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Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 2) 615

by Iniamyen (#47715469) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
I'm a Linux (and UNIX and Windows) user, but I honestly know very little about how drivers in Linux differ from drivers in, say, Windows, or any other OS for that matter. Could you explain what the issues are? I Googled for "Linux driver model" but didn't find anything particularly enlightening.
Transportation

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars 270

Posted by Soulskill
from the start-what-you-finnish dept.
New submitter NBSCALIDBA writes: Eeva Haaramo reports on Helsinki's ambitious plan to transform city transportation. From on-demand buses to city bikes to Kutsuplus mini-transport vans, the Finnish capital is trying to change the whole concept of getting around in a city. "Under the plan, all these services will be accessed through a single online platform. People will be able to buy their transport in service packages that work like mobile phone tariffs: either as a complete monthly deal or pay as you go options based on individual usage. Any number of companies can use the platform to offer transport packages, and if users find their travel needs change, they'll be able to switch packages or moved to a rival with a better deal."

Comment: Re:That reminds me... (Score 1) 146

by Iniamyen (#47678609) Attached to: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th
I tried Planetside 2 (maybe a year ago), and there were definitely fun moments. Most of the time, though, there weren't enough people online to be fun. It's the type of game where if there isn't a big battle going on somewhere it's not really that fun. And I'm not talking trying to play in the middle of the night, either, there were Fridays/Saturdays during primetime when there just wasn't anybody online.

Comment: Progress! (Score 1) 125

Once Denver sees you run Facebook or Candy Crush a few times, it's got the code optimized and waiting.

I am so fortunate to live in such an advanced age of graphics processors, that let me run the equivalent of a web browser application and a 2D tetris game. What progress! We truly live in an age of enlightenment!

Comment: Re:No need to qualify (Score 1) 382

by Iniamyen (#47459753) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Most states, prodded perhaps by dealer associations, have forbidden auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public.

There is no "perhaps" about it. Auto dealer associations are entirely the reason - no need to qualify your statement. They are parasitic middlemen and they know they have a good deal going. They cost both customers and the automakers money. They should have to compete and provide value just like any other business. There should be no legal prohibition against me buying a car directly from Tesla, GM, Toyota or any other car maker if I want. If the dealer can provide me extra value then fine but if they cannot (and most cannot) then they should disappear like the obsolete businesses they are. There is no rational justification I have heard for protecting their business model at my expense. Perhaps you know of a good reason but frankly for me if auto dealers disappear tomorrow it won't be too soon.

Yup. It rather like being required to head to your nearest brick-and-mortar travel agency to book a flight and hotel and pay them their middleman fee, rather than going to united.com and tripadvisor,com (or whatever your preferred vendor is).

I think in the case of buying airline tickets and hotel rooms (e.g. Travelocity, etc...) the same middleman claim could be applied. However, the difference is that for a lot of people, these middlemen actually DO provide value. And there's nothing preventing you from buying directly from the airline (or hotel, or car rental agency, etc...) if you WANT to.

Comment: Re:2-year CFLs (Score 1) 278

by Iniamyen (#47408383) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
Same here. I bought my first LED bulb at Costco a few weeks ago, because it was only $3, and after my experiences with CFLs, I'd like to be able to switch to LEDs after trying it out for a little while.

I think the breakeven point is better for LEDs than CFLs (cost of bulbs over time vs. energy savings), since CFLs seem to not last very long and LEDs keep getting cheaper. I want them to get a LITTLE bit cheaper still, before I start investing in large numbers of them, though.

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