My niece was reading this techdirt comment thread...
...and you'll never believe what happened next!
No, your niece wasn't reading the comments on here and said "Uncle George, Uncle George, you need to come butt in and tell these people to give it a rest!"
"WHO CARES?" - the people who read and write. If you don't, keep your opinion to yourself, because those who walk into a forum and say "I don't care about anything you say or read but here's my opinion" are as worthless as flushed shit in a toilet.
"I'm well aware..." "I take everything..." "I don't watch..." "...I can see..." "I'd never..." "I'm 56..."
You're all about you.
"So give all your" --
No, YOU give all YOUR suggestions to anyone who cares. Like your invisible niece.
That just leaves the question of what "started a business with a dot-com" name means for a 13-year old kid in a country that wasn't on the Internet, and which he did - five years before a browser was invented (which is what propelled the proliferation of the Internet) - five years before commercial traffic was even allowed on the Internet [other than in furtherance of NSFNET goals]
Occam's Razor - the simplest answer is likely correct.
Ehud /obligatory preempt: No, I am not obsessed with Walter O'Brien. I'm yet another one of the millions of people who voraciously consume information and don't like to spit up pits.
Sorry, but if we're talking about speed, we're generally talking about "throughput" which is a function of bandwidth and latency.
There is _NO_ necessary tradeoff between any element of the three. [The exception being geostationary or low-earth orbit satellites].
Anyone who says "I can get you lots of bandwidth but you have to give up [anything including latency]" is lying.
Anyone who says "I can give you lighting fast connections but you have to give up [something including bandwidth]" is lying.
Throughput is what WE as human users of the Internet see. When you quantify it we know what we are buying. When some charlatan tells us there's a tradeoff -- the tradeoff involves that charlatan not selling us what he/she promised, and instead doing an oversell model and THEY are choosing to trade off one of the three.
If you purchase good throughput, you'll have good throughput (bandwidth, latency, etc.)
If you follow these charlatans' stories you will pay more for less. That's ok. It's the American way. Just don't confuse it with 'the reality of things'.
Walter O'Brien is a charlatan. He makes up stuff about his past to get consulting clients to hire him.
That's discussed in this article.
The TV show is not discussed here. This includes what happens on the show, and stuff like "cable out in front of an aircraft" and other random noise coming out of the mouths of people who didn't bother to read the article.
Really. It's about Walter O'Brien the fraud, not some fictional TV show.
TL;DR? This is not a discussion about the TV show. Never was.
Computers calculate. This is a fact. It cannot be legislated against. So there will be large numbers. Large numbers in and of themselves are not unlawful.
People email. This is a fact. It is a Constitutionally protected first-amendment right to speak freely. People can email large numbers.
People who buy fiat currency (like US Dollars) do so because these are guaranteed by the US Federal Government to allow us to pay for things. Or give away to people on street corners with cute signs. Or donate to charitable organizations. Or hoard in bank accounts, mattresses, and fake shaving-cream cans branded "Shaving Cream." This is a function of law, and cannot be legislated against.
Put the three together and this bill cannot possibly be lawful.
"Unlike buying something on Ebay, you're basically 'investing' in research and development of something that has yet to be created."
You're not investing. You have *NO* claim on the methods, R&D, patents (if any), final device, or *anything* other than a promise you'll "get one too."
This is not an investment and thinking of it that way promotes the misunderstandings when "the investment doesn't have a good return on investment."
It's a gamble. A wager. A coin-flip. You're paying for the right to maybe get something cheaper and/or sooner and/or NEVER. No matter which way it comes out, you paid to play, you played, and you get a result.
Most people prefer a positive result (i.e. the product, either cheaper or sooner) but there are no guarantees.
If a guy on a street corner has a sign that says "Will work for food" and you give him a dollar and they he does no work, is that fraud? Is it material misrepresentation? Is it a crime of any sort (other than panhandling which is not a criminal offense in my US/Arizona jurisdiction?)
I see the comments above me calling for these "blatant criminals" to "have something done." Tone it down, wiseacres, because the "something to be done" is not giving money to these people.
"But how do we know?" Don't default to giving money to strangers, and then it's easy. "But this will kill crowdfunding!" No. It will remove from crowdfunding people who think they are shopping at a store. It's not.
When you're supporting crowdfunding you are NOT INVESTING in a RISK that if it pans out then MAYBE what you get is what was promised and MAYBE it will be cheaper than the fully-developed product and MAYBE it will be as good as that one and MAYBE you'll get it first.
You are GAMBLING that you will get your money's worth. That's a far different proposition than investing. Investments have value and assets. Crowdfunding is a gamble.
If you get that you are GAMBLING and your "winnings" are "early, cheaper, and not as fully baked -- if at all" and your "losses" are "yeah none of this may come to fruition" then THAT is what backing a kickstarter is all about.
In the real investment world we have ROI analysis and we have risk/reward analysis. If you apply those to kickstarters you will see they are REALLY REALLY BAD "investments". That's because they are wagers.
They are, however, a great way to help someone get their project going. If you think of it in that way and consider your money "lost" when you invest it, then anything you get back is a win.
Full discloser... things I've supported: OBDLink MX WiFi - delivered and it's $10 cheaper than market. (Yes, I saved $10 and got it 60 days sooner at a risk of 100% of the money I paid). Rubber Band Machine Gun - They're out of Ukraine, and there is a war going on, and they haven't been shy at saying that. I don't expect to see that in my lifetime. PockEthernet - delivered and not yet available to the public. Doesn't have all the originally-envisioned features but it's still a good deal. I got two. Quarter Century Belt - delivered, $10 cheaper than its current market price. Same comments as above. Great belt! Rising desk - due for delivery mid 2015. When I see it I'll know it's real.
So I'm pro crowdfunding but consider it a GAMBLE or a WAGER. If I "win" I get to save $10 or get something two months sooner. That's it.
Stop hassling the panhandlers. The only fraud is anyone who takes a kickstarter claims seriously and thinks if they aren't 100% met there's a criminal event there.
Look, Randy Ellen Zeff, you troll, Walter O'Brien is a fraud and a scam artist. Every post you make keeps bringing this to the forefront of discussions about what a loser he is. Good job!
What gives me the right to speak to you as trash? Well I talk to you and you think you're trash so there you go.
I appreciate you want to discuss my childhood (was yours really bad so you think other people's childhoods are important to how they post online) or IQs (you seem obsessed with yours and Walter "the Fraud" Obrien's)... or something?
Let it die? Let it die? Dude, you keep bringing it back to life.
You will bet money? *LOL* You have no money. You're a self-admitted obsessive-compulsive trash-talking loser with no money or IQ or friends -- all things you think are important.
There's nothing killing me or us. It's killing you. Please hurry it up as you're annoying.
"Let it go and I will go...."
No. You will go or you won't go. Nobody cares.
Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He will be no matter what you do.
You're an idiot. If you go you're an idiot who left. If you stay you're an idiot who stayed. Enjoy.