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Submission + - Will Robot Cabs Unjam the Streets?->

An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has a story with some video of a traffic simulator showing just how the roads can be jammed up by people looking for a place to park. (You can play with the simulator too.) This has been suspected for a long time by many traffic researchers and city planners, but the simulator shows just how quickly the roads jam up after just a few of the blocks fill up with parked cars. The good news is that autonomous cars don't need to park-- they just go give someone else a ride. They could change city life forever.
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Comment Re:138 Million Artifacts (Score 1) 106

I hate to say that I agree. I'm reminded of one trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. There was a team of about seven curators there to put three items in a display case. They all seemed to be attentive but it was work that could be done by one person. I think there's a ton of featherbedding around the place. I bet they could have just put the suit in a dry box and that would have been enough. I doubt there's anything they can do to keep the rubber soft enough. But they've figured out how to tug at our heart strings.

Submission + - Amazon Is Only Going to Pay Authors When Each Page is Read->

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has a new plan to keep authors honest: they're only going to pay them when someone actually reads a page. Peter Wayner at the Atlantic explores how this is going to change the lives of the authors-- and the readers. Fat, impressive coffee table books are out if no one reads them. Thin, concise authors will be bereft. Page turners are in.
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Comment Sounds like another nerd "Hunger Games" to me (Score 1) 119

Okay, the kids won't be killed, but only those that jump through the hoops of the all powerful Google will be given the prizes. I thought the miracle of the Internet that everyone could enjoy the fun. But somehow GOOG is turning it into a brutal, knock-down, no-holds-barred competition.

Submission + - Will Robot Cars Need Windows? -> 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has an article asking whether autonomous cars need windows. If there's no driver, will the passengers want to look outside? In the summer, will anyone want to endure the relentless heat from the sun? The robot cars offer us a great opportunity to rethink the platform which is largely devoted to supporting the driver. But if a computer is in charge and it sees with dozens of cameras ringing the car, what else can we change? What else don't we need? What can improve?
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Comment Re:Copyright infringement cannot be suppressed (Score 1) 90

You're a jerk. How would you like someone to come into your place of work and take 20,30, 50, or even 90% of your revenue. Then for grins, they would accuse you of trying to monopolize your own work. Yeah. That's the ticket. That guy wouldn't let us steal his car so we're going to call him a monopolist. And that girl? She's trying to monopolize her body parts by not letting us have sex with her.

Comment So they petition to protect their hard work (Score -1) 163

Big deal. Everyone does it. You can bet that Google is out there arguing that all of the content should be free so they can sell more ads alongside it. And you can bet that the unions are looking for political influence to protect their hard work too. It's called living in a democracy.

Submission + - Should technology help customers discriminate?->

cornicefire writes: The New York Times takes a break from focusing on the number of female employees in Silicon Valley to celebrate a cab company in New York (SheRides) that matches female passengers up with female drivers. The article briefly acknowledges the gender bias, but goes on to list ways that female drivers are better. The gender discrimination is enforced by technology platform built SheRides (also called SheTaxis in other cities). Is this company decision to use technology to enhance and encourage gender discrimination a mistake? Or are they just giving the customers what they want?
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Comment There's plenty of diversity-- but not all races (Score 3, Interesting) 459

I see plenty of racial diversity. There are folks from India, China, Korea, Japan and many of the islands in the south Pacific where I work. And if you look closely at the so-called "white" folk, many come from all across Europe and Arabia. Are they represented equally? No. If anything, "white" people are underrepresented compared to their percentage of the population. It's a mistake to talk about "racial diversity" when that's not really the problem. It just distracts us by framing it as a problem of white people discriminating against non-whites.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.