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Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 185

by danbob999 (#49777425) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy
Passengers don't like Uber because the fare is calculated using the mobile application. They like Uber because it's: 1. convenient and 2. cheaper.
Nothing in the law in London or anywhere that I know of forbids cab companies from developing a smartphone software which is just as convenient and easy to use, while at the same time calculating the cost with the legal meter. The meter could even send its data to the cell phone.
Uber is cheaper for only one reason, because they don't pay for licenses.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 185

by danbob999 (#49776205) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

It's not a matter of saving the taxi-license cost.

Yes it is. That's the whole point.

Uber absolutely works within the licensing law in countries & cities such as mine who's regulations have provision for the mobile phone based service they offer.

No country outlaw the use of mobile phone application to call a cab. Some Uber services (Uber black) even use licensed drivers. But we are talking about Uber X/Pop/Whatever where anyone can be a driver without paying for the license and having insurance.

They only operate illegally in places with outdated laws that have not been updated for 21st century technology.

You don't need 21st century technology to offer taxi service with no license. The old phone/dispatcher model works just fine with unlicensed drivers too.
So again, the Uber debate has nothing to do with technology.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 2) 185

by danbob999 (#49776147) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

But where regulation is not being updated to allow new mobile phone app services which are good for passengers, drivers and even other road users, then clearly there is a legislation problem.

"New mobile phone app services" are allowed everywhere in the world. They just have to get their taxi license like everyone else.
Uber is cheaper only because they don't pay for licenses. Remove the licenses for other taxi companies, and they will offer the same price as Uber.
So the debate isn't whether "new mobile phone app services" should be allowed, but rater if licenses fees should be lowered. And the rules should be the same for everyone.

Comment: Navigation package still required (Score 1) 79

by danbob999 (#49776077) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

To enable Android Auto, existing 2015 Hyundai Sonata owners outfitted with the Navigation feature can download an update to a USB drive, plug it into the car's USB port, and rewrite the software installed in the factory on the head-unit

So if you thought you would be using your phone to replace the expensive navigation package, think again.

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

Having just an iPhone is not enough to be locked-in. But if you purchased a lot of applications, are relying on iCould and iTunes, have an Apple TV and an iPad, tons of Apple-only accessories such as cables, chances that your next phone will be an Android are close to 0. The cost of switching would be too high.

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

See, this is why I'm a convert to Apple iOS. Yes, there are a few reputable hardware vendors for Android like Samsung and LG; and in many cases, superior hardware specs for the latest device. The problem is the hardware/software permutation and lack of post-sales support and upgrades. THIS is why I abhor the Android platform.

I get your point about lack of post-sales support and upgrades. However, I don't understand how hardware/software permutation is a problem. You only need one good device. Why would I care if a cheap device I didn't buy from one of these chinese vendors is buggy and lacks support?

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

No single company will always make the product that conforms the most with your life, and which you like the most (if you take the time to compare with alternatives, of course). That's why it's important not to be vendor locked-in, so that you can move the best vendor easily.

Comment: Re:I don't know why people still say Java is slow. (Score 1) 382

by danbob999 (#49750849) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
I am not saying JavaScript can't perform in some specific scenarios. Just like C isn't always fast (code can be badly written in any language). But globally, JavaScript isn't known as a performance language, unlike say C, C++, Fortran and of course assembly.
Also, according to these benchmarks, JavaScript is much slower than C: http://benchmarksgame.alioth.d...

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