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Comment: Re:Reg the Unavoidable (Score 1) 37 37

It will give the taxi companies less of a leg to stand on, which may be sufficient. As for city regulators, I would imagine that it depends upon the city. Some cities would be enthusiastic to get cars off of the roads since this incurs an expense (either through increased maintainence or building more capacity).

The tricky part is will this type of ride sharing provide enough service to be viable. It may work out for people commuting to work during peak hours. It probably won't work out for people who need to commute outside of peak hours or who are looking for service for other purposes.

Comment: Re:Advanced users and Apple don't really mix (Score 3, Insightful) 289 289

If you're only claim to being an advanced user is your ability to customize your system, then you aren't an advanced user. You're just a person who wastes their time customizing their software, and who will waste even more time trying to figure out how to use the default configuration on other people's systems.

People who actually know how to use their software, even if it is to better organize their music collection, have a better claim to being an advanced user. Personally, I'd set the bar a fair bit higher than that. On the other hand, at least they are actually using their knowledge to do something productive.

Comment: Re:They'll have plenty of fiber (Score 1) 56 56

Did you drink a bit too much of the kool-aid? Cuba may not be a free nation, yet there are far worse nations that still allow access to the Internet. Monitored and censored, sure. Yet that hardly means that they don't allow data onto the "fibre". They still want data that serves the interest of the state. For the most part, they don't care about data that isn't a threat to the state.

Comment: Re:Ask other retro communities (Score 2) 66 66

Yes, and replace them with modern power supplies before they fail. Power supplies rarely fail in a clean manner, which is to say that they will still provide power even if it is not functioning properly. The voltage may be too high or too low or, in the case of dried out capacitors, fluctuate. In most cases the computer will behave irratically, yet there are also cases where it can end up damaging other components. So just take the preemptive measure of replacing the power supplies to ensure that the critical components, the ones that are hard to replace, will have a lower chance for failure.

Comment: Re:It find it more amazing (Score 1) 302 302

Unless you are one of those people who passionately hated the Start Screen, it probably doesn't fix many of the things you don't like about it. Judging from the discussions about it, Microsoft has done very little outside of improving the integration between the Modern UI and the traditional desktop. Yet it is still a schisophrenic UI (which is easily bumped into when you try configuring yours system, as one example) and Microsoft is still pushing their online services.

Comment: Re:Playing devil's advocate here... (Score 1) 668 668

If you're talking about a condition that will not become progressively worse if left untreated, then sure, go for a placebo. If you're looking for a cure because you're paranoid of conventional methods, either because you don't trust the motives of pharmaceutical companies or are scared of the side-effects, for a condition that will deteriorate if left untreated -- well, let's just say that is downright foolish.

Comment: Script-toddlers ... (Score 1) 179 179

These people (a) don't know what computer science means or (b) don't understand a thing about child development.

Even allowing for an incredibly overly generously broad definition of computer science, one that stops just short of clicking a mouse button or tapping on a screen, they're going to have an awfully hard time teaching pre-K children computer science. These people really ought to know that since there's a reason why schooling starts at age 5 or 6: very few children have reached a stage cognitive development to support structured learning by that age.

Comment: Re:Lots of highly paid folks (Score 3, Interesting) 124 124

Of course there's a lot of people who are highly paid. Chances are that those people are highly skilled, or at least have highly specialized skills as well.

Put another way: if you get a degree in computer science, or you are self-taught using common resources, you probably have a skill set that reflects that reflects the bare minimum that a company will accept and you have a skill set that the market is flooded with. Either way, you are unlikely to receive a good salary and you are probably going to face a lot of competition to get a job.

On the other hand, those who specialize may enter disciplines with less demand but they are also entering disciplines with far less competition for jobs. If that discipline offers a good return for the investment for a business, those people will frequently garner better salaries. Likewise, if you have that computer science degree but consistently put in the effort to perform beyond expectations chances are that you'll have more opportunities and reap better rewards.

I'm not going to say that it'll work for everyone. Motivation in the workplace and soft skills count too. Too many people hold themselves back due to psychological rather than intellectual reasons. On the other hand, if you prepare yourself to be a low paid cog you will almost certainly end up being a low paid cog.

Comment: Misuse shouldn't result in banning ... (Score 1) 327 327

Presentation software has it's uses. Do you need to present something visual that contributes to the discussion? This may be a graph or a diagram. If yes, then you probably need presentation software. Do you want to provide a visual representation of something that backs up your point? This may be an excerpt from a report, an equation, or a block of code? Presentation software may be useful here. (I'm not suggesting that it should be used for instruction. Writing things out is probably better in that case to pace the instruction.) Do you want to show where you are in a presentation? You have to be careful with how you use presentation software in this case, but it can be useful.

There are definitely poor uses of presentation software. "Reading slides" and serving as "notes" are among those poor uses. Yet those are failures of the person giving the presentation. That person would probably give a poor presentation even if the presentation software was removed.

Comment: Re:SimCity Cities: Skylines (Score 1) 86 86

I enjoyed SimCity 4 more than Skylines, but I'll take Skylines for what it is because SimCity 4 did not age well. It's difficult to get running on modern hardware, and it is full of quirks if you do get it running.

As for the latest iteration of SimCity, no thank-you. It may be a good game, but it wasn't designed with people like me in mind.

Comment: Don't set and forget ... (Score 1) 1094 1094

The big problem with minimum wage is that it is usually set, then left alone for many years on end. This create a problem for people earning minimum wage, since their wages are not adjusted to reflect the cost of living. This is beneficial to businesses in the short term, because wages decrease in relation to other expenses. This is also detrimental to businesses in the long term, since it means that increases to the minimum wage tend to be large and create a correspondingly large jumps in expenses. It is much more sensible to link the minimum wage to the cost of living.

Comment: If ads were just annoying ... (Score 1) 618 618

If ads were just annoying, he would have a point. The terms are you get the content at zero cost, but it is being funded by advertising. Violating those terms is a bit immoral.

The flip side is the immoral behaviour of advertising: they track behaviour the reader's behaviour across multiple websites (which is dangerously close to stalking). They behave irresponsibly by not vetting their advertising clients (which can pose security risks). They also don't consider the bandwidth costs for the recipient of the advertising (which is especially relevant for users of mobile devices).

I honestly don't think that they should be talking about morality given the nature of their behaviour.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 246 246

This kid needs serious help. If serious help fails, they need to face punishment for their crime.

Consider: this is a premeditated crime, committed to accomplish a certain objective. It also reflects a series of mistakes, not a singular one, in order to reach that objective. It is not a prank to relieve boredom. It is not a singular mistake to get what they want. It is not a kid being a kid.

I'm not normally a fan of a heavy handed approach to punishing kids. Yet when a kid isn't acting like a kid, they do need to face the consequences.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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