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Comment Re:Do these companies really hate people so much.. (Score 1) 234

I've been driving for Uber for about nine months now, part time. While autonomous vehicles seem like a natural fit for this service, I can say from experience that about 30% of the pickups are set by the passenger at a wrong location, and require some driver / passenger interaction in order to actually find the rider and make the pickup. With the driver out of the picture, many of these will trips will likely become a "cancel - wrong address" and re-request, adding to the pickup time. I don't see any practical way for an autonomous vehicle to work out that Peggy isn't actually standing in the middle of the mall - which is where she set her location - she's really outside the Verizon store at the curb, waving frantically.

Further, how will vehicle condition be managed? How will they insure the vehicle is clean and ready for the next passenger? Free of vomit, personal property, not vandalized? Will each vehicle be monitored by a remote Uber employee from a concrete bunker in DurkaDurkastan? If so, then we're right back to the human employee problem set again.

Seems like they'll be trading one problem set for another.

New HIV Strain Discovered 263

reporter and barnyjr were among the readers alerting us to the discovery of a new strain of the HIV virus, found in a woman from the west central African nation of Cameroon. "It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine. ... The most likely explanation for the new find is gorilla-to-human transmission, Plantier's team said. But... they cannot rule out the possibility that the new strain started in chimpanzees and moved into gorillas and then humans, or moved directly from chimpanzees to both gorillas and humans. ... Researchers said it could be circulating unnoticed in Cameroon or elsewhere. The virus's rapid replication indicates that it is adapted to human cells, the researchers reported."

Classilla, a New Port of Mozilla To Mac OS 9 170

oberondarksoul writes "Every now and then, you hear about a new port of Mozilla to one of the lesser-used platforms. Recently, a new version of Mozilla has been released for Mac OS 9 — an operating system no longer sold or supported, and with no new hardware available to buy. Dubbed Classilla, it aims to provide 'a modern web browser running again on classic Macs,' and the currently-released build seems to work well on my old PowerBook 1400 — despite being a little memory-hungry."

A Real Bill Gates Rant 293

lou ibmix XI submitted an email written by Bill Gates a few years ago and turned over to the feds as part of the government's antitrust case. Great quotes like 'Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable?' and 'The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind.' We like to think of him as an abstract, but I think this is interesting stuff. Also, this might seem familiar. Oops.

Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They've just learned to hide in the trees.