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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

halivar Re:That's how we CS people roll (152 comments)

Yikes! No, please. (go or die) or (go and die) = die.

10 hours ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

halivar Re:So much stupid (253 comments)

TFA's point was that the products that end up "winning" in the market are not necessarily better than their competitors by these objective standards.

Then those objective measures do not actually indicate consumer value, which is what we're really talking about when we say "best".

Off the top of my head, some of the "famous for being famous" celebrities come to mind.

Most celebutants do indeed crash and burn. We see it all the time. A fool and his money, and all that. If you refer to Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, then as much as I am loath to say this, they are brilliant marketers offering a product that their intended market simply can't get enough of. Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes lacked this business acumen, so they turned into cautionary tales. I predict Miley Cyrus will join them soon.

The more important point is that many people who "bust their balls" and work hard do not succeed. And the reasons why are, in many cases, at least partially stochastic. I think that was all that TFA was saying.

Failure is a part of risk, and risk is the key to success. Most success stories begin with a string of failures. We bust our balls through our failures and keep going until we succeed. Do you accept a resume rejection with a sigh of acceptance and resignation? No; you keep applying until you get an interview. It's just how it works.

yesterday
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

halivar Re:So much stupid (253 comments)

A lot of savvy businessmen work very hard to make sure they know all the right people at the right time. There's a lot of "work" in "networking".

yesterday
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

halivar So much stupid (253 comments)

The problem with this recent crop of op-ed's is that it gives the editors the perfect to show off how much they don't know or understand. For instance, the pot-shot at Randian capitalism (disclaimer: I'm no fan of Rand and I'm pretty sure she would hate my guts) tells me that he has never actually read Ayn Rand, and if he did, did not understand what he was reading.

the products that are the most successful are not necessarily the best, by any objective measure

There IS no objective measure. One man's trash, yadda yadda yadda. The most successful products meet the most demand at the most sustainable price and supply. Period.

And since you cannot manufacture a lucky break

Bullshit. No one gets sucess by happy accident and remains so. Lottery winners lose their money within months. The coolest invention with a bad business model goes kaput. The richest tech guys toiled in a basement or garage or dorm room for years on end before they got their break. No one succeeds without busting their balls and working hard. Luck plays a factor. Luck can open a window, but it can't make you successful.

As long as the product itself is functional, just have the right connections lined up when you launch it. Because that's what matters, and don't let the deluded ghost of Ayn Rand tell you otherwise.

I don't even know what to make of this ignorant word salad. Pick up a book and read it sometime.

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

halivar Re:They were right! (165 comments)

Most people are here for the politics and outrage, now, not the tech.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

halivar Re:Hmmm ... (170 comments)

It was what it was: a proof of concept; spaghetti thrown at the wall to see if it sticks. The ideas in Google Wave have been incorporated into a bunch of stuff all over the net, from G+ to Facebook and elsewhere.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

halivar Re:More changes I don't want ... (170 comments)

I don't see any reason to eschew experimentation simply for the sake of familiarity. The old inbox will always be around; if not at Google, then at a competitor. You lose nothing. And for every hundred failed ideas, there's one gem that changes how we think about something forever.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

halivar Re:Bullshit moderation (521 comments)

It is hilarious that almost every post in this thread is (-1, Offtopic). The majority of posters are in agreement; this doesn't belong here. Offtopic? The entire damned post is (-1, Offtopic).

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

halivar Re:Real reason (324 comments)

Well, then submit a Poland see what everyone else thinks.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

halivar Bullshit moderation (521 comments)

This is an important story. It is being covered on every other news site in better depth than Slashdot can offer. Current events is not Slashdot's forte. You do not have to be an RSS feed for Google News. I already have Google News. Focus on the nerd news that Google News does not cover.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

halivar Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

Oh, well, if all we have to do is regress our technology, then the tax isn't onerous at all. Bunch of whiners. Pull out your #2 pencils and slide rules (in imperial) and shut up.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

halivar Re:Real reason (324 comments)

They could Sweden the pot with consumer subsidies.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

halivar Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." -- Ronald Reagan

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

halivar Re:What? (765 comments)

Then let me correct myself. "Applied feminism", which a far cry from what you describe, which I would call just not being a dick.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

halivar Re:1..2..3 before SJW (765 comments)

It might be that they are intimidated by my stylish wardrobe furnished by TJ Max.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

halivar Re:Oh bullshit (765 comments)

And we'd still be wearing neon polyester shirts under our cool-ass denim jackets.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

halivar Re:What? (765 comments)

Modern feminism is rooted in this idea that women should be doing things, specific things that feminists decided they should be doing (having specific jobs, voting for certain political parties, eschewing families, championing the right causes), and if they aren't doing those things then they must be brain-washed idiots or evil self-haters. I reject this.

3 days ago

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