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Comment I used to work for an "Idea Man" and it sucked (Score 2) 332

I used to work for a (bigger than small but smaller than medium) family owned business doing web development.

The CEO and President were brothers, they were the sons of the owner.

One of the two was the idea man. He'd see something on a competitor's website or he'd read about it somewhere and call a meeting to find out what would be needed for us to do it too. We'd discus it, start developing a plan and get to it and three days later, there'd be another newer, shinier thing that he wanted us to work on. It was soul-crushing because we never got to follow through on anything. I was very happy to leave that place.

LK

Comment Re:government regulations (Score 1) 333

I get the joke, but I wonder if you see what's significant here. Sans regulation, the fraud was discovered. In this day and age of instant publicity and faux outrage, you can bet your ass there's going to be a boost in "Real Aloe Vera" sales. In fact, I'm a little surprised some enterprising company out there didn't create a "real" product first, then expose the fraud afterwards. Because capitalism.

This entire situation proves, if nothing else, that in this industry, regulation obviously isn't needed.

Comment Re:Remind them that one day, their opposition can (Score 1) 359

I think that many of them don't realize the future implications.

I can only use the US's political landscape as a point of reference but I think the point will be clear...
We've been hearing about the GOP's "Demographic problem" for more than a decade. Basically, as America is getting younger and browner, there is dwindling power for those groups who have traditionally been the Republican party's base. People with left-of-center politics really did think that we wouldn't see another Republican president for a generation or more.

Now that Trump won the presidency and Republicans control both houses of congress, I have heard grumblings on the right-of-center side who think that the Democrats are now over and done.

They're both wrong.

Giving more power to the government is a bad idea, no matter who is in control of it.

LK

Comment Remind them that one day, their opposition can win (Score 5, Insightful) 359

During the Bush administration, I used to remind people of the dangers of giving too much power to the executive branch by reminding them that one day, another "Clinton" will have control.

During the Obama administration, I reminded people that one day, another "Bush" will have control.

Eventually, I'll remind people that another "Obama" or "Trump" will have control.

Never give anyone, even your allies, the kind of power you would fear in the hands of your enemies.

LK

Comment Sorry, this is news? (Score 1) 161

I was under the impression everyone knew office depot ( and just about every other computer shop out there ) pulled this. The temptation to upsell is just too good when you have truly ignorant clients. This was previously ( and currently ) seen in the automotive repair industry.

I'd say that's just the tip of the iceberg too. Let's face it, normal customers are dirt poor, so you gotta scam a bunch of them to turn a penny. No, the real money is in the b2b sales; where you can fleece an entire company for a king's ransom. Having sat in on more than my fair share of vendor meetings, I know damn well this happens.

Some of the biggest names in tech are only as large as they are because of it, really. Oracle. Cisco. Microsoft. They took advantage of the ignorance of people, only in their cases those people were C level execs.

Comment Re:I still telnet for usurper (Score 1) 181

I don't remember the version number of the change change but I remember the game mechanics of the change. Back when they first make it so you could wear more than just an armor.

Back when the most Usurper could handle was a signed 32 bit integer. I had a crew of guys and I managed to amass over a billion credits. I saved up and bought a supreme protector. Then I saved up and got the best weapon (It's been so long, I just don't remember what it's called) and we took over the city. Everyone who tried to fight us lost miserably. I passed on a billion to my next in command and he sat on it, earning interest. As he began to approach 2 billion, I started messaging him furiously. He HAD to spend that money. Don't be greedy. Buy the stuff and give it to the next guy.

He didn't listen. There was an overflow and his bank balance went to something like -900,000,000.

The next day he started screaming and crying about all of his money and all I could say was "I tried to tell you".

With the next version of Usurper, they made it so there was different armor for different parts of the body and in the waning days of BBSs, I lost interest.

LK

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