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Comment Re:BUILD (Score 3, Insightful) 290

And what if a pre-assembled PC is cheaper than your custom built PC by $300-$400 provided certain minor things are inferior to your custom PC? Businesses can buy components in bulk, at a far cheaper rate than the huge markup a typical customer gives to component makers when he buys individual components. You also don't have to deal with malfunctioning parts because the pre-assembled PC has been tested.

So it's not all black and white.

Comment Re:IANAL, but I know one & (Score 2) 64

Why the heck is this data sitting on a machine connected to the internet? Collect the data, then periodically (every month or so) append it to an internal (non-internet) machine. Then delete the sensitive data (name, address) from the internet connected server. Any hack will only get a month's worth of data.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 305

Why does that need to be advertised?

Because if a current sufferer of the disease switches from drug X to TV advertized drug Y, the company stands to make tens of thousands of $$$ per year from a single patient.

I think these drugs are mainly for long-term or mid-term diseases. There's no point advertising for a certain brand of flu-shot because it is short term and therefore, not very profitable to advertise.

Comment Re:Duck typing and GIL (Score 2) 232

All valid points. Python's backend is not very powerful, unlike its elegant front-end (the language and APIs).

Make a typo in the variable name and catch this bug 2 months later in the production deployment. Thank you very much, but no unit tests from the whole world will cover this.

The typo problem is present in most scripting languages. Isn't Lua, which is similar to Python, used in many production games?

Comment Re:Scrum Was Never Alive (Score 1) 371

In particular, the role of a project manager is specifically to push timelines, but in Scrum the role of the Scrum master is to guide the process - timelines are owned by the product owner.

Don't you think daily meetings are an indirect way to push deadlines? The whole purpose of these daily scrum meetings is to ask, "What did you do yesterday?", thereby forcing the developer to something achievable "yesterday."

Comment Re:sort of makes sense (Score 1) 75

Without any sort of explanation as to why his characterization is invalid.

I explained it right after I made the statement.

There's a bill to ban surge pricing in New York.

"The ride-sharing concept is great; who wouldn't want an alternative like this?" Williams asked. "Thereâ(TM)s great benefit to this, especially in metropolitan areas, but nobody wants to be gouged eight or 10 times the normal fare."

You still want to argue it's not gouging?

This is what the parent post said:

The whole point of "surge" pricing is to ensure that people that *really need* something can still get it

Wrong. The whole point of surge pricing is to only offer taxis to those who can afford it, screw the non-rich folks. That's gouging.

Comment Re:sort of makes sense (Score 1) 75

Okay, I'll bite. HOW can Uber "easily increase supply of drivers during high demand"?

One way would be to offer a bonus or reduce their cut of the fare from 25% to 20 or 15% during high demand times. Since more people are traveling during high demand times, the cost of travel (i.e. "waiting for passenger" time + traveling cost between two fares) is low. While their per passenger profit is reduced, they make it up in volume.

I'm going to have to assume you think that Uber has the legal authority to require, for instance, that I (or you, for that matter) work for them during high demand times, whether you want to or not.

I'm pretty sure Uber has some say in whether a driver gets a fare or not. It would be easy to give drivers "licenses" that only work within the high demand times. This way, if the driver wants to make money, he can only make it driving 7 am to 10 am. An evening class driver would only be able to get fares from 4pm to 6pm and so on.

This is all common sense, but for a company that until recently refused to acknowledge it was a taxi company, surge pricing is just a common business trick to pocket huge profits by gouging desperate customers.

Comment Re:sort of makes sense (Score 1) 75

The whole point of "surge" pricing is to ensure that people that *really need* something can still get it

Yeah, no. The purpose of surge pricing is to gouge customers who want the service desperately (and are therefore willing to pay more). Since uber is not like a traditional cab company with a fixed number of drivers, they can easily increase supply of drivers during high demand times to ensure proper supply. But they don't do that.

Go google what experienced uber drivers do when surge pricing hits an area... they leave and find a another one without surge. That's because, according to them, they get fewer fares during surge.

Comment Re:Virtulize? (Score 1) 406

If it lives for 25 years with minimal cost, is this really a bad strategy?

It is. Other managers follow the same strategy and that's why COBOL still exists. Then you have to hire scarce COBOL programmers at a higher price building an inferior system. Good for them it bites them in the ass 10, 15, 20 years later when the costs blow up.

They could've contracted maintenance of their software/hardware to some company and kept costs down while controlling how often the system was updated.

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