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Comment Re:I miss GOTO...there I said it (Score 1) 353

Well the problem is that telling a programmer, "It's ok to use GoTo judiciously," is like telling a recovering drug addict, "It's ok to take that Vicodin if the headache is really bad." You might start of using GoTo judiciously and you may never end up abusing it, but there's a good chance you'll start using it to cure even your minor headaches and pains.

Comment Re:Black Ops (Score 2, Insightful) 397

...There was a time that the main rallying cry of the console gamers who didn't want to play on PC was "it just works" when they put the disc into the console. But now, with the advent of online-enabled consoles, so much for that. Xbox and PS3 gamers are forced to sit through the old "ship now, patch later" setup...

I think you need to take off the rose colored filter off your nostalgia. There has always been buggy console games. There has always been good games that were ruined by game breaking bugs. Are there games that get released today that would have spent another month in QA 10 years ago? Maybe...

Comment Re:Kennedy's folly and sad legacy (Score 1) 617

The problem is still with the organization of corporations. The management isn't at fault, because they're just the hired guns doing the will of the owners (stockholders). The stockholders aren't at fault because there's so many of them you could never apportion blame, and they can't know the ins-and-outs of every action taken by the corporation. Basically, no one is to blame...

"Coorporation n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." - Ambrose Bierce

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 366

Businesses bend over to comply with China because of it's massive population that they can exploit. Either to harness them as cheap manufacturing or to get their Internet dollars. India can't compete on either count. The reason RIM had to comply was they realized that they had the most to lose by not allowing India access. If India shuts out Google, Skype and all other VoIP telcom's India stands to lose the most.

I see this as India testing the waters to see how far they can push this. As soon as some big name stands up to them I see them quickly backing down.

Comment Call me Naive but... (Score 1) 426

When asked about criticism that he was 'carrying water' for the cable companies, Hoyle replied, 'I've carried more water than Gunga Din for the business community — the people who pay the taxes.

You can call me Naive but, isn't it the responsibility of the government to protect the people. Not the industries...

Comment World War Z (Score 1) 320

World War Z presented a very plausible "what-if" scenario for a zombie apocalypse. In the book the outbreak started in the worst possible location, China. There the infection spread quickly due to large population density. Thanks to them clamping down on communication channels and clever use of misdirection/misinformation the world didn't fully realize the zombie threat until it was gnawing on their front door and it was too late.

The book further makes the point that a zombie is a dumb and practically harmless if encountered alone or in small numbers. What caused the most damage was when the world panicked and basically made themselves zombie food.

Comment I don't get it... (Score 2) 702

I don't get where this idea came from. The idea that in a free market, if one company doesn't offer a service that fits your exact wants/needs there will be a competitor out there that does. That's what everyone keeps saying right? Because, there's going to be someone out there trying to get an edge by offering you a better deal, right? Sure that sounds plausible in a free market. However, people are quick to forget that businesses will ALMOST ALWAYS do what's in their OWN best interest. If that means offering a consumer a better deal to lure em in sure. Problem is most of these 'deals' always come with a time limit. To lure you in and make you feel comfortable before it's back to screwing the consumer as usual.

What usually happens though is your big entrenched companies find a profitable model for the service. Other big companies come in and copy it and maybe add their own little twist to make them seem 'better'. Any small business that comes in and tries a more consumer friendly model will usually get crushed by the competition via backroom dealings and cutthroat business tactics. Then it's back to business as usual.

Anyone who tells you that the free market has the consumers best interest at heart is either stupid, or trying to sell you something.

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