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The Rise and Fall of Kodak

carlzum Re:Horse and buggy companies didn't make it either (352 comments)

Kodak may have a fighting chance in an "expensive camera, free film" market. Unfortunately for Kodak, it's becoming a free camera, nonexistent film market. The article argues Kodak's problem is worse than the auto or entertainment industries because their core products are still in demand, they just need to adapt.

Even in hindsight, I'm not sure what they could have done other than using their capital to move into another industry. Digital cameras and picture frames, printers, printing services... they had relative success with many of those technologies and it didn't help. I agree with you, sadly, Kodak is a lost cause.

more than 2 years ago
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Ohio Supreme Court Drawn Into Magnetic Homes Case

carlzum Re:Why replace? (462 comments)

I may be a liar making a guess, but a magnetic field powerful enough to displace a HD head even .0001% would do more than distort TV screens and phone signals. I have a hunch they were struggling to prove monetary loss, and data loss sounded good. "My wedding pictures and valuable business records are gone!"

more than 2 years ago
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Volunteer Towns Sought For Nuclear Waste

carlzum Re:Ridiculous idea (279 comments)

The idea is rational, the only question is if it's practical. I bet lucrative incentives are more cost effective than fighting legal and political opposition. Something like the Alaska Permanent Fund would be very appealing to poor communities. It makes perfect sense to at least explore the idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Dice Age — Indie Gaming Project vs. Hollywood

carlzum I don't get it (47 comments)

Products in different industries with no reasonable claim that it may confuse or mislead consumers. Absolutely no attempt to invoke the film's characters, images, or design. The game's title is not even Ice Age, it's a pun for a common phrase which accurately describes the product.

This isn't even close to copyright/trademark gray area, like parody, fair use, etc. It's simply intimidation and proves we're speeding down the IP-law slippery slope opponents had feared.

more than 2 years ago
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Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste

carlzum Re:Consider projection systems (197 comments)

Projection systems are becoming more practical, but I wouldn't replace my family room TV just yet. You have an actual movie theater in your home, and that's really cool... only the ultra-rich could afford something like that until now. But you still need a relatively dark room, and maintenance would be expensive with everyday use.

I'm jealous of your setup. I've seen your photo a few times now and always wish I had the space (and not so lazy) to do the same.

more than 2 years ago
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iOS 4.3.4 Prevents Hacking and Jailbreaking

carlzum Re:aaaand... (281 comments)

I just got an HTC Sensation, and while I don't plan to root it, I like the option. My phone has a signed bootloader, but HTC announced they would unlock it later this year.

more than 2 years ago
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EA Buys Bejeweled-Maker PopCap In Deal Worth Up To $1.3 Billion

carlzum Re:Never heard.. (104 comments)

Bejeweled is similar to Tetris but better because there's only one shape and no rotating. If you match two colored shapes, they're removed and replaced with two more. You continue matching shapes until the monotony becomes unbearable or the device's battery dies.

more than 2 years ago
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Playdough For Fun and Profit

carlzum Re:4 year old? (70 comments)

Not at all. I started doing kitchen experiments with my daughter when she was 3. Once she gets how one conducts and the other doesn't, she'll be able to try different combinations and see how the current moves, degrades, etc. She may not learn the technology, but a four year old's ability to learn through experience is incredible. Don't forget, she learned English in less than two years using observation alone.

oops... I meant to say, she may not learn the terminology

more than 2 years ago
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Playdough For Fun and Profit

carlzum Re:4 year old? (70 comments)

Not at all. I started doing kitchen experiments with my daughter when she was 3. Once she gets how one conducts and the other doesn't, she'll be able to try different combinations and see how the current moves, degrades, etc. She may not learn the technology, but a four year old's ability to learn through experience is incredible. Don't forget, she learned English in less than two years using observation alone.

more than 2 years ago
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Space Invaders: The Movie

carlzum Re:Blame "Pirates of the Caribbean" (244 comments)

I don't know, Pirates of the Caribbean was entertaining because it didn't rehash old characters and plot lines. It's not responsible for the A Team, Transformers, etc. The fact Space Invaders is starting from a blank slate gives it a chance. The moment "let's remake Planet of the Apes" was uttered, it was destined to suck.

PS: Don't rip on the Chipmunks, my 6 year old's kindergarten will be on you like Muslims on a Danish cartoonist ;)

more than 2 years ago
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PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

carlzum Re:I hope that.. (391 comments)

I agree, my experience with PayPal support ~2 years ago was very poor. The experience was similar to my futile attempts to reach an actual person for help with google search or Facebook. That level of service may be adequate for "free" services, but not for a company handling financial transactions. PayPal support may be better now, but I'll wait for my trusted credit union to offer mobile payments before I turn to PayPal.

In my opinion, the death of the wallet will be the death of PayPal and Google Wallet. What value do they offer if banks simply replace debit cards with smart-phone applications?

more than 2 years ago
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Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

carlzum Re:Silly Americans (1173 comments)

Where I grew up in New Jersey, we had "circles" at big intersections. In a state with possibly the least considerate drivers on earth, it worked fine. It confused out of state drivers, but once you grasped the concept of yielding vs. stopping, spontaneous consideration wasn't required. They were replaced by traffic lights in the early 1990s. It's irritating waiting at a long traffic signal when the circle used to let me keep moving.

more than 2 years ago
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Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

carlzum Re:Climate Catastrophists are funded by everyone e (504 comments)

It's not oil and coal companies funding lobbying and advertising that raises eyebrows. This is a prominent scientist getting paid a substantial amount of money by these companies. It raises serious questions over his research and his position on global warming. Promoting public policy, whether you think it's appropriate or not, is an entirely different issue.

more than 2 years ago
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Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Labs

carlzum Re:atoms (134 comments)

Los Alamos, plutonium, and mass evacuation always make for a nerd-worthy story.

more than 2 years ago
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LulzSec Announces That It Is Done

carlzum Re:Cowards (412 comments)

On June 21st a suspected member is arrested in the UK, on June 25th they call it quits. The prospect of life in a British arse pounding prison was certainly a factor.

more than 2 years ago
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LulzSec Announces That It Is Done

carlzum Re:Cowards (412 comments)

Excellent analogy, wrong conclusion. Know your objective, how what you're willing to invest to achieve it, and exit when you've reached your goal or exceeded your costs. LulzSec made some headlines and embarrassed a few major organizations. Going to jail isn't worth a few more headlines.

more than 2 years ago
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Asteroid To Pass Near Earth On Monday

carlzum Re:Sure thing (183 comments)

An asteroid eventually hitting the earth is a sure thing, but hitting "us" is far from a sure thing. The asteroid most likely to hit earth in our lifetime has a 99.918% chance of missing.

more than 2 years ago
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The Longhorn Dream Reborn

carlzum Re:Microsoft Obsoletes [Another] Developer Tool (254 comments)

I wasn't expecting it, and I bet Windows 8 supports .NET applications in some manner when it's released. It's always been hard for MS to drop anything corporate customers rely on... VB, 16-bit apps, FoxPro. If they hope to put Windows 8 on business desktops, the lack of .NET support will be a major obstacle.

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage

carlzum Re:You got trolled (417 comments)

Mitsuyuki Ikeda is referenced in countless articles and papers about education and sustainability organizations. The organization and project seem consistent with his other work. I'd like to believe it's not true, but it's really not a hoax.

more than 2 years ago
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Startup Provides Secure Calls For Egypt

carlzum Re:Problem is... (84 comments)

It will be interesting to see how long it takes the people that need it in Egypt today to ban it after they're in power.

more than 3 years ago

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

carlzum carlzum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

carlzum (832868) writes "The Atlantic has an interesting article on the Internet's influence on our thinking. From the article:

The Internet, an immeasurably powerful computing system, is subsuming most of our other intellectual technologies. It's becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV. When the Net absorbs a medium, that medium is re-created in the Net's image... The result is to scatter our attention and diffuse our concentration.

Personally, I believe sites like Google, Wikipedia, and Dictionary.com allow me to acquire more diverse knowledge than books do and hasn't harmed my concentration. Has the Internet weakened or strengthened your ability to think?"
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