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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

nedlohs Re:Changes nothing (165 comments)

How is that wierd?

People throw money at things like "ALS research" with literally zero chance of financial reward.

And I'm sure someone somewhere has managed to ebay something they got on kickstarter for more than they paid for it. So though amazingly small there's probably a non-zero chance of financial reward.

5 hours ago

Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

nedlohs Re:Risk aversion (165 comments)

But then someone has to judge on whether phase X has been completed or not.

Venture capitalists have legal contracts and the all important lawyers for when the two sides disagree on whether the requirements for a phase have been met. Kickstarter is not going to spend that sort of money and effort on each and every project.

6 hours ago

Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

nedlohs Re:Pay These Geniuses What They're Worth! (225 comments)

"People just starting out" and "skilled" tend to be opposites which was the point you are so vehemently disagreeing with.


Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

nedlohs Re:Federal Overreach (155 comments)

Maybe try reading the words?

3 days ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

nedlohs Re:There is no "almost impossible" (231 comments)

That $5 wrench doesn't do anything in making entity A decrypt something that only entity B knows the key for.

3 days ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

nedlohs Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (950 comments)

In 1953 the percentage of GDP from manufacturing was 28%. In 2012 it was at 12%. I'd call that a drop.

Then you're an idiot. Since 28% of 2.54 trillion is significantly smaller than 12% of 15.43 trillion. So the opposite of a drop.

And no "The manufacturing capacity of the US has never dropped decade-over-decade" could never be referring to as a percentage of GDP, capacity is the raw amount and some other amount increasing doesn't matter in the slightest.

5 days ago

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

nedlohs Re:as good as a pair of pliers to drive in a nail (111 comments)

Sure but that CL415 only dumps 1600 gallons at a time, meaning it as to do 7 or 8 of those "fly to a body of water, scoop, fly back to the fire" reloads for every one the drop te DC-10 does.

There's most likely situations in which the DC-10 is better, and other situations in which the CL415 is better.

5 days ago

NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

nedlohs Re:Not surprised (73 comments)

Right. I guess if your white and middle class (or better).

Otherwise the trifecta was your most likely result of interacting with the police.

about a week ago

Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

nedlohs Re:It's getting hotter still! (625 comments)

Which university did Al Gore get his climatology degree from again?

Oh, you mean he's just a spokesperson? Like Bill Cosby was for JELL-O? Why would you give a shit what he said?

Of course if you have the reference for the prediction he was just repeating that might be from a slightly more believable source than Mr "I have a nobel peace prize, and an Oscar!". Though chances are pretty good that actual source says something like "X% chance" making it less of a slam dunk.

Also north != south, but that doesn't invalidate the claim, you could be going off topic on purpose.

about a week ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

nedlohs Re:Obviously, and that's a good thing. (215 comments)

Amazing, when you are competing with thousands of other projects for people's money you actually have to let people know you exist before you'll get any of that money.

Who would have thunk it!

about two weeks ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

nedlohs Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

Right, so in your country they just makes the "some conditions" work exactly the same way (it's probably how they do it in Nevada too for that matter).

Just like when you are required to advertize a job position but already know who you want to employ - and so the job advertisement becomes amazingly specific on a bizarre mix of required experience.

about two weeks ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

nedlohs Obviously, and that's a good thing. (215 comments)

Why should people hand over money because you have a "great idea". A track record or a prototype seems a perfectly reasonable thing to ask for - and of course the person paying they money is the one who determines what qualifies as "track record".

about two weeks ago

Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

nedlohs Re:Some bribery is required to operate in some pla (110 comments)

Which is why those payments have an explicit exemption in FCPA - making it completely different from a cash business owner committing tax evasion.

about two weeks ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

nedlohs Re:Lacking data (488 comments)

If you wave a magic wand and make buses emit 0 CO2, then congrats you've reduced just the travel related emissions of CO2 by 1%. Woohoo!

about two weeks ago

Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

nedlohs Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Feel free to make up explanations off the top of your head, but maybe the slightest bit of NYC knowledge would help.

The three stretches of road that the study looked at traffic speeds for are all one-way, so nothing you said applies at all. Not one word of it.

about two weeks ago

In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

nedlohs Re:Predictable (183 comments)

Making a heart that will keep the patient alive for years is not easy but it is likely easier than making "we'll control our hearts with our smart phones" secure. The "wifi" is only one tiny part of the huge completely out of the control of the heart maker chain of security there.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

nedlohs Re:From the article.... (81 comments)

Because they just show them too you with links to the source pages, rather than taking those images and creating a slide show out of them for you to put on a web page somewhere.

about two weeks ago

Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

nedlohs Re:Don't really care (307 comments)

Because people lie?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

nedlohs Re:question colon (729 comments)

Well I stand corrected on the "no one except you" bit. Apparently more than one anonymous coward also doesn't know that tri means three. Or maybe that graph mean character. Or maybe that ?: is only two characters...

about two weeks ago


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