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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

bobdotorg Concise apology for easy PR recovery (576 comments)

He still comes across as a jerk, contrite only to try to get people to stop harassing him. Seems like he can't shut up because his ego just won't let go.

This concise explanation / apology (and say nothing else) would have gone a long way, and it might even be somewhat true:

Right or wrong (and Dave was right), no customer deserves to be treated the way I treated Dave. My lashing out at others in the gaming industry was just as bad. I apologize unconditionally to each and all of them.

Between running a company and raising an infant, sleep has eluded me. Sleep deprivation can have profound effects on people. Some of you who have raised children might understand. This in no way excuses my behavior: I'm only saying it to let people know what propelled me down such a terrible path.

Add another line or two about how he hopes his behavior won't kill such a great gamer product, and done.

about 3 years ago

Music Copyright War Looming

bobdotorg Studios greed will be their undoing (243 comments)

The studios' accounting tricks in their standard artist's contract is what will kill them. Awesome.


Not only have recording artists traditionally paid for the making of their records themselves, with advances from the record companies that are then charged against royalties, they are also exempted from both the obligations and benefits an employee typically expects.

Here's my favorite article about record contracts from the pre-internet era:

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

bobdotorg Cash... (391 comments)

... is anonymity.

And won't be going away any time soon.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Design Memory-Strengthening Implant

bobdotorg Real world test milestone (72 comments)

Can it enable me to remember where the hell I put my sunglasses?

more than 3 years ago

Promotion Or Job Change: Which Is the Best Way To Advance In IT?

bobdotorg Re:A new record! (247 comments)

So sad half of the comments will disappear.

Take a close look - all of the odd numbered comments have disappeared from this article.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung HD Unit Bought By Seagate

bobdotorg Not all that bad from a competition standpoint (153 comments)

Losing two major players in a five firm industry is usually a bad thing with respect to competition / antitrust.

However, in this case it's not that bad - the recent entrance of additional companies (such as Intel) making SSDs will, over time, mitigate the effects.

more than 3 years ago

Epsilon Breach Affects JPMorgan Chase, Capital One

bobdotorg Wonderful. (180 comments)

I cancelled my Chase accounts a month ago when they instituted a $120 a year fee on their 'Free Lifetime Checking' accounts.

And yet they retained and leaked my email address.

Can I charge them a $10 monthly fee for spam removal?

more than 3 years ago

Help Map Global Light Pollution, By Starlight

bobdotorg Beautiful evening; (148 comments)

you can almost see the stars...

more than 3 years ago

Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?

bobdotorg I can beat the computer... (292 comments)

... in the slightly modified version:

more than 3 years ago

'Spam King' Released From Prison, Now Lives In Seattle

bobdotorg Who's being punished here? (275 comments)


As part of his plea deal, probation officers will monitor every e-mail Soloway sends and every webpage he visits for the next three years.

Oh how I would torture them...

more than 3 years ago

US Dept. of Justice, ICE Still Seizing Domains

bobdotorg Thank you Streisand Effect (252 comments)

Had never heard of Rojadirect.

Now I have another bookmarked site.

more than 3 years ago

Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

bobdotorg You'll have to wait a month... (201 comments)

... to find out the winners.

But only a week for the screeners to hit Usenet!!! Yay!!!

about 4 years ago

Angry Birds and Parabolic Instinct In Humans

bobdotorg Re:Not just people (234 comments)

When I was a kid, I had a dog that could follow a parabolic trajectory.

My cat would follow a parabolic trajectory while also demonstrating the Doppler effect to horrified bystanders.

about 4 years ago

Facebook's Revenues Leaked

bobdotorg Re:valuated (295 comments)

...should Facebook be valuated...

We should have more financious intellectious discussions like this.

As silly as it sounds, valuated is the correct term for appraisal / valuation. Probably a derivative of evaluated.

about 4 years ago

New Cars Vulnerable To Wireless Theft

bobdotorg Re:Take without permission, otherwise known as ste (280 comments)

they can bypass the security of wireless entry and ignition systems to take a car without the owner's permission

If only we had a word that meant taking something without the owner's permission...

It's not necessarily theft.

Off the top of my head here are some non-theft reasons:
          firemen moving the car out of the way of a fire
          a repo
          parents surreptitiously retrieving their car from an out of bounds kid

But you're right, probably mostly for theft...

about 4 years ago

Ford To Offer Fuel-Saving 'Start-Stop' System

bobdotorg Re:Fuel-Saving? (572 comments)

On fuel injected cars you pay the penalty on a cold start - until the engine and exhaust / emissions systems are warmed up, the car runs rich (open loop).

Once the car is warmed up, the ECU (engine control unit) will go into a more efficient closed loop operation, using O2 sensor output to set more efficient fuel levels. Shutting off the engine for a moment will not send the system back to the less efficient open loop.

about 4 years ago

Ford To Offer Fuel-Saving 'Start-Stop' System

bobdotorg Starter / solenoid setup, or something simpler? (572 comments)

How many cycles will a flywheel driving starter motor / solenoid setup last?

TFA doesn't mention what will be used, but a spring / torsion system that captured the rotational inertia of the engine to stop it, and then used that stored energy to restart the engine would be great for warm restarts.

about 4 years ago

Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters

bobdotorg Re:Go electronic! (441 comments)

Why do we still carry money anyway?

Cash = Anonymity.

more than 4 years ago

The Great Cyberheist

bobdotorg Re:from the skool of bad journalism :) (57 comments)

Hey: Eye are see is where those hackers refine their "sequel attacks", because apparently the first attack didn't fully tell the story.

more than 4 years ago



US Military Prepares Dead Mouse Paratroopers to Fi

bobdotorg bobdotorg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bobdotorg (598873) writes "World War II transport ships introduced snakes to Guam, and by the 1980's the island was overrun by them. This led to the extinction of native species. To combat this, drugged, dead, glider outfitted mice are being dropped into the jungle.

  "The airdrop was a test of the newest weapon against one of the island’s most stubborn enemies — the invasive brown tree snake." "Each mouse was attached to two squares of cardboard and a streamer of green paper. The streamer could be dropped from a low-flying helicopter and would catch in the upper tree branches of the jungle. About 200 of the baits and some radio transmitters were dropped from a helicopter on 20 acres of Naval Base Guam on Wednesday as a first test of the system, Vice said.""

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