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Comment How about this (Score 1) 249

Uber sets a max price. Drivers are allowed to tell the app that they're willing to take a smaller sum, and Uber will dispatch the lowest-priced car in the area to the user if they're within some time window where it won't make the wait excessive. The higher price incentivizes the drivers, but they're allowed to compete on the price if they want, which will serve to hold it down.

Comment Good luck with that in California (Score 1) 96

I'll bet the discharge water won't meet environmental standards, even if it's the identical stuff taken from the ocean. There was one guy who had a business farming fish and he was using ocean water. His discharge was cleaner than the intake water, but it didn't matter; they wanted him to clean it even more. He ended up shutting down and moving the business to Hawaii rather than deal with the intransigence of the bureaucrats.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

I think it's obvious those particular messages shouldn't be an issue here. Last I checked ex post facto is still not allowed. My current understanding is that there have been messages found that were classified at the time that she transmitted them using her personal server. At the very least she deserves official censure for failing to follow appropriate State Department procedures. I think Treason is probably overstating the case as would be violations of the Patriot Act or Espionage Act, however the title 18 violation currently looks legit and that's pretty serious stuff.

It's also clear from this story that she's given thumb drives containing the emails in question, plus many other as-yet-unexamined ones, to people who don't have security clearances. That's the kind of thing that got David Petraeus convicted. And in his case, the documents were the lowest level of classification, CONFIDENTIAL, and not TOP SECRET.

Comment Remember the IRS "non-scandal"? (Score 1, Insightful) 256

Anyone who pooh poohed the notion that the IRS has been turned into a political weapon, you only have to look here to see the process in action. Those in power will use every available lever to get at their enemies. The only thing that will curb this kind of abuse is not just to fire them, but prosecute and imprison them.

Comment Re:I take issue with the cloud software (Score 1) 82

Software should not be dictated from the "cloud". It needs to be users that are in control. Specifically I don't see a reason why we can't have the software and install it on our own servers if we wish to. So long as we have the option of our own servers I can then concede to using non personal cloud servers for processing speed.

Seems to me that's the the dev kit will get you. People will develop their own versions of the app to use a local or their own cloud database and let the user be dependent on the vendor.

Comment Thinking out a little further (Score 1) 82

Maybe bars could license this technology and build in overhead sensors that continually scan patron's drinks for date-rape drugs. And maybe the cops could put them at strategic locations to look for drug or gunpowder or explosive residue on passers-by, who they could then stop because they'll have probable cause.

Comment Exchanging insurance information (Score 1) 549

They have somebody hit them every 135k miles. I wonder how that compares to the world at large? And I wonder what's going to be the protocol when it happens with nobody in the car or the passenger doesn't own it? A car lacking a driver can't exactly exchange insurance info or do the normal things one does when involved in a collision.

Comment Re:Waiting for that first "Nanny state" comment... (Score 1, Insightful) 363

... because, of course, a city writing a letter asking a company to do something is exactly the same as requiring it - at least in the eyes of certain slashdot political pundits. I expect this comment will be moderated down "troll" or "flamebait" by the same members of slashdot's conservative majority that will be up-moderating "insightful" the first nanny state comment.

So you're getting outraged by as-yet-unexpressed but anticipated outrage? How proleptic of you.

Comment Re:Oh, another stupid trekkie delusion (Score 1) 503

I'm picturing a universe where machines are as capable or even more capable than humans at all those things, creativity included. There are no effective limits other than the scarcity of materials, and given potentially infinite labor and energy, even that won't be much of a limit. Assuming the machines don't do away with us as useless vestiges, humans can have all the material wealth they wish to amass. Or maybe by that time we'll be able to jack ourselves into a totally immersive virtual reality and live like gods of our own universes.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"

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