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Comment Re:Accusation through misunderstanding (Score 4, Insightful) 223

Then some scientist will come along and explain it in a few minutes and the "inventor" will immediately claim that the scientist is working for Big Government or Big Oil or Big Solar or Big Pharma, or that the scientist is in league with aliens, or that the scientist is an alien in human form trying to prevent them from discovering the secret that makes UFOs fly. They will keep the same debunked machine going around and around in the conspiracy market for thirty or forty years, speak at conferences, and take any skepticism as proof that their alien hypothesis is right.

There, fixed that for you.

Comment Re:NYC (Score 1) 37

Sorry, I meant "a thriving economy of personal helicopter commuters". I wasn't speaking to the economy in general. It seems like there are a lot of commuters in Brazil's larger cities that use helicopters, compared to other large cities in other countries.

Comment Not licensed pilots (Score 5, Funny) 37

In keeping with Uber's business model, the pilots won't be licensed, of course. And the helicopters won't be inspected or insured. That's ok because you're not really buying a helicopter ride, you're just asking to ride along with somebody that happens to have a helicopter they found somewhere and a smartphone.

Comment Nobody actually wants it (Score 2) 311

People aren't willing to pay for it, because they don't really want it. It was subsidized as a sort of "tax" on people paying for access to news, i.e. the newspaper used some of it's revenues for in-depth articles that only a tiny portion of its reader base actually read. Now that news is pretty much free across the board, nobody wants to pay to read twenty pages of someone else's opinion, especially with the plethora of other entertainment out there. They'd rather watch a cable news anchor argue about it for twenty minutes with a guest instead.

Comment False Positive nightmare (Score 1) 119

You need to look at the rate of false positives vs. false negatives. If they took the fail-alert approach, for every true security breach, Comcast would be responding to thousands of "my microwave interrupts my WiFi when it runs" etc. This would further impact response times to true security breaches due to cry wolf issues. So is it secure? Yeah not really. Is this the correct business choice for Comcast? Probably.

Comment Re:I love beating the dealers to pieces (Score 2) 439

One thing that was really entertaining I did once: I had an offer from one dealer, and actually went in to visit another dealer. While I was there, I got the first dealer on my cell phone, so I was chatting with both salesmen at the same time. It was hilarious. Yes, definitely the best thing to do is to get the dealers fighting with each other, and make sure they know that they are.

Comment Optimizing for technical over people skills (Score 0) 182

So that means Google feels it is more important to have technical skills than to have soft skills. Hopefully they have stronger filters on the interview side of things, or over time they will have tons of brilliant engineers that can solve puzzles but can't work with other people or understand user's problems.

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