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Comment: Sharing pilots in NYC (Score 4, Insightful) 72

by clinko (#46593261) Attached to: Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

There was a pilot for this program 4 years ago in NYC:

Also there was strike that mandated it 7 years ago for a few days.

In short, no one liked it. If people wanted to have a delayed trip and people with them, they'd just take the Subway.

Comment: Restate the objectives (Score 1) 308

by clinko (#46140631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Don't tear into the guy before you. Just say, "I'm sure this was built with an initial objective in mind. And it served the purpose well. The firm is doing well and expanding. I would like to know the best approach to make this product grow with it."

Then, ask the firm to define the objectives/requirements again now that you've found a *few* issues.

1.) Do you want the project to be re-built for _stability_?
2.) Do you want me to improve the _time to market_?
3.) Would you like me to leave it as is?, but be aware that extra QA will be needed.

Good Luck!

Comment: Google Voice (Score 2) 497

I had success by porting my landline to Google Voice Account, which has global spam filtering.

First, get an AT&T GoPhone ($20). Then port to Google Voice ($20), choosing AT&T as the option.
You are asked for a transfer id that you will need to call AT&T for... It is NOT on the phone, and not available without calling AT&T's support #.

I don't know your story, but this also makes you more flexible to either drop your current landline, or move to a cheaper provider (likely).

Either way, Google Voice does wonders at spam filtering, but some still make it through. Best of luck!

Comment: 3 Sentences (Score 5, Informative) 57

by clinko (#45422429) Attached to: Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

This blog spam quotes The Verge's Report from a Blog post from Google which is summaried in this post on slashdot...

How much info is summarized from google? 3 sentences:

1) Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use.
2) We are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as we can.
3) In the meantime, customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product.

Comment: Publicity Stunt, Please ignore. (Score 5, Insightful) 181

by clinko (#44799925) Attached to: The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line

This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.

1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
3) Profit!

Comment: Finish this sentence to find their target market. (Score 4, Interesting) 294

by clinko (#44765823) Attached to: Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!

I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because ________.

Examples, leaving iPad's out:
I want _a_Tivo_ because _I_don't_like_my_Cable_DVR_.

I want a _Honda_ because _I_trust_the_brand_based_on_past_experience_.

My point is that the Surface doesn't fit anything for me.

Based on Microsoft's own site http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/surface-with-windows-8-pro/
Microsoft believes our answers are :

I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because _I_Need_Office_on_a_tablet_.

I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_a_neat_keyboard_on_a_tablet_.

I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_USB_Port_.

I'm not the target market, but I don't know who is?

Comment: Bad, misleading summary... (Score 4, Informative) 866

by clinko (#41681939) Attached to: Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

The summary here is saying the exact opposite of the article. He's saying the kid shouldn't be forced into Chemistry if he can survey OTHER science classes... Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

From the summary:
"... argues that his sons shouldn't be forced to take ANY science class."

From the article:
"Maybe kids can survey several science classes over the course of a year or two, and explore various options"

Comment: Think Ahead (Score 5, Insightful) 195

by clinko (#40957663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?

Advice on Restaurant Ownership... It's going to be tough, long, and either the wife or friends won't be a wife or friend by the end.

Consider the future, you or someone will bow out. Accountants and/or Lawyers will be involved and they don't know GnuAnything. They know QuickBooks.

You may sell your restaurant as a group, the buyer will likely want to see the accounts in QuickBooks.

You may be successful! congrats! you can now hire an accountant, they'll want QuickBooks.

In short, pool the wife & friend's money, pay the minor entry-fee for QuickBooks and save yourself the time (which you'll need the most now).

Good luck!

Comment: It's coming! (Score 5, Funny) 85

by clinko (#40779105) Attached to: Google Scrambles To Restore Google Talk From Outage

"Dad, you were yelling numbers in your sleep again!"

"Son, let me tell you of the Rant snowball of 2012. It started with google talk. The complaining spilled over to twitter. After twitter went down, we all knew it was coming. Facebook, blogs, it kept going downhill. People logged into services they forgot existed to complain, MSN, YAHOO messenger! It was madness.

I only survived by ranting to a spam bot on ICQ, a time before names, '458253 can you hear me! 458253 It's all down! 458253 I highly doubt you're a Nigerian prince!!!!'"

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.