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Comment: Re:They failed to realize... (Score 2) 245

They could still do it, and then the "spotlight" will be on a bunch of clowns in suits trampling over common sense and decency. They could always fire whichever clown was responsible and say "we apologize for our gross error of judgement; clearly you'd have to be on drugs or mentally ill to refuse such a simple request".

Comment: Re:Amazoing (Score 1) 415

by Threni (#47397909) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Especially when you consider the size of MicroSD cards (which you'd connect to your pc using usb converters). You don't need to keep them on the floor where dogs can physically walk to; instead, they could be hidden above doors/windows, attached to the tops of curtains, etc. Next to invisible, disposable cost, and containing encrypted data. I suppose the police could start to train smaller dogs which the officers could hold above their heads to scan the room.

Comment: Re:Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (Score 2) 132

by Threni (#47388671) Attached to: Google Reader: One Year Later

Now if there could just be some change to "how shit works on the internet" so they stop getting taken down by DDOS's, apparently at the whim of script kiddies demanding ransoms.

But yeah, nothing beats RSS. Google can come up with all funky magazine viewers, along with Flipboard and god knows what else, but only 0.00001% of the internet ever gets on board with that (and those overdone interfaces with shitty functionality - give me a break), and other people can suggest "social...uh..stuff, you know, like twitter, facebook..." as somehow doing what RSS does (still waiting for someone to explain exactly how that's supposed to work, but thanks for suggesting it anyway)
whereas RSS is trivially added to any website and is platform/ui agnostic.

Google killing Reader really woke me up to what can happen if you use a non-core part of a company; I don't start using anything now from any company unless it appears to me that the company wouldn't survive withdrawing the service.

Comment: Re:That's not going to make (Score 1) 105

by Threni (#47382841) Attached to: London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

There's nothing unique about London cabbies, in that regard. All over the world there are drivers who are familiar with the road system they live/work in.

Amused how you managed to find a way to imply that, as someone who spells utilization that way, his opinion is somehow inferior to a natives! (You might, given this attitude - to say nothing of your username - like "the book of Dave", by Will Self, which imagines a future society which has at its scripture a notebook from a 20th century London cab driver!).

Historical data? Sorry - I just want to get across town. I need to know how to get there, avoiding any local, current problem. Google does that - or have you not checked? State of the roads? My car's got suspension, so that's not really a problem. Also, you're out of scope now; the knowledge doesn't cover that, and I'm not always going to be driving myself; I might chose a minicab from someone more sensibly priced, friendlier (rather an Asian with something to say, that an outsized racist who's afraid to cross Battersea Bridge) who also has access to Google Maps, and a radio network of colleagues.

Face it, London Cabbies are going to go away. Might as well deal with in instead of clinging to increasingly desperate USPs!

Comment: That's not going to make (Score 2, Interesting) 105

by Threni (#47382029) Attached to: London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

the fat, racist, overpriced cabbies happy! "They come over 'ere, with their apps and technology... you can't beat the knowledge". Turns out, you can; you just need to know where you are, where you're going, and how to get there. Works fine when I'm travelling abroad; why do you suppose it should stop working in London? (North London at that; they don't like driving South of the river...too many darkies, right fat boy?)

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI