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Comment: Re:The next big bubble? (Score 2) 54

by DroolTwist (#49249277) Attached to: Uber Rival Lyft Raises $530M, Will Beef Up IT

I live in a fairly large city. Called for a cab to take me to pick up my truck as I was alone when I got my new car, so I had to go pick up my old one. First cab decided not to show, apparently. Called another; after 45 minutes the driver calls and says he won't be able to make it as his shift is ending. So I wasted 2+ hours, and still no truck.

I signed up for Uber, and had a car picking me up in less than five minutes. Got me to the dealership at almost 1/3 the cost of what the taxi would have been. I hope these services stick around, and put the overpriced and for me at least, useless cab companies out of business. I'll never call a cab again as long as Uber and Lyft are around. I also signed up as a driver, and on the weekends if I'm bored I'll give a few rides and make some extra cash.

Comment: Re:Wild guess, 5 stars (Score 1) 157

by DroolTwist (#49233363) Attached to: Strange Stars Pulse To the Golden Mean
Great reference. I recently finished the Ringworld series, and am now reading (well, listening through Audible) the series with Pournelle and Niven about Earth's first encounter with aliens (the Moties). I'm about halfway through The Gripping Hand (book 2). They are all fantastic reads, I can't wait to read them all.

Comment: Re:Military hinders itself (Score 1) 68

If they really wanted to get people to fill these roles they wouldn't require them to go through the whole basic training garbage they require for entry. The type of people who would be good for these roles are not the type of people who will go through basic training. Which is why they go to the private sector and then get hired as a contractor thus bypassing the entire process and probably making more money anyways.

If I'm not mistaken, there was an article a month or two ago (at work so not much time to search on it) that was talking about the Air Force dropping requirements for physical conditioning (IE., no basic training, no staying in shape). So they are already working on that aspect of their target audience.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 2) 328

Doesn't this involve remembering which finger you used? IE., basically the same thing as remembering your passcode? Also, a lot of the article comments were about some Touch ID system where a few wrong print reads failed over to the passcode, also if the phone was turned off and/or rebooted, it forced the passcode. Basically, if you get pulled over, turn off your phone before the officer gets there.

Comment: Re:Great idea (Score 2) 331

by DroolTwist (#48282087) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans
I worked with a guy in my last job who was doing some FISMA work with our group. He accepted a position doing IT support at some remote base in Iraq so he could cash in on ~110k in a year if he was able to work the full year, which I believe was also going to be tax free if over 12 months. The reason? He had over 90k in student loans to pay back, and was making less than 40k/year. I felt for the guy, as he was literally going to risk his life to try and pay off the loans since he wasn't able to get out from under them, ever, for the most part if he made minimum payments.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.