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Comment: Re:Supermodels (Score 1) 268 268

The people who are the most qualified to tell us about the climate are corporate execs and economists who *really really want* global warming to be not real. If someone tries to pull you out of that protective bubble, the best thing you can do is close your eyes, cover your ears, and yell LA LA LA as loudly as possible.

Comment: Re:Teamsters (Score 3, Interesting) 228 228

by Lendrick (#49628745) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

> > A human will be present at the wheel at all times, and will take control whenever the truck is in more populated areas.

For now. Anyone who thinks that eliminating drivers isn't the end goal of this (or that we lack the ingenuity to do it) is fooling themselves. Think about it. If you replace your fleet of regular trucks with driverless ones, you suddenly don't have to pay all those drivers $50k a year (or whatever it pays now), and your trucks are twice as productive because they can operate 24 hours a day since there's no driver to get tired.

Mind you, I'm not advocating that we halt technological progress, but we're coming up on a time when there just aren't going to be enough jobs to go around, and the economy is going to have to adjust for that in a way that rewards people who work but doesn't starve people who want to work but can't find jobs.

Comment: Realistically... (Score 1, Interesting) 236 236

by Lendrick (#48325661) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

The anchors in question have iPads and are comfortable using them. Microsoft almost certainly paid CNN to have all their anchors use Surface tablets on air, and the anchors probably aren't particularly thrilled that they have to ditch the platform they're comfortable with. I'm sure that now that this (admittedly hilarious) picture has circulated, it will be mandated that CNN anchors not have iPads anywhere near them while on the air.

Comment: This is just traditional web advertising (Score 2) 116 116

by Lendrick (#48325619) Attached to: Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

Ads have been pretending to be part of website user interfaces forever now. A good website would ban those kinds of ads, but Facebook's customers (the advertisers) pay top dollar for unfettered access to Facebook's main commodity (its users). The only way that's ever going to change is if people start to leave Facebook in droves, but unfortunately it's the primary way that Gen X, Gen Y, and older Millenials communicate with each other. It's going to be a couple decades yet before Facebook's primary users age into less valuable advertising demographics, and people have already shown that they're generally unwilling to jump ship for better platforms (Google Plus isn't great, but it's a hell of a lot less obnoxious than Facebook). Me, I deleted my Facebook account several years ago, and have never looked back.

Comment: Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (Score 3, Informative) 278 278

by Lendrick (#48057655) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

I think it's because cheap hotels are for regular travelers and nice hotels are for people traveling on business who will be reimbursed by their employers. Even for expensive hotels, the prices are pretty minuscule compared to what a big company can afford, so money is really no object for them. So the employees book at expensive hotels because it's kind of a perk of traveling for their company, and private individuals book at cheap ones because that's what they can afford.

Comment: Late to the tablet game... (Score 3, Interesting) 179 179

by Lendrick (#46875417) Attached to: Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

...and desperately attempting to avoid irrelevance.

That being said, there's some sense to the strategy. If it's true that they lost money on the original Xbox, then it's worked for them in the past. Selling products below cost is a good way to get customers, provided your product is good enough that they'll buy your next one at a price where you'll actually profit.

I don't personally see Microsoft tablets being taken seriously (the number of people I see on the internet who apparently like Windows 8 doesn't fit with the number of people I've met who like it in real life, which leads me to believe that they learned a lesson from Vista -- albeit not the right one -- and have seen the value in paying astroturfers to pad their failures a bit). But then again, I didn't expect the XBox to be a runaway success either, and it did just fine, so time will tell.

Fortunately there's enough competition in the tablet market among Apple and all the different Android manufacturers that Microsoft isn't likely to be able to achieve the level of lock-in that they have on the desktop market, which means that another viable tablet maker could actually be a good thing. So even though it's Microsoft, I don't wish them ill here.

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