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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Bobfrankly1 Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

A company that practices this type of policy can not have my confidence in any way.

Good luck being Amish.

about 3 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Bobfrankly1 69 Words (373 comments)

In other news, the GM employees responsible for setting the length of the list will be attending sexual harrassment training.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Bobfrankly1 Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

So... those who need the least help should get the most help, and those who need the most help should get the least amount of help?

How about those who actually want the help, and who display that want by working hard in reaction to receiving it, get the help? You can't help someone who doesn't want it, and if education is given a low priority by the child's parents, the child tends to mirror this.

about 7 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Bobfrankly1 Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

Obviously something schools aren't teaching well is the scientific method and intellectual skepticism. "They are because I say they are" is not an argument.

That depends entirely upon the size and threat of the individual making the statement compared to yourself. This is a lesson often learned in school, even if not taught by the faculty.

about 7 months ago
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EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming

Bobfrankly1 Re:too little too late? (198 comments)

EA made Sim City in a *cave*! With a *box of scraps*!

Actually, that WOULD explain the quality of quite a few of their games...

about 7 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

Bobfrankly1 Re:How is this news? (617 comments)

Quality be damned hard to sell to a market that's been dumbed down from Mozart to Miley. FTFY

Great, because you connected the two, I'm now wondering what twerking to Mozart would look like...

about a year ago
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OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

Bobfrankly1 Re:No, still pretty invulnerable... (173 comments)

The current version of MacOS has fewer viruses because it is built on a solid foundation that isn't undermined by really stupid ideas about usability.

Which would explain why people use a PC to get actual work done.

about a year ago
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DoS Attack Forces EVE Online Offline

Bobfrankly1 Re:Why (127 comments)

I'm surprised it hasn't happened earlier. Or perhaps that it wasn't noticed earlier.

Apparently you've never been mining in high sec...

about a year ago
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Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8

Bobfrankly1 Re:lol - it's funny... (716 comments)

Don't forget the content creators earn money through those advertisements. Essentially bypassing the ads, rips of the artists directly (if you can call YouTube creators that) and cost Google money directly for streaming for free.

ok....

I can't imagine the RIAA and the MPAA are looking at Microsoft with warm regards at this moment either. This is Napster territory.

Oh please...

about a year ago
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Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8

Bobfrankly1 Re:I can't wait to see this battle (716 comments)

Maybe they're just presenting the web site in a different way than intended by the maker. In how far is one obliged to follow the HTML standard when displaying a page? To run all the javascript? Get all third-party bits and pieces (e.g. advertisements)? Many Firefox add-ons change how a page looks like, by adding things, or blocking things. AdBlockPlus is a thorn in the eye of many advertisers, yet it seems they can't do much against it.

Call my argumentation ridiculous - I know it is. But it is that kind of interpretation is what opens up mazes in the law, and if you have your argumentation right, you may very well be within your legal rights.

Not ridiculous at all. If they had to leave out some *features* to get youtube to display correctly on their device in absence of an API, then oh well. "We have no objection to creating an app that will achieve Google's requests, but we simply don't know how. Despite out best attempts at negotiating, Google has thusfar been unwilling to share the details required to achieve their requests. We've simply created a patchwork browser that enables Youtube viewing in the interim."

The only thing I see going against them is the downloading function. That does require extra effort, and was perhaps included as a middle finger against Google...

about a year ago
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

Bobfrankly1 Re:Depends... (329 comments)

If you can afford to replace the device being covered, than they don't make sense.

This isn't as simple an equation as you'd like to make it. You need to look at more then just cost of replacement. Look at your use (high-risk? low-risk?) and the terms of their plan (covers all, covers most, covers only slight warping during a full moon?). For instance, there was an electronics retailer that would offer extended service plans on headphones, even the $9.99 variety, for roughly $3.00. The store's policy allowed for items covered by warranty to be simply replaced if they were under a certain cost, say $40. If you treated your headphones immaculately, then the extended warranty is a waste like you say. But if you use them while jogging and destroy headphones monthly (though impact, sweat, etc) then the $3.00 warranty saves ten dollars (after the first instance) each month it's in effect.

It could be made into a flowchart along the lines of:
1: "Am I likely to need one or more replacements within the warrenty period. If yes:
2: Why.
3: Then compare the reasons to the terms of the extended warranty, and the cost of the extended warranty to the number of replacements you're likely to need. If it comes out "close", then you're probably safe in ignoring the extended warranty. If the cost of replacement is a multiple of the extended warranty, then it's a good investment.
4: Also, make sure the warranty isn't a duplication of the manufacturer's warranty, caught a few sales people on that one.

about a year ago
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

Bobfrankly1 Re:Here's the deal... (329 comments)

My rule of thumb is that the harder the sales pitch is the more likely it's not a good idea to buy.

I used to hold the same view before I put a couple years in at an electronic retail store. Corporate wanted us to push extended warranties, but often we simply offered them when they showed up on the screen, even though selling them would boost our paycheck.

There were just a few products in the store that I actually pushed the warranty on, simply because I knew the store policy would actually be to replace on the spot, or because I knew the product was prone to failure from past returns. In the second instance, the product were uncommon, very difficult to come by, so there weren't any alternatives, even at competitors.

For these products, I viewed the extended warranty as a good plan, so I did made a harder pitch then I normally would, because I knew the chances were high that the customer would end up using the plan, and then coming back to buy something else because they'd realize I was looking out for them. It was really less about the simple sale, and more about not having to deal with angry/upset customers down the line.

The unfortunate part is that for every salesperson out there who is actually trying to look out for the customer (even though it's motivated by self-interest), there's at least ten sales people who either don't know, or do know and don't care. If you find that one that knows what the hell he's talking about and tells it like it is, get his card and name, and stick to him til he moves on to another job (which he will).

about a year ago
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Building New Materials With Light

Bobfrankly1 Re:Playing the game... (27 comments)

As in Jeff Bridges in TRON? That's what this laser beam thing reminds me of. (but you probably mean the bifrost from Thor)

Note the subject. Light bridges are a common occurrence in many sci-fi/futuristic games.

about a year ago
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Building New Materials With Light

Bobfrankly1 Playing the game... (27 comments)

Of course the first thing to be made out of light would be bridges...

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

Bobfrankly1 Re:Not that unique (509 comments)

Just don't load the pink scorpion.

Good advice for anyone in a relationship...

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

Bobfrankly1 Re:Interesting comparissons (509 comments)

Here's a forum about this with screencaps: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=550032 They show that in the first day 6,4% were genuine versions and the rest were pirated copies.

I wonder what's the average conversion rate. Usually not all who pirate buy the game anyway. How about demo downloads versus purchases? It's a neat trick they pulled, but I think some context would be nice.

Context from this example will be useless as it will be offset by people who do download the pirated version simply because of the press it's getting, regardless of actual interest in the game.

about a year ago
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Sophisticated Apache Backdoor In the Wild

Bobfrankly1 Partial reading of Subject... (108 comments)

"Apache Backdoor in the Wild"

Am I the only one who initially pictured a rear entrance to a teepee in the countryside?

about a year ago
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Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

Bobfrankly1 Re:Other than trading (559 comments)

And when those who provide, create and actually work refuse to give those who are lazy and do nothing the fruits of their efforts what then?

You mean the robots? Either they become sentient, rise up and kill us ; or they keep blindly churning out manufactured goods.

You seem to think those outcomes are exclusive of each other...

about a year ago
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Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

Bobfrankly1 Re:What year is this? (559 comments)

...We may just end up having to revive the virtually-extinct trades of shoe-shine boys, gas station attendants, bank tellers and so forth, just to have something to do.

Oregon and New Jersey seem to agree...

about a year ago

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Net Neutrality struck down by Court

Bobfrankly1 Bobfrankly1 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) writes "An appeals court stuck down the FCC's net neutrality rules basing their decision on the FCC's choice of classification of broadband carriers stating: "Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order.""
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Are programmers responsible for the actions of their clients?

Bobfrankly1 Bobfrankly1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) writes "Robert Stuart and his company Extensions Software are being charged by New York authorities, claiming he is promoting gambling in New York because of the actions of his clients. They are charging him after he rejected a plea agreement that would have him plead guilty to lesser charges, adding backdoors to his software, and using said backdoors to gather details on his clients and their customers."
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California Sex Offenders get Support from the EFF

Bobfrankly1 Bobfrankly1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Bobfrankly1 (1043848) writes "The EFF sued to block portions of the approved Prop 35 today. Prop 35 requires sex offenders (including indecent exposure and non-internet offenses) to provide all of their online aliases to law enforcement. This would include e-mail addresses, screen and user names, and other identifiers used on the internet.
The heart of the matter as the EFF sees it, would be not only the chilling effect it would have on free speech, but also the propensity of these kind of laws to be applied to other (non-sex offending) people as well."

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Bobfrankly1 Bobfrankly1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bobfrankly1 writes "That flashing blue light on your Wii is Nintendo's less annoying way of shouting "You've got Mail". There is an update to the Internet Channel, boasting faster load times, and new on screen navigation ques that make it easier to browse a large webpage. It is an actuall update, so you will not lose your settings from the previous Internet Channel. They are advertising the internet channel as being available for free until June 2007."

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