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Comment Re:NYC taxi system could DESTROY uber (Score 1) 210

The main difference in the business models is that Taxi companies have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a taxi license/plate/medallion, the supply of which has been artificially restricted by government regulation. This forces costs up for them and prices up for customers. There is no such regulation on Uber and so they are competing on unequal terms.

The supply of the taxi medallions has been restricted by regulation... regulations specifically lobbied for by the taxi companies. This is their own mess that they created, and a disrupting technology is ruining the business model they turned into law.

Comment Re:Japanese disaster movies (Score 1) 211

They are building a large apt building near Conshohocken. The thing must be 5 stories tall but the whole damned thing went up with wood framing (at least it looked like it from I-76). I'd imagine that there are quite a few buildings like that which would have model like collapses if subjected to typical movie building trauma.

Comment Re: 30 million lines of code?! (Score 1) 130

A backdoor might be hard to hide, but a backdoor enabling flaw might not be. Just as with any problem, you don't always have to solve it in one go, you take "bite sized" pieces and solve them.

So you don't enable a backdoor, you just introduce a flaw which makes it easier to exploit another flaw downstream.

Comment Re:Beyond humanity (Score 1) 378

The way human institutions are currently structured, the species is DE-volving. There's little hope that homo sapiens is going to become healthier, heartier or more intelligent through evolution. All of the evolutionary pressures have been removed by society and technology. Without drastic changes, we are an evolutionary dead end.

As long as humans are reproducing, humans are evolving. Even if it is evolving humans most adapted to pushing a button labeled "produce child" and having a robot nanny care for the child its entire life.

Pressures are not removed, they may change, but they are never removed until the last of a species dies.

Comment Re:A simple solution (Score 1) 214

Terrorist: "Hi, Bob's business freight courier service? I've got a lead on some test petroleum product I need shipped from the seller's address in Indiana to my office here in Fort Worth, TX. It's all packaged up and ready to ship. Just arrive at the loading dock and use the dock phone to call my number and I'll be down to accept delivery."

Petroleum product meaning standard fertilizer/petroleum mixture so favored for explosives. Office being the target building. And the number he calls from the dock phone will be a call to the trigger.

The point of this is to say that there are so many ways that this can be accomplished today, that it is kind of silly to worry about AVs when the potential exists in a billion different ways today. The key is to catch them before they are ready to call Bob's Courier Service. Once it reaches that level of maturity, from a counterterror perspective, you've failed.

Comment Re: Yes - known for years. (Score 1) 435

The only thing the MacBook has is 256GB of SSD storage, to the XPS 13's 128GB...i5, i3, to a notebook, they are mostly the same thing...

So the only thing is the storage... and the processor....

the mbp has more ports (hdmi & 2x thunderbolt/mini display port), a more than 50% larger battery, slightly lower screen resolution, but a faster gpu to go with it

the ports... the battery... the GPU...

Don't get me wrong, Macs do have a price premium, but it's not nearly as drastic as you are portraying. I hated macs, until windows 8 came around, and handling/using the machines on display at my local microcenter just sold me on the build quality of the Macs. So I bought a mac, setup a dualboot of windows 8 (I wish I could have done otherwise) and it's the best windows laptop I've ever owned. Check my post history prior to 2013 I was an absolute anti-mac standard PC fanboy. It's just that now that I focused a bit more on the quality of the hardware over individual specs the Mac turned out to be a good choice (Not the best for all) but for me .

Comment Re:Fembots (Score 2) 114

Cooking dinner? I'd rather do that my self for the moment as I like variety, which I don't think a robot would be as good at compared to extremely repetitive cleaning tasks.

Invert it. Robots prepare the food and you cook it. It's pretty damn near what I do now for my dinner. When I lived in DC, I got used to a place called "Let's Dish" it's one of those places where you prepare your meals from a list of recipes each month. You then stick them in your freezer for when you need them. Later the 'cooking' is basically just adding heat/sautéing/baking and you have a full meal in 30 minutes or so. It ends up being cheaper for me because even with the overhead of "Let's Dish" they buy their ingredients in bulk and my meals end up being about $3-5 per serving. I'm not careful enough in my meal planning to beat that.

So what do I mean by invert it? Robots in the preparation, humans do the final cooking. The early work such as chopping, slicing, packing, marinating, sorting are the kinds of mindless timeconsuming portions which seem to be right in line with the type of work a robot could do. The final cooking and cleanup requires much more subjective actions which are suited to humans. Thus invert it and you could have robots prepare your meals except for the final steps.

(Personally I love the make and take places because I always know that a meal has 6 servings, will take 30 minutes from freezer to plate, and keeps me from impulse purchases when in the grocery store)

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga