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Comment: Re:Accuracy of traditional lie-detector polygraphs (Score 2) 106

by Cochonou (#48743911) Attached to: European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph
I would also like to know if there is really a "widespread use" of polygraphs. I understood they were almost exclusively used in the US, and that most other countries actually forbade its use as evidence in courts - which would make the use of polygraph a local idiosyncracy rather than a widespread practice.

Comment: Re:I am wondering (Score 1) 295

by Cochonou (#48599025) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
This is not really about Uber drivers "stealing" customers from taxi cabs. This is about regulation.
The taxi drivers we are talking about are independant workers who paid in the 100k€ - 300k€ range to get a state-regulated taxi licence plate. These plates are resellable, and their number increase very slowly: this means that their price is driven by supply and demand. If new players such as Uber can enter the market, operating under legal loopholes (considered as car sharing and not transportation), the price of the taxi plates will drop because of less demand. This may be good for the customers (increase of the number of cabs, increased competition...) However, you cannot say this is fair for the taxi drivers who took out a lengthly loan to pay for their licence plate - and will not be able to resell them to recover their investment.
So, the way forward for the governement should be pretty clear: either ban Uber, or go for a deregulation of the market. In the latter case, buy back at a fair price the taxi plates from their owners. However at that time, the government has not made a clear choice, which explains the unrest.

Comment: Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (Score 3, Informative) 295

by Cochonou (#48598929) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
As we are talking about a strike in France, you may be interested to know that it really does not work like this in France. Actually, there are basically three different kinds of taxi drivers:
- Drivers on a payroll (3%) - working for a company who bought the taxi plates. They are paid at a percentage of income.
- Renters (11%) - they rent the car with a taxi plate. They keep all the income, but have to pay the rent of the car each month.
- Independant workers (86%) - who bought a taxi plate (from 100 000 to 200 000 €). They keep all the income.
So in France, most of the taxi drivers are independant workers who took out a loan to buy their plate - and intend to sell their plate at a high price when they retire.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 848

by Cochonou (#47780243) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
It's a convenient shortcut you make here. One of the main justifications of the invasion was that there was a massive and secret program of WMD production conducted by the regime. mobile weapons laboratories, new chemicals being produced and moved around, et caetera. And now we know there was nothing of this - just some degraded remnants of the old stockpiles that were largely destroyed.

Comment: Re:Why the Australians? (Score 2) 92

by Cochonou (#47609327) Attached to: Australia Rebooting Search For MH370
Yes, but you should read the investigation report which is publicly available instead of second sources on the internet.
You would see that both the pilot flying (junior) and the pilot non flying (senior) successively had the controls. You would also see that they had the same reaction: pull back on the stick.
The point is at no time, any of the 3 pilots were aware that they were in a stall, despite the stall warning sounding repeatedly. They were just puzzled at what was happening. And one of the main reasons for this is that they were inadequately trained to recognize this situation.
Finally, you would see that the investigation authority made numerous recommendations about pilot training, about the display of the cockpit instruments (behavior of the stall warning, behavior of the flight directors, etc..), and none about the control inputs.

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They? 544

Posted by timothy
from the could-be-anywhere-really dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: I can't stand switching from a slideout-keyboard phone to a touchscreen phone, and my own informal online survey found a slight majority of people who prefer slideout keyboards even more than I do. Why will no carrier make them available, at any price, except occasionally as the crummiest low-end phones in the store? Bennett's been asking around, of store managers and users, and arrives at even more perplexing questions. Read on, below.

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.