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WIPO Panel Says Ron Paul Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

frosty_tsm Re:Site owners not so innocent looking. (303 comments)

Domain names aren't the same as land or objects; they are closer to (but not the same as) copyright, patents and trademarks. Are they using their copyright/patent/domain in good faith or are they trolling to make money off of others (someone running for office; someone who actually built something described in a patent, etc).

about a year ago

Why Your New Car's Technology Is Four Years Old

frosty_tsm Re:Not to mention... (455 comments)

And this is different than say cell phone providers or cell phone software vendors? Google, RIM and MS would rather you buy a new device with the latest software than have to support some older version of the software I am sure.

Last I checked the vast majority of phones don't have their prices measured in the thousands of dollars for used models and in the tens of thousands for new models even without a contract subsidy.

I dislike the phone lock-in model as much as most people, but we are talking a slightly different scale here. Hell, most of these integrated head units alone cost more than vast majority of unsubsidized phones.

Case in point, Audi's MMI is over 3K to upgrade from an already fancy screen to manage car and entertainment.

about a year ago

Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?

frosty_tsm Re:Of course not (365 comments)

I'm not as senior as you, but a lot of what you say rings true with me.

The single biggest advantage of having an experienced engineer is they have seen the many mistakes over the years that shouldn't be repeated. Lots of the hot-shot but lack-luster younger engineers I've seen are so caught up in the areas they are talented they ignore the lessons they can learn from the older. I'm still on the young side, but I wouldn't be where I am without the many mentors I've had.

Other than the philosophy of younger think differently (for good or for bad), some management can be eager to benefit from young, eager engineers with less family responsibilities.

about a year ago

Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

frosty_tsm Re:I guess I'm not an expert then.... (297 comments)

I guess part of being an 'expert' is being dumb enough to buy your own crap. That's why they always seem so sure of everything. Meanwhile, folks like you and me hedge our bets, and people attribute that to not knowing enough, rather than knowing all too well what the real deal is.

I suspect that prior to being an 'expert', that person makes one wild guess that they nail bang on. After that, they just point back to the ONE TIME they were right, and that carries them for the next few years.

The other problem is that when you're regarded as being an expert and and 2 & 3 don't apply, giving an estimate that hedges for realities to happen doesn't satisfy management. You get accused of padding hours, being difficult, or playing favorites (if there are multiple approaches being evaluated). What's weird is that after this song and dance, they still expect you might run a week late...

about a year ago

Eric Schmidt: Regulate Civilian Drones Now

frosty_tsm Re: How would you feel about it? (420 comments)

Who knows, but yes, I'd like to be able to call the cops on such an asshole, even after I take the thing out with my unnecessary (but legally purchased and licensed) semi-automatic assault rifle.

Nothing against owning, but this job is best done with a shotgun with #8 shot. You're going to have a hard time hitting a flying target with a rifle and the round will travel for miles (most have effective distances of at least half a mile... a high angle shot will send it farther). #8 and other skeet shot loses it's lethality very quickly but should pack enough punch to take out a non-ruggedized drone.

about a year and a half ago

Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, and Other Built-In Wii Apps In June

frosty_tsm Re:For that matter... (175 comments)

I recall when the Wii was released, no matter who you called, nobody had it.

Not just right around launch time, but for over a year.

about a year and a half ago

Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

frosty_tsm (484 comments)

hurts everyone in the long-run.

This has never been a consideration for the ruling classes. The corporations have a horizon as far as their next yearly statement, the politicians it's the next election.

Some long-established companies are failing after the recent downturn. Wealthy families that have inherited ownership have seen large portions of their wealth disappear as their target market no longer had money to spend. Word either hasn't gotten around or the incidents are too isolated and those who remain simply look down upon those fallen from grace.

If your business depends on lots of consumers with disposable income then your business depends on the middle class.

about a year and a half ago

Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

frosty_tsm Re:Translation ... (893 comments)

Intelligent people go to great lengths to avoid having to pay more tax than they are legally obliged to. But if you're poor you don't pay much tax at all, so what the hell are you complaining about? You're using the same roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. All for a few hundred bucks a year.

Intelligent doesn't always equal rich. Some people are just born that way.

about a year and a half ago

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

frosty_tsm Re:Long term? (599 comments)

Why must we always blame "the environmentalists"? Fuck, the US has less restrictive environmental regulation compared to Canada and Japan, and those countries have "the environmentalists" as well.

Maybe it's because our rotten fucking system can't build anything in a cost efficient manner, without pork? Maybe some other reason?

Nope, you hit the nail on the head. No spending measure gets put in a bill in Congress without a district to benefit from the expenditure (even if the expenditure is a worthy cause). Big defense bills often get broken up in funny ways because of this (even if the DOD says they don't need the whatsitcalled built in the first place).

about a year and a half ago

Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road

frosty_tsm Re:HUD (375 comments)

Expect HUDs to be banned as well, they are a direct assault on ticket revenue and that will not be tolerated

When making such a bold statement, you should back it up with a line drawn from "HUD use" to "less ticket revenue" other than less drivers looking down and crashing.

about a year and a half ago

Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

frosty_tsm Re:You laugh... (477 comments)

...but part of the design of the core of the Internet is that it is, in fact, designed to survive a nuclear war.

Which isn't to say you'd have much of the Internet left, but if it wasn't fried by EMP, you could start reconfiguring your routers to connect with surviving nodes.

The backbone of the internet should survive as it was intended, but the more local components (ISPs) would probably fail. Many customers only have 99% or 99.9% uptime, and this is with the power grid working more-or-less correctly.

For this to actually work, we would probably find ourselves switching to a loose-coupled wireless internet (at least for the ISP piece), which is something that has been researched.

about a year and a half ago

LazyHusband Smart Phone App Compliments Your Wife for You (Video)

frosty_tsm Re:Lazy! (190 comments)

I first received my AARP application when I was 25. I displayed it for several years on my office door. I received another not long ago, at 38.

I get one about every other month. I think I'm not living in the right neighborhood...

about a year and a half ago

EU Car Makers Manipulating Fuel Efficiency Figures

frosty_tsm Re:Slow news day? (431 comments)

Your post makes me wonder if you drive slowly and deliberately and that your wife... doesn't. :-)

about a year and a half ago

Obama Administration To Allow All Spy Agencies To Scour Americans' Finances

frosty_tsm Re:Forgotten 2012 campaign poster (405 comments)

Or he could have voted for Romney. Anyone who thought he'd be an improvement is naive. It was heads they win tails we're screwed. That's the beautiful two party system for you. Two fucked choices both backed by banks and hollywierd.

The best example was the debate on national security. The best Romney could do was say "I would have done the same" over and over. The only difference between the two is social and fiscal, but even then the difference isn't all that large.

about a year and a half ago

Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil

frosty_tsm Re:The enemy of my enemy (693 comments)

Especially now that Obama has launched three new ones

I don't disagree with most of what you said, but this part stands out to me. I've seen it mentioned by people who identify themselves with the Tea/Republican party but I don't know what three wars they speak of. At best, I can think of our involvement in Libya (where most of Europe got involved too) and possibly a reference to Syria (where in truth we are sitting and watching the government kill it's people). I don't believe we got involved in Mali (yet).

about a year and a half ago

Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

frosty_tsm Re:Everything good is bad for you (308 comments)

is a badly designed, self-destructing patchwork of bits that are perpetually one bad jolt away from a breakdown

Sounds like someone's bad software application.

about a year and a half ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

frosty_tsm Re:schadenfreude (353 comments)

You seem to be implying that under a communist workers would somehow be paid a fair wage. All historical evidence indicates that you're deluded.

I implied no such thing: There's actually only one completely non-exploitative labor arrangement I can think of, and that is the work the laborer does for themselves (cooking your own dinner, cleaning your own home, etc).

Probably close to it is service done by the laborer where all revenue goes to the laborer. It's nuanced and has plenty of counter examples. My example is someone sets up a nanny service where they are the sole laborer. They provide a service to customers and 100% of the revenue (minus expenses) goes to them.

about a year and a half ago

Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

frosty_tsm Re:the best one needs to stay home (497 comments)

If B-52s are fine, why not send in a B-2? It is a great opportunity for actual combat experience with minimal risk.

Exactly my point a few responses up. r00t says that it's too high risk to send in the secret technology.

about a year and a half ago

Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

frosty_tsm Re:the best one needs to stay home (497 comments)

We need the F-22 for when we enter World War III. Until then, we need to be paranoid about secrecy. Every time you fly over enemy territory, you risk that the plane will fall into enemy hands.

Then why fly the B-2 over Afghanistan when B-52s are fine? Paranoia means untested technology, and we're already having far more sophisticated stealth drones being put at risk and getting lost.

about a year and a half ago

Boeing Touts Fighter Jet To Rival F-35 — At Half the Price

frosty_tsm Re:Easy to say (497 comments)

It's already flying.

Not in combat it's not. Same with the F-22. Sexy technology that wasn't used in the last 12 years of tactical bombing of a country with no fighters or anti-air infrastructure. Even the B-2 saw action.

about a year and a half ago


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