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Does the GOP Pay Friendly Bloggers?

silverbax Re:conservatives (759 comments)

No...that would be the very poor and the very wealthy. Not "Republican wealthy" either. Actually wealthy.

about 4 years ago

FBI May Get Easier Access To Internet Activity

silverbax They Need A Warrant (276 comments)

Maybe I'm just a cynical person...well, there's no maybe about that...but I never thought the FBI or any arm of the government would stop to get a warrant for anything if they wanted it badly enough. I don't think 'little pieces of paper' will be a prevention when somebody on the inside needs something badly enough, and I think if people think otherwise they are being naive.

I once spoke to an IRS employee who worked with the bureau in the 80's and he said the IRS could get anything it wanted, and that part of their threat was that they would "ruin lives" if they needed to. I also recall a business associate who dealt with the IRS in the 70's and again in the 90's. He was incredibly wealthy, as in, 'private corporate jet' wealthy, and he told me, 'if the government wants to take you down, don't fight it. Settle. You absolutely cannot win. They can do whatever they want'.

more than 4 years ago

Beautifully Rendered Music Notation With HTML5

silverbax The Rush to HTML 5 (259 comments)

I can almost hear the thundering footsteps of developers rushing to HTML 5. I have to admit, I'm one of them.

more than 4 years ago

"Wet" Asteroids Could Supply Space Gas Stations

silverbax Can we refuel from ice on Earth? (163 comments)

From TFA:

"... the water could be broken down into its component parts (hydrogen and oxygen) to make rocket fuel, experts say.

"Water is the main component in how you might make propellants," said Jerry Sanders, leader of in-situ resource utilization at NASA's Lunar Surface Systems Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. 'If you're going to go repeatedly to an asteroid, then the ability to basically start setting up gas stations could be extremely beneficial"

Hey, I love the whole space-gas-station idea, I really do, but I would also really like if we took this concept of making fuel from water AND DID IT RIGHT HERE ON EARTH.

more than 4 years ago

Is Apple's Attack On Flash Really About Video?

silverbax Re:Games too (595 comments)

You are correct, but I would add that I've bought, taken over or worked on several businesses with 0.5% profit margin and grew them into 10-20% profit margin businesses. You can't do that with Treasuries, and as long as people are quick to sell instead of growing their profitable base, guys like me will cash in. The difference is that Apple has dynamic revenue, not a fixed interest return.

In other words, if I were in Apple's shoes and profit margins were meager, I'd see how to grow that profit. My motto is always, "if there is revenue, it can be grown."

more than 4 years ago

Students Flock To GMU For a Degree In Video Game Design

silverbax Re:Tell me about it (225 comments)

True, to an extent. But there are always more crap jobs than interns to do them. Thus, a large portion of the people working are going to be working crap jobs. You just have to use those type of jobs as stepping stones.

I guess it's the myth of startups that has everyone just coming out of college or starting in their first job think they should be walking into a CIO position. The thing is, as smart as kids think they are (or may be), there are already really, really smart people in the marketplace with 10-20 years of hardcore technical experience. Just the way it is.

more than 4 years ago

Students Flock To GMU For a Degree In Video Game Design

silverbax Re:Tell me about it (225 comments)

I wish you the best but you are going to almost 100% certainly going to take some crap jobs before you get a good job. Take what you can get, start learning and building your experience.

more than 4 years ago

Why Making Money From Free Software Matters

silverbax Cognitive dissonance (224 comments)

I'll never understand the cognitive dissonance that makes people say 'software should be free' but at the same time 'I should get paid to work on that free software for you'.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Fights For Privacy of Customer Records

silverbax Re:NC is desperate for money (272 comments)

It was $45 million for a single-A team that could not even fill their previous stadium on a good night.

And the budget for the new stadium was $20 million. The developer ran millions over budget putting in lavish offices and, wel...who knows, money just evaporated, and the cost had hit $30 million for a stadium that did not even have seats, parking or an infield yet.

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Fights For Privacy of Customer Records

silverbax Re:NC is desperate for money (272 comments)

It's not $30 million, it's $45 million, and the original budget was $20 million.

What was originally a good idea became a bankrupt proposal that the taxpayers had to foot the bill for.

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

silverbax I Tell Every Young Programmer This (441 comments)

1. Take any job you can get to get started. As soon as you land a job, ANY job, the clock starts ticking on your experience.
2. Work like mad and try to learn for the rest of your life.
3. Use recruiters to get jobs, and then once you have experience under your belt, start being more selective with recruiters.
4. Social network like crazy. Maintain relationships. Be great to work with and people will remember.
5. Be willing to do crap work.
6. Be willing to listen.
7. Understand that no matter how good you think your code is, three years from now it will look like junk.

I was a manager for a retail chain while going to school at the same time. My first 'computer' job came while still in school, using Photoshop to edit scanned images. It was crap work and the money wasn't much different than my manager job. Over a decade later I make six figures and get job offers weekly.

more than 4 years ago

House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

silverbax Re:Pro / cons (2424 comments)

Yup. That pretty much sums it up.

more than 4 years ago

I Want My GTV

silverbax Re:Oh great, Sony (198 comments)

On one hand, you are right, Sony needs Google's name and ability. But Sony is MUCH bigger than Google. Sony's revenue for 2009 was just under $80 billion, while Google's was about $20 billion.

more than 4 years ago

Gas Wants To Kill the Wind

silverbax Re:Successful???? (479 comments)

Um, no. That's completely backwards. Unregulated markets result in boom and bust markets, as is taught in standard economics. If left to it's own devices, markets will suffer from both natural forces and human emotion, which is generally irrational. The free market is why the stock market shoots up and down on 'news' every day but the SEC puts in curbs to keep it from fluctuating too wildly.

more than 4 years ago

Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic

silverbax Re:Cue the teabaggers. (807 comments)

I agree, wish I had upmod points, the only commercial reason to promote the 'do nothing' concept is to protect market share for existing companies. I don't understand why oil companies aren't making a 'land grab' for the green technologies.

more than 4 years ago

Anonymous Speaks About Australian Gov't. Attacks

silverbax Re:Anonymous Users vs Anonymous Government (235 comments)

That's an interesting take, when I read the section about how the group flooded the emails of politicians and DDoS'd their websites, my first thought was of politicians who don't even know they have a website and don't know how to use email. So basically, an anonymous, faceless group sending massive digital attacks against email boxes that never get checked and websites nobody reads.

It brings into full discussion the group's claim that attacks are more effective than petitions...are they actually more effective? It's an old argument about terrorism, where the organization under attack is forced to do nothing because reacting simply brings more attacks. While I agree that petitions rarely bring change (the Turing case in England being an instance where a petition actually worked), how 'effective' is an all-out digital attack at forcing governments to change policy?

I will say the only effect thus far seems to be creating discussion of the issue (of which I was previously ignorant), but if Slashdot is any indication, people will discuss the idea over an 'Anonymous' spokesperson far more than the merits of their methods or their cause.

more than 4 years ago

GIMP 2.8 Will Sport a Redesigned UI

silverbax Re:Finally (401 comments)

I agree of the issues I see here with GIMP has always been that the developers approached GIMP's UI as being 'this is how the user should interact with the UI'.


Hard core image editing is about the IMAGE...not the UI. So putting everything in a single window mimics the basic premise behind creating a piece of artwork. If you were painting a picture, you start with the blank canvas and remain focused on the image on the canvas while reaching for various tools. The GIMP UI (which I've used extensively) is more like trying to create a painting with the easel in one room, the canvas in another room, and each individual paint color in yet another room. Sure, it sounds like an farcical analogy, but giving each element in creating a painting the same independence has this effect.

more than 4 years ago

Net Neutrality Is Just "Mumbo Jumbo"

silverbax It is real (362 comments)

The commercial is definitely showing in North Carolina.

about 8 years ago


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