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Comment: Re:It does get more drivers on the road (Score 4, Insightful) 96 96

I think the idea is that those drivers will be less likely to work that morning/afternoon when there is a high prices night up ahead. Of course the means there are limited drivers on the lower priced afternoons, but it should work out as time goes on with more and more drivers signing up.

Comment: Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477 477

Yep, you will see buses replaced by much smaller autonomous vans. At first you may even have the same old routes, but that's fine because you can a larger fleet of vans, imagine a van coming every 5 minutes instead of a bus coming every 30 minutes. Later the routes will get more auto customizable. You'll likely save money by walking to the nearest major road because navigating the small neighborhood suburban streets is very time consuming,
In general some type of autonomous pod would be cheaper in the long run than having to share a bus. Maybe pods that join up together on major roads and act like a bus for fuel efficiency.

Comment: Waste is heat! (Score 1, Funny) 198 198

What all these articles about appliance waste ignore is the fact that if you use electric heat, your Xbox waste heat is just as efficient as any other electric heater (ignoring heat pumps). If its cold outside, running your xbox 24/7 as long as the heat is in a necessary area isn't being wasted.

Comment: Nightclubs too? (Score 1) 207 207

I get that the cop can easily verify it, all he needs is your ID number and he can look you up. So there really is no need to hand him anything. But I don't see how one would make this app secure or usable as a form of ID for buying alcohol or getting entry into bar.

Comment: Re:a collision wouldn't surprise me (Score 4, Informative) 65 65

You have no idea about how big the vastness of space is. The chance of them colliding is like the chance of two bullets being fired in a high arc across New York city, and them colliding. Sure that chance happens once per orbit, but its simply not going to happen especially as they both will eventually establish stable orbits that simply will never cross.

Comment: Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (Score 1) 246 246

As you don't know the details you simply stop reading. There could be any number of "irregularities in the pension fund", maybe a transaction was reversed or a simple typo, it happens all the time. Unless you continue reading to know the full details such a headline means nothing. In reality pretty much no matter what you accidentally read, most "small snippets" are almost never accurate towards the full content.

Comment: Re:He just doesent' get it.. (Score 4, Informative) 514 514

http://www.nber.org/digest/sep...

The National Bureau of Economic Research sent out 5,000 resumes to 1,300 jobs randomly assigning black or white sounding names to the resumes. The black sounding names received 50% less callbacks than the white sounding names.

Comment: Re:Visualing this? (Score 1) 155 155

He's my vision, though I haven't been able to get Amazon to think about it..

Truck drives down neighborhood road slowly. Drones enter and leave the back of the truck as it drives delivering packages to houses within a 500 feet distance.

Truck can skip every other road or so.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 139 139

There is a difference between regulation and anti-corruption.

Uber is showing that a deregulated system can work. You need true competition though and a government to enforce anti-monopoly policies and crack down on mafia corruption. Many cities over regulate the taxi industry and limit the number of cabs to a ridiculously low number to keep prices high. In your other case a mafia (a semi governmental entity in itself) is doing the same thing. //Randians are crazy, but there certainly is room for balance.

Comment: Re:Touch Server (Score 1) 681 681

An interesting sidenote. There is "some" advantage to Metro for 2013 Server. Its lighter weight than the full desktop. If you have a suite of custom .NET management apps, 2013 Metro will run those apps and be much lighter weight than a full desktop. //MS does advertise this idea, I have no idea why.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

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