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NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi

TrippTDF oh common (139 comments)

Sierra Nevada's design was a riff on the Space Shuttle, which is just a terrible way to get to space and back. Yes, you have a reusable orbiter, but you add a crapload of launch weight. That means you can carry less. The goal of these current projects is to act as a space-taxi for passengers, not multi-week flights like the Shuttle. No one wants your design, people.

about three weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

TrippTDF Ugh (545 comments)

I've JUST started using 8.1 for a project at work, and I'm constantly blown away at how much of a compromise the Metro Interface is. The defaults make it hard to find the things I'm used to, like the control panel, while the new interfaces are lacking in the features I need. Getting to basic features now takes more time than in WIn7. There are no advantages to the interface, and big detractions.

Just as companies held onto WinXP for a LONG time, I think they will do the same with Win7- there's just no huge incentive to upgrade. Home users are already turning towards iOS. MS has a hard road ahead of themselves if they want to regain what they once had.

about a month ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

TrippTDF My Guess (188 comments)

SpaceX will make $2.6 Billion do way cooler stuff than $4.2 Billion to Boeing. SpaceX is a young, hungry company that is on the forefront of multiple industries. Boeing, while still a great company, is older an no doubt bogged down in more levels of bureaucracy.

about a month ago
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NASA Developing Robotic Satellite Refueling System

TrippTDF Re:There we go (30 comments)

We kind of don't need people up there.... yet. Putting a person in space is still really hard and expensive. However, if we can have robotics lead the way, and create good space infrastructure, then maybe it will become easier down the road.

about 6 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

TrippTDF Chromecast Vs. Roku (289 comments)

I have a 1st gen Roku, and a Chromecast. When I stream Netflix with the Roku, I seem to top out at 2, maybe three quality bars. While there's no on-screen metric for the same stream in Chromecast, the picture is noticeably better. Perhaps the Chromecast is getting a higher-quality, lower-bandwidth stream, or there's some sort of throttling based on the streaming device going on?

about 8 months ago
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NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

TrippTDF Re:Everybody calm down!!! (293 comments)

Wouldn't getting access to Blizzard's servers make this a whole lot easier? Couldn't you just mine the player data and make Blizzard record the conversations that take place in-game, rather than actually walk around in WoW?

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Stack Ranking

TrippTDF Re:Attrition (204 comments)

Managers are going to think like managers. The "upside" of stack ranking is

A) It fosters competition, which should also foster a better product (I don't actually agree this is the case, though)
B) It helps weed out the worst employees
C) It's easy to understand from a high level

It's an example of something that sounds good from the outside, but in actuality it has a ton of problems. Once you've had an organization the size of MS try it for as long as they did and see the results, no other company should need to go down that route... I would think Yahoo would be smarter than this.

about a year ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

TrippTDF Re:As someone who runs an IT company (655 comments)

I have a liberal arts degree, but have always worked in IT/Project Management. You know what is more important than an IT degree? Critical thinking skills and general creativity. This is what you learn in liberal arts. The technical ins and outs? Thanks to Google, any unknown information is a couple searches away.

1 year,3 days
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Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

TrippTDF Re:It CAN be done (but not always is a good idea). (438 comments)

I loved the movie "Sunshine", but I thought they missed a golden opportunity with physics and gravity. In the film, they ship is transporting a bomb roughly the size of Manhattan. The bomb is at the front of the ship, with a long crew compartment behind it, kind of like a bus. The bomb itself was large enough to have it's own gravity. In the film, the crew compartment's gravity is what you would think of on a bus- you can walk the length of it with the gravity being on the "floor".

With just some changes to set design, they should have had the center of gravity been the bomb, so that the crew compartment needed to be climbed up and down, like a bus on it's side.

1 year,10 days
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Facebook Building a Company Town

TrippTDF Re:Not really (159 comments)

Way, way past time to acquire. I had friends that just sold their 3 bedroom, mid-century home for well over a million dollars.... The house will likely be torn down and replaced with something larger. Had the house been newer or bigger, the property would have got for more. The 1+ million was essentially for the lot.

1 year,21 days
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Facebook Building a Company Town

TrippTDF Re:really? (159 comments)

This reminds me of the book Oryx and Crake. This is essentially the first private, corporate community. There will be many more like them in the future.

These people will not be part of the community in which the buildings exist. They will not give back to the community. Hell, I bet some tax loopholes will ensure their money doesn't even make it into the local economy.

And the work is rewarding because Facebook has a mentality that they are changing the world. They are, of course, but not in the ways that they tout. They say they are making the world more connected. However, I feel way less connected to my friends and Family now that I see their updates on Facebook. All they have done is created a super awesome database of private information and given the keys to the Government, all while creating a new sort of loneliness among people.

1 year,21 days
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

TrippTDF Re:The graphics were simply brilliant (374 comments)

Myst did run directly from the disc. Riven, the sequel, ran on five discs, each one containing one of the five islands. which meant frequent disc changing if you were jumping around. I can't imagine doing that today.

about a year ago
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

TrippTDF Re:The graphics were simply brilliant (374 comments)

Riven did a much better job of incorporating the puzzle into the story. most of the puzzles were just broken or locked objects. you just needed to figure out what was wrong with them.

about a year ago
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Weirdest DLC Sponsorship Ever: SimCity, Brought To You By Crest

TrippTDF CPG and the Internet (128 comments)

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), which is basically anything that you find in a supermarket, has always struggled with how to approach the internet/digital. Their model for the last fifty years has been to blast ads all over TV, which was easily segmented into specific groups depending on the product. I spent some time working with these companies, and by and large they are not sure how to approach the internet.

Buying up lots of banner ads isn't the same as buying lots of time during specific shows. No one wants to sit through their commercials, and tracking Return on Investment on their ads is entirely different than what they are used to, and the jury is still out on effectiveness of those ads. Facebook lets anyone come along and build out some very, very specific segments and advertise their niche product. Also, as TV watching drops, CPG HAS TO find a better way to reach people online.

Because CPG still hasn't found something that "clicks" in the online space, and this looks like an experiment for Crest to see if this is an area that makes sense for them to explore long term... they can't reach people on TV because people are playing games, so why not advertise to them in the game?

Like previous attempts, it just doesn't really make sense to the audience. CPG still has some work to do to find a way to reach people, and there is a LOT of money to be made by the person that figures it out.

about a year and a half ago
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Han Solo To Reportedly Return For Star Wars VII

TrippTDF Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (329 comments)

Star Wars may be the brainchild of Lucas, but Gary Kurtz is what gave it its soul. My theory is that once Kurtz and Lucas split after Empire, the franchise was toast. Kurtz wanted Jedi to be much darker, Lando and the Falcon were to be destroyed during the battle, and no happy teddy bear celebration at the end. In my mind, this would have been a much more powerful film.

If you look at the tone of Jedi, especially the Ewoks, it is easy to see that Lucas was starting to get no critical feedback of his ideas. Kurtz filled this role. Without him, the franchise falls apart and we wind up with the crap that was the prequels. Lucas is a terrible director on his own. Just awful.

This is why I have high hopes for Ep. 7- Lucas is out the door, and Abrams probably understands what Star Wars means to the fans better than Lucas ever did. I just hope that Ford's role isn't too similar to Nemoy's role in Abram's Star Trek movie... a star cameo that helps our protagonist when he needs it most.

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

TrippTDF Re:IT Departments (173 comments)

IT departments won't go away, but it will be less common for a small or medium sized business to have dedicated IT people, because the services the business relies on will not need full time people.

For example, the onsite maintenance and administration time of Google Apps is much, much lower than using Microsoft Exchange. Google has an army of people maintaining the servers, but the end business doesn't have to incur this cost.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo! CEO

TrippTDF Re:yahoo might actually have a chance now (302 comments)

Beyond money and desire- do they have the talent? Startups actually put ads on public transportation and billboards out here trying to recruit developers. In a market where the chances of making it rich at a startup are actually fairly high, it's hard for Yahoo to capture or retain talent in the face of Google, Facebook, or one of the thousands of startups.

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo Layoffs Begin, CEO Sends Employees Apologetic Letter

TrippTDF Re:Yahoo is dead (138 comments)

I wonder if things would have been different under Microsoft management. Would Microsoft have folded it's better Bing technologies under the better-known Yahoo! Brand? (For example, Bing maps could have been the improved Yahoo maps) Would Microsoft have cut this number of people from Yahoo, or would none of those cuts ever happened?

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit Turning SOPA "Blackout" Into a "Learn-In"

TrippTDF Re:And Slashdot? (241 comments)

Reddit isn't that small anymore- they had two billion pageviews in December.

more than 2 years ago
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Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

TrippTDF Re:Hey while we're there... (241 comments)

Eventually, we will just analyze everything that makes us enjoy a sporting event, and the computer will just spit out a game that we will enjoy watching, for sheer entertainment value.

more than 3 years ago

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Cisco Router to Change the Internet forever

TrippTDF TrippTDF writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TrippTDF writes "Cisco today announced a new router, capable of up to 322 Gbps. That's fast enough to transfer 4 Billion mp3's per minute (or one REALLY long one), every person in China to video chat simultaneously, or for everyone in San Fransisco to have a 1Gbps internet connection."
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Broadband content now eligable for an Emmy

TrippTDF TrippTDF writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TrippTDF writes "Not on the heels of the writiers strike that centered around broadband content, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has for the first time started to accept submissions for Broadband only content. They launched a print, online and outdoor campaign informing content creators that original content distributed over broadband is now eligible. Will this mean that there will be new categories for Emmy's? At the very least, it's a signal to the studios that broadband content is now a illegitimate way of distributing content."
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TrippTDF TrippTDF writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TrippTDF writes "Rachel Hyman, an artist and bartender in New York City, maintains a blog where she regularly posts images of fake IDs she confiscates from would-be underage drinkers, along with a description of the confiscation. Recently, one of her posts (google cache) was taken down when the owner of the fake ID invoked the DMCA against the blog. Can one claim a forged document as a copyright-able material?"
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TrippTDF TrippTDF writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TrippTDF writes "SCO's financial woes continue. They just posted a loss for the 3rd quarter, and looks like they are still loosing ground to Linux.

FTA: SCO's legal fees were, as has been the case for the past couple of years, a big hit on the books during the quarter, with the company shelling out $2.3m in legal costs. The company has said that it would have enough funds to make it to the February 2007 trial, and barring a stupendous collapse in its sales — much more severe than it is experiencing — the numbers show that it will make it, even though losses are mounting."

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