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SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

MonkeyBoy Re:Oh how the mighty have fallen (166 comments)

Russian engines have primarily been high-pressure designs, while American engines have primarily been low-pressure designs.

However with the full design and build specifications in-hand, with trial engines already built to verify the specifications and designs were correct, the US can build high pressure engines.

Will they? That's a good question. Russia has effectively been giving away engines for cost to keep their space industry from collapsing. Under those conditions I don't see how it's economically feasible to not buy them from Russia, since being wonderful capitalists the US military would buy them from companies who build subcomponents for a profit to the general contractors who put the subcomponents together into the basic components who turns around and sells them to... and the very far end of that chain is the military, who pays Lockheed and Boeing for the completed product.

I sincerely hope SpaceX succeeds financially, as it really represents a change from the subcontractors of subcontractors of subcontractors pyramid that represents the traditional US space industry.

about 6 months ago
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The Million-Dollar Business of Video Game Cheating

MonkeyBoy Re:CFAA? (102 comments)

It can, but it'll only happen once the media companies get serious about computers. Right now they're content to let their software divisions bring in profits without any need to legislate laws to protect their antiquated, broken business models.

Once they realize their software divisions are doing poorly due to, well, because they're the ones running the companies, they'll start prodding their lobbyists with sharp sticks to "protect" their software divisions too.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Looking For Help With "Landing" Video

MonkeyBoy Re:A 2nd backup camera? (110 comments)

The other cameras were on the recovery ship, which couldn't reach the recovery area without, you know, sinking. They'd have ended up roughly where the master recording currently is, resting on the ocean floor.

The problem isn't the camera, it's that the data was garbled during transmission. In part because both the source and destination locations were in constant (and, given the storm, quite random) motion. It's hard to hit the side of the barn when you're aiming from mid-air in the center of a tornado.

That they got even this much is remarkable.

about 6 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

MonkeyBoy Re:No shit (269 comments)

This comment reminds me of the people on Apple Support Communities who insisted that FlashBack was not actually a thing, that it was not infecting any systems, anywhere, and it was all just a big myth created by AV companies to sell product.

Meanwhile I was spending a day each week clearing FlashBack off dozens of infected student systems because the kids were too &*(@#$ stupid to not whack the monkey or whatever stupid thing they did in order to get infected (and god help us if we didn't give them administrative privileges, you don't want to hear the caterwauling they make at the slightest hint of restrictions).

See, apparently I'm in the employ of AV companies and didn't know it. My bank account never noticed it either.

about 6 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

MonkeyBoy Re:Er..."pricing is alright?" (347 comments)

A company I used to work for held negotiations with music & movie companies over a product we wanted to bring to the market which would let customers listen to music, watch videos, etc. while sitting in a restaurant or similar location. Essentially it took the place of a jukebox but since everything was in digital form it could have additional functionality.

This was back at the height of the xxAA's anti-P2P "Napster" hysteria, when they had their heads lodged firmly in the sand that everything digital was evil. Before the iTunes Music Store proved they were being completely asinine.

In any case, the only way they said they would work with us is if we helped them, at our expense, figure out how to charge all movie & music customers, everywhere, for every time they viewed a movie or listened to a song. And they'd own the rights.

As you can imagine, my employer decided to kill the project. Multi-billion dollar companies expected a small business to foot the bill for their asinine product development plan...

about 6 months ago
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

MonkeyBoy Re:So ... (93 comments)

(small voice) But I like pretzel buns...

about 6 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

MonkeyBoy Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

Scan in the card, scan in the $20, throw both into the trash, then recover all the $20 bills later that night after they hit the dumpster.

Look deep into your heart, you know it to be true.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Makes Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive

MonkeyBoy Re:So? (553 comments)

Really, I don't know what all the fuss is about. So I threw a few chairs, haven't we all?

about 2 years ago
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Secession Petitions Flood White House Website

MonkeyBoy Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (1163 comments)

Well, if you were in one of the states where she wasn't on the ballot, it would have to be a figment.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can't Be Seen Without Scrolling

MonkeyBoy Re:OK, stick a fork in them, they're done. NOT! (743 comments)

If Apple has the margins of a fashion company, does that make Cisco even more fashionable since their margins are higher?

The market they sell into is meaningless, your original statement said absolutely nothing about their customer base, just their profit margins. Since Cisco's profit margins are higher than Apple's, therefore they must be even more of a fashion company than Apple, according to your original statement.

Changing your statement now, to try to make it mean something completely different, isn't helping. What you said is right there for all the world to see.

Just take your lumps. We all make mistakes.

about 2 years ago
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Bungled Mobile Bet Will Be Ballmer's Swan Song

MonkeyBoy Re:Clint Eastwood says... (300 comments)

I bought the chair. It's mine, I can do what I want with it.

And if I want to run around on stage holding it on top of my head while chanting "Developers" over and over...

about 2 years ago
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Bungled Mobile Bet Will Be Ballmer's Swan Song

MonkeyBoy Re:I like my netbook. (300 comments)

This is just a guess, but I suspect he meant a chain link failure.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

MonkeyBoy Re:i don't really like bill gates that much but... (575 comments)

All to have the same functionality as a laptop.

All to have the same functionality of a laptop in a docked (home/office) setting. In a mobile setting you have a tablet, instead of a (larger, heavier, etc.) laptop.

Listen, I don't even believe in laptops because they're less powerful than desktops, nor do I own a tablet. But I can understand the appeal of a light, responsive "mobile" device that can accomplish what needs to be accomplished on the go while docking to get extended functionality when you get home or to the office. And it's not like (better, not bottom-of-the-barrel netbook-esque models) laptops don't also have docks to gain ports and slots and additional functionality when you reach the same places. Arguing against docks when docks exist for both platforms is just silly.

Frankly the largest thing I want to be hauling around is a smartphone or similar pocketable device. I'm not thrilled with the current mobile iDevices because their screens are just a bit too small, but if the iPhone 5 comes out with a larger screen it may make a suitable replacement for my current mobile device. And no, the iPad isn't a mobile device in my book - if I can't fit it in my pocket, it isn't mobile. But that's for me, others can use their own value system and still be perfectly rational, even if the result doesn't match mine.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

MonkeyBoy Re:i don't really like bill gates that much but... (575 comments)

No, it's still a tablet. Want to know why?

Now that you're done sitting down editing your documents with a keyboard and screen, pick up your computing device. Remove the keyboard. Remove the video output. Strip it down to the bare, lightest, minimum for mobile use.

You can't do that with a touch-screen laptop. You're stuck lugging around extra equipment you don't need in a mobile setting. That extra equipment carries a power penalty. A weight penalty. Penalties you don't have to pay with a tablet solution.

Just because a tablet can be expanded doesn't mean a touchscreen laptop can be contracted.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

MonkeyBoy Re:But the rest of the web still uses it... (332 comments)

The only websites I really notice being built entirely in flash are car company websites, but they all have sensible mobile sites.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

MonkeyBoy Re:Where are all those Flash is the Future ppl now (332 comments)

If those online video sites are smart they'll use HTML5 and "encourage" individuals of older browsers (e.g. IE 5.5) to upgrade to HTML5-capable ones (e.g. Chrome/Firefox).

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android

MonkeyBoy Re:HTML5 didn't exist (332 comments)

To be fair, when a lot of those classic toons were made, Flash was pretty streamlined and lean, capable of running on low-end machines. Current versions struggle to run on quad core CPUs with GPU acceleration.

If Adobe had stayed focused on keeping their product streamlined and lean, it would have had a fighting chance on mobile platforms, but instead... bloated code, security holes caused by bloated code, and update after update after update after update after update to fix the security holes. Bloated code hurts battery life and the constant updates eat up bandwidth that wireless providers loathe to increase.

Flash was a great product. It could become a great product again. But it would take someone with balls stepping up at Adobe and changing the culture so they don't push out products until they've actually gone through rounds and rounds and rounds of optimization, instead of just pushing them out after adding features.

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

MonkeyBoy Re:Might want to check you facts (307 comments)

The case wasn't the look & feel lawsuit, that was ruled on ages before the public investment press event.

It was about the Quicktime for Windows lawsuit, wherein Microsoft & Intel hired the Quicktime for Windows developer, then ordered the developer to copy Quicktime for Windows source code and put it into Video for Windows.

And you're right to be skeptical about the 4 billion figure, since Apple had over 8 billion in cash and short term investments a couple years before the investment. That number was on a steady downward trend however, but there's no way it got slashed in half by the time of the lawsuit.

The real smoking gun of the Apple/Microsoft settlement is the cross licensing agreement, wherein Apple got access to a huge array of Microsoft source code, and Apple didn't end up owning Microsoft because they were finally legally authorized to have the Quicktime code inside Windows (Microsoft had since gone on to use DCI for other things, derive other technologies using the techniques, etc.).

As for there not being software patents at the time, holy crap you must be young. Do you think we rode around on dinosaurs?

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

MonkeyBoy Re:Patent Troll Nothing... (307 comments)

Apple paid a developer to create Quicktime for Windows for them. Their latest version used an innovative method to copy video to the screen that was light-years faster than what Microsoft was doing with Video for Windows at the time. Since Apple paid the developer, the code in question did not belong to the developer, it belonged to Apple. If I hire you to produce shovels for me, you don't get to come along later and grab a shovel out of my inventory because you made it. The fruit of your labor is owned by the person who paid you to do the labor. That's why you're getting paid.

As part of the lawsuit, interviews with the individuals in question were performed as well as legal discovery of documents, emails, etc. End of the day Intel and Microsoft met with the developer and told them in no uncertain terms to copy the code from Quicktime to put in DCI, and proof of it came out during discovery. Both Intel and Microsoft quietly settled the lawsuit in Apple's favor. How do you know this? Because a very short time after the lawsuit was settled Microsoft made their public endorsement, bought Apple stock, formed a Macintosh Business Unit, and (this is key) cross-licensed source code.

Microsoft re-distributed it because the individuals responsible for the act thought nobody would ever find out, because they kept the knowledge of the act compartmentalized. The rest of Microsoft didn't realize what the managerial team responsible for producing DCI did, they just realized they needed to compete and these guys pulled off a hail mary play that would help them nail those &*(@#&*($# bastards over at Apple to a wall.

As for what was so great about the technology, it literally quadrupled (or more) the framerate of videos displayed on screen while simultaneously requiring less CPU time. Apple paid their Windows developer handsomely to develop this technology and expressly forbid them from sharing this work with other companies.

more than 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

MonkeyBoy Re:Disagree (307 comments)

PowerPC is also still around, you need look no further than a Playstation 3 or XBox 360 to find a mass-market example of one. And they're still huge in the embedded market.

more than 2 years ago

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