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Reviews: Star Trek

sugarman Re:Onion News Network Coverage (544 comments)

Sorry bud, but it is the immutable law of the playground, since time immemorial: You can't pick your own nickname.

Isn't that right, CmdrTaco?

more than 5 years ago

Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

sugarman Re:D-d-d-dupe (1397 comments)

While your memory or search-fu may be impressive, calling this a dupe of a story that's 7 years old is a bit of a stretch. There's a statute of limitations on these things...

more than 5 years ago

17,000 Downloads Does Not Equal 17,000 Lost Sales

sugarman Re:1. perform a song (398 comments)

> probably for books and movies too

I don't think this will apply to books. How many book-related 'special fan material' do you have? To how many book concerts did you go this year?

This is exactly the problem facing publsihing (and authors) today. While music can get by on concert revenues, what happens to the writers?

While there is some small market for ancilary material for books, is that enough to support an author? Printed works will still be made but they may either be similar to academic work (the funds made from the book are negligible, but they increase status and recognition within their community, increasing the likelihood of academic positions, conference attendance, speaking engagements, or consulting work).

The same may go for tech books as well, though I am not privy to the economics of it, having MS or IBM or Google subsidize the production of the tome to have [author of {blank}] at the company may be of some interest. (Well, maybe a smaller company than those, but the point remains).

I'm not currently seeing a way out for fiction authors at the moment though. Any ideas?

about 6 years ago

Are My Ideas Being Stolen? If So, What Then?

sugarman Unlikely (508 comments)

If you "just got started taking Computer Science classes", I'd say its relatively unlikely that you need to be worried about IP theft. Your implementation of 'Hello World' probably isn't going to revolutionize computing.

This doesn't mean that it isn't something to be aware of in the future, especially as you get closer to your senior project or grad school work. Right now however, you probably should be more concerned with other classmates, depending on how draconian your school is with regards to similar / identical code beding submitted for projects. Learn what your institution's policy is, and you'll likely find the answer to your original question as well.

about 6 years ago

Review of 'MacHeads' Documentary

sugarman 'MacHeads' is weak... (277 comments)

We need a better name for Apple fanboys:


about 6 years ago

The Perils of Simplifying Risk To a Single Number

sugarman Re:Minmaxing ftw! (286 comments)

Now why did anyone think this would be different when real money is involved, and thus the incentive to abuse the rules way higher?

Perhaps because those in the "roleplayer" and "policy wonk" sets have almost no-overlap?

While I'm all for using simulations in systems work, thinking the econ crisis is similar to the time your party killed an Ancient Red Dragon and then bought Greyhawk with the loot probably isn't too helpful.

about 6 years ago


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