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Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 171

I don't agree with this.

Roughly 90% of owners clean up their dog's poo. Requiring the vast majority to pay for the actions of a minority will a) not incentivise the minority to change behaviour and b) punish people that are doing the right thing (e.g. why should I keep being tidy when I'm paying to be untidy).

You'd get much the same effect putting the whole poo pickup tax onto general rates - lots of innocent people paying for the actions of the minority.

I initially thought the idea of using DNA was crazy but as long as the test can be made cheap enough I have decided I support it. Whack the people you catch with a big fine ($500?) and publicise the heck out of what you're doing, and I think the behaviour will suddenly trickle off to the point that the programme becomes cost effective.

Comment Re:Copyright in game streams (Score 1) 94

It's free advertising that has amazing marketing data generation, and customer interaction levels on par with the Victoria's Secret fashion show they televise every year. If they don't already directly address copyright issues in their EULA now, they will soon. All of the major publishing houses have been promoting e-sports for a while and there have been close to zero takedowns based on game streaming.
I see the potential for conflict here, but in the last four years it has been a non-issue, and Google's army of lawyers have vetted the project so I'm reasonably sure they're in the clear here for all but the smallest/out of touch developers.

Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 249

The point of the government (in the US, originally) was to regulate interstate, international trade and provide a common defense. At some point along the lines, states lost a lot of their power to the federal government and we've moved in to a welfare state model (i.e. socialism). That's not a bad thing, especially as manufacturing is increasingly automated, and computers replace white collar jobs at an alarming rate, we're probably going to need some sort of guaranteed minimum income, but to answer your question, the primary purpose of government is/was to protect businesses and enforce trade agreements and defend against invasion/pirates. Neat stuff like guaranteed vacation, maternity leave, social security, health care etc are luxury items, like leather interior or power windows over the standard package.

Comment Re:Just call a taxi... (Score 1) 249

It's near impossible to get a taxi to pick you up during peak hours from your house to go to a bar. The taxi drivers just plain won't do it for the $6 or so they get, plus time/gas lost going to pick you up, it's not worth risking missing an airport ride.
With Uber though, the invisible hand of the market selects them, and they must respond. I get rides to work on time, nearly every day. You can't reliably use taxis as transportation in my town, sadly.

Comment F5 key is more important (Score 1) 240

I use the F5 key all the goddamn time, mostly refresh/rerun/recompile
F5 is generally the left-most Function key of the second block, separated by a space from the F4 key. I use the F5 way, way more than I do the 6 key (which is over on the numpad).
I got a wireless Microsoft Sculpt ergo keyboard and while I love it, it's taken me a while to get used to the fact that the F5 key is not in the middle, I have to look for the F6 key, then go one to the left. After six months or so I'm used to it, but old habits die hard, and that visual cue between the F4 and F5 keys being gone was hard to get used to. To be fair Microsoft has the corresponding Function key above each number key, although that's dumb because anyone buying this keyboard is a touch-typist.

Comment Windows was unstable, Solais/i86 was undeveloped. (Score 1) 136

I was working for an ISP in 1998 and needed a stable system for my (work) laptop to access the systems and the internet.

The problem with windows was that the driver for my PCMCIA ethernet card made the system unstable. Most notably it was unable to reliably wake up from sleep. Solaris on i386 was available, but I considered it a weak beta. A few people at work were big fans of Linux, so I tried loading Redhat on my system. It only took me an hour or two to find the driver I needed (our windows guru had spent days trying to solve the driver problem with Windows).

Once I got the driver installed, the system was gloriously stable and fast compared to Windows. I was hooked! Now, all of my machines run either Linux (desktop) or OpenBSD (routers, etc.). One laptop can dual-boot to Windows for a single piece of software that I occasionally use that depends on MS Office.

Comment Re:Like IE 6 it will be here for 10 more years (Score 1) 220

HTML 5 won't let you set persistent cookies as deeply as Flash will. When you're tracking click through and then where they continue browsing through to and doing deep analytics on that sort of thing, flash cookies are amazing compared to what flash will do for you.

Comment Re:Foolproof (Score 1) 258

I commute to work about 4 miles each way by bicycle, in Dallas, in August. It was 104 here last Friday, and ~85F by the time I arrived to the office, but I don't sweat too much getting to the office. I wear typical business-casual riding in to the office, leave my shirt + undershirt untucked, and unbutton the top button, then tuck everything in when I arrive. I use a fan for when I first sit down but most people aren't even aware I cycle to work. The ride home on the other hand is a bit warmer. In London it's about 58-65 degrees at 8am in the summer, which is absolutely perfect weather for a commute of up to about 10 miles over flat ground. Most metro areas (seattle and SF excepted) are built on relatively flat areas compared to the surrounding terrain. Showering before you leave for work instead of the night before helps too, as you're very clean and slipping in to almost sterile clothes so stink isn't an issue going to work. I wouldn't cycle from work ten miles after work straight to a date, though.
But yeah if you're a fat couch potato who's grossly out of shape, you're going to have trouble not sweating, at least for the first two months until your heart and body regain some strength. The first two months of commuting were not ultra-pleasant but now that I'm back in shape with a strong healthy heart, 3-7 miles on an empty stomach in the morning (without coffee, even!) is a snap.

Comment Re:wish this existed in silicon valley (Score 0, Offtopic) 258

And your house could be hit by a meteor and crush you instantly at any moment.
I get the fear, but in urban areas cyclists are becoming a more and more common sight in the states. It's way less prevalent in the suburbs, but in the urban core it's less uncommon to see cyclists, and drivers are slowly becoming more aware of cyclists and expecting to see them on the roads. I definitely agree that cycling in a cylist-poor environment is way, way more hazardous than a cyclist rich one. In the last four years of cycling to work here in Dallas (home of the massive SUV) I've noticed that drivers give me a lot more room as they pass than they once did. I'm also seeing 4-5 people cycling to work on my ~20 minute morning commute, where before I saw none. Presumably if I was headed out of downtown I'd see more.

Comment Re:Big Mistake. (Score 1) 167

Their Atom text editor is built on top of Chromium/HTML 5/Javascript and whatever else web 2.0 stuff they could cram in there, it's not a huge stretch of the imagination that this app is built on top of that. Nobody builds projects from scratch in Java anymore (except, perhaps Cisco)

Comment Re:Yeah 22 seconds? (Score 1) 664

My uncle keeps a small loaded shotgun on "display" in a rack over the double doors in the informal dining room that leads out to the back yard as a matter of home security. While I don't fully agree with this concept, he's otherwise a very successful businessman and relatively normal. It would probably take 30+ seconds from yelling "Jeb! Get my gun!" until Jeb fetches the gun from the kitchen and gives it to his father, but probably not a whole lot.
Keep in mind this guy with the loaded shotgun in the kitchen is fairly normal, holds down a good job and well respected in the community. That leaves a lot of room below him for some crazy guys walking around with loaded shotguns in their trucks, strapped to their backs, or maybe just wandering around the backyard drunk looking for the neighbor's rooster who wakes him up too early every morning but has finally "trespassed" in to his yard. Law of averages says eventually a drone is going to be flying overhead of some redneck while he's within arm's reach of a loaded gun. It was only a matter of time.

Comment Re:It'll never happen (Score 1) 280

I ride UIer about three times a week. I live just far enough from the office, and I have to pay for parking downtown that it's right at the tipping point where riding my bike or taking an uber boils down to the weather.
That said, over half the drivers I talk to have been driving for over six months, and it's their primary source of income. None of them seem particularly malnourished. Right now it's about $4 for a ride in my city, I would imagine if you cut the driver out of the equation the cost will drop significantly. Especially if you can get bulk rate on electricity and switch to electric cars, where you strip out most of the mechanical failure.
If Uber doesn't offer some sort of Owner Operated ride share program (they already finance car loans), then someone else will come behind them and do it.

What the gods would destroy they first submit to an IEEE standards committee.