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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.

Operating Systems

FreeBSD 9.2, FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 Released 133

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the release of FreeBSD 9.2. FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE has ZFS TRIM SSD support, ZFS LZ4 compression support, DTrace hooks and VirtIO drivers as part of the default kernel configuration, unmapped I/O support, and numerous other minor features. FreeBSD also announced FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 on the same day, which is the next major feature release of the open-source BSD operating system."
Data Storage

OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers 297

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from the putting-the-band-together dept.
Damek writes "The OpenZFS project launched today, the truly open source successor to the ZFS project. ZFS is an advanced filesystem in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS, the OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers from these platforms."

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.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton