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Comment In other words... (Score 1) 573

"We actually do care about what Google is doing, but we cannot say this in public because our stock price would be affected by this." There's a reason why there's talk of busting up Google's empire, folks, and that reason is because Google is doing everything that you're not supposed to do and winning anyway.

Comment From the inside (Score 4, Insightful) 150

Up until May of last year, I worked at Dell as a help desk support representative for one of their clients. IMHO, Dell is in trouble because they have stopped innovating. They've put no effort into making a tablet PC that is as good as what any of the competitors offer, and instead of keeping their technical support focused on supporting their products, that have instead decided to diversify and provide support for companies like Boeing who needed help with their infrastructure and were more willing to sack their entire IT department and get it at a cheaper cost. Nothing new here, no sir.

Comment Space Opera! (Score 1) 280

I think this might just be a return of some really good games to the fore and a nostalgic trip for many with titles like Rise of the Triad, Shadowrun: Online and Carmageddon coming out. Mistborn: Birthright, Shadownrun Returns and Nuclear Union look promising. And I just have to say this about Star Wars 1313: Fruity pan-galactic melodrama is no substitution for having a blaster by your side, kid. Too much emphasis has been on the Jedi and not enough on the scoundrels and other things that operate in the between spaces. Let's just hope that it breaks the suck cycle for Star Wars games. Now could someone PLEASE re-release Star Wars X-Wing, TIE Fighter and X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter on GOG please?

Comment Race to the Bottom (Score 1) 565

If Surface heats up, the other OEMs have two stark options. They can continue their race-to-bottom, devouring each other in consolidations and acquisitions until only the brand names are left and every PC component and system has been outsourced to Malaysia -- or they can start building names for themselves as innovators.

Adapt or Die. That is the mantra of the computer industry. Apple has seized on this notion and have reaped the rewards for it. Microsoft is learning, but they have a long way to go. Personally, I am glad that they didn't let their OEMs know what is going on. "But Dharma, you charismatic stallion, why would you support an Evil Empire like Microsoft," you ask, It's quite simple....Microsoft is willing to step out of its' comfort zone. Look at the XBox, look at the Zune, look at the Windows Phone. Sure, all of those products had the missteps and out and out failures, but they got past that and made a better product up the road, and the consumer has been better for it on the whole.

HP and Dell have forgotten how to innovate because they stopped making things. And when they stopped making things, they stopped thinking about how to make things better. Making things in Malaysia does not count here, because those people over there are not making things. They are following a blueprint that has already been set in stone. They do not innovate. They are robots made of meat and it seems to me that this is what business in the 21st Century wants is robots made of meat.

Comment Re:Does anyone think Facebook deserves this? (Score 1) 89

In a word: Yes. In several words: Zuckerberg is a very smart man, but even very smart men can be very, very stupid and short-sighted and a general pain in the ass. I would say that it's less Karma and more Zuckerberg having to pay the Danegeld to Yahoo. Of course, if Yahoo wins, then the feeding frenzy begins anew, and like the Danegeld, once you pay it, you'll never get rid of them.

Comment Toothpaste Factory (Score 1) 231

Here's the crux of the biscuit: SOPA and PIPA is the latest attempt of the MPAA, the RIAA and a whole alphabet soup of organizations representing billion dollar babies who have been crying about the internet killing their business since Napster reared its' nappy head up. This is also them trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube after realizing they should have bought a stake in the factory. This will not pass, and a watered down version of it won't pass either because the RIAA doesn't think it would go fast enough. Quit crying and adapt, people.

Comment Re:yeah, "right" (Score 2) 945

"The right" is against NN for the same reason "the right" rejects global warming: the rich and powerful don't want it.

We've got an enormous problem with political ignorance and naivety in this country. The Republicans want to run the country in whatever way helps the rich get richer quicker. (If you don't accept that premise, go back and look at whose interests they consistently looked after when they held the White House and both houses of Congress, vs. whose interests they occasionally threw a bone to. By the time of the 2006 elections the leaders of various socially conservative movements were complaining that they were bringing in a lot of votes and not getting much of anything in return.)

But now, due to the aforementioned political ignorance and naivety, people think that whatever the Republican politicians want is an inherently conservative position. So we get idiotic ideas such as that global warming and net neutrality are leftist ideologies. People in this country need to wake up and smell the bullshit before they've been fucked beyond the point of no return.

I hate to say this, friend, but we are already fucked beyond the point of no return. Look at how easily the masses were manipulated by the Tea Party rhetoric that was bought and paid for by Corporatists who despised everything the Democrats and progressives stood for. Now they run the House and have a large chunk of the Senate at their whims, and they are promising more of the same in 2012. Personally, we are so fucked that it's going to take nothing more than pure Anarchy to bring us back.

Comment Re:Neal Stephenson is a genius (Score 1) 703

When it gets down to it -- talking trade balances here -- once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here -- once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel -- once the Invisible Hand has taken all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity -- y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:

  • music
  • movies
  • microcode (software)
  • high-speed pizza delivery

If it means I can drive The Deliverator car, then sign me up. Saint Dharma

Comment Re:Boo (Score 1) 265

From the Wiki: During a speech at the 2009 Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference, Kotick received significant criticism from enthusiasts and the media for stating, "We have a real culture of thrift. The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks into Activision about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games." Kotick later stated he tries to promote an atmosphere of "skepticism, pessimism, and fear" in his company and, "We are very good at keeping people focused on the deep depression." The gaming media may not like it, but here's the problem: Kotick doesn't give a tinker's damn what the gaming media really thinks. He answers to the shareholders of his company. And you can bet if he screws the pooch like EA did a while back, they will ride his ass out of town on a rail. Sad that I actually prefer EA over Activision. I think I only tolerate Blizzard because Activision is smart enough to leave them alone...for now. Saint Dharma, patron saint of The Alliance

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