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Comment Re:Or, alternately ... (Score 1) 389

flying cars or Mr. Fusion doesn't have a major financial incentive or even a humanitarian one. Those are purely convenience items, so couple that with regulation red-tape and high cost (never mind the technical aspects), and they won't happen anytime soon.. Self-driving cars on the other hand has one very big push.. the car manufactures don't loose out.. if anything they gain access to a new market segment (time shares, rentals, people who don't drive for many reasons (physical or psychological)), that gives them a vested interest in seeing this tech go live.. because the more cars on the road, the more the car manufactures can potentially make. Plus they have a almost built in obsolescence plan (hey, when it becomes required, you HAVE to buy/rent/time slice a "compatible" car).. A good well-maintained "manual" car can run almost forever (there are no requirements to upgrade its safety features if it didn't have it originally and assuming it complies to all current "road worthy" tests).. but when this comes out, you can bet you will have the same upgrading effect that the smartphone industry has.

In short, its a money game. And where there is money to be gained,, the tech will move.

Comment Re:Private Ownership? (Score 1) 389

I expect to see more "monitoring" of cars then.. Oh, you shifted to "manual" for a few hours, that is going to cost you extra.. the base rate I suspect will be around the best human statistical rate, and then go up from there (despite the fact that the claims should be substantially lower).. ie: once again, the consumer gets screwed. I am hoping that when self-driving cars hit critical mass insurance becomes more of an option rather than a requirement (like the extended warranty from Best Buy, you can opt out, but if something happens, well, woe be unto you for opting out).. but I doubt it.

Comment Re:Bars thrive (Score 1) 389

True self-driving cars are actually here.. the problem they are dealing with is not the road, its the "transition period" that is the risk (where 90% (and hopefully falling) of the cars that are driven by humans AND computers. I'm positive that the computers can drive on their own (google has already proven that).. but dealing with the other people on the road that are doing who knows what, and may or may not obay the rules of the road + the weather conditions = a bit challenge. The more self-driving cars are used, the easier the problem gets (weather is relatively easy to work around (from a software perspective) because relative to the computer it is slow to change. People... well, I can't even trust my bank to apply credit card points correctly on their own card..

Comment Re:Where is the _FREEDOM_ in that 'usa freedom act (Score 5, Funny) 294

In the words of Futurama: "My fellow Earthicans, we enjoy so much freedom it's almost sickening. We're free to choose which hand our sex-monitoring chip is implanted in. And if we don't want to pay our taxes, why, we're free to spend a weekend with the Pain Monster". That is really the only freedom you have.

Comment Re:You don't stop terrorists by patting people dow (Score 1) 357

So as much as I hate to give the government any credit in this regard, lets also be fair..

Israel has 4 airports (major and minor).. As an example, NORTH CALIFORNIA has 473 airports (major, minor and private). So we have to remember there is a scale difference that is going to impact training as a cost variable. If training 1 person to the correct level of competence at a single airport costs say 100,000 and to do the job correctly at a single airport requires 200 such people (we won't even get into ancillary staff that should be trained, monitoring of that staff to insure they don't themselves become a vector, etc..) that means 2 Million per airport.. so we are talking 8 Million for the COUNTRY.. vs. if we take just the top 10 largest airports in California, it would cost 10 Million to CA.. (and don't forget, there are 49 other states that have similar numbers).. some of which these numbers are not correct because traffic wise, they get in a month, what Israel gets in a year. Also lets also consider that most of Israel's traffic is international. vs. the US gets as much (if not more) international traffic and domestic (

So lets not forget we have a game of numbers that most other countries just don't have. Yes it could be done better.. (heck, my 15 year old half blind Maltese dog could do a better job.. damn labor laws won't let him work). but lets also be realistic that everyone wants everything without cost to them. (ie: protect me, do the best job possible.. but don't raise my taxes or impose other fees) its a delicate balance.

Comment Re:unlimited, free? (Score 1) 175

And if you think paying ANYONE is a promise against the service shutting down for business, legal, ethical, or just pure financial reasons, then you have obviously not been around long enough.

Services come and go all the time, (payment means nothing).. so still keep some local storage around for when the inevitable shutdown, or price hike that scares you, or the terms of service you don't agree with, etc.. I think people forget that google (like all companies) are not doing these things out of the kindness of their hearts, but rather business decisions, the same way like Facebook, and many others do. But me, I will stick with good old fashioned HD/Tape because at the end of the day, EVERYONE's terms all say the same thing (you upload it, but we own it.. so suck it)

Comment Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

I would agree, EXCEPT its not a matter of " whiny idiots" but rather breaking a system that by its very nature is prone to corruption and simply doesn't want change because it doesn't benefit the owners of the medallions.

Look at EVERY shake up in the industry (in the US with the break up of "MaBell", that upstart Google with their search engines and "Free stuff", Tesla, etc...) all of these groups tried to change the status quo so you are no longer playing on field owned by someone else's rules but rather the simple premise of who has the best product/service for the cheapest price, not "I HAVE to use them because the rules dictate I must" Uber is doing nothing more than what many many others have done (and are doing).

If they (the government) wanted it to change, they would create/revise a system in which these "self-owned" taxis can operate, pay a nominal fee and move on with their lives.. but rather than doing what other countries have done (ie: give them a framework that lets them operate), they want to just ban it (like that works).. once people get a taste of "freedom" its REALLY hard to put the genie back in the bottle). That is what the issue is.. Uber isn't saying "let us operate for free" they are saying "the rules state X, and we are operating within the confines of X, but we are not X we are Y", and the government is burying their heads in the sand saying "if you are X, only X, then you are X, everything else (Y,Z, X+1) is banned because we don't want to piss off the groups that pay a lot in taxes to us.

Comment Re:I'll take it (Score 1) 294

I would agree, EXCEPT that its the ones I'm least attracted to.. so it feels a little more like rape, than a frisk, which is certainly not fun. Upside, given how much they seem to be interested in my "package", I should just give them a washcloth so I can get some useful benefit out of the deal.

Comment Indiana and say Saudi Arabia are not the same (Score 1) 653

I think Carly is confusing the battles (perhaps intentionally). Indiana (as part of the US) actually has a law that talks about freedoms for all men (lets assume it means all people) and specifically calls for a separation of church and state so religious influence can not be forced upon the local population.. Countries like China and Saudi Arabia do not have those notions in their foundation. So its more of the hypocrisy of the US and the states that is at fault.. (all men are created equal.. ok.. well, they are not "men" so it doesn't apply.. Marriage shall be applied equally.. well, lets narrowly define what a marriage is instead of the general understanding that its an institutional/legal contract between two consenting adults, so we can exclude them).

Tim cook, as a CEO, has quite limited powers of influence outside of his "country".. So Apple doesn't sell in China.. (boo hoo.. the people there will buy their phones elsewhere, or import, like what they did before). But in the US, he shuts down plants, well, that has actual measurable impact because it impacts everyone there, and people no matter what they feel will vote with their wallets. (ie: No job (or a lower paying job, property values go down because of lower income/less jobs, education suffers (less money available to educational sector because its re-allocated to more "important" services (debatable but whatever), etc.. Those won't happen there, so its matter of picking your battle where you can actually have an impact. (and don't forget, CEO is not absolute ruler.. he runs a publicly traded company with shareholders, so he still has to turn a profit (or make sure all the majority shareholders are ok with lower profits for "a cause" otherwise, just what.. he gets kicked out, and any impact he was attempting to make would get pushed out with him. Its a delicate line and one that is not easily walked.

And don't forget, the bigger you are, your own local government (US) will often times encourage you to not rock the boat too much if they want to take to task another action. We don't live in a bubble that we can do absolutely ANYTHING we want.

Comment Re:Decoy (Score 1) 200

The problem with your idea is many fold:

1: You need to insure the communication channel in the host country is sufficient (not always the case)
2: The cost/time to pull all the relevant information back in a usable manner (so you spend at least a day to get all the pieces of what you need to do your work back, potentially more if the network speed sucks)
3: Drives up the cost to do business. (see reasons 1 and 2)
4: You need to insure the connection back to home base is not compromised/tracked (one reason why physical media for some very sensitive information is still used)
5: The biggest reason, almost EVERYONE has some blending of personal and business elements on the same device (some more than others).. even doing things like "synching/backup your personal phone to your laptop while traveling" means your private life is present.
6: In most cases, they take the machines "in the back" so you don't know what is actually being done to it.. (I've had two of these searches done, and in both cases since I'm a security forensics person, I can check the "Footprints" and in most cases, they have duped the entire HD's (I can see last physical access) and left snoopware on the laptops.. which means you would be bringing a compromised / Trojan horse back to home base with snoopware.. (can someone say lawsuit?)

So yes, I am not a fan.. because none of these laws take HUMANS into account (devious, easily compromised, greedy bas**rds they are)

Comment Re:well then, thats the solution. (Score 1) 303

You are right, but sadly all it does is feed into the problem.. because those hackers and leakers can be anyone.. with "better tools".. it gives them the moral "excuse" to justify more tools like Stingray (regardless of the fact that as your pointed out they created the enemy and will continue to make more enemies).. its a vicious cycle that won't break because both sides believe they are 100% right and their actions are 100% justified.

Comment Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 3, Insightful) 1059

A line from My Fair Lady comes to mind:

"Higgins:You mean to say you'd sell your daughter for fifty pounds?
Pickering:Have you no morals man?
Alfred P. Doolittle:No, no, I can't afford 'em, gov'ner. Neither could you if you was as poor as me. Not that I mean any 'arm, mind you, but if Eliza's getting a bit out of this, why not me too? Eh? Why not? Well, look at it my way - what am I? I ask you, what am I? I'm one of the undeserving poor, that's what I am. Now think what that means to a man. It means that he's up against middle-class morality for all of time. If there's anything going, and I puts in for a bit of it, it's always the same story: "you're undeserving, so you can't have it." But my needs is as great as the most deserving widows that ever got money out of six different charities in one week for the death of the same 'usband. I don't need less than a deserving man, I need more! I don't eat less 'earty than 'e does, and I drink, oh, a lot more. I'm playin' straight with you. I ain't pretendin' to be deserving. No, I'm undeserving. And I mean to go on being undeserving. I like it and that's the truth. But, will you take advantage of a man's nature to do 'im out of the price of 'is own daughter what he's brought up, fed and clothed by the sweat of 'is brow till she's growed big enough to be interesting to you two gentlemen? Well, is five pounds unreasonable? I'll put it to you, and I'll leave it to you."

Comment Re:So???? (Score 1) 447

Actually remember, Samsung holds patents on several parts apple is using..
So the actual cost may not be 4 dollars.. might be closer to 10.. (just on the iphone).. what about the ipad(s), laptops, desktops, appleTV.. etc...

So net increase to apple (Across the product portfolio) may be something like 50 dollars.. PER device made.. (doesn't matter if its sold or not).. and don't forget.. rejects/faulty devices still require the increase.

Its certainly not putting anyone our of business.. but its a healthy chunk of change for Samsung.. a little reminder/sting to apple.. ("Do you REALLY want to f*ck with us?"), and helps to finance this insane zealot war that apple is pushing.

Comment This was expected.. (Score 3, Insightful) 447

Come on.. why would you sue and attempt to bully one of the worlds largest manufacturer chips/screens/etc... and especially those used in your own device. Its akin to me suing my employer while I still work for them.. You know there are going to be repercussions.. Its not a lot (most likely because anything higher than 20% could get them sued (ie: retaliatory business practices).

Sucks that its all going to get pushed down to the consumer. (with a suitable markup).. of course, this could be what Samsung wants.. (gets apple to price themselves out of the market).. because the carriers are not going to absorb that cost.. Apple sure as heck won't take it..

(Glad I'm an Android / Hackintosh guy).