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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi 139

Posted by samzenpus
from the penny-pinching dept.
redletterdave writes Uber announced in a blog post on Monday it would cut the prices of its UberX service in New York City by 20% — but it's only for a limited time. Uber says this makes it cheaper to use UberX than taking a taxi. Consumers like Uber's aggressive pricing strategy but competitors — and some of its own drivers — are not as happy. UberX, Uber’s cheaper service usually hosted by regular people driving basic sedans rather than fancy black cars, also cut its rates by 25% last week in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. As a result of that announcement, Uber said its service was effectively “45% cheaper than a taxi.”

Comment: Re:And when the came for me... (Score 3, Funny) 99

by CyberKnet (#46358691) Attached to: 'Obnoxious' RSA Protests, RSA Remains Mum

First they came for the tacos, and I did not speak out -- because we had a CmDrTaCo.
Then they came for the tequila drinks, and I did not speak out -- because I was more a fan of Wine.
Then they came for the chips 'n dips, and I did not speak out -- because everyone had moved on to Slashdot
Then they came for Slashdot, -- there was no one left to speak for it...

... because beta had already driven everyone away.

Intel

Intel's Wine-Powered Microprocessor 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-does-go-well-with-the-fish dept.
angry tapir writes "In a new twist on strange brew, an Intel engineer has showed off a project using wine to power a microprocessor. The engineer poured red wine into a glass containing circuitry on two metal boards during a keynote by Genevieve Bell, Intel fellow, at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Once the red wine hit the metal, the microprocessor on a circuit board powered up. The low-power microprocessor then ran a graphics program on a computer with an e-ink display."

Comment: Re:Don't fly. (Score 4, Insightful) 1233

by CyberKnet (#44655201) Attached to: Don't Fly During Ramadan

Yeah, that right there, that's the reason why the TSA still exists. You're unwilling to inconvenience yourself. None of you are.

I haven't flown in 11 years, and I routinely encourage others not to. Not for personal, not for business. Not at all.

I routinely drive 200-500 mile round trips because I won't advocate a pat down or a naked picture. Not of my wife, my children, or even myself. It is an unacceptable term of flying.

Don't tell me that I'm not willing to inconvenience myself sir, I find it repugnant, and offensive - and I have put my money where my mouth is.

Comment: Alternative for Users (Score 3, Informative) 93

If you're a user of The Old Reader wondering if you really have to go back to Feedly - the answer is no, you don't. Head on over to http://www.inoreader.com/ and feel welcomed by the superb developers/support crew that are more than happy to take your feedback to create a better product.

Nobody should have to stay through a series of "We're quitting! Wait... Maybe ... No ... If only... Probably... Flip a coin" announcements about whether or not they can continue to use their RSS reader.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with InoReader other than being a happy user.

Comment: Re:Amateur Hobbyists (Score 3, Informative) 93

I was on The Old Reader around the same time period as you, but didn't stick through it.

The main reason though was that I wasn't really a fan of the "Old" Google Reader. I liked the "New" Google Reader better, so when I found InoReader http://www.inoreader.com/ - I was thrilled.

InoReader is also kind of a hobby project for someone, but has far fewer downtime issues than TOR, open sign up all the time, has issued a Google Reader-compatible API, and has a very responsive and helpful development/support crew.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated at all with InoReader, other than being a happy user. You might like to give it a try and see if it is for you too.

Comment: Re:Feeling old... (Score 2) 192

by CyberKnet (#43995879) Attached to: Red Hat Confirms GNOME Classic Mode For RHEL 7

Fully realizing that someone will trump this with something akin to a 300baud modem ...

CR-ROM???

You're not old unless you had to go to the store to buy 100 3.5" floppies so that you could download the 76 1.44MB individual disk images over your 14.4k modem connection, rawrite them one at a time, and then spend the afternoon swapping disks as you waited apprehensively for the # prompt of your new slackware installation. Only to have to start again after disk x26 because disk x26 had a bad sector and failed a CRC check, and gosh darn it but you only had one computer so you need to boot back into windows to create a new disk x26. And start the disk swapping again.

Yeah... those were the days.

Comment: Re:Wait to see what you need based on use. (Score 5, Interesting) 770

by CyberKnet (#42968673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

Unfortunately a lot of the time insurance claims don't work this way. I had a lightning strike recently that took out 90% of my electronics.

My policy was "new for old", but until I bought the "new", I received only the depreciated value of the "old".

If it were only this, I would still advocate your strategy, however there was also a 6 month time limit to purchase the "new", send receipts in, and get reimbursed for the depreciation.

Long story short - you may lose out on a lot of money if you don't replace that stuff now.

Comment: Re:Foul mouthed AI? (Score 1) 310

by CyberKnet (#42558955) Attached to: IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary

If you think "bite my shiny ass" is the worst Watson could have gotten up to, and you aren't weak of stomach ... I suggest* that you should visit UrbanDictionary.com and start with a few choice** selections such as:

1. The Alabama Hotpocket
2. The Chili Dog
3. Space Docking
4. The Alaskan Snowdragon

A few hours wiki walk later, and you will almost certainly be asking for the same treatment Watson got.

* violently oppose
** Gut-wrenching, vomit-inducing, etc

Comment: Re:a new connection format (Score 2) 72

by CyberKnet (#42463381) Attached to: Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu

You're proposing to plug the mouse and keyboard into the TV .... instead of the stick? It sounds like you want to have the TV act as a KVM switch, which seems a bit odd unless you plan on having multiple sticks installed... I'm guessing you're in the very far minority that would want that.

Aside from that, TVs really do need a new connector. HDMI already supports full HD, 7.1 audio, ethernet, and CEC. There's enough there to let the stick control the TV, and get network service from the TV.

The power want is pretty reasonable in the general case, and I've wondered about it in the past... but do take a closer look at this stick in particular. It wants power from a 5V micro-usb. If your TV has a USB port for firmware updates, it can probably already power the thing. For TV's manufactured in the last 5 years, the odds are pretty likely.

Cheers!

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