Walter O'Brien is a fraud, and this article is about that, not about the show. It's much appreciate by all that this thread persists as it keeps his name in the searchlight.
What's fascinating is for a disconnected narcissist you're ably willing to aver "Walter O'Brien doesn't care what your thoughts are on him"...
Do you speak for Walter? Do you read his mind? Do you just "know" how he feels and what he cares about? Did aliens tell you what he cares about and what he doesn't? Do you also speak for those "others"? Are they related to "the others" from Lost!?
"...but you are so much fun to get going." Ah, so you admit being not only a narcissistic sociopath but also an Internet troll.
Walter O'Brien is a fraud. He says things and claims things that are impossibly true.
The TV show is of no relevance. Nobody except idiots (see above) watch it, and Walter's friends (see above) who come here to try and nudge the thread into a positive direction about the show.
Bad news, shils. This thread is *still* not about the show, no matter how much THE SHOW SUCKS. It's about Walter O'Brien being a fraud. He still is.
In case I'm not clear, and the thread is beyond your comprehension level for English reading just repeat these words to yourself: Walter O'Brien is a fraud. Scorpion is a stupid show. Nobody should believe a word said by Walter O'Brien or the show.
Hope this gets through that thick empty dried up husk of a coconut you use to filter messages through.
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.