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Comment There is a middle-ground. (Score 1) 439

How about removing the franchise monopoly provisions.
Make it like any other product. You don't need to go to the Coke store vs Pepsi store to get the respective products. You can choose from both at the same store. Car's should be no different.
Let whoever wants to open a car store open one. Let me open a shop where I sell you any brand of car under one roof. Heck let costco, walmart, target etc sell cars if they wanted to.
Its not Dealers vs Direct sales which is a problem. Its Dealers vs everyone else (including direct sales) that is the problem.

Comment Does not help unless they unlink the services. (Score 1) 238

This does not really make any difference if you use any other google services like gmail.
I want my real name to show up as my gmail "from" address. But I want to use a pseudonym on the G+ profile. This pseudonym is one given to me by my friends but It does not make sense to have it on gmail or anywhere other than G+.
In a way its a win for facebook. Since they are a different service and I don't use that account for any other services I can use whatever name over there.

I guess I can always create a separate account for G+ vs Gmail. But that's too much hassle.

Comment Re:I know one (Score 3, Informative) 312

I have seen this in three multiple previous jobs.

The manager was awesome and everyone on the team loved him. The product the team produced became a hit and all the career managers in the organization wanted that on their list of successes. They played political games (re-org) and stole the project from under the good manager. The team withered away and all the best people left under the new leadership. The product carried on the previous momentum for a while and then joined a whole list of other mediocre products the company produced.


Google Engineer Sponsors New Kinect Bounties 96

ashidosan writes "Hot on the heels of the Adafruit competition, Matt Cutts (a search spam engineer at Google) is sponsoring two more $1,000 bounties for projects using Kinect. 'The first $1,000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.'" Relatedly, reader imamac points out a video showing Kinect operating on OS X.
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Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter 147

tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."

Comment Why should I subsidize a for profit business? (Score 2, Insightful) 591

When A bit-torrent user gets Linux ISO's or Creative Commons movies or what not they are more willing to let the torrent seed because that is the price you are paying for the downloaded content.
So for any other paid content Why would the user give away their paid for bandwidth to some company which is already charging them money.
Now if we got a discount for our share ratio maybe that would be a game changer. For every 100% you upload you get 5-10% off the price of the content. I would sign up immediately.


Game Endings Going Out of Style? 190

An article in the Guardian asks whether the focus of modern games has shifted away from having a clear-cut ending and toward indefinite entertainment instead. With the rise of achievements, frequent content updates and open-ended worlds, it seems like publishers and developers are doing everything they can to help this trend. Quoting: "Particularly before the advent of 'saving,' the completion of even a simple game could take huge amounts of patience, effort and time. The ending, like those last pages of a book, was a key reason why we started playing in the first place. Sure, multiplayer and arcade style games still had their place, but fond 8, 16 and 32-bit memories consist more of completion and satisfaction than particular levels or tricky moments. Over the past few years, however, the idea of a game as simply something to 'finish' has shifted somewhat. For starters, the availability of downloadable content means no story need ever end, as long as the makers think there's a paying audience. Also, the ubiquity of broadband means multiplayer gaming is now the standard, not the exception it once was. There is no real 'finish' to most MMORPGs."

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

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