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Comment: Just use Lyft Line (Score 1) 155

I have been taking Lyft "Line" around and it's sweet.. They take you just about anywhere for $5. Yes, you have to stop and pick someone else up or drop them off usually but it's so damned cheap! This is one of those too good to be true things that will only last till the end of the tech bubble. Reminds me of getting Kozmo.com to deliver a snickers bar to your door during the last bubble.

Comment: Re:Not sure what they're looking at? (Score 2) 161

by TheNarrator (#49208433) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

Performance hasn't increased that much over the last couple of years. Mainly power consumption and die size decreased and GPUs have been integrated, most laptops come with SSDs, but other than that things just aren't that much faster. It's not like the late 90s where you went from a Pentium 66mhz to 3ghz in practically no time.

Comment: The human mind is not a turing machine (Score 1) 335

What causes the emotion of happiness? Serotonin? Dopamine? Endorphins? But what do these chemicals do except trigger receptor sites or cause further chemical reactions. What is being modulated to create that emotion? Is it an EEG pattern in the brain perhaps that modulates something else? The experience of consciousness is still a mystery...

Comment: Re:Usability is THE killer feature that Linux need (Score 1) 209

by TheNarrator (#47646551) Attached to: Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

It seems like Chrome OS already won the usability contest and has had significant commercial success. It's funny because Chrome OS is so easy to use and polished that even techies assume it's not linux. Just flip a switch though and you've got a bash shell and you can install an Ubuntu system on top of it.

Here's an example of a guy easily turning these $199 chrome books into ubuntu based coding machines:

http://blog.codestarter.org/po...

Comment: Somebody needs to make a new 1984 commercial.. (Score 3, Insightful) 126

30 years after the original 1984 commercial the rebels have been co-opted and are now partnering with big brother. That would make a great commercial: "2014". You could have the olympian women up on the screen and everything's colorful and everyone has prettier outfits but they're all still obedient slaves.

Comment: Works for dumb people... sure. (Score 4, Interesting) 95

by TheNarrator (#46807605) Attached to: The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

What are they going to do when they find out it doesn't work for smart people or people who make conscious decisions to alter their behavior based on their own research? They will just be ignored as outliers because they don't fit in to the statistical modeling. How does the machine learning algorithm model a learning human unless it knows where they're going before they do? What if people inside the model start computing social interactions based on a different model? Do we prohibit these people from evolving their behavior because they don't live inside the machine's conception of how they should act?

Comment: Misleading map (Score 5, Informative) 161

by TheNarrator (#46666183) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

If you look at the heatmap of downtown San Francisco and you click off Apple you'll see that there are plenty of android users in wealthy areas. The apple red just blocks you from seeing the android blue underneath. So IMHO, Android has a lot of wealthy users but Apple only has wealthy users.

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