occupants that are progressively showing signs of getting fatter. They could sell that information to diet pill marketers. You could also use this to identify other behavior patterns as well. If the subject tends to move from one room to the next more frequently one day, then it could imply that they're doing a lot of pacing because they're nervous about something going on in their lives, and so now they can sell that info to antidepressant marketers. You could even use it for burglary detection. If floor activity is detected in front of a window without having shown any previous signs of walking around anywhere else in the house, you got yourself a window intrusion detection system. That could be a good thing, but of course, now the homeowner will be getting Brinks home security junk-mail.

Comment put some metal washers on there maybe? (Score 1) 290

If you got some metal washers that fit at your disposal, you could unscrew the bolt, put the washers on it, then start screwing it down. The washers will close the distance from the missing 6 turns. That'll tighten it down adequately until the next mission when you can bring some extra tools out there into space (such as a wire brush perhaps) that you can use to scrape out whatever piece of space dirt is clogging up the threads inside the hole and keeping it from screwing all 16 turns.

Comment Re:Would stop a lot of development (Score 1) 550

I think this would lead to investors actually encouraging, even DEMANDING, that their developers leave a digital paper trail of false claims to stability and features in certain types of software and web development projects. Most likely it would happen to new programmers fresh out of college who haven't learned the ropes out in the real world yet and wouldn't see it coming. They'd be under pressure to send emails making all kinds of claims that they know are false, but, being new to the job market, they're more likely to bend and give in.

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