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Comment: Re:Flawed Premise (Score 2) 453

by Rakishi (#48443665) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

First of all, cost is a big driver of user behavior. As a result anything which makes something cheaper will likely change user behavior. I suspect that a big part of the cost of existing car sharing programs is the logistics of keeping a lot of cars near where people live. If you could instead keep most in cheap industrial areas and move around to meet demand on their own then you'd save a lot of cost. That in turn can be passed onto customers.

Convenience is another big driver, if you make something more convenient then people are more likely to use it. A self-driving car would remove most of the differences in convenience between owning a car and something like ZipCar. The car would be at your door so no need to walk to the closest car sharing location. The car can return itself so you can actually make one way trips. They'll also be a lower chance of no cars being available since they can come to you from further away rather than being limited to just the nearby locations.

Comment: Re:Appropriate reply. (Score 1) 252

Nice thinking, except that Wikipedia is not a company, especially not an american one.

Yes it is. It's owned by the Wikipedia Foundation which is a non-profit company registered under US law in California.

It's not some grand complicated mystery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

Your inability to spend 10 seconds googling something isn't an argument, it's a statement about your own ignorance and laziness.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 139

by Rakishi (#45828367) Attached to: Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze

a) It's not a lot of data per link, but it is a lot of links. That 20 zloty plan is one link. Marta has 554 buses and 38 rail stations.

Since you can't do the math apparently I'll have to. $20 per bus per month comes out to under $150k per year to have GSM data everywhere. For comparison, the Breeze Card program had a $100 million budget and Marta has a yearly budget of $400 million.

So no it's not a lot of links or a lot of data or a lot of cost although it is sad how people can't do simple math and research anymore.

b) You have supplied no dataon the reliability of that link

What part of "There's a lot of reasons to not go with a GSM based approach but data cost is not one of them" is hard for you to read?

c) Pricing in Poland is not particularly relevant to Altanta, Georgia, USA.

Please read the whole thread in the future, I replied to someone who mentioned Poland. If you can't keep up with a simple thread of discussion then maybe slashdot is too complicated for you. And btw, the price of 1gb of data per month is $20 in the US through Verizon or ATT.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 139

by Rakishi (#45813375) Attached to: Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze

Because its expensive to run a lot of data over GSM links in every bus/tram in the city.

You don't need to send a lot of data. Maybe, 1kb for each authentication event? Assuming 2 million authentications per day (a lot) that comes out to 2 gigabytes of data per day. Last I was in Poland I think that cost around 20 zloty ( $10) to get on a prepaid plan. Hell, you can have it send 100 times as much data and you'll still end up paying less than the cost of maintaining the hardware itself.

There's a lot of reasons to not go with a GSM based approach but data cost is not one of them.

Comment: Re: Apple Build Quality (Score 1) 158

by Rakishi (#45250435) Attached to: Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

Yes, Apple is *gasp* a company and is driven by profits. When something makes up over 80% of your revenue (and increasing) you focus on that and not the remaining (and shrinking) slice.

Apple's focus on iOS and cute little phone apps has, for whatever reasons

Because that's actually making them money.

caused defect rates in their core desktop code to serious balloon.

Macs and OS X are Apple's side business, they haven't been core for a long long time.

Comment: Re:Define "Rockstar" (Score 1) 356

by Rakishi (#44825909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

You can see their code in advance and contacting someone directly vs having some headhunter google their resume off the internet and shotgun it at you might save you a few grand.

Which they'll in turn burn in lost productivity from all the time they spent looking through people's github pages.

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