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Comment: Re:Taixs are leases? (Score 1) 276

by Engeekneer (#47718191) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

I see two basic ways this ends up being implemented (not working). Also there might be some combination of these methods.

1) You have people pick you up and take you places. This will work reasonably well for pre-planned activities - such as your commute, but be very crappy for spontaneous needs. Just like normal taxis.

Actually this is overkill normal work commuting. For most of that a basic combination of bus/tram/train/metro/ferry works fine.

Kutstuplus is a service between a taxi (and Uber) and a bus. They have had it running as a test for a while now. You have a mobile app where you enter where from and where to you want to go. Their side takes the request and optimises it into one of the routes of their minibuses, and returns a suggested pickup place (it uses bus stops) + time and dropoff place + time. So a single car services a lot of people at once. The transport time might not be quite as fast as a taxi, but it's cheaper.

I haven't sadly used it myself, since their current test service is limited to areas I don't travel between. But I'm excited for it to be more widespread

Comment: Re:Everything. (Score 1) 573

by Engeekneer (#46184157) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Ok, I hadn't had much time to look at the new site, but I thought it seemed nice. I haven't delved deep into the commenting system. Mainly because well, to be honest the /. commenting sucks. It used to be the best thing ever, but the web has moved on since 1995. Compare to e.g. the reddit commenting system.

I barely use /. anymore because there are much simpler and easier sites. I think the beta seemed like a good step in the right direction. It feels much cleaner and less cluttered,

But that is just my 2c

Comment: Bitcoin is not anonymous (Score 5, Informative) 691

by Engeekneer (#45735393) Attached to: Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

I agree with some points, but in general he seems to be only somewhat correct.

First of all, BitCoin is not anonymous. BitCoin is pseudonymous. Once mining dies out (which also solves a lot of his other qualms), you need to trade bitcoins some way. You have to exchange your real money to bitcoins. ALL transactions are public which means it's really easy to start profiling people. In the future it's probably easier to trace a person's bitcoin transactions than normal ones.

Comment: Re:Voluntary payments! (Score 1) 244

by Engeekneer (#45605345) Attached to: Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

The thing is, if you could just harvest your play histroy, you really would not neet Spotify as a middle man. Of course, it would be simpler if they were involved, but them not being involved could make this a generic service which would work with Spotify, RDIO, Grooveshark (actually, I think they already have some integration), etc..

Then again there are tons of practical issues with this, but I'm sure they could be solved.

Comment: Voluntary payments! (Score 2) 244

by Engeekneer (#45592209) Attached to: Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

I'd really want to see some Spotify - Flattr integration (and in that case, better Flattr adoption), so that you could voluntarily and automatically pay more to the artists you listen to. You can replace Flattr here with any "Automatically-share-a-monthly-fee-between-the-artists-you-listen-to System"

What's does basic Spotify cost? 5€ a month? Out of which maybe 1-2€ go to the artist? If I could direclty add 10€ per month to be spread directly to the artists I listen to as voluntary donations, I'd gladly do that. That would be 15€ a month for me, which I think is reasonable (~price of an album per month). If even 10% of spotify users would do this, it would roughly double the artist income. Even making small donations easy {~2€/month) could have a huge impact.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who would gladly pay a bit more.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 2) 535

by Engeekneer (#44745153) Attached to: Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

Sure, Nokia was not in the perfect shape. Symbian was getting old, but there was a migration strategy. Also Nokia still had 40% mobile phone marketshare IIRC, and Symbian was still pulling in TONS of money (there was a great writeup about this by an ex-Nokian a while back). Elop with his comments and strategies sent Nokia into a nosedive it never recovered from. From the outside at least, he pretty much singlehandedly took a "meh" situation and killed Nokia.

As for the emergency solution, Nokia had good (well decent at least) plans and roadmaps before Elop came. Elop made a totally horrible deal with the Windows *#%&, and the whole motivation of that deal is pretty obvious.

Comment: Re:Tired (Score 1) 379

by Engeekneer (#44258617) Attached to: MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email

What would you have people do? "Yeah, they spy on every aspect of my life, next week they come and install the showercams, that's ok.."

Screw that. I'm from Europe, and I find these actions horribly offensive, I already moved away from skype and gmail (not /. yet though).

What I'd really like is for European countries to strongly step in here. And screw the US reply that "We will respond to the European concerns via official channels". Oh that makes me so happy, since this only affect politicians. I wish someone in Europe (sure, we're not all innocent either) would have the balls to reveal anything the US reveals to them. Then possibly start suing american companies for violations of European privacy law.

This whole thing is in no way ok, and as much as possible should be dragged out into daylight, and hopefully get enough outrage that there will be people thrown in jail for it.

But I'm sorry, you must be getting tired. I should stop.

Comment: "Better?" (Score 1) 543

by Engeekneer (#44162439) Attached to: Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

We have a Win 8 laptop at home that nobody uses, since it's.. just horrible. Not bad, horrible.

I thought I'd install the preview "because it can't be worse, right?". I seem to underestimate Microsoft all the time.

I got far enough to log in again.
Silly old me goes "Ok, I'll just log in with the local account."
"Local account?" Windows asks. "Im not sure what you mean" it says.
"You know, the one I created so I wouldn't need some silly Microsoft online thingie" I say.
"Ah! now I know what you mean" Windows exclaims! "Don't worry, I've been upgraded. You can't get in to your own laptop without going through an online Microsoft account".
"You're kidding" I say. "I can't get on to the computer?"
"Nope!" Windows happily chimes.
"aargghh..." whines Windows
"Good morning! What can I do for you today?" Ubuntu asks
"Could I log in and use the computer without getting horribly frustrated and angry?"
"But of course!"

The End

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.