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Comment Re:Uber has huge infrastructure investments (Score 1) 206

And the point that is being made to you is that isn't as relevant.

If you launch in a new city, you aren't going to be profitable immediately. Even more so when you are breaking into new countries. That more established regions are profitable, demonstrates that the business can become profitable in new territories, given time.

Yes, investors are looking for returns. But they aren't necessarily looking for immediate returns, and dividends are only part of the story. Investments are (generally) for the long haul, and whilst the market cap is growing, then investments can still be cashed out for a profit, even without any income.

Comment Re:Street lamps don't help much (Score 2) 307

"When you consider the ongoing costs of electricity"

Street lamps are generally on very long poles. Fill the poles with batteries rather than cables, add solar panels and use LED lights.

You could easily make street lights a net contributor to electricity.

Comment Re:Defensive versus Offensive Patents (Score 2) 133

That's the point - on one hand, they could be thinking about doing this, which would be worrying.

But, by registering a patent, they can make it a lot harder for anyone else to do it - and if they don't do it themselves, then it is a net win for consumers, in preventing such advertising.

Comment Lawsuit (Score 2) 487

If Microsoft are stupid enough to ship this "feature" - and have it turned on by default - what are the chances that they will be hit with a massive lawsuit?

No doubt there will at least be group policies - if not it disabled entirely - on professional editions of Windows, because corporate customers are going to run a mile from having external guests authenticating on to protected networks with confidential material, just because they happen to be a contact of the person they are visiting.

Comment Re:The future of console games (Score 1) 249

I don't have any reason to doubt them - however, it is more complicated than that. Being able to install and play the games takes more than just downloading them from Steam. It dependson how they've been coded, what they expect, etc.

And then there is the issue of timeframes - if it goes tits up, then any ability to download software won't be provided forever.

Comment Re:on *average* (Score 1) 247

Bigger qualifier would be - what is measurable software quality? The only measures that really matter are how few bugs are there, how non-serious are the bugs, how easy are the bugs to fix in reality, how quickly and reliably can new features be added, or old ones removed, and how efficient is the code?

You can't genuinely measure software quality in the static. You can't measure it against the unknowns of the future.

Refactoring to meet some arbitrary definition of software quality is a red herring. But refactoring tools and techniques are an invaluable part of addressing the challenges of the future - of being able to address bugs / isolating code for testing, being able add/remove features, increasing code reuse instead of duplication for maintenance and predictability.

Comment Re:track record (Score 1) 293

If the two-engine planes are such a risk, how the hell have they got air safety certificates?

Unless, due to scheduling issues they intentionally want to run the plane with broken engines, I don't see any good reason why it needs four engines.

Fair enough, buy American - especially when the A380 is more expensive. But given that it is a completely custom fit out, I don't see why the smaller size of a 787 should be a problem either.

The 787 would make it practical / possible to fly into smaller airfields too. And be much, much cheaper - to purchase and run.

Comment Re:Consumers? No just whiny fanboys (Score 1) 113

Kind of.

You're right, the performance - as long as it stays within 3.5GB - is fine. The thing is, given that the extra 0.5GB brings the performance down, they probably should have just made it a 3GB card - which again would have given the same amount of performance in the majority of cases - and shaved a bit of the costs.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.