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Comment: Software Analogies (Score 1) 225

by GlennC (#47809163) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

I wonder how many of those who are up in arms about letting services like Uber and Lyft market their services would allow commercial hardware and software companies to make changes to GPL licensed software without attribution or sharing their modified source code?

Or should Apple support my home built PC if I put OS X on it? If I paid for the OS, the vendor should support that, right? Why should I pay extra for their hardware...it's no different, right?

To me, it's simple - if you want to market your services, follow the established rules.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 4, Insightful) 146

by GlennC (#47714697) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

Let's look it up....http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

        "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Since there is no "Right to Travel" listed earlier in the Constitution, it is not explicitly denied here.

Unlike most codes of law in the United States, the Constitution does not generally apply to individual citizens. Rather, the Constitution defines and codifies the Federal government, and is generally accepted to be the limit of Federal and State powers and responsibilities.

Finally, I remember that when I was younger (mind you, this was back in the 1970's), having to provide identification and being subjected to searches before being able to travel was the scope of godless Communists and tinpot dictators.

That we have come to this point is a sad commentary on the United States. That many others not only accept this but actively defend it is even more disappointing.

+ - Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store is Full of Scamware and It Doesn't Seem to Care

Submitted by Deathspawner
Deathspawner (1037894) writes "Windows 8 brought a lot to the table, with one of its most major features being its app store. However, it's not a feature that Microsoft seems too intent on keeping clean. As it is today, the store is completely littered with misleading apps and outright scamware. The unfortunate thing is that to find any of it, all you have to do is simply open the store and peruse the main sections. Not so surprisingly, no Microsoft software seems to be affected by this, but many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost, or will lead the user to download a third-party installer. It's only a matter of time before malware sneaks its way in, if it's not there already."

Comment: Re:Makes both look bad (Score 2) 125

by GlennC (#47655199) Attached to: The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

I'm just giving my opinion, and I've been in plenty of taxis in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and elsewhere.

If you don't agree with my opinion, I have no problem with that.

Since the Uber premium services rely on existing limo services, why wouldn't I just go directly to those service providers? Although if I were in a position where I couldn't find one, Uber could potentially be useful in that situation.

Also, it's nice that Uber provides additional insurance, but the point is that in most locations, Uber, Lyft and the rest are still in a legal grey area in which I'd personally rather not find myself.

Again, if you want to avail yourself of the service, feel free.

We may not agree, but I see no reason for the angry invective.

Comment: Re:Cities (Score 1) 246

by GlennC (#47650595) Attached to: I'd most like to (personally) explore:

I fear that I'd dislike Germany

Having been to Munich several times, I can say that you probably wouldn't have many of the problems you say you had in Paris.

There are different neighborhoods in Munich where the buildings don't all look the same. The older section of the city center does have a very similar look to it, but there's still enough variation to make it interesting. While there are many chain restaurants for those who want them, with a little effort you can find interesting local places. In fact, one of the best places I found is across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe, and it's not the Hoffbrau Haus (which is also across from Hard Rock). Neuperlach Zentrum and Nauperlach Zud are a couple of neighborhoods worth checking out that are away from the city center, but easily reachable via public transportation. There are also some good Chinese and Italian restaurants.

You'll find plenty of Germans with at least some knowledge of English, and the signs on all the buses and trains in multiple languages. Public transportation is wonderful, and runs all day.

That said, you'll probably also enjoy the Nordic countries, which are close by to Germany. I'm looking forward to going back and exploring some more.

Comment: Voting and Auto Dashboards (Score 1) 18

by GlennC (#47451041) Attached to: Interviews: Juan Gilbert Answers Your Questions

I don't see why paper and pen aren't used. Even this guy's voting solution boils down to a paper ballot.

As for auto dashboards, I prefer them with discrete tactile switches and knobs. That way, my attention is focused on the road, where it should be.

I admire the fact that some folks are looking at making improvements, but there are some instances where involving technology serves only to complicate matters.

I may be older, but you can stay on my lawn if you wish. Just please don't make a mess.

Comment: Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (Score 1) 231

by GlennC (#47448345) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Let's look it up....http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Since there is no "Right to Privacy" listed earlier in the Constitution, it is not explicitly denied here.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Since, to my knowledge, no State has prohibited privacy, nor has there been a Constitutional Amendment denying a citizen's right to privacy, the right to privacy most certainly exists.

Unlike most codes of law in the United States, the Constitution does not generally apply to individual citizens. Rather, the Constitution defines and codifies the Federal government, and is generally accepted to be the limit of Federal and State powers and responsibilities.

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