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Comment: Re:Works fine (Score 1) 250

My hometown has municipal broadband, it's had it since 2000.

Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your postcards.

When I finally moved back a few months ago, the technicians who set me up kept raving about how awesome it is to work for my town's municipal broadband. We have municipal electricity, TV, and phone too!

Comment: Syncplicity solves it! (Score 1) 176

by GWBasic (#47520477) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Syncplicity lets enterprises store files on their own servers, with an extra layer of authentication that prevents Syncplicity staff from getting to the files. It still allows for access to these files through a web browser. When enterprises use single-sign-on, users don't even realize that they're authenticating multiple times.

This is a very hard problem to solve for consumers, though. Most people don't have the time to set up their own cloud servers.

Comment: Re:One disturbing bit: (Score 1) 484

by GWBasic (#47317443) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Aereo's implementation doesn't feel like watching live TV. It buffers for about 60 seconds; channel surfing is impossible...

What I wonder is how "Aereo-specific" this ruling is? What if I rented a room in Boson and let you mail me a tiny device that I'd plug into a power supply and ethernet port?

Comment: Tragedy of the commons (Score 4, Interesting) 462

by GWBasic (#47079797) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Sadly, environmental issues, and limited resources, isn't something that the free market will handle when left to its own devices. I have no sympathy for automakers that need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Now I want to buy an electric Fiat out of spite!

Comment: What's the balance between being a lawyer? (Score 1) 79

by GWBasic (#47039541) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Travis Kalanick About Startups and Uber

Uber seems to hit a lot of legal challenges. It seems like, in every city, the incumbent taxi market has a different set of legal hurdles for you to pass through. It's kind of a shame, too, because everyone involved with Uber is making an honest living providing a needed service.

What's tends to be your day-to-day balance of being lawyer versus entrepreneur? Would you say that you have more legal woes than a normal startup? Do you think this is "par for the course" any time someone's starting an interesting company?

Comment: Re:It's hard to judge competancy (Score 1) 466

by GWBasic (#47005489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

I disagree. American doctors have to take standardized board exams before they specialize. The exams are significantly more rigorous, and better-designed, than the job interviews that I run.

Specifically, in the American medical system, specialization happens with on-the-job training after taking a standard exam. Students seeking to be pediatricians, heart surgeons, and dermatologists all take the same standardized exam. The score is then presented when students apply to programs to specialize.

Comment: It's hard to judge competancy (Score 1) 466

I find it very hard to judge skill when I interview candidates. I can easily filter out incompetent people. Someone I work with says, "when you interview people, all you find out is if the person interviews well."

Many professional fields have long professional exams. Civil engineers need to be certified, as well as doctors. Frankly, I wish I could look at some kind of a score, and spend most of the interview on "soft" topics.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin

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