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Comment Re:Wut? (Score 2) 113

"I drive a black cab in London, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies."
Cool. I use black cabs in London - the same for the replies.

"Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't."
I do, in fact, know exactly what it's like to use a black cab in London. Because I do, and have been doing so for more than eighteen years. You will be right in that I don't know the ins and outs of the industry, but I don't need to - I only need to say what it's like as a user. Most of the time I'm happy, but the card thing is definitely my experience and is truly irritating. I always ask up front, and the vast majority of the time I'm told the card reader is broken and that they'll drive to a cash point.

"I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you don't know what you are talking about. This is how bad info gets passed around. If you dont know about the topic....Don't make yourself sound like you do."
I read the article. It said "...come into force from April of 2016 and by October all black cab drivers will need to have complied with the directive, which mandates the new payment methods.". Hence the comment "The difference seems to be making it mandatory". Still seems reasonably grounded as a suggestion to me, and you've not made a different one.

This is primarily a discussion board. If you know more, now's the time to post it and then your point of view is added to the discussion. Would be good to get that point of view in fact. Meanwhile, since it hasn't been added, what I have to go on is the article itself and my years of experience using cabs of all types in London.

Submission + - Volkswagen rolls out 3D smart glasses as standard equipment (

An anonymous reader writes: Quoting from the press release, "At Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant, the roll-out of 3D smart glasses as standard equipment has now started following a three-month pilot phase. Plant logistics personnel are to use these glasses for order picking. The objective is to further improve process security in production.

The benefits of 3D smart glasses are evident: users automatically receive all the information they need such as storage locations or part numbers directly in their field of vision. Touch or voice control allows extremely easy operation. As a general principle, users have both their hands free while they are working. The camera in the glasses is also used as a barcode reader. Correct barcodes on parts removed from the storage location are shown in green while parts incorrectly removed are shown in red."

See the full press release for more information.

Comment Tracking down rights holders (Score 4, Interesting) 106

It's a nightmare. I have a piece of music I want to put on my next album. It contains speech from an old BBC programme (1982), so to release it I need to get in touch with the copyright holder. But who actually is that?

The BBC told me to try Getty, because they'd sold off a lot of things to Getty. Getty told me they didn't know, and to contact the original narrator and the scriptwriter for that narrator. I have no idea who the scriptwriter was and, whilst I imagine I could find the narrator I doubt he'd know either. Result? This piece of music will never be released, simply because I cannot find who to ask (and those I did ask do not seem sure of their answers). That's exactly analogous to the problem they're describing in the article - actually finding who to ask, let alone getting a co-ordinated yes/no decision, is just much harder than people might imagine it to be.

Comment And there are those of us still miffed (Score 1) 59

When it was at Cardiff University, I helped out for free as did many other people around the internet at the time. It was then taken commercial without any notice or recompense, with really quite sketchy and dubious claims of ownership, and it was quite a controversy at the time. I have still not forgotten it, and a lesson was learned that day.

Comment If text is enough... (Score 1) 227

... then just use a simple text file. Come up with your own scheme for title, date and time and it will work.
Either as single file with search, or with multiple files and grep(1).

The only really working alternative that I've found are:
  * a paper notebook. easily available when you have only one hand free because you're on the phone, and don't want to unlock an electronic device
  * sending yourself notes via email, and use your favourite email client for management.

If I'd want to live in a Microsoft world, I'd probably use OneNote.
YMMV, I'm curious about other options mentioned here.

  - Hubert

Comment Sure you can sign away your right to sue (Score 2) 602

You can bet that these contracts have forced arbitration in them -- you must agree to forced arbitration, or you don't get your severance pay. Because that's how evil banks roll.

So why is that bad? Well, consumers win 40% of the time when they sue a bank in court. But if a consumer instead is forced into arbitration because of a forced arbitration clause in the contract, consumers win less than 4% of the time, according to a study of arbitration decisions in California. I.e., forced arbitration basically means you signed away your right to sue in any meaningful way -- and the Supreme Court has upheld those agreements as fair and reasonable, so you can't even appeal to a "real" court.

Comment Re:KHTML! (Score 1) 115

For those that don't know, KHTML formed the basis of Webkit, and so then formed Safari on the Mac/iOS and for a long time powered Chrome as well. It caused a minor storm when Apple picked that over Gecko, which had been what people assumed would have been picked.

Yes, I agree with the AC above - KHTML has had huge impact, probably wider impact than the KDE project itself, purely because it dominated mobile browsing for so long.

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