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Comment Re:What usability problems really look like (Score 1) 499

That's the whole point of the article - that getting a charger at work is anything but reliable once you have more EVs than chargers. Putting a few charging stations was fine when it was just a few early adopters buying them. Now that they're going mainstream, do you seriously expect a company to install chargers in a quarter of the stalls of the company garage? I seriously doubt it.

What's likely to happen is that people who need this service will be able to reserve a spot with a charger for fee. It has to be greater than the cost of the electricity, so it discourages people who don't really need it. That's the only way the chargers won't be constantly filled.

Comment Re:What usability problems really look like (Score 1) 499

If someone can't drive to and from work with a single charge in their EV, then isn't an EV a rather terrible choice of vehicle for them? And of course, if that person can't get home without finding a charging station during the day, then things are naturally going to get ugly when they see someone park an EV in the only spot left at work, and you know that other person *could* get home without a recharge.

Whose fault is it really though, if someone made a bad purchasing decision? Are they then more "entitled" to that charging station?

This problem will work itself out as EV range is extended past the reasonable daily commute + after-work errands threshold. And I'm betting the vast majority of employers will probably not be installing a charger at every parking spot when the vast majority of them don't really need it, even if they are electric.

Comment Re:Boston has an app like this. It's useless. (Score 3, Insightful) 159

An app for this sort of thing is a cool idea, but of course, only if the app doesn't suck and the city actually makes an attempt to fix the issues it receives. Call me crazy, but I suspect the app's effectiveness will have a strong correlation with the local government's effectiveness in dealing with it's other day to day issues. Competent local governments will probably make good use of this technology. Incompetent local governments will continue to run things (including new programs like this) in a bumbling, half-assed fashion.

According to the article, in Detroit's system, the person who submitted the request can see the progress of the ticket item as it makes it's way through the system. That sort of feedback is important, as it lets people know they aren't being ignored. So, the city workers must have a way to update the status of individual requests as they process them. Seems like a reasonably good system.

I'm not sure how Boston's compared to that. It sounds like their system needs a way to allow users to give some feedback per ticket, so they can let the city know who's not actually doing their jobs.

Comment Re:That's one way to do it (Score 1) 266

It struck me that you seem to be making a distinction between "PC" and "laptop", whereas most discussions I've seen tend to lump them together. For instance, in the article listed, Microsoft is not building desktop machines. They're building laptops or hybrid laptop/tablets. The article is still calling those PCs.

So, even substituting "desktop PC" everywhere you said "PC"... I agree with everything except your conclusion. The PC (both desktop and laptop) isn't "dying". It's market is shrinking, but that's a far different thing, even if the curve looks the same. And add to this that hardware speeds have largely leveled off, no longer prompting sales to replace older "obsolete" computers.

The PC is now much more of a niche product, of course, in that it's mostly used by gamers, tech enthusiasts, content creators, businesses, and so on. There's a lot that PCs can do that no other form factor can do as well, and as long as that's the case, the PC will still have a home with those people.

Comment Re:Consumers reject advertising (Score 4, Insightful) 317

When I want to see ads is when I'm shopping for something - specifically when I click on the "shopping" tab in Google search. Then and at no other time.

Even then, it can be annoying if it's done incorrectly. Amazon has been putting more and more ads inside their own web pages, and it's starting to irritate me. For heaven's sake, I'm already shopping with the intent to purchase something. Yet Amazon is still trying to monetize my eyeballs? Let's face it, they're simply cashing in on my bandwidth and wasted time that it takes me to skip over those "sponsored results". Why would I want to go to another website when I'm clearly intent on shopping at Amazon?

The problem is that it's clearly too tempting for the MBAs that make these decisions to turn down the extra cash this stuff generates for them. Unfortunately, they can't directly measure the ire it generates from their customers when they do this. It's that lack of consideration for the user experience (and safety) that's driving users to install ad-blockers.

Comment Re:Don't RTFA (Score 5, Insightful) 317

For me, the issue is safety. The rest of the issues, while not unimportant, are secondary.

I won't allow some third-party advertisement company to run arbitrary scripting on my machine - or more accurately, allow them to run scripting that allows someone else who allows some criminal to run scripting on my machine. Until these ad-serving companies can make firm guarantees about the safety of the ads they serve, I'm not going to allow them. This point is simply non-negotiable to me.

Comment Re:Thirty years ago... (Score 2) 15

No games? Choplifter. Aztec. Wizardry. Karateka. Flight Simulator. There were *lots* of fantastic games for the Apple II.

I still learned AppleBASIC and made my own games though. Thirty years later, I'm still making games for a living. I have to admit, I'm sort of surprised it worked out as planned.

Comment Re:Maybe it's just who we are... (Score 3, Informative) 694

Or maybe coding is something that when women try to get involved they discover they are unwelcome. There's the one guy who's just a dick to women. There's one who hasn't washed since 2004. There's one who has to one-up everything she says. There's several who have to hit on her because she's the only woman they get to talk to.

Let's put this another way... What makes the men who code so magical that women somehow just can't get past them in significant numbers, unlike nearly every other office-dwelling profession on earth? Do you really think that we're such troglodytes that these poor, fragile women are physically repelled from the building? I have to laugh if you really think we're all that special, or that they're so fragile.

And isn't it a bit demeaning to women to suggest that they can't make it in the world of programming if we men don't figure out a way to help them along, or become more welcoming, or whatever? Do you realize the incredible advantage a competent female programmer actually has right now, with all the recent focus on getting women into coding and other tech professions? Any company would absolutely *love* to hire good female programmers, and certainly don't want to lose the ones they have.

I'm actually fine with encouraging more women to get into coding and other tech professions. I get irritated with the constant accusation that it's somehow the fault of the people already in those professions. Personally speaking, the lack of female interest in programming has always been a significant negative for me. I'd love to see more women programming, and I've gotten along fine with the very rare female programmers I've worked with in the last several decades.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan