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Comment Re:Pure marketing jargon (Score 1) 33 33

I disagree.

Firstly, there's a difference between "public cloud" and "private cloud," where 'public' implies "someone else's computer," but given this, and given that you can do private clouds, clearly the ownership of the hardware is not the defining characteristic for "cloud."

Rather, I'd argue the definition for "cloud" has to include -- perhaps more importantly than any other part of the definition -- the ability to request a resource from the system via an API and get it automatically (barring resource constraint issues or artificial limits) without human involvement. THAT is what makes it "cloud," irrespective of whether you're making that API call against the systems your own IT folks set up to get a resource within your datacenter or you're making that call against AWS.

Comment Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776 776

So funny story about this ...

When I started working at my current company (tech company, where I do tech things), my pre-employment paperwork required me to agree to a drug test (though none was actually administered). I was surprised by this -- never had to agree to this before -- but at my wife's counsel (in both senses of the word -- she's an attorney -- agreed because I didn't want to be "that guy").

About a week after I started, I was idly talking to our security guy and mentioned this, and he flipped out, and sent an email to HR complaining about the inappropriateness of requiring all employees to agree to drug tests. I got a really contrite email from HR letting me know that the drug test provision was there for the part of the company that was driving for the company as their job, because insurance and the law, apparently, required us to get them to agree to drug tests, but that people who weren't driving for the company would never, ever, ever be required to do a drug test; the pre-boarding paperwork erroneously specified this for everyone rather than just new drivers, apologies, etc, and they would fix it immediately.

It was a nice way to start working here.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 302 302

They wouldn't need to write an insurance rule saying you can only activate the app when you're looking for fares -- as it is right now, if you're "on duty" and you decline too many passengers, you'll get kicked out of the service, so anyone using the app to get insurance wouldn't be an Uber driver for very long (I've seen news stories about Uber drivers getting kicked out after 2-3 days of having lower-than-acceptable fare acceptance rates).

Comment Re:Far too expensive for a used car (Score 2) 65 65

I'd be shocked if you also got the federal tax credit. For one thing, it could lead to fun games: Imagine if every purchaser of the car gets the $7500 tax credit.

I buy it from the factory, I get $7500 (but pay about $100K).
I sell it to you for $7500. You get $7500 back. It's free to you.
You sell it to me for $7500. I get $7500 back. I keep my car, and you just made $7500.

Repeat as necessary.

Comment Re:LIbertarian principle (Score 5, Insightful) 438 438

In a free country, businesses don't get massive government subsidies and de-facto monopolies. Also, in a free country, governments can decide no business serves their constituents well and decide to serve their constituents directly.

But that's not the ISP landscape right now.

Comment Not a Netflix Algorithm (Score 2) 210 210

The article summary is, if not inaccurate, misleading. Sabah left Netflix almost three years ago, and now works for Workday.

This is an important distinction because A) Workday can make a reasonable case for this being a valuable product to offer their customers; and B) Netflix cannot (and, speaking as a hiring manager at Netflix, we get a little antsy when it comes to monitoring employees -- it's a pretty laissez faire environment here).

Comment Re:homeowner fail (Score 2) 536 536

The problem is that you can't back out of a home purchase after closing; during escrow, you can, based on any arbitrary rules you put in during the offer (assuming it got accepted). And of course, since you can't technically order the service until you own the house ... that probably won't work as well as you expect it to.

Comment Re:Fuck those guys (Score 4, Interesting) 569 569

I'd guess that it's because the US is at the top of the list of "the person whose house you're about to invade is likely to be heavily armed."

I spent two weeks in the UK recently, with their largely-unarmed police force in full showing (mind you, I also walked by Buckingham Palace and Parliament, where I saw very heavily armed cops). They know that the vast majority of their citizenry is similarly unarmed.

Compare that to the US. I'm guessing SWAT officers are rather more trigger-twitchy because of that. I would be.

Comment Re:Most geeks seem to think (Score 1) 252 252

I finally got to the (current, temporary) end of the the comment page on this article, and I find this particular comment somewhat ironic, given that it seems like about 80% of the comments about floppies have been pro-floppy, anti-change-for-change-sake, "maybe there's a very good reason to use floppies in this case."

It may be that most geeks seem to think that tech should be bought every six months, but certainly most Slashdot commenters seem to think otherwise (and, in general, are prone to being luddites, in my experience -- manifested as profound distrust in new technology and a dismissal of any new tech that's not ready to be useful today, right now, in its current state).

A slow pup is a lazy dog. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"