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Comment: Kaspersky (Score 4, Interesting) 30 30

That's interesting about Kaspersky. I wonder if that's an indication that they may be working with criminals, or if it's just some sort of sense of patriotic pride (we have the best criminals, AND the best researchers!), or even if the researchers feel like there would be repercussions if they said anything. I have no doubt that cybercriminals in Russia are probably receiving some sort of direction, support, or protection from their government.

Comment: Re:The renewal is the alleged cybersquatting (Score 1) 171 171

And it's not cybersquatting if there's no target buyer.

Right, it's "domain speculation" or whatever term those parasites want to use for their activities. You want to buy a domain name? Great. But instead of the $10 it would normally cost you, since I bought it 10 years ago and haven't used it since then I'm going to charge you $20,000. Now thank me for providing you with this service.

Office Space previously tried to purchase the domain name from him and after it failed to acquire the domain name

It "tried to purchase"? What does that mean, they took their wallet out but a seagull swooped down and stole it? They were about to write the check when the pen exploded? They went to the Greek Bank ATM but couldn't withdraw anything? I think by "tried to purchase", what Kneen means is "I offered them an absurd price for a domain name and they thought I was an asshole for even asking for that much". Here's the list of other domains he owns, some of which redirect to his personal blog. Although tossmysalad.com does not redirect to his blog, I wonder what he's asking for that one.

Comment: Re:A case of out of control Liberals (Score 1) 176 176

No doubt, a free society can never be fully secure, the two goals are at odds. But to suggest that Snowden's goal is specifically to decrease state security is being disingenuous, the guy was phrasing the debate to make his stance look better. Just like how someone who is anti-abortion would say they are pro-life to turn their negative stance into a positive one.

Comment: Re:Why on Slashdot? (Score 1) 176 176

It may surprise you that many of Slashdot's readers are not in IT and don't go around installing printers and fixing networks all day. For example, I'm not in IT. I'm a programmer, I design and write software. I don't think of programming as IT, I think of IT workers as the people who install printer drivers and set up desk phones. Those are the people who I see claiming they work in IT. I don't hear programmers say IT when people ask them about what they do.

Comment: Re:Uber != car sharing (Score 1, Troll) 176 176

The only difference is they use a smart phone app as a dispatcher.

This might be a complete shock to you, but the app is not actually the only difference between Uber and a taxi company. That being said, having an automated dispatcher itself is a major benefit over taxi companies, unless you like it when your cabbie calls you from across the city to say he'll be there in half an hour.

Face it, Uber is successful because they are doing the job of taxis far better than the taxis do it. Like any other industry that has been around a long time, taxi companies got lazy and quality plummeted. I don't even want to think about how many cabs I've been in that had shredded seats, sticky floors, smelly drivers, etc. One example that sticks in my head was a driver who was in the range of about 400 pounds and had his seat back far enough that there were maybe 6 inches between the back of his seat and the seat behind him, so no one is going to sit there. He sure as hell isn't moving his seat if 4 people need to get in the car though. When I think of taxi rides, it's those experiences that I think about. Long waits, bad cars, angry drivers, etc. Uber solved all of those problems at once. I can see where all of the cars around me are, when my ride gets accepted I can track the car to where I am, I know the driver's name, license plate number, make and model of the car. I can talk to the driver before they pick me up. When the ride is over I just go, I'm not sitting there dicking around with payment. I can also track the entire ride, I've called Uber cars for women leaving my parties and I've tracked her the entire way home. If anything got shady I know the driver's name, license plate, phone number, last location, and car description. And, without exception in my experience, every Uber car I've had has been as clean or cleaner than any cab. I've never had an Uber vehicle in poor condition, and after the ride I can rate the driver. If the driver's rating goes below a high threshold then Uber does not give them any more jobs, so the drivers and vehicles need to be presentable and agreeable if they want to keep working.

If taxis want my business again, all they need to do is match the service I get from Uber. This is what the largest taxi company in Phoenix thinks about mobile apps (for reference, at the time of posting that page says nothing except "Sorry, the offer you tried to access has ended."). For most taxi companies the concept of a mobile app means being able to order a taxi without calling. I'm not interested in that, I want the convenience and accountability that I get from Uber. Taxi companies don't want to compete with Uber though, they just want to outlaw them and go back to their monopoly.

Comment: Re:A case of out of control Liberals (Score 1) 176 176

Then they talk about offering asylum to Snowden who campaigns to reduce state security.

Do you really believe that, or is that just what you tell yourself? I would say he campaigns to increase privacy. Do you really think his end goal is a state that is less secure, or a citizen that is more private?

Sweet Jesus, I'm arguing with a political troll. It's Friday, I need to go home.

Comment: Re:why not crack down on the rioting protesters? (Score 1) 176 176

Registered taxis have to carry passengers, but they don't. I regularly get refused service from taxis because of my destination, and have even been kicked out half way through my trip home because the cabbie didn't want to go all that way then risk coming back without a fare.

I was trying to get a ride home from a bar one night (both from and to well-traveled areas) and every time I called the taxi company and gave my pickup location she just hung up on me. I called 3 or 4 times, luckily an empty cab drove by that I flagged down.

One of the good things about Uber is that I presume that they first offer the job to the closest drivers, because my driver is always pretty close. I don't know how taxis delegate their fares, but I've been called by my assigned taxi driver to tell me that he's on the other side of the city and will be there in a half hour. It's ridiculous.

Comment: Re:why not crack down on the rioting protesters? (Score 1) 176 176

The fare is fixed for everyone at a particular time and in a particular place, but the fare can change based on demand/availability or place.

So with uber people don't worry about job longevity, or living wage, or health insurance.

From what I've heard from Uber drivers who are also taxi drivers, Uber pays a little better. One driver said he got 72% of the fare. In the best case, an Uber driver could make a lot of money (if they constantly have passengers for several hours).

Comment: Re:Um, what about history? (Score 1) 814 814

I think you're probably referring to Mississippi, not Missouri. Missouri's flag does not contain the battle flag, it is designed after the French flag as a nod to that historical period when Missouri was part of the Louisiana territory.

But, I generally agree with Dave's answer. If there was an empty flag pole for MS with an explanation why then it would certainly send a message. The battle flag is without question a symbol of racism today, it wasn't always but it is today thanks to the KKK and the anti-civil-rights protesters using it as a symbol. Sure, the MS flag pre-dates that era, but the reason why MS is talking about changing their flag is because of the modern meaning, not the historical meaning. There's no reason to have a state flag that includes symbols identified with racism. MS isn't going to move at the same speed as some of the other states though, I don't think their legislature meets for another 6 months or something. Anything that's happening now is just talk, which is probably a good thing. By the time they actually meet to pass any laws hopefully there will be less emotion and more rationality and they can decide how they want to portray their state to visitors without a national media spotlight.

Changing flags is going to do very little to get rid of racism, in fact it might even make the racist members of society stick to their guns that much harder, but it's still an important symbolic gesture that we as a society don't approve of racism. It's most definitely a necessary step in the overall goal of reducing or eliminating racism. For what it's worth, I don't believe that it's even possible to eliminate racism, but removing implicit state sponsorship is an important step regardless.

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