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Comment: NYC Resident Here (Score 5, Informative) 149

by hirschma (#47747295) Attached to: Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

People forget that there is another side here - the NYC resident. Consider that there's likely several people within 20 feet of me at any given time - this is the reality of big city living.

What AirBnB means to me is a diminished quality of life.

It means "guests" rolling in at 2am, feeling the need to open and close every door and cupboard (and waking up my household). Ringing my bell accidentally at all hours. Using AirBnB to find one-night party space. Smoking everywhere.

This is all from one apartment directly above me. If I complain to NYC, it means that they're sued to death and evicted (which I'm sorely tempted to do, but the punishment is very harsh). If I don't, I have to live in a noisier, less enjoyable circumstance.

And yes, I've taken the time to ask the folks upstairs to be more considerate. Their response? "It's our right", even though it's against the law.

AirBnB sucks.

Comment: Two kinds of people in the future (Score 1) 509

by hirschma (#47460245) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

The notion of "haves" and "have nots" are going to be about robots, not about money. There will be two kinds of people in the future - those that own the robots, and those that are either displaced or enslaved by them.

Automation is going to make the future rather bleak, indeed. Universal welfare, anyone?

+ - CyanogenMod Installer removed from Google Play Store->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Today Google asked the CM team to voluntarily remove the app from the store or they would be forced to remove it administratively. CM team chose to remove the app voluntarily. According CyanogenMod team Google initially said that the app was in violation of Google’s Play’s developer terms. When the CM team reached out to the Play team the found that “though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store."
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+ - MakerBot Parent Stratasys Files Patent Litigation Against Afinia

Submitted by hirschma
hirschma writes: Stratasys, which recently bought MakerBot, announced that it was filing for patent infringement against popular 3D printer vendor Afinia. While the Afinia UP! 3D printer is a closed-source design, the Open Source Hardware community is both worried and annoyed. Mostly annoyed, it seems, since MakerBot got it's start using OSHW designs to build their business. MakerBot's co-founder says it best in an older post back when MakerBot first went closed-source, which happened just a couple of days before MBI's Bre Pettis gave a talk about the challenges of OSHW in consumer products. Well, challenge apparently met.

+ - The Biggest Fraud in Kickstarter History is Currently Unfolding->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The SmartDuino project launched on Kickstarter last October promised many things, including making it super simple for hobbyist to create amazing electronic projects easily, and ended up raising an amazing $157,571 for project creator Dimitri Albino. But allegations of fraud soon came out shortly after funding ended — including Arduino creator Massimo Banzi calling Mr. Albino's claims of being the manufacturer of the Arduino a lie and claimed his project violated the Arduino Trademark. Now a year later, after many broken promises and no products delivered, the project backers are demanding answers, refunds and threatening international legal action in what looks to be the largest fraud in Kickstarter history.

And to add insult to the victims of this, Mr. Albino's company, SmartMaker, is currently running multiple other projects on crowdfunding site Indiegogo which so far have raised over $420,000 and also have had similar fraud claims being made.

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Comment: So much innovation for so little value (Score 3, Insightful) 452

by hirschma (#44961205) Attached to: Undiscovered Country of HFT: FPGA JIT Ethernet Packet Assembly

Things like high frequency trading make me want to vom. Essentially, all they're doing is shuffling money around, taking advantage of an outdated system, and increasing risk for the entire world.

It'd be great to see this kind of innovation in something that actually is useful and valuable - not for creating an incremental improvement on a corrupt system.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.