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Comment Re:California? (Score 1) 216

I have a sneaking suspicion that there's some really, really smart people who have considered the day 1 "why this won't work" aspects of the project like terrain.

My guess is that pretty much anywhere has geographical hurdles to cross for that kind of distance. From what I have read the land rights issues are much, much more difficult to overcome so a place that is effectively nothingness between two points makes it much more attractive.

Comment Just give the users the option. (Score 1) 216

On install or setup ask if they would prefer SSL only results/sites and inform them after the fact they elected for the option if they want to proceed to an unecrypted site. Kind of the same thing with sites that have certificate errors.

As others have said the warning thing will just add a layer of complexity that users ultimately won't understand.

Comment Context (Score 1) 160

It really, really matters with search history.

Example: Lot of people probably searched for 'ashley madison' when it was in the news. Now, to a spouse without the context of the time that would look really bad. And that's a tame example. Imagine the search queries you may use to look up a recent horrific crime in the news, you would probably use just keywords and the locale. Without context it would make you look pretty bad.

Comment Patents? (Score 3, Interesting) 20

I don't know what/which/who but if history has taught me anything when the big boys are two steps behind the next best thing, the move is to buy up all of the companies with the patent portfolios and/or IP and use their wallet to crush the competition or maybe crush the service if it's not beneficial to their bottom line.

Cursory search shows Uber and sidecar are the only game in town when it comes to patents.

Comment Re:That sounds like employees to me (Score 1) 165

If the allegations are true then it's pretty cut and dry.

"You are not an independent contractor if you perform services that can be controlled by an employer (what will be done and how it will be done). This applies even if you are given freedom of action. What matters is that the employer has the legal right to control the details of how the services are performed."

Comment Re:Works for me... (Score 1) 98

Actually it's worse than that. They had a lot of contributors and then moved to their insane cash grab model and basically locked out contributors who didn't answer as much as they used to, no grandfathering in long standing members, F-you pay me.

That EE is alexa ranked 5,000+ and SO is 50+ warms my heart.

Comment omg we're losing our skillz (Score 5, Insightful) 242

I can't speak for everyone but I have these type features in my car (adaptive cruise, lane assist, proximity warnings, blind spot detection, etc) and I can say without a doubt for me it surely hasn't made me a better driver. I get into my other car without all of that and find myself making noob driving mistakes (not checking blind spots, not keeping consistent speed, much longer parallel parking, etc). It's actually kind of unnerving at how fast I came to rely on the car to do these tasks for me.

I haven't seen any studies so maybe I'm just a goof but I consciously try not to rely on those things because I don't want to forget how to actually drive.

Comment Re:2015... (Score 1) 182

Yes, the easy way is to just penalize usage: It reduces the need to upgrade infrastructure and increases profits. OR unload your issue onto wireless networks so effectively people are paying you to switch the data onto the other connection they also pay for.

I know mobile data providers are under the gun, but they put themselves there.

I'd bet a good amount that the future of telecom will be 'untethered' devices that operate completely from wireless(etc) providers and VOIP because the monopolies are simply to big to change. Of course, like Cable they will fight this tooth and nail, of course through legislation not innovation.

Comment Re:2015... (Score 1) 182

There *is* more than enough to go around in most places, the only issue for like forever is how to properly monetize it. Since the 500$ monthly bill AOL days everyone who should does know the insatiable thirst for bandwidth, this stuff was charted out in board rooms to 2030 in 1990.

Unfortunately, the installed brass at most of the big telcos/cablecos only know how to twist the knobs a bit right or left to reach peak profit for this fiscal year. Yet another byproduct of monopolies: Innovation suppression for profit.

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