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Comment: It's yelp's "recommended reviews" (Score 4, Insightful) 63

by HockeyPuck (#47816115) Attached to: Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

My neighbor runs a small mom/pop type restaurant and he gets called about once a month by a yelp representative. He's got plenty of positive reviews on Yelp, but what they tell him is that if he pays yelp, they'll move the negative ones to the "not recommended reviews" list. Normally the only way to see this list is to scroll to the bottom and see a light grey link.

How is this any different from what the mafia did with it's "Pay for protection" schemes...?

Comment: tests and coverage? (Score 1) 312

by HockeyPuck (#47808727) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

the relevant tests and having the appropriate insurance coverage

While I've never used Uber/Lyft, I'm hoping some of you have and can shed some light on it.

Have any of you actually asked for proof of insurance or a valid registration before getting into the car? Does Uber/Lyft do any checking to make sure that stuff hasn't expired?

One other question: If I'm getting a ride via Uber and we get in an accident, and I get hurt, regardless of who's fault it is, do I go after the Uber driver, Uber company or do I have to file my insurance claims against the other driver? I would hope that Uber would handle this form me so I can deal with a corporation and not two individuals (my driver and the other driver).

Comment: Get ready to submit an itemized cell phone bill... (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by HockeyPuck (#47719679) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

I've seen this before at a company in California. My company would only reimburse for work related calls.
You couldn't just submit the entire bill for reimbursement, as if you called your wife and kids 50% of the time you couldn't get reimbursed for that.

We were required to take the physical bill and cross out those calls which were personal so you could demonstrate what % of the bill was work related vs. personal. Doing this for what could be hundreds of calls per month caused people to just not reimburse their usage as it was too much of a pain to do.

Comment: V2V like the "baby on board" sticker (Score 1) 475

by HockeyPuck (#47706107) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

We've all seen those "baby on board" stickers/signs, with the intention being that you should keep your distance or take extra caution.

If I've got V2V enabled, I'd want to broadcast that my vehicle that is bigger than it really is. Or you could screw with people and spoof their car to tell other cars that the semi-truck is really a miata.

Comment: Blackouts in the Bay Area.. (Score 4, Interesting) 216

by HockeyPuck (#47637491) Attached to: NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

I live in the SanFrancisco area, home to two teams (niners and raiders)... and the blackout rules are killing me...

*There's two primary time slots on Sundays when the majority of teams play (not including the Sunday night game).
*The NFL will never schedule both teams to play at the same time.
*If the game isn't sold out, it's not televised.
*The NFL will not allow another game to be shown on TV if a local game is blacked out.

If I lived in Nebraska, I would have the option of watching four games (2 early games and 2 later games). However, I've had more than enough Sunday's whereby both the niners and the raiders didn't sell enough tickets and thus BOTH slots were blacked out.

I'm not going to watch a game at the Oakland Colesium and having visited the new Levis Stadium, I won't be going there either (transportation is a disaster). They'd get my advertising dollars by watching them on TV tho.

Comment: He takes off using the prosthetic leg... (Score 4, Informative) 175

by HockeyPuck (#47543683) Attached to: Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

If you watch the jump carefully you'll notice that he takes off (launches) from the prosthetic leg. I wouldn't be complaining too much if he took off from his real leg.

Look at the kangaroo, a kangaroo has a very long Achilles tendon. This allows them to be very efficient in jumping buy storing up so much energy when it stretches out like a rubber band enabling them to jump very far with very little effort. Humans on the other hand, have very short achilles tendons and therefore do not have this mechanical advantage.

When landing, the impact force and weight of the this guy is absorbed by active elastic stretch of the prosthetic. When he jumps, the weight is accelerated by a recoil force due to elastic recoil of the the prosthetic. This recoil force is much greater than that of what our our achilles tendon plus the active contraction of our calf muscle can do.

This guy has the equivilant of a 15inch long achilles tendon. As if you look at the video when he actually makes the jump, you'll see the prosthetic "foot" is bent 90 degrees from it's normal angle. The human achilles tendon is a) not 15in long and b) doesn't bend 90 degrees.

As a side note, I would assume there is no "fatigue" or decrease in "springiness" of the prosthetic between his first, second and third jumps. He could always show up to an event with a brand new prosthetic.

He's cheating.

Comment: Re:Needs functionality (Score 2) 381

by HockeyPuck (#47440559) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

In the old days (1980s), my laptop would go weeks without a battery charge.

I guess if you didn't turn it on, and I'm calling BS.

As someone that worked on the Original Thinkpads (IBM 755cx and the 701C (butterfly), I guarantee you that no laptop in the 1980s could run for weeks without a charge, unless you claimed systems that were more calculator than laptop (intel 386/486 type CPU).

Note that the 755CX sold for about $6000 back then.

Comment: Physical design (Score 1) 139

by HockeyPuck (#47411181) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Two things stand out:

How do you fit it into your front pocket? Maybe if you were overalls it'll fit into that massive chest pocket, but for regular jeans/slacks/pants, I doubt it.

Sharp corners... if it already barely fits in your pocket sharp corners are going to make it even harder to get out.

Comment: Where have I seen these claims before? (Score 2) 203

Every few years we come across one of these articles where some teen claims an amazing breakthrough

16yr old and Encryption

17yr old nuclear bomb detector Note that he claims he built a nuclear reactor when he was 14..

Can I get an article if I write a blog when I discuss some unsubstantiated claims that my golden retriever has found a way to increase the aerial density of a HD by 100x based upon chew marks in a shank bone?

Comment: Re:Problem #1: Usage Cap (Score 1) 184

by HockeyPuck (#47293955) Attached to: EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Unfortunately thanks to Netflix and Amazon, I'm barely staying within my usage cap with Comcast as it is.

What the hell are you downloading? Raw uncompressed blu-ray images? According to Netflix's usage page, the highest quality streams use HD: 3 GB per hour, 3D: 4.7 GB per hour, Ultra HD 4K: 7 GB per hour.

For a HD stream, it would take you over 80 hours to reach 250GB. 40, 2hr HD movies. Wow. Just Wow. The average American watches 2.8hrs of TV per day. If you download 100% of only HD content from Amazon/Netflix every month you'll be about at the 80+hrs / month of usage. Still a lot of downloading, given that you can't watch live events (sports/news broadcasts). Btw, even the World Cup isn't broadcast in 1080p like on broadcast/cable TV.

The current caps are from 250GB to 350GB depending on your service area. In fact, if you look at your data usage, you'll notice that they've suspended the 250GB cap enforcement.

You do realize that you fall into the .000001% of consumers who should be on a business plan if they want to download 50TB/month.

Remember no business caters to the .0000001% of consumers regardless of their business. You should vote with your dollars, find a provider that will give you unlimited usage with higher bandwidth. I'm sure there's plenty of ISPs that would be willing to drop an OC48 (2.4Gb) into your house for a quite a few grand a month. Or a Comcast business solution that has no cap.

Surely a 150Mbdown 20Mb up with no caps for $250/month is enough for you and your entire family to watch HDs every minute of every day until your eyeballs rot. Just think, with 150Mb/s down you could consume about 65GB/hr, or 20 HD movies per hour 24hrs per day, 7 days per week...

Right tool for the right job. Obviously you want Commercial Services at Residential Pricing and you don't meet the requirements of the typical Residential user, so switch to Commercial Services and be happy.

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