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Comment: Re:Oh, *BRILLIANT* (Score 4, Interesting) 317

I'm sorry, this whole thing sounds BS to me. While it makes sense to have the Authorities to look at and interview the victim^Hsoftware tester, putting a 72 hour mental health hold on someone is hard. You have to convince more than one person that you are serious. Most places don't want to hold people - it's a lot of paperwork, hassle and expense and there are enough genuine fruitcakes so as to leave few extra rooms at the inn. Even if he got tossed in on a hold, it would be reviewed after 24 hours.

Either San Mateo does really weird things or this was made up.

You are assuming that he was not complicit and wanted to be held for as long as possible. To me this whole thing sounds like a ploy for 15 minutes of infamy.

Comment: Quick someone give Musk a Crystal ball (Score 2) 341

by Dorianny (#49294653) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades
If you want to accurately predict the future do as Jules Verne did and write as many of them as you can possibly think up. History indicates that you will be mostly wrong and a large number of predictions will increase the odds of getting something right.

Comment: Free rides for everyone (Score 5, Interesting) 366

by Dorianny (#49289193) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
Ubers plan for for entering a new markets has always been to start the service under the radar without asking permission. Once the have reached a certain number of users, a critical mass of sorts, they start advertising the service heavily relying on the user base to make a big stink if the regulatory agencies or courts try to stop them. In South Korea they went as far as offering free rides to everyone in order to keep in line with regulations but mostly to influence public opinion. The powers that be were clearly not amused.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 0) 342

by Dorianny (#49285993) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

A consumption tax is inherently regressive. Those with smaller incomes must use a larger proportion of it on consumption. The wealthy will spend a comparatively tiny fraction of their income on tax and continue to amass vast piles of money.

Doesn't this assume the rich and poor are buying the same items and services at the same prices? Which is hardly the case.

A whole wheat or gluten free loaf of bread costs a lot more than your basic white loaf (Sorry actual celiacs).

A free-range natural chicken costs a lot more than the factory raised ones.

Organic produce costs more than your industrial farming equivalent.

File-minion costs several times per pound than ground chuck.

A luxury class car costs a lot more than a compact or full size car.

A sports car costs a lot of money and is hardly usable for most as the sole vehicle.

A haircut at a saloon costs several times what it would cost at the local barber.

If you want you can also tack on a luxury tax to higher end items and services as many states already do.

Comment: Arctic front (Score 1) 356

by Dorianny (#49241593) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again
The lingering arctic front brought below freezing temperatures and constant snow storms across much of the U.S this winter. Even if you solve the "sun is not shinning at night" problem with temporary storage, exactly what is it that you do when much of the countries solar panels are under frozen snow for days if not weeks at a time?

Comment: Re:This ex-Swatch guy doesn't have a clue (Score 1) 389

Tablets has been approved for use in cockpit during all phases of Flight. Many small plane pilots have switched to tablets for flight planning and real time navigation. As tablets become more widely used in every aspect of the flight, app makers will surely find some clever uses for smart-watches and perhaps in time a Breitling Navitimer will become something that identifies the old-timers.

Comment: Re:The moan of sour grapes (Score 1) 450

by Dorianny (#49230319) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

In ten years and in 100 years, Apple Watch will still tell time, exactly like the Rolex, except with much greater accuracy.

Assuming it's battery lasts that long.

Apple is likely going to recommend regular service during which the battery will be replaced. Even mechanical watches have to be regularly serviced if you want them to last a long time. Rolex recommends every 5 years for most of their watches .

Comment: Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 4, Interesting) 517

by Dorianny (#49185081) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
In this article from 2009 our-secrets-live-online-in-databases-of-ruin, researchers were able to identify %87 of Americans with just 3 piece of information: zip code, birthdate and sex. With the mountains of personal data both publicly accessible and in private databases and with what are essentially clearing-houses especially designed to aggregate this data, identifying people in anonymized data is almost trivial unless that data is so heavily sanitized as to be useless to research and in effect fail the "reproducible" requirement of the law.

Comment: Re:MVNOs.. (Score 4, Insightful) 43

by Dorianny (#49168581) Attached to: Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO
Reasons MVNO's can resell airtime at cheaper rates.

No phone subsidies.

No paying other carriers early termination fees

No data roaming agreements

No visual voice-mail and other "value added" services

No bloated management team endemic of large corporations

No huge debt incurred for acquiring wireless spectrum, upgrading infrastructure

MNVO's are not for everyone but for many people they are a great option for service.

Comment: Skewed Results (Score 4, Insightful) 208

by Dorianny (#49159089) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer
The problem with this type of studies is that is that you can never establish causality. Does X activity really extend ones lifespan on its own or is the type of person that engages in that activity simply into a healthier overall lifestyle. This particular study might even be skewed due to most doctors advising patients with chronic Cardiovascular Disease to avoid saunas. Cardiovascular Disease is the number one killer in the developed world and removing them from a population sample would tip average life expectancy higher.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.