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Comment Re:8% (Score 5, Informative) 77

sales people.
"important bloggers".
"influential people".

you have to look at twitters history from inception to today.

first off it was hacked together on pretty shitty codebase, which made scaling the service EXTREMELY expensive. they've since moved to different codebase that for some reason seems to be just as expensive to run. even back in the day when similar sized irc networks(to what size twitter was back then) were ran for _pennies_ twitters network was 100x more expensive to run. it's kind of amazing how they managed to do that and not have anyone tell them that their ideas were stupid and that they could have saved a lot of money.

basically, twitter _technical_design_ from day 1 was such that it could not scale to be profitable - which is kind of amazing since there were off the shelf products even back then that would have done it way, wayyy cheaper and with way, way more features.

actually part of twitters early rise was tied solely to american telcos way of screwing over it's customers. namely that you buy text messages as a package _and_ that incoming messages are part of said package, which let twitter send you info kind of free (for them anyways).

I think another thing that happened was that they hired 2000 sales people without thinking what they were going to ask those 2000 sales people actually sell (and if they had something to sell why the fuck they would need sales people to sell it anyways).

another big fuckup from twitter was that they missed their sales window - being unable to scale to profitability would not have been such a problem if they had sold out to ms or someone else 5 years ago, though even then it might have been hard to get a sum out to pay the previous investors - what happened between 5 years and today? well everybody knows already that twitter is just.. twitter. it's not the next facebook - it's the next myspace - and even dimmer buyers know that twitters tech is worth shit ALL NOTHING. for example, if their tech would scale at pennies then all the limits about message lengths and content, client apps and all that would be understandable - but it has all the downsides of a highly optimized system without any cost benefits of such a system.

and well.. another reason to the high headcounts is simply this: the more people work under you the more money you will get paid (out of the investors money). it was just a way to pump out the cash from the sinking ship. ...or to put more simply: it began as a fucking one liner message wall script for bloggers by bloggers who never bothered to learn anything else because blogs. it was just links to blogs with couple of comment lines. made with _blog_ technology. by people who for some reason ignored _all_ cheap off the shelf scalable methods to achieve the same fucking thing when they made it. and it got popular enough that said bloghipsters could manage to get enough funding to run it for a decade burning money all the way(and pocketing a lot of it in the process).

Comment Re:Technical OR legislative? (Score 1) 330

oh but the way to get router manufacturers implement the technical fix is the legislative way.

because, the article is about how they aren't doing it otherwise..

or how about this for a technical and legislative both fix.. mandate transparent http proxies on all connections and make half the protocols unusable and everything insecure!

Comment Re:Raised bar will be bypassed (Score 1) 111

The watermarking will just be removed and life will go on.

Hint: "real time". Can you identify the watermark without comparing your stream to someone else's stream? Can you do that while streaming your copy to a pirate repeater? Can you do that before sending out the first unique marker that identifies your stream?

I mean, if you can, you are indeed l33t. If not, the banhammer, she swings for you.

Comment Economics? (Score 4, Informative) 342

$4.7B for a nuclear plant. Is it worth it? Will the company get $4.7B worth of use from this asset? If they put it on the market today, what price would they get?

Does this price reflect the cost of building a new nuclear plant today, or is it horribly inflated by the troubled construction history?

The new planed UK Hinkley Point station has (Wikipedia) "estimated construction cost of £18 billion, or £24.5 billion including financing costs." This is two units with combined 3200MW output. Watts Bar II is 1200MW - so the UK is planing on spending more per MW than this plant cost.

Comment Re:I'd guess it's the licensing fees (Score 2) 93

But that's just a guess. Of course that being said, Netflix is cutting back their shipping hubs. Those fuckers axed the one that was next day away from me and I have to use one a state over that takes 2 to 3 days each way.

It's worth noting that outside the US, Netflix doesn't run (and AFAIK has never run) any DVD shipping service. It's been streaming only. So in theory that shut weigh in Netflix US's favour somewhat.


Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

where they recommend that? a link would be appreciated.

also, I find that strange, since snow conditions and friction changes on winter roads rather abruptly in a fashion that would be pretty damn hard for a computer vision/radar system to know. like having ice in a tight turn. ..or have you just been reading musks tweets rather than what he thinks as marketing?

Comment Re:Americans, don't complain when you got arrested (Score 2) 55

usa doesn't extradite american hackers so why would any country send anyone in for the same thing is beyond me.

oh and .. well. about abducting people. this is hardly the best example of it since it's going through authorities and usa has demonstrated the will and ability to do it even without authorization.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 307

wouldn't it be simpler if you didn't need to carry around an adapter?

wouldn't it be nicer if you could just go in a hotel room and attach your laptop via hdmi cable thats already in the hotel room(for tv box) to connect your laptop to it?

that is: are you reaaaaaaaaally only going places that have hdmi displays but don't have any hdmi cables already? because that's pretty dang strange.

"but Apple's inclusion of an SD card slot, slow as it is, has been a significant driving force in pushing camera companies to move to SD instead of CF, and has resulted in standardization that otherwise would not have happened." -- okay I give up you are full waist deep in the RDF already if you believe this really and not for example reasons such as sd cards are smaller and there's this class of devices that shipped by the BILLIONS that uses them. cameras don't matter jack shit.

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

And yeah, there is a warning that goes off if the driver takes their hands of the wheel.

that was a retrofit. and now they are saying that the HARDWARE is capable of autonomous driving. .. of course it's not, not in the sense any consumer thinks of it.

I'm seriously skeptical because the autopilot they have shipped is just the same as other manufacturers have shipped and indeed was based on off the shelf hw/sw solution ONLY WITH THE FUCKING SAFETIES DISABLED!!!!. that's not engineering - that's marketing and irresponsible product design.

Comment Re: self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 1) 186

you're forgetting one thing - they don't have the AI to do it. they may never have. the cars electronics might never be able to. a human that was watching all that sensor information might be able to drive with just them.

why Tesla would be so stupid to make this press release right now is seriously puzzling. why they would be so stupid as to sell a vaporware pre-order prodcut they probably cannot deliver is equally puzzling and stupid.

they don't know the requirements so how they can know they can deliver? and now they are further implying that autopilot is a term for a self driving! making their case of "it doesn't mean self driving" be even in worse place.

and please no comments that Musk knows what he is doing when the only thing he knew how to provably be involved in profitably was a bank that was not a bank.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 1) 548

sounds like the guy who was interviewed in a suburb republican headquarter with 0 black guys, who should know the racial demographics map of his city - and who then proceeded to say that being republican or democratic in that particular city has nothing to do with being black or white - despite the demographic maps lining up exactly!

Comment Re:self-driving or assisted driving ? (Score 0) 186

Just because something isn't done yet doesn't mean they don't know how to do it. Tesla has self-driving software under test, that mostly works with their current cars. It is not yet ready for the public, but that isn't because of any deficiencies in the sensors.

They don't know that! thats why it's a joke to call them level 5 capable! A TOTAL FRAUD by your pal Musk. ..and really, didn't you learn anything from last 6 months? Teslas self driving autopilot they have released so far is basically just this: take lane assist and remove safeties and boom you have a lane follow "autopilot".

they don't know if they are level 5 capable sensors, because they have not made them capable of that. they don't know if they are good enough to spot pedestrians(probably know that they are not!!!!!!).

remember level 5 would mean that you could just leave it to drive alone by itself at night from vegas to downtown los angeles. they are just saying that in theory it's level 5 capable if someone figures out all the rest.. but in reality, they cannot really say if the sensors are good enough or not because they can only say that after they test their working level 5 implementation that doesn't kill people.

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