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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

tgeek Re:what's an iPad? (49 comments)

Let me just clarify, that sure fine, Apple developers earn more money from apps. But when your developing a free app that is purely an interface for your hardware it's best not to disclude 90% of the market because you bought a first gen iPad from Steve Jobs for $900.

Nicely said. It never ceases to me amaze me how so many app developers think the millenia old business strategy of "expand your markets" doesn't apply to them.


Heinz Zemanek Passes At 94

tgeek Father of Computer Puns? (52 comments)

Maybe that's his greatest contribution. Possibly he's what inspired the Unix name to be a play on Multics, C to be a play on BPL, and the literally uncountable other successor puns (in the *nix-verse alone!)?

about two weeks ago

How Vacuum Tubes, New Technology Might Save Moore's Law

tgeek Re:Discovered? (183 comments)

Yep! Leave it to our government to totally bypass the faster-than-light propulsions systems, advanced life support and other amazing alien technology and go straight for the techs to make cheap, pocket-sized AM radios! (probably subbed the research out to GE)

about a month ago

Amaya Gaming Buys PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker For $4.9 Billion

tgeek Re:This ban on gambling, porn, etc (52 comments)

With all due respect, I don't think you've known very many gambling addicts. Gambling can be a very real addiction - very similar to alcohol or other chemical dependencies. It's not simply a matter of financial irresponsibility or needing to "learn a lesson". Financial ruin is no more or less likely to help a problem gambler than a DUI conviction or loss of a job will help an alcoholic. Sure, it *might* provide that moment of clarity needed to realize they need help . . . or it may send them deeper into their addiction.

about a month and a half ago

What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

tgeek First Aid Certification (301 comments)

. . . the missing choice.

about 2 months ago

Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

tgeek Re:This is going to be fun to watch... (378 comments)

What do you mean "exit dense urban spaces"? This sounds like a service designed for the wide open, upper class suburbs where the purchaser wouldn't blink at paying a premium charge for drone delivery - chances of it being practical in an urban setting are virtually nil.

about 8 months ago

NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On the Moon

tgeek Re:How much will it cost me? (193 comments)

Pretty cheap since the first thing they'll do after delivering the plants is apply for farm subsidies . . .

about 8 months ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

tgeek Re:Mmmm.... Pinball (283 comments)

Going with pinball for similar reasons . . . and hopefully the choice of machines would be from, what for me, is the Golden Age of pinball: late 70's to mid-80's when the machines were still all mechanical but the scoring was electronic. A few favorites from my rusty ol' memory: Alien (damn it seemed wide!), Six Million Dollar Man, and Playboy. Seems all the "current" -- gotta put that in quotes because I'm honestly not aware of when the last new machines were produced -- are all too gimmicky and convoluted. (If the rules don't fit on that little paper card near one of the flipper buttons, it's too complicated! LOL)

about 9 months ago

I'd rather be spied on by ...

tgeek Re:Gotta Go With Cuba (324 comments)

It's been my assumption that by far the largest purchasers of such info is US companies . . . with the Cuban trade embargo still going on it may not be that easy for them to find a purchaser . . . or my assumption may be incorrect.

about 9 months ago

I'd rather be spied on by ...

tgeek Gotta Go With Cuba (324 comments)

Because quite frankly, what the hell could they do with any info they gathered about me? Exploit it for propaganda purposes? /shrug

about 9 months ago

Aussie Company Planning To Use Drones For Textbook Delivery

tgeek Oh The Humanity!!!!!! (178 comments)

" . . . as God is my witness, i thought textbooks could fly . . . "

about 10 months ago

Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

tgeek MS Tablet Strategy (381 comments)

Is like a broken Coke machine . . . maybe if they keep putting one more quarter in it, they'll finally get a cool refreshing drink . . .

about 10 months ago

Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

tgeek Re:MythTV Integration anyone? (510 comments)

That's pretty much going to be my litmus test before considering one. Currently using a myth backend with XBMC for frontends . . . if I could use a SteamOS machine as a frontend for watching recordings, and it has other HTPC capabilities similar to XBMC (I hate the myth frontend for anything except watching TV) then it could be a serious contender to replace my XBMC boxes.

about 10 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

tgeek Not Me Personally . . . (410 comments)

. . . but I've had to setup dialup modems on a number of AT&T supplied routers for installation & maintenance. Or more precisely, dig up a POTS line for their tech to plug their dialup modem into.

about 10 months ago

45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation

tgeek Duh (625 comments)

At what point will we start seeing legislation forbidding the automation of certain industries?

The day we can automatic politics . . .

about a year ago

When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

tgeek Re:Young whippersnappers! (279 comments)

I'm old enough to remember and have used those ASR-33's as well. But my preferred terminal at the time was a DECwriter. Most of them at the uni I was at were only capable of 110 baud (Gandalf modems fault, not the DECwriter). So if I managed to sit down at one setup for 300 baud I was gonna do me some serious computin'!!!!!! There were a few 1200 baud units around, but the handshaking was so fubar'ed on those they were useless . . . Ah, the good ol' days!

about a year ago

Signs Point To XKCD's Time Ending

tgeek Re:The concept of a geek card (226 comments)

I'm not so sure that's a very good analogy.

OHHHH!!! We're doing analogies! Then we need the obligatory Slashdot buffet and car analogies:

XKCD is like an all-you-can-eat buffet . . . where you can pick and choose what pleases you, and you can share with your friends . . . er, wait a minute, sharing is frowned upon at most buffet establishments . . . scratch that analogy . . .

XKCD is like your car . . . er, well, not really . . . no comic strip has ever left me stranded on the side of a highway in West Texas for 4 hours . . .

Come to think of it, I'm liking the tattoo analogy more and more!

1 year,3 days

French Parliament Votes To Give Priority To Free Software

tgeek Well Shit! (98 comments)

We can forget about such similar legislation ever passing in the US . . . ain't no way in hell we're gonna (knowingly) follow France in anything!

1 year,22 days

Video Poker Firmware Bug Yields Big Money, Federal Charges

tgeek Re:After RTFA (312 comments)

Except the machine did not malfunction. It did as it was programmed to do. The fact that it didn't do what the casino expected it to do does not make it a malfunction. The casino should be addressing this with the vendor if they want their money back.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

tgeek Re:some thoughts (259 comments)

. . . . Find a phone where you can code all thos and you may have a popular product.

Or you may get free room and board in Guantanamo for an undefined period of time . . .

about a year ago


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