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Comment Re:Accountability (Score 2) 459

As a professional engineer, accountability starts the moment you have a license number in your state.

Any opinion you give on any project makes you liable.

The difference is obvious. An engineered system is just that -- a system that is fully understood and can have predictable outcomes from known initial conditions. is reasonable to expect engineers to be liable for their work. Predicting earthquakes is not anywhere near as simple. To find criminal accountability from such failures is preposterous.


Submission + - Sony Posts A $2B Loss ( 1

Moby Cock writes: Sony has posted a massive net loss of $2.03 billion (£1.28 billion) during its third financial quarter, October to December. The figure is based on its total revenue of $23.37 billion (£14.7 billion), which is down 17.4% on the same period last year. This leaves Sony facing its fourth consecutive year of making a loss. The figures are even more troublesome when you realise that they contain sales from the normally lucrative Christmas period.

Comment Re:This will never end (Score 4, Interesting) 339

A friend and I were discussing the cyclic nature of comics the other day and how it relates to movies today. I was a big comics fan in the 80s and 90s 9less so today). Comics then were generally pretty formulaic until Watchmen and the Dark Knight Returns cast aside the status quo. The publisher's seemed to think that 'gritty' was what people wanted and the anti-hero was on the rise. Wolverine became huge as well as grim takes on Green Arrow and Daredevil among others. The grom stories were everywhere. The other big thing in comics then was the grand crossover event, starting with Secret Wars.

Now, in movies, the success of the Dark Knight has forced reboots that are grittier and brooding -- like the new Spiderman and Man of Steel. The movie crossover is coming as The Avengers.

I'm a little concerned about the moves in the film. Batman is compelling as a dark, moody prick. Spiderman is not. Some characters are just not suitable. The crossovers can be great, like Secret Wars, or awful, like any of the DC Crises (except Identity Crisis, that was ok).

I fear that the rush for grittiness will wind up with some really bad movies and this will sour the studios on more super hero movies. They seem to think that if a movie does bad its because the genre is stale when often the movie was a huge misstep. If gritty Spiderman and Man of Steel don't work and the Avengers is a mess (which is a very likely scenario) then comic book movies are is for a rough ride.

Comment United Way (Score 5, Informative) 433

IBM then approached Microsoft, which already had a few of years of experience under its belt with M-DOS, BASIC, and other important tools

I think that IBM was 'approached' by MS. Gates' mother had contacts through her role as a high ranking official in the United Way. That got Bill a foot in the door and he made good on the opportunity. Major successes are often a convergence of skill, ambition and blind luck, and the MS fortune is, I think, one of those cases.

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