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Comment Bad experience (Score 1) 364 364

Some cases where websites work very badly with a password manager (in my case the one built into Safari):

One case where the stupid website didn't accept the password that Safari suggested. Because it had some "special character" in it. What's annoying is that Safari remembers the password and suggests it again, BEFORE the site rejects it. Bummer.

Another case where the password is used in different places, and Safari cannot figure out that the two different places belong to the same site and should use the same password. What happens: On the second site, Safari suggests a different password which obviously doesn't work...

Apart from not working because of some stupid websites, it seems to be safe. The problem mentioned with password use on some public computer doesn't happen, because the passwords can only be used on my Macs, iPads and iPhones (but on all of them), but not on a random third-party device.

Comment Re:I've never understood... (Score 1) 184 184

...why any "standard" would include patented technology. Seems like a very stupid idea. About the same as copyrighting the spelling of words.

It's because you want a standard to include the best possible technology, and a lot of that is patented. But most of the time that's fine, because a standard only becomes a standard if everyone accepts it as a standard, and that only happens if licensing conditions are acceptable to the huge majority of players in the market. That's what happened with MP3 and h.264; they are free for small companies, cheap for medium sized companies and relatively cheap for big companies.

And that's the problem here, some guys with patents wanting unacceptable amounts of money. So the expectation is that the potential licensors will say "f*** that, we stay with h.264" and the standard is dead in the water, until these patent holders irrevocably agree to cut down their license fee demands. And make more money by getting a small amount of money from everybody rather than getting a huge amount from nobody.

Comment Re:Xiph and lawsuits (Score 1) 184 184

Total number of lawsuits lost by Xiph for Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, Tarkin, Theora, etc.: 0

Total money that could be made by winning a lawsuit against Xiph: Zero. Why would anyone take them to court, when there is no money to be made?

Now if you convinced Netflix, Google, Apple, Microsoft etc. to replace all their codecs with Xiph codecs, you would see patent lawsuits rolling in.

Comment Re:Why do we need H.265? (Score 1) 184 184

This is the disadvantage of software patents.

What does this have to do with software patents? It's about patents. There is nothing specific to software patents here. You have several patent holders, one set of patent holders who want to license their patents for cheap, and one set of patent holders who want to charge enormous amounts.

Comment Re:Also Gas (Score 1) 252 252

But on the other side, I bet that while some people will share robocars, most two car families will continue to own at least one robocar that they do not rent out. Renting a car out means it isn't always available and if you have two people + a family they will have sufficient need to keep one full time car.

Obviously if a family switches from two to one car they have already made 50% of the potential savings, so going from one to zero will save them less.

Comment Re:Just What I've Always Wanted! (Score 1) 252 252

In many parts of the country, rust is what ends the life of a car. It doesn't really matter how much it is used, it will still rust away in your driveway. So in these parts of the country, it is best to extract as much use as you can from the car while you can.

It's not just the rust. Driving a cold engine causes much more wear and tear than a warmed up engine. If I drive three miles, and then the car takes nine more passengers one after the other and drives each for another three miles, it's not ten times the wear on the engine, because the nine other drive in perfect conditions with a warmed up engine. For the same reason, fuel consumption per mile goes down. Not that much, but the first three miles take twice as much fuel as the last three.

Comment Re:Why Own? (Score 1) 252 252

First off I own a car so I don't have to wait. No way in hell I'm waiting 1 minute when I want to go somewhere.

In the morning, instead of brushing your teeth, shaving, combing your hair and walking to the car, you call the car, brush your teeth, shave and comb your hair. And when you leave the house, there's the car waiting on the street, you don't even have to take it out of your drive.

And then there's the question how much that one minute wait is worth to you. Myself I think an attitude like that is quite anal.

Comment Re:"No steering column" (Score 1) 252 252

here will ALWAYS be a full set of manual controls on EVERY car and truck, and you will ALWAYS be required to be trained, tested, licensed, and insured to operate one, so get over it! Ideas to the contrary are complete and total fantasy, and this Brad Templeton guy is just some jackass saying whatever he has to say to get free publicity.

Why? Let's start from the beginning: You have a computer, controlling engine and steering by wire. You can easily have a tiny remote control so you can do the steering by wire if the computer fails, or if it gets into a situation that it cannot handle (presumably short term). If the steering by wire fails, you send a pickup truck like you would now in case of a break down. If something goes wrong and there is no qualified driver, you call for help and a qualified driver arrives. These things are so rare that the slight inconvenience doesn't matter.

Comment Re:Easiest question all week. (Score 1) 252 252

3. Legislators increase the minimum insurance requirements for *all* vehicles to match that of autonomous vehicles. Suddenly a $500/year policy isn't enough. It's now $5k.

You suffer from a huge misconception here, thinking that insurance with $10 million limit would have to be ten times more per year than one with a $250k limit. Not at all, as everyone driving in European countries with much higher limits will tell you.

The huge majority of accidents, but also the huge majority of total damage, is paid within the $250k limit. Whenever I had the choice between different limits (say 1 million or 2 million or 10 million Euros), the difference in cost is absolute peanuts.

Of course there may be a difference in the USA, because the amount of insurance cover is always equal to the amount that you get sued for. And again, European countries have very simple measures to prevent that from happening.

Comment Re:Easiest question all week. (Score 1) 252 252

Finally, paying for parking is becoming much more common. A self driving car would incur much lower parking fees. It could go be used by another timeshare owner or it could park it self in a the cheap lots further away and probably formatted for autocars.

Not only park further away, but self driving cars can park closer together. They could park side by side because no driver has to get out, and they could comfortably park four cars in a row; if the first one is needed the other three just drive away for five seconds and immediately go back to the empty row.

Comment Re: Do we care? (Score 1) 245 245

The government wants you to believe that you need EXTRA liability insurance and safety provisions than is already covered by your motor insurance.

If I give someone a lift, nothing extra is required. If that someone drops me a few bucks for gas, nothing extra is required.

How is Ubers model *any* different?

It's different by being a _business_ model. There are things you can do privately, but you can't do them as a business. Uber drivers are not "giving someone a lift". They don't pick up people going to the same place that they wanted to go anyway. They specifically make a trip because they are paid to make a trip. They are taxis.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1) 245 245

People actually openly participate in jury nullification as a means of protest, both against unjust laws and to challenge the illegality of jury nullification itself. But 1. Jurors are acting as extensions of the legal system (the government) in a trial. and 2. Not all trials have jurors.

I really hope that Uber gets a jury that decides the company is breaking the law, has no intention to stop breaking the law, and therefore needs to be dissolved. With all the investment money divided up between the taxi drivers affected by their law breaking.

Comment Re:We're a tech company... (Score 1) 245 245

Uber is actually the modern day Rosa Parks. I think refusing to go to the back of the bus (e.g. refusing to obey an unjust law) is a better analogy. I'm sure Martin Luther King also engaged in civil disobedience, but he is known for more than just that, which clouds the analogy.

Did Rosa Parks get billions of dollars from investors and then use the money to bribe bus drivers not to accept any white passengers? I don't think so.

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