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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

mattack2 Re:To each his own (61 comments)

I skip prerecorded ads (e.g. beginning, end of Carolla's podcast.. sometimes in the middle). I listen to live reads, for those kinds of mistakes or just riffing..

7 hours ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

mattack2 Re:Dammit! Adam you rolled over... (61 comments)

Well, he "settled". I can't provide a direct quote, though it sure seemed like he said previously he'd never settle.

I'm glad at least that there isn't a permanent gag order, and Adam will give the details in not too long a time.

BTW, I am not saying I'm necessarily 100% on his side. There was either a Planet Money or Freakanomics podcast episode about Personal Audio, and, after listening to that, I do think they had something very close to "a podcast with cassettes".. As much as people disclaim patents of "do X __ON THE INTERNET___", this seems to me to be at least a more reasonable case of a patent "crossing media". IANAL , so that's why I say "seems". Though even Adam has said on his podcast that he's not against patents, he's mostly railed against the system itself.

8 hours ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

mattack2 Re:ah, come on... (112 comments)

Whatever little snippet I saw of him on the news the other day, yelling at his team (press conference?), definitely did remind me of the DEVELOPERS spazzing.

9 hours ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

mattack2 Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

Carnegie gave a HUGE boost to the public library system, by donating tons of books and money to them.

Also, having opened the hall that is the subject of a joke most people know is a big thing.

yesterday
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

mattack2 Pruitt Taylor Vince (196 comments)

Wait, so Pruitt Taylor Vince has ADHD?

(no, just kidding, from imdb: "Has nystagmus, a condition which causes a person's eyes to move involuntarily." But he was who I thought about when reading the summary.)

4 days ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

mattack2 Re:Where do I sign up? (326 comments)

I'm fascinated by a system you claim is "opt out" that people are forced to "opt out" of.

OK, my wording wasn't very good, but I think my intent was clear.

Basically -- get rid of Social Security over an extended time. (BTW, I realize politically this will never happen unfortunately. Even most right wing Republicans don't say that we should get rid of SS.)

Let people willingly opt out of it, but make future workers NOT eligible for Social Security... Unfortunately, since people can't plan for themselves, something like a "mandated" 401k (it is still entirely all of their money) might be slightly more politically acceptable for them.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

mattack2 Re:Where do I sign up? (326 comments)

Even though I want out of Social Security, I think you're being unreasonable. I think we should "wind down" SS. Let people opt out of it (maybe force people under 25 to opt out of it), and let others above that opt out, with possibly a sliding scale one time tax rebate or other incentive (a huge one time 401k deposit). Let people who currently expect it stay on it.

I see it as being almost the same as people with ridiculously high pension benefits. The people should get the benefits they were promised when they were hired.. but you can cut down/remove pension benefits for new hires.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

mattack2 Re:Where do I sign up? (326 comments)

I want to opt out of social security because I have a 401(k) and other savings.

As someone else said, Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

mattack2 Re:Where do I sign up? (326 comments)

Delaying firing *for a year* seems pretty serious. Presumably, they were being paid for that year. Were they also suspended? (i.e. year long paid vacation)

about a week ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

mattack2 Re:Small-scale, real-time. (502 comments)

You can currently go out right now and find a company in your town that will provide, install and maintain PV panels on your roof for a guaranteed electricity price that is LOWER than what you currently pay and is fixed for 10 years (the loan is a monthly payment that will be cheaper than the power cost it offsets over a year). At the end of the 10 years you own the panels outright and all the power generated until they fail is FREE.

I love the idea, would love to get solar.. My electric bill is usually between $20-30. Even if I only charged my new electric car at home, solar wouldn't pay for itself for me.

about two weeks ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

mattack2 Re:Is my memory failing or ... (116 comments)

You paid $9.95 AN HOUR, didn't you? They said $20/month.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

mattack2 Re:It's not that much (442 comments)

They already renegotiated their contracts, in tandem. They are clearly not the main characters of the show.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

mattack2 Re:Over paid (442 comments)

Consumers pay those bills. Every time you buy something, you are paying those outrages salaries.

You don't have to buy some name brand thing if you think it costs too much. Buy a generic/house brand, some of which are made by the same factories that make the name brand product.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

mattack2 Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

You can't put up an antenna?!?

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

mattack2 Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

I can tolerate the sharks they have jumped (such as introducing the girls and allowing Raj to speak to girls and what not)

How is adding the girls jumping the shark?

This is actually one of the very few times where a show semi-radically changed, and the result is better.

about two weeks ago
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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

mattack2 Re:What? (50 comments)

Umm, I used VCRs for a long time before Tivo, to fast forward through commercials.

(I am a huge Tivo fan, btw... but strongly consider it evolutionary rather than revolutionary.)

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

mattack2 Re:surpising (168 comments)

Wow look at that... a company that (at least a little bit) cares about the customers at the end, not penny-pinching to make investors happy (for now).

Wait, you're commenting in the wrong article. You must have been meaning to comment in an Apple article.

about three weeks ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

mattack2 Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

No, smart cars are made/owned by Daimler AG, not Mercedes.

(I drive a smart electric, and it goes just fine on the freeway.)

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

mattack2 Re:Licensing/ownership irony (66 comments)

...non-insignificant number of people...

about a month ago

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