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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 45

You laugh ... but years ago at a different job, the marketing people decided to rename/re-brand a product.

We literally had to stop everything, and build an entire release which had the name changed; which ended up having to finalize other things or roll them back to add later.

Never underestimate how much marketing can screw up a dev schedule.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 1) 61

I'm not sure how uber gets around the disabled access regulations

The exact same way they get around regulations everywhere they operate: by pretending the regulations don't apply to them.

My city has mandatory cameras in cabs -- because cab drivers have committed sexual assaults, and because cab drivers get robbed. The fought it tooth and nail until one of their own was violently robbed and the camera would have helped with the conviction.

Uber, like with insurance and proper licensing, doesn't adhere to this. Uber's entire business model is being an bootleg cab dispatch company which ignores the rules and regulations. That's kind of that they do.

When you ride with Uber, you're just getting into a stranger's car. And that doesn't always work so well.

Everyone whinges about Uber undermining the taxi monopoly ... the reality is, Uber is pretty much ignoring laws around proper licensing, insurance, background checks, and anything else.

So you really have no idea of what the hell you'll get.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 3, Insightful) 61

Ever had a cab driver who had no idea of where they were going but relied on a GPS?

They end up taking the stupidest possible routes because they have no idea of where they're going. I once had a cab driver who ended up taking what seemed like the most ass-backwards route because he knew less about the city than I did.

Sometimes, GPS routes are utterly ridiculous.

I don't want to pay some clown a bunch of extra money because he got stuck in traffic or took a longer route because he had no idea where he was going.

Some bumbling idiot with no idea of where he's going and hopes the GPS will get him there ... sorry, I'm not paying for that experience. I've seen how that can turn out.

Comment Re:Well thats odd (Score 1) 61

Let me preface this by saying: I've never been to London.

But, as I understand it, the London cabbies have to take a test they call "The Knowledge" which ensures they know a lot of the details of the layout and how to find your way around in a complicated city like London.

Apparently this test requires so much actual knowledge and spatial awareness, the cab drivers end up with measurably larger hippocampus afterwards.

So, my completely unfounded (except for what I've seen on TV) 'understanding' is the amount of studying and training required to be a London cabbie is really extensive, resulting in people who can navigate around an apparently very confusing city.

Comment Re:Following a ruling from a Virginia federal cour (Score 1) 94

Because the copyright cartel have bought laws from lawmakers which effectively give them the ability to decide who can use technology and how.

The DHS is now responsible for copyright enforcement, and the US foreign policy on copyright is now being directed by corporate interests.

All of these things have combined to mean that the accusations of corporations are being interpreted (by them, and by the idiot judge in this case) as meaning that they get to decide if a person should be removed from the internet due to being suspected of piracy.

Have you not been paying attention at all? Between the DMCA, the horrible extension of copyright, and the increasing extent to which protecting the profits of multinational corporations has driven US foreign policy ... it's not the media corporations who make such decisions.

Oh, and did we mention they do this with a reduced standard of evidence, no requirement of proof, and little or no recourse for lying? (They can just call it incompetence and suddenly there is no penalty.)

What the copyright people want is a full veto over how all technology is used, and the ability to deny people the ability to use the internet because they say so.

The person paying for the internet service? He has no rights. He has the right to use the internet as long as the media companies haven't accused him of piracy ... in which case, the media companies feel that accusation is sufficient to block further access.

You now live in a world in which probably 25% of all global treaty talks are specifically geared to entrenching into law that copyright owners have increasing powers.

The US has sold out to corporate interests, and then have subsequently championed them globally and foisted them on everyone else, and then used that to strengthen domestic controls.

Honestly, have you slept through all this?

Comment Re:Not too hard (Score 2) 65

If one guy and a sample size of 40 cards can do this with 100% accuracy ... then I assume a better funded and more malicious entity could do it on a FAR larger scale.

I think the fact that it IS so trivial is kind of the point.

You would hope it wouldn't be even possible to predict the next card and that the numbers come from a big pool and should be unrelated. But apparently that's not true.

Comment Holy crap ... (Score 1) 65

He noticed that the replacement card's number appeared to have a relationship with other Amex cards he'd had in the past. Kamkar worked out a formula for how the number was calculated, which matched up to 40 cards and replacement cards shared with him by his friends for his research.

That sounds pretty damned broken to me.

Are these guys not even trying?

Comment Re:Many a young engineer.... (Score 1) 94

You know, I think we need to settle this once and for all ...

Holes are for cows ... You are all cows. Cows say moo. MOOOO! MOOOO! Moo cows MOOOO! Moo say the cows. YOU, er, hole-flowing current-producing COWS!!

And, no, I have no idea what you're talking about, I just think the cow thing is one of the funniest internet memes in years. ;-)

Comment Re:Slashdot is not your personal blog (Score 1) 156

I don't entirely disagree ... but a lot of people prefer not to see something submitted which boils down to "hey, look what I have over here", especially if that submitter might actually benefit from the self promotion. And most especially if they don't give us the courtesy of adding the disclaimer which says "I'm on the payroll and this is mine".

So, like when Nerval's Lobster gets something accepted which inevitably links back to, we pretty much know he's a paid shill who gets preferentially published. But we only know it because we've seen it, not because anybody has made any great effort to point it out.

We just want to KNOW when it's self promotion, instead of having that fact be very opaque. And bumping up your hits on Forbes by submitting a link to your article on Slashdot ... well, it's still self promotion. Especially if those extra hits on Forbes impact your compensation or retention by Forbes.

It might be relatively benign, but fess up to it in the summary instead of just pretending you stumbled on something awesome. Otherwise people assume it's not so benign.

Comment Re:Screen peeking (Score 1) 196

So do you want to make it that much easier to give away your position in a first-person shooter to your screen-peeking competitors?

Yeah ... about that ... that's not an actual use-case for me, because I don't play them, or any other form of online game.

I strongly suspect it's also not an issue for most people either.

The needs of geeks and gamers have nothing to do with how the rest of the world uses technology, and are pretty useless in determining what people actually want and need.

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