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Comment What a Knife Balancing Act This is! (Score 1) 191

On one hand, we have the "Freedom of Speech" with the Right to be Heard, no matter how unpopular the subject.

On the other hand, we have Control and Censorship to deter things and expressions that can and have been harmful to society as a whole.

What will this result in?

Let's all watch and see what happens here. No matter the result, it will have a far-reaching effect on things to come after.

Comment Rigid Schedule (Score 1) 250

Most "Smart Meters" have built in surge pricing already. Have such use charted, and build it into the Uber schedule. No more guesswork. If a driver wants to make money, they can make themselves available during peak payout time. If Uber wants to make more vehicles available, they need to have times linked to cover their deficit areas to attract more drivers to provide service during those underrepresented times. Don't tell me they (Uber) do not have the data to set something like this up. Nobody would believe it for a minute. If a city is truly worried about licensing and/or insurance, make having a Taxi License and 3rd party insurance mandatory to use Uber in that city/municipality. Many cities are already running sting operations (seen as entrapment by many) to detect and charge Uber drivers as it is. If anyone is savvy enough to have the license and insurance, they might even be able to put together a case for harassment*. *I am Not a Lawyer. No Legal grounds to actually follow this advice is here. Move along.

Comment Missing Option: NEVER: Makes the phone a Target (Score 1) 230

Not that cell phones aren't a target for thieves already, but making them the equivalent of your digital wallet is a BAD IDEA. People get mugged for their new iPhones as it is. Make it more of a target by adding a credit card to it, and it will be a Terrible Thing. I can't stand the Tap and Go system as it is! Too vulnerable to proximity readers.

Comment Re:The AES String (Score 1) 41

Your version might be wrong (as in O instead of 0)... Try this version and see if it does anything different for you:


Good Luck folks! I'm watching with piqued interest in this whole thing myself...

Comment Interesting Redirect in place (Score 1) 81

After looking at some of the older links I had to the Original Pirate Bay, I noticed that there is a redirect in place from some of them.

It points to This Site: http://thepiratebay.com.ua/

Not sure if this is official, or simply someone managing to make a play for the domain, but I thought it was interesting that there are folks redirecting traffic to their websites already.

Is this becoming more common, or is TPB in danger of becoming co-opted?

Comment McD's been doing it for years (Score 4, Informative) 122

Until recently, McDonalds and Tim Horton's in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) have been doing this sort of thing for years. Usually in the form of 'minority hiring' that shuns the citizenry. They got their hands smacked soundly over it, and now are being watched like a hawk.

URL Reference here:

Now Microsoft is going to do it en masse, taking away the positions from Canadian citizens that have been training here...

There will be a reckoning over this one.

Comment You Think? (Score 1) 488

Now, why on earth would the next big Monopoly ever think of stifling their next wave of competition before it can get any traction?

Oh, wait. They're TERRIFIED of people getting Free Energy that comes from the Sun (or wind, or water, or geothermal sources) and them not getting even Fatter than they are!

Sooner or later, Hybrid/Electric cars will be "skinned" with solar collection "stuff" so that, while sitting in the sun during your typical work day, it can at least trickle charge its own batteries. Maybe even have employee parking spots with charging stations connected to larger solar arrays for the same purpose: charge while working.

I'm already disappointed by the lack of solar proliferation, let alone there not being more windmills popping up like urban dandelions. Kind of like the proliferation of satellite dishes that dot rooftops like urban mushrooms.

Eventually, such solar and wind collection will become required in any and all new structures.

If Big Energy wants a piece of the pie, all they really need to do is start manufacturing the components, and continue to maintain a power grid for sharing the ebb and flow of it all. Besides, they sit on the Dark Net anyway. If they fear anything else, it will be the lack of a window into peoples appliances (and TV/Entertainment Centers) to sell the data to the highest bidder (or Big Brother)...

Just Sayin'

Comment Just wait 'til the Insurance Companies get it! (Score 5, Insightful) 130

The rates will likely skyrocket to near-Canadian rate levels, and there might be a change in Speeding Ticket-Issuing technologies that could (conceivably) issue live warnings and even Tickets based on telemetry and other live info...

Imagine getting caught up in a construction or accident re-direct, and their being a batch of auto-tickets issued for using the wrong lane(s) or traveling on a closed section of road! People won't really be able to fight a live-issued ticked based on in-vehicle speed data after all because it's going to come form your own speedometer and correlated with satellite tracking for accuracy.

Talk about a Revenue Stream! Who needs a Speed Trap, when your Vehicle will issue you a ticket directly.

Government will simply mandate it, and it Will Be So.

Mark my words...

Comment Aren't all the airlines complaining about usage? (Score 1) 819

I was of the impression that most of the airlines were all bemoaning the low traffic, driving up the costs of flying because "nobody is flying anymore". If that is the case, why are they not making flight a more appealing option to draw more passengers? Cramming more passengers into an already uncomfortable situation will be the last thing to draw more customers.
Besides, are planes really over-booked per flight? Aren't most flights running at less that capacity, or don't they leave the ground if they aren't full?

Want to get a bit of better rates? Have the airlines offer a discount to "light travelers" who have a minimum of luggage or even body mass. Not trying to poke at the physically larger folks, but isn't it more expensive per pound to transport such a passenger? Can the airlines not charge by weight, and let people have more room if they're at weight capacity, but volume of the cabin is underutilized? Children should be really inexpensive to transport, as they're lighter AND take up less room.

Is the trend to simply drive people to scrap over limited seats on larger planes to drive up prices while they optimize their profits by over-packing people into such limited space?

It's bad enough that they've convinced the masses that full body searches, cramped space and intolerant travel-mates are the expected norm for anyone less than affluent enough to travel first class. Perhaps an all-seats-equal type business model might make a better travel experience. Do away with the whole first class section in a design, spread out the space and work out the price-per person based on such a level paying field and see what the profitability would look like. Consequently, have certain units set aside as "First Class Only" flights, with all seats to match. They only get used when there's enough people to utilize them, and they'd likely be smaller craft, anyway. More efficient that way...

If the FAA gets involved, would that be the "perfect reason" the airlines would use to hike the rates again, because of "lost revenue" due to the reduced seating capacity?

Bottom line: If you want to fly, be prepared for the experience! If you can't fly first class, you'd best expect a cramped flight with grumpy neighbors, poor food, and no room to use your precious laptop as boredom repellant.

Book your flight based on things like creature comforts. If the airline doesn't offer what you consider a bare minimum, DON'T Use them! Vote with your Money! If enough people did that, the airlines would Have to accommodate, or go broke in a hurry! Be willing to pay for what you want, or Not pay for a bad experience!

After all, they are providing a service. If you don't like, or are unwilling to suffer through what they offer, find another provider that offers better. If the providers slim down, you can always choose alternate methods of travel.

Ever tried a Bus over the holidays? Might not be as bad as you think...

Comment A Progression of Complaints (Score 4, Interesting) 190

Once they start to roll, there will be a logical progression of complaints, starting with "They're too slow."
Next will be "They're blocking traffic flow/causing traffic jams."
Possibly among the next bunch of complaints:
"They move erratically/unpredictably"
"They wait too long at/stop too soon for traffic lights"

Most of the complaints will revolve around the simple fact that the autonomous cars will be driving 100% according to the rules of the road, and 95+% of the remaining drivers don't. Things like stopping for yellow lights, driving at the actual speed limit, slowing for merging traffic, properly signalling turns and lane-changes, etc.

In the end, the autonomous cars will reduce traffic jams, as they can intelligently travel in clusters, all in communication with each other, and even vary their routes for volume, all while staying moving at a reasonable clip.

The problem will come in when people deliberately try to mess with them, forcing them into emergency maneuvers by cutting them off for exits (for example), or cutting in front and slamming on the breaks (road rage).

Here's hoping they are outfitted with outward-facing cameras for recording such acts of stupidity.

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