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Comment Re:Does the real name policy curb trolling? (Score 1) 214

Perhaps, but imagine for a moment that you're an LGBT (or otherwise marginalised) teen living in a fairly hostile community. You'd want to reach out and communicate with people who could empathise, but wouldn't want to reveal your identity lest it lead to retribution. Not requiring a real name would allow them to reach out in a safer manner on that particular platform.

Until they screw up and contaminate their 'real' account with their 'secret' account... Facebook has a real names policy and plenty of people seem pretty happy with that, if someone wants to use a pseudonym then use a service that allows them.

Comment Re:You're missing the point; it's like software te (Score 1) 91

Most software tests in the waterfall model -- including tests in xnu (that's the name of the Mac OS X kernel build component) and in ChromeOS regression tests -- tests for the bugs that have already been fixed.

If that is your experience then it says more about your experience than wider practice. Regression testing is simply ensuring that functionality that is already in place is not compromised when new versions/extensions/etc are added. Tests from the original specification for the system would be part of ongoing regression testing as the system is expanded/updated.

Comment Re:Is the NYT Racist? (Score 1) 231

Just couldn't wait to jump on this topic with an ignorant strawman about the plight of the "poor oppressed white person" being held to some imagined different standard. It doesn't take a genius to tell the difference between to two situations that you're too intolerant to appreciate.

Comment Re:Apropos of nothing... (Score 1) 469

Bollocks. Uber pricing is in line with or higher than Taxis in a number of cities. Even in cities where Uber is more competitively priced it isn't by enough that Taxi prices are for the 'elite' yet somehow Uber prices are ideal for the masses.

If you want transport for the masses then do something about your shit public transport (or wait for autonomous vehicles) rather than naively expecting any private driver / private car to be cheap.

Comment Re:Apropos of nothing... (Score 0) 469

Woosh. Try reading what is actually written rather than making up your own inaccurate imagined conversation.

The original comment was "A law is a law. Period". It wasn't "a just law is a law", or "a law applied to a company", or "a law applied to Uber". My point was to refute that statement, and had nothing to do with Uber's actions and my own opinion of them (which is generally negative).

In short, please try and read to the end of the sentence this time: What Uber does is often illegal, and often 'wrong', but the illegality in and of itself isn't the problem.

Comment Re:Apropos of nothing... (Score 4, Insightful) 469

Yeah, cool analogy. But bad analogy.

No, it was an excellent analogy to rebut someone's argument that "A law is a law. Period". The entire point of the Rosa Park counter is to highlight that something being a law in no way, just by that fact, justifies a position.

What Uber is doing is wrong not because it's against the law, but because the laws it breaks are laws that the population in general see as being at least acceptable. If a state made giving lifts to abortion clinics illegal then I'm sure plenty of people would be raving about their principled stand if Uber refused to stop doing it.

Comment Re:Uber is as safe as taxis (Score 4, Insightful) 469

Can anyone justify the expense and bureaucracy of taxi medallions when passenger safety isn't an issue?

Medallions are an outdated system that may have made sense at that time. However what we're talking about here (the examples of Ubers illegal practice in this article) isn't medallions. So no I, and I doubt many others, would even try and justify the medallion system but that doesn't mean that licensing on some level can't be justified on reasons beyond passenger safety.

Some examples of things that it might be justified to control via licensing (other than passenger safety):
Driver insurance
Passenger insurance
Pedestrian safety
Traffic Control
Availability of transport for the disabled/elderly
Availability of transport to/from less popular locations
Quality of service (especially in high tourist areas)

I'm glad services like Uber exist as they bring more competition, but that doesn't mean that I agree with Uber's desire for an unregulated free for all.

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 2) 469

Who would stop people from buying superior transportation services on a voluntary basis?

For every example I hear of of government/'the taxi industry' trying to unfairly crush Uber there's another example of Uber blatantly ignoring safety/insurance etc laws that seem to be pretty widely supported. Maybe they'd get more sympathy when unfair things happen to them if they weren't dicks half the time.

Also, as frustrating as the occasional anti-Uber posters are they have nothing on the pro-Uber zealots who jump on anything that doesn't go exactly how Uber wants as part of some unfair global conspiracy and government interfering.

Comment Re:Isn't that what we asked for? (Score 1) 229

Now a company is saying -- hey, we'll give you an incentive to use unobtrusive ads -- they'll actually reach more people (including the much sought-after millennials who use adblockers the most).

There are plenty of people who would be upset about that, but that isn't what is happening here. It's one thing for an adblocker to set a threshold for acceptable advertising, it's entirely another for them both dupe paying customers and allow advertisers to buy there way around the filter.

Comment Re:Should Go the Other Way (Score 1) 229

Someone who is willing to pay $1.99 for an adblocker is showing they are willing to pay a nominal amount to avoid ads. That isn't the same thing as being able to pay enough to make up for lost revenue from advertising. The web is built on advertising revenue; I'm certainly not saying that's a good thing but it is true, and it's a hard paradigm to change it seems.

Comment Re:Dear Crystal author..... (Score 1) 229

What's your point? You're using an adblocker so the site that blocked you lost no revenue, or even potential revenue, and saved themselves the bandwidth cost of your visit. Plenty of sites would be happy to lose 20% of traffic, if the 20% they are losing is a monetary black hole anyway.

Until a viable alternative way of raising revenue comes around (some form of micro-payments that works maybe) sites will be reliant on advertising for revenue. If you block advertising then losing your custom is a net gain for them.

Comment Re: That's just... dishonest (Score 1) 229

1. You can buy a new Mac plus iPhone for half that. Replace the iPhone with an iPod Touch or iPad to save a few hundred more. Used devices also work fine.

You're missing the point: As a hobbyist or tinkerer why would you even if the cost could be halved? The point stands that if you already own an iPhone then the cost and effort of being able to develop anything for it isn't negligible. That discourages many people from even trying, and those that do not unreasonably often want to charge so they can try and make a bit of that cash back.

Comment Re:Single line of code? (Score 2) 618

Because VW are going to recall hundreds of thousands of cars, stick them permanently in test mode with emission stuff switched on. There will then be a massive class action as people who bought a VW expecting x horsepower and y MPG demand compensation for getting considerably lower performance. This will cost them billions, and that's before the multi-billion dollar fine piled on top.