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Comment The Same Store (Score 1) 189

If Flash has been buried, then how does one go about contacting authors of classic SWF vector animations and games (Weebl's Stuff, Homestar Runner, and most of the stuff on Newgrounds, Kongregate, Dagobah, and Albino Blacksheep) and convincing them to remake their works in HTML5?

The same store you go to to get all your games migrated to newer versions of consoles.

Comment Some notifications already out (Score 4, Informative) 71

The article summary makes it seem as if no-one has been notified, but I know at least one person who works for the federal government that was notified a week or so after the leak was revealed (and given information about the credit monitoring agency).

Comment Re:It's just handy (Score 1) 51

Takes between two and five seconds depending

And with a smart watch it takes less. With a notification that appears only on my phone and not my watch that goes to zero depending on context, because it means something I can look at much later.

It also can be a matter of minutes difference between walking and driving somewhere, but people still drive, take taxis, buses, etc.

if notifications are the thing you care about, I would think the pebble has you covered there.

Two problems:

1) There is no filter, the pebble gets all notifications. That is useful but not AS useful - as I said I really like the layer of notification processing, so only really important notifications reach the watch.

On Android that is different and they allow you to choose what notifications go through.

2) The Pebble screen is not very readable at all in a lot of indoor areas, so even with it being quicker to see actually being able to read it takes longer than it takes to pull out a phone.

But notifications are just one small aspect of the many small things that makes a smart watch useful overall, so to focus on problems with any one aspect doesn't help you understand anything much. It's like you are saying that because the elephants toenail is untidy, it can never carry much weight...

I think these things are toys and I don't take them seriously.

Your loss. I think of them as tools and use them in ways that improves my life. Dismissing newer technology as toys is one way to get easily blindsided by wide acceptance and implications thereof.

Comment It's just handy (Score 1) 51

First of all - three things? I charge the Apple Watch watch every day, my phone every other day or so, sometimes more.

That's like one or two a day.

I guess you might mean a laptop, but it's not like you really have to remember that generally since it just gets plugging in when I get home to attach to a larger external monitor. But that would still be three at most.

Anyway, as to why the Apple Watch is useful - it's just handy.

There's not one thing that's amazing. But It's nice to see notifications a little quicker, and to know they were important enough to make it to the watch instead of just the phone. It's just a little quicker to see who is calling or messaging me. It's just a little quicker to respond to people. It's just a bit nicer to be reminded to get up and stretch every hour or so instead of getting lost deep in the fog of the computer.

It's many little things, none of which are amazing as I said - but together they are enough that I find the device worth carrying with me, and am sad if I forget to wear it for the day.

Note that I said the Apple Watch at the start of that, because although the Pebble Time has some nice features in a week of using it I didn't get the same useful vibe from it. And even though the applications for the Apple Watch are a bit primitive now, the App Market for the Pebble is much more scarce in terms of useful apps.

Comment They already have been limiting tethering (Score 1) 331

I have had an unlimited data plan on T-Mobile since May of this year (I called in advance of an upcoming conference and they said it would be about the same price for unlimited as the upgrade I wanted).

SO I get to the conference, and I'm streaming video and so forth and a few days later tethering stops working. Data on the phone works fine, I just can't tether... Then I get on a message on the phone that I've hit a 5GB tethering cap.

I call them up saying I'm at a conference and I really need more tethering data, and I'm happy to pay any amount to make that happen. The only thing they can do is to downgrade me to a non unlimited plan, which gives me 7GB of tethering data (which as an aside I run out of a few days later and have to limp along with no tethering after).

The point is that they seemed to already be addressing tethering users, so I wonder how they had some users able to have unlimited tethering to begin with...

I do think some cap on tethering is reasonable, though 5GB is too low and there should be some way to pay to extend just tethering ability if that is needed. At the time I frankly would have paid $100 for another 5GB, if that helps you have an incentive T-Mobile...

Comment The incentive is continuous (Score 1) 154

Because ten years down the road after Uber puts taxis out of business, there is no longer any incentive to remain clean or maintained.

Even a moment of thought would reveal how untrue that statement is, because cars with poor drivers or unsafe or unclean, would not get riders - who can see the cars rating quite plainly

Look over Fluffenmutter's history, a more obvious shill for the taxi industry I've never seen. Not once will admit a single flaw with taxis, while claiming that every flaw taxis suffer from Uber must suffer also - even though any user of Uber and Taxis knows there is simply no comparison - by ANY metric chosen, taxis are worse.

Comment Re:Honest question.. (Score 1) 154

Because some drivers prefer to drive around where the live, and also some drivers prefer to drive where there is less competition more occasional fares, but for longer distances.

The practical reality is that uber HAS gotten a car to me quickly in outlying areas of a city where a cab would have been 20-30 minutes away - if they every even came, which anyone who has ever really used cab services knows is questionable.

Again you refuse to acknowledge that whatever sins you paint Uber with, Taxis have far greater issues.

Comment Your ignorance is without bounds or reason (Score 0) 154

Commercial insurance, commercial licenses,

How does that improve SAFTEY you blithering moron? Rather than just helping pay medical bills after the fact?

BTW Uber provides that ANYWAY.

safety shields

You do realize what those do to passengers in a crash ? No ? Idiot.

fresh brakes,

Fresh brakes are worse than brakes that have been worn in, retard.

steering controls, suspension, and control arms

The 70's called and said under no circumstances are we to return you even though you plainly belong there....

You aren't very familiar with modern sealed systems in cars are you? When was the last time you greased a CV joint? Have you ever?

Does uber even control the time the car spends on the road and how often it is inspected?

The state does. Have you ever even driven in a cab which are usually in various states of utter disrepair?

Passenger vehicles just aren't made for that without very careful care.

Actually they ARE. Modern passengers vehicles are made for heavy abuse for at least the first few hundred thousand miles.

And as a side note, you think cabs are built better? Come on.

Money and denial are powerful motivators

Well denial anyway, as evidenced by your absurd post. I'll not respond further as I can't do much to help out your particular mix of ignorance and insanity that seems to affect all people with an irrational hate of Uber.

It's hilarious how all of the defects you list are so much worse for cabs, yet you try to tarnish Uber with the brush of disrepair.... Cabs have been utterly worse in terns of safety for some time than passenger cars, things like no working SEATBELTS for example. They don't have to do the same inspections passenger cars do.

Comment Where are you going in the U.S.? (Score 1) 142

I don't think it's possible to answer your question adequately without more information.

Where are you going in the U.S.? Is it large cities, or out of cities? Just where in the U.S.? Real world coverage is better in some places with some carriers than in others... The U.S. is huge.

Also if you are going to conventions be aware that some places have local repeaters from some companies but not others - AT&T or Verizon might have exclusive access to prove improved coverage at some particular location (especially conventions in hotels).

Outside of cities data server might be hit or miss no matter who you have...

I have T-Mobile and love them, mainly because I have the opposite problem - I travel outside the U.S. a lot, and I get free (slower) data just about world-wide with T-Mobile (and have an unlimited data plan). I'm a bit surprised you don't get the reverse effect from your carrier with T-Mobile, you may want to call them and ask because perhaps all they have to do is flip a switch in their system to let you roam in the U.S. for free.

Comment I can tell you how the story ends (Score 2) 154

After the app is released, people will flock to the cab app during peak hours because of the cheaper pricing.

That also means there will be few cabs to be found... the cabs they do find will still be the same old foul NYC cabs we all know and .

So the end user experience for most people will be cheaper cabs they can't have, vs. Uber cars they can - with the unreliable access to cabs demonstrated, people will just go back to uber and ignore the cab app exists.

People forget that surge pricing exists not just for drivers, but also passengers. You may not like the pricing but you do like having a ride available on demand...

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley