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Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Insightful) 247

As soon as someone says "We need X amount of money to do Y", you have to look into exactly who they are and why they need it and what they'll do with it. Those Kickstarter projects that are basically "We'd like to make an indie game that does X" really annoy me. You do? Bugger off and do it then!

I'm one of those developers who is saying "I need X to do Y". Who also just happens to be working on an indie game. Who also just happens to be using Kickstarter to fund our second stage of development. You know why I know what resources I need? I've been working in the startup industry for the last 25 years.

  Kickstarter is fairly picky about projects they let in. These days you have to either talk a good game, or really show a working proof of concept. Yeah, a few stinkers get through, but I've backed 21 projects so far, and not a single one has failed (admitedly only 3 are software). YMMV, but don't assume a group of developers are full of it because they're using Kickstarter as a funding option. It's an excellent way to guage interest and spur innovation, even if you've never heard of them before.

  Look at the project, determine if it *is* possible based on it's merits and the current technology available, investigate the people involved as much as possible and treat it like a high risk investment that might just get you a t-shirt and a nifty piece of software.

Comment C64 ROMs, pre-1.0 linux, and black boxing (Score 1) 422

Sure the ROMs are running in an emulator on a modern machine, but nothing beats a game of Mule with some friends for nostalgia.

Pulling out an old computer and seeing if I could get a pre-1.0 linux kernel loaded was what I did up until the hardware was finally recycled. Ahh, the days when command line skills really made the geek.

Okay, black boxing is out, but looking over old copies of 2600 is a walk down memory lane.

Comment Re:Hundreds... time to do inventory (Score 1) 559

Just one drawer of my electronics tool kit destroys this poll. Mouser dropped off 20 more Atmel chips to me yesterday in fact. Not to mention the random assortment of arduinos, PC104 boards, shiva plugs, gutted iPods and sundry other widgets that live next to the tools at the top of the case. Honestly, I've got at least 50 microprocessors in a large tacklebox I keep next to the easychair in my living room. Much to my wife's dismay, particularly when I'm soldering... I think a more interesting poll would be "How many microprocessors have you cooked due to sheer stupidity, or misreading a data sheet?"

Comment Re:I See No Problem (Score 1) 390

As a member of the military who has no fear of asking logical questions of his superiors, I asked my Communications Officer why this "ban" was being instated (it hadn't been instated at the time). The answer I recieved was that it was against the UCMJ to look at the material.
That answer is a gross over simplification of the truth, but it is essentially true. As a member of the armed forces, we are required to safeguard the secrets of the United States and prevent their dissemination. Therefore the simple act of viewing one of those documents in a non-secure manner without need to know represents a security spillage, and is essentially against the UCMJ.
As to the *reasoning* behind this, honestly? It probably has more to do with keeping DoD computers free of this material than keeping DoD employee's minds frees of this material. The .gov is trying to limit the spillage as much as possible. Doing a proper scrub is an incredibly costly and time consuming process, now multiply that across the hundreds of thousands of computers owned by the DoD... All of us soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen know exactly what's going on over there, spilled documents or not.


"Spam King" Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court 238

Monty writes "It looks like 'Spam King' Adam Vitale has finally plead guilty to violation of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 in federal court in New York City. 'The indictment said that in less than a week in August 2005, Vitale and Moeller sent e-mails on behalf of the informant to more than 1,277,000 addresses of subscribers at AOL, the online division of Time Warner Inc. Vitale will be sentenced on September 13 when he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison. Moeller, who lives in New Jersey, faces the same charge.' We discussed Vitale's arrest back in February."

Submission + - Private Funds For Time Travel (

WED Fan writes: "A University of Washington researcher who couldn't find funds the old fashioned way, from the Government, has raised funds from private parties to continue with his back in time studies.

He is studying the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox. Basically, using spooky action, he wants to be able to use entangled pairs to send messages, not only through space, but also in time.

As the evidence for this has accumulated, several fairly contorted and unsatisfying efforts have been aimed at solving the puzzle. Cramer has proposed an explanation that doesn't violate the speed of light but does kind of mess with the traditional concept of time.

Question: How do you know where to find and "listen" to the right entangled particle to receive a message from the future? Or, in that vast amount of noise, if you don't know someone is sending a message, how do you know its there?"


Journal Journal: Yahoo CEO Speaks Up about Shake Up 88

Yahoo has been under fire from loosing marketshare to Google and now MSN. Many executives have departed in the last few weeks, and Yahoo has received a lot of unfavorable press. Their CEO let out a (untentional) personal and heated response to media critics.

Semel's rhetoric goes to show how well-balanced he is: he's got a chip on both shoulders.


Journal Journal: intellectial "property" 1

This is my idea of how IP should work.
It is my opinion.
I will try not to use works like property and owner since they make it seem like it is the same as physical goods.

First it is my guess, though of course I could be wrong, that the US founders, or at least Jefferson, would agree with me.


Journal Journal: Remembering Cybersmith 1

So, it's already the end of 2006. That means it's been ten whole years since I worked at Cybersmith. I can't believe it. My life is just whipping by. But, be that as it may, I've always been into nostalgia, so I think I'll write down as much as I can remember about the place and see if anyone else has anything to add. Feel free to comment if you ever worked at one or visited.

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