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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Not very well written then (230 comments)

Clearly we just need a small set of POSIX apps to do 'git, 'make' and 'gcc' on your phone.
Download the signed source code from the app store.

about 8 months ago

Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Immobile wallet (272 comments)

No, everyone's switching to Rai Stones.
You leave them on whatever Pacific Island they were quarried on, and just update the ownership record.

about 8 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Mad Bad Rabbit Ancient Aliens (667 comments)

Oh sorry, is that the wrong kind of creationism?

about 10 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Mad Bad Rabbit Begun, the Class Wars Have... (921 comments)

FTA: "You [i.e. rich hipster techies] are killing this city!"

It may have ostensibly been about privacy, but clearly it was also about resentment towards tech-industry aristos displacing everyone else,
with their private busses and their artisanal vodkas and fancy gadgets and most of all their ability to pay obscene rents and stay in The City
rather than commuting in from Gilroy.

about a year ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

For people who want to be great at some tangible pursuit: software, race-car driving, etc., money gets less and less effective as a motivator.

For people whose primary goal is to "win" by taking money away from their rivals, money only gets MORE effective.

about a year ago

The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Overreach (366 comments)

This is all about small time investors and the attitude that somebody with a spare hundred dollars is incapable of being able to make an informed decision about a potential investment opportunity.

Sounds more like the attitude that somebody with a spare hundred dollars should give the government $12 before they do anything else with it..

1 year,23 days

AllSeen Alliance Wants To Open-Source the 'Internet of Things'

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Big Data (86 comments)

I can't believe I'm reading stuff like this from people on Slashdot of all places.

Why can't my washing machine/dryer/microwave send my cellphone an alert when it's done and I'm in another room?

Why can't I turn on the lights at home from the grocery store so I don't have to carry my groceries in while it's dark?

Why can't I turn on the jacuzzi during a rough day at work so it's ready when I get home?

... etc.

Why can't hackers turn my microwave/dryer/jacuzzi heater on when I'm not home and burn up the heating elements (and possibly my house)?
Why can't they open the blinds and windows while I am in my undergarments?
Why can't they set my fridge to 70 degrees and spoil all my food (then set it back down to normal before I get home, so I won't know until I eat the food) ?
Why can't they turn the sprinklers on and flood my backyard?
Why can't they make my lights randomly flash on and off at 2AM to annoy me (while the surround-sound blasts Barry Manilow and ignores my volume remote) ?

about a year ago

NASA Will Send Seeds to the Moon In 2015

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Basil? (92 comments)

"There's a leek in the greenhouse module!!"

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Lunch (361 comments)

Related question: how do you stay in the loop if you can't afford to go out to lunch with them and have to brown-bag it?

about a year ago

Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

Mad Bad Rabbit The Dark Elves Looked Like Teletubbies. (233 comments)

Most of the visuals were great ; but I could not take the Dark Elf-a-tubbies seriously. "Eh oh! Time for Midgard bye-bye!"

about a year ago

Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:At which point (504 comments)

The reason why US politics is like this nowadays is because bribery is legal. ...To fix that and many other problems, we first need to get money out of politics

We can't get money out of politics when voters keep voting for whoever spends the most on television advertisements.
God forbid voters actually read about the candidates, from sources that don't just echo their current views back to them.

about a year ago

Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Will it hit Mars? (41 comments)

That's comet Siding Spring not ISON.
Also, they've collected more data that shows it'll miss Mars by at least 66,000 km.

about a year ago

Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:H1B working as intended. (195 comments)

A company's sole purpose is to increase shareholder value; as defined by the shareholders. Some companies include things beyond a financial return, or believe being socially responsible results in greater returns; but in any case they driver is still shareholder value and shareholders ultimately vote with their wallets.


A sane company's purpose should be to:

Provide a good or service that delights customers.
Make enough money doing it that they can fairly compensate their suppliers and employees.
Put most of the remaining profits back into long-term investments.
Borrow from (and repay) shareholders as little as possible.

We lost sight of that a few decades ago, which is why our economy remains in the crapper.
We won't be able to fix it until we realize that customers and employees are more important than short-term shareholders.

about a year ago

Salesforce.com To Cut 200 Jobs Despite Its Expectations To Make More Money

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Why is this news? (156 comments)

SalesForce is a company. Their job is to make money for their share holders.

That attitude has been destroying the U.S. economy since the 1970's. The priorities of any sane company should be:

1. Provide a good or service that delights customers
2. Make enough money doing it to pay your vendors and employees fairly
3. Reinvest most of the profits in ways that will provide long-term benefit (capital upgrades, employee training, etc.)
4. If you are publicly traded, pay shareholders just enough that they don't dump your stock

If SalesForce were focused on the first three, then unless they're already at 100% market saturation, they could find profitable new tasks for those workers.
They have chosen not to, because "shareholder value" is more important to them.

about a year ago

Memory Wars May Herald Mobile Devices With Terabytes of Capacity

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:What would they store? (147 comments)

Lookup tables, for processor-intensive tasks (image recognition, 3d scanning, gaze tracking, etc.) that your phone's processor is too lazy to do in realtime.

about a year and a half ago

Reject DRM and You Risk Walling Off Parts of the Web, Says W3C Chief

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:Good. (433 comments)

Suppose your medical records were DRM'd and later became inaccessible?

about a year and a half ago

Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

Mad Bad Rabbit 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.

about a year and a half ago

Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs

Mad Bad Rabbit Re:What year is this? (559 comments)

Because humans (at least a subset of them) overvalue social status. Social status is always a scarce, zero-sum commodity, regardless of material abundance. If you sleep on a flat rock and your rival sleeps on the ground, you win. If you have a starship and your rival has ten, you lose.

about a year and a half ago


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