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Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 1) 279

by gl4ss (#47896057) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

is a call center providing services for 10 minicab companies the minicab company?

but yeah, they're minicab companies, but... is it illegal for the minicabs say in london to pick up two passangers from different locations and drive them at the same time to another city and drop them off at different locations and charge them different fares as if they were individual customers? the reason cab companies didn't fight these call-by-phone-only companies(not just uk, same in finland) was that it's not so easy as using an app to see if there's a ride nearby.

also, is this california law for protection of busses and metro area public transport monopolies or what?

Comment: Re:power consumption? (Score 2, Insightful) 205

by gl4ss (#47896041) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

fanboiz care.

in the way that they like to mention how it has a new processor. since uh, there's not that much to mention about the iphone6 except nfc.

it's a budget phone for premium pricing... and that's where apple is going now. budget in the sense that it costs less for apple to make the 6 than what it cost for them to make 5 when 5 came out. much less.

battery life? about the same. it's about the same thing after all. it's 600 bucks + device and marketed partially with having a faster cpu so that's why you should as a consumer care if it's that much faster or not, because you can buy similar devices that play same kind of games, has about the same kind of screen, connects to all the same social networks, has about the same battery life but has one third of the price.

you know why they call the 6+ retina hd? because fullhd is so 2012.

Comment: Re:Not a first (Score 3, Interesting) 436

by gl4ss (#47887311) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

yeah but that doesn't count since the dam isn't on the factory premises ;D. that's what the article is wanting factories to do.. it doesn't care if you do it like sensible being and put the power generation outside the plant premises..

btw the usual way to run factories a 100 years ago was on "100%" (or over 100% if you count out the extra..). the papermills etc were usually built so that they had an included hydro plant. last time i got an update the old, old hydro dam at my hometowns powerplant was only providing for lightning though. the old textile plant in the bigger city near my hometown was the first place to have electric lights(iirc in all of nordic).. and those were from hydro. to run the textile mill when it was dark with smaller risk of fires..

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 351

by gl4ss (#47886869) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

no it isn't.

the only good thing is that it's easy to develop apps for it because it's so limited you don't have to worry about much.

but if they drop the Phone from the name, then that's just another fail. good luck explaining to your grandma that she can't run her Windows 8.1 app on her Windows 8.1 device but can run on it on the Other Windows 8.1 device and explaining to a client that they can the android version on android tablet and some randon android device but need to develop separate app versions for windows 8.1 device and the other windows 8.1 device.

you see, before you unify naming you should fucking UNIFY THE FUCKING OPERATING SYSTEMS, not create 3 different one's with vaguely similar look but wildly differing capabilities!

Comment: Re:Yahoo knew fine was a bluff (Score 2) 223

by gl4ss (#47886829) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

no.. you just announce what they want and why you're now paying 250 000... maybe announce it by accident. but you pretty much would need to announce it somehow to shareholders that you're paying 91 mil a year for keeping secrets.

of course, then they might announce secretly that you're in contempt of the secret court. ..anyhow didn't the fucks just a while ago try claiming that prism didn't exist? and why don't these companies just move the servers out of USA too? I mean, Microsoft, Google, etc already pretend to be Irish(or varying other country) companies for taxation. So why stay technically American then at all - why not just move over the borders? probably easier in the long run anyways since now they're breaking privacy laws of other countries and are being put into catch22 by the yanks. would be easier to just move than to comply with secret laws that contradict secret laws of other countries that contradict the public laws of both countries.

Comment: Re:What's suprising (Score 3, Insightful) 362

by gl4ss (#47860425) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

just to clarify how they are under pressure from "commercial channels": they sell the shows to be shown on commercial(and publicly funded by other countries, but sell to them anyways) channels under exclusivity deals, so the drm/location limits are put in place to protect commercial interests of the BBC.

otherwise they wouldn't need to give a hoot if people worldwide were viewing their stuff, but if they let everyone in say Finland view the bbc feeds on iplayer how the fuck would they sell their content to the Finnish broadcasting company or the Finnish commercial channels? they wouldn't, so they do this to protect that revenue stream just like any other commercial company.

and the extra money generated thusly goes on for making shows nobody in UK even wants to look.

Comment: if you're not reading science.. (Score 1) 761

by gl4ss (#47852541) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

why do you except scientific methods to be part of it?

economics can have some science to it, but mostly it's psychology and mostly it's guesswork. some better, some not so good. there's psych medicines that you can test with science and need science to produce, but the results in an individual can vary.. free will and all that. the other side of economics is just pure math, but that's just a side. you can calculate interest rates all you want but you can't really know if someone can pay it to you..

you can scientifically poll people with expertise in the field of maniacs though and therefore get a scientifically made up consensus to go by...

Comment: Re:Nice timing (Score 1) 138

ok so the part of Russian Empire that provided plenty of goods for the St. Petersburg and had a bloody war between commies and whites to separate from the Russia/Ussr and had to fight two wars with Russia during WW2, one aligned heavily with nazis (only technically unoccupied european nazi partner whee!!/sarcasm)...

has not had to concern itself with Russian imperialism?? what the fuck! the entire Finnish foreign policy is only about how to keep Russia or earlier USSR out of Finland while at the same time doing trade with them to keep butter on Finnish tables. St. Petersburg is like a 3 hour train ride from Helsinki(+border formalities which add quite a bit). the entire if to join nato or not to join nato is about tiptoeing with the Russian bear - can't live without it and can't live with it. the entire Finnish defense policy is basically built around the fact that Finland could be invaded so fast, that it's better to teach everyone(man) how to shoot, so it would turn into Afghanistan^2 - but we really would rather be peaceniks.

point being, Finland is an ex-region of the Russian Empire(which had certain level of autonomy within the Empire) which according to some theory was let to gain independence only because Lenin thought it would join USSR anyways. However, using the same tactic to take over Finland that Putin used for Crimea and is trying in Eastern Ukraine now would never ever work for Finland. And it would ruin the value of the Russian oligarchs summer houses too... the whole Russia-Ukraine situation is affecting life very much on the street level of many people in Finland though, since it's banning some exports into Russia and there's significant trade between the two - and of course Finland has had to appease to american empires wishes too, which has cost plenty of good trade dealings with Russia ( ,Finland threatened with sanctions over providing tech to Russia)

Comment: Re:Pet Peeve (Score 1) 147

by gl4ss (#47850765) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

it's cheap because it is cheap in dollars,
it's clean because using the power produces no big emissions(apart from manufacturing replacement parts).
and free.. well, it's free in the sense that you don't need to pay for the water with your foreign exports.

once it's up and running and put in a good place it's pretty ideal. that's why it's so hard to find. also the thing with salmon is tha wild salmon from the rivers wouldn't fill the supermarkets anyways - it's just a sport... a niche sport.

much better anyways than burning coal for the same power generation - or oil - or gas. for the neighbourhood too after initial transition time.

now.. if you go about it like the three gorges dam then obviously something went quite fucked along the way but that's hardly a stellar example of good dam use.. like, go norway.

Comment: Re:Just the warm-up (Score 1) 48

by gl4ss (#47833977) Attached to: Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

samsung already has 2nd or another way of looking 3rd gen wearable on the market.

so apples entry will be a copy of that and copy of motos too... for apples sake it should at least have some more features! that's why the speculation has been around heartbeat or some other biosensory gimmickery..

Comment: Re:When (Score 1) 110

by gl4ss (#47833715) Attached to: NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Because phones and cellular networks are entirely software

pretty much yeahm they wouldn't do any parallel gpu processing unless instructed with software and they hardly invented parallel processing as such.

they're just pissed off because nobody wants to use NVIDIA's soc.. coming soon, watch samsung release a phone with nvidia designed chip, as a token release - and bury it with their other phone releases. kind of how they produced windows phones for surprisingly long - not that they put any effort into selling them or anything but at least they got something back on paper from their licensing of stuff for android use from MS while they worked out if they need to actually pay MS for using android or not(what I'm saying is, that MS used lawsuit threats etc to keep them producing windows phones while they figured out that they could sink Nokia and buy Nokia to keep at least one company producing windows phones. a shit tactic but there you have it.).

Comment: Re:Ban when you are done testing? (Score 2) 322

by gl4ss (#47822745) Attached to: The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

supercarriers are expensive - on the stupidly ludicrous level of expensive, hypersonic missiles potentially not so much and can be exported and don't need billions to keep them operational.

so banning technology that could potentially cheaply destroy supercarriers would work in USA's favor. why would everyone else agree to such a ban though I got no idea. heck, what they're proposing to ban is "very fast objects"... yeehaaw. no.

it doesn't affect nuclear threat at all, only the threat to conventional weapons platforms.

You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182