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Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 1) 132

The medallions avoid a couple things,
- drivers charging on a hail unsafely then haggling over who can carry them
- lots of empty cabs driving around

Gas prices and the expense of operating a vehicle in the city takes care of the second. Taxi companies won't run cabs if they're not making money, so the problem is self-limiting. Medallions only serve to artificially limit supply.

Comment Re:Cool article... (Score 2) 132

One of the reasons Uber, Lyft and all the other "ride sharing" app companies get so much flack because they are breaking the law.

I'd be more sympathetic if 1) Uber and Lyft were offering the same services as taxis (you can't flag down an Uber; you have to request one), and 2) many jurisdictions hadn't already ruled that you're wrong.

Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 3, Interesting) 132

In most jurisdictions the taxi companies have been subject to more rigorous (i.e. expensive) standards than Uber has been following.

...because they paid good money to write those laws. Taxi laws are a prime example of regulatory capture. For example, Company A got a sweet deal on credit card readers and they spent 2 years installing them in their cabs. Then, they tell the local regulatory body that credit card readers are a necessary public good and suggest that all taxis should have readers installed in a reasonable time frame - say, within three months. Finally, they laugh as their competitors scramble to shell out inflated prices for emergency rush orders on credit card readers so that they can stay in business.

For another example, three companies get together for group bargaining with an insurance company: "if you give us a good rate, we'll guarantee that all of our cabs will carry your new expanded coverage." Once that deal's in place, they ask for regulations to require all taxis to carry that level of coverage. Of course, all other companies have to pay the un-negotiated rate and now they have a harder time competing.

You don't get to write the laws and then bitch about them. Well, apparently you can, but you shouldn't be able to.

Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 1) 435

It is gonna cost probably a couple hundred million in routers and modems that cannot support IPV6

...if you attempted to replace them all at once today. No one does that. Instead, IPv6 support will become a bullet point for purchasing replacements for EOL hardware and we'll transition to it naturally as IPv4-only hardware falls by the wayside.

Comment Re:Boy cries wolf (Score 1) 435

The story never mentions that there are actually other pools that still contain a goldmine of addresses.

Such as...

I also suspect that companies own big blocks that can be freed when the going gets tough.

An entire /8 would push back the inevitable by, what, a few weeks? And who's going to gladly give up a class A? No, for all practical purposes the article is completely correct. We're out. There might be some tricks that could let IPv4 allocation limp along for another few months, but that's not going to help anything.

Comment Re: Good example (Score 1) 345

doesn't even need screws; my Samsung Galaxy S4 has a couple small indentations around the edges to pull the back off. it just basically snaps on. add to that (anecdotally, from what I see) that most people keep their phone in some sort of case. even with the user-changeable battery on the S4 the phone is small enough that I just feel more comfortable holding and using it in a case; at 6' and 180 lbs I'm not a particularly large person, and the standard Otter Box seems to beef up the phone enough to be comfortable to use and still small enough for a pocket.

Comment Re:Battery (Score 1) 198

I think the hit would be on the GPU which has to manage that many more pixels, which take up more RAM, which leaves less for other processes and causes garbage collection churn, etc. In other words, it makes the system as a whole less efficient. And for what, exactly? I think that's well into the "zero marginal benefit" range for almost all human eyes.

Retina displays were are nice (and tangible!) upgrade over their predecessors. I don't think 4K offers a measurably better experience, but carries a real cost that I'd rather spend on other features.

Comment Re:So, the FBI doesn't need to ask for Android? (Score 1) 306

Part of their user lock-in strategy.

It's a piss-poor strategy, considering they host a webpage for deregistering your iMessage account.

They're actually fighting in court for the right to keep doing this, instead of not being dicks and fixing it.

Citation needed: that's an extraordinary claim, and one that's utterly failed to make headlines.

Comment Re:Well, they COULD also encrypt for the FBI... (Score 1) 306

Or maybe, just maybe, Apple really doesn't like the Gummint trying to force it to do something that could hurt profits.

Which is the absolute best possible reason for a company to want to support its users. "Don't Be Evil" is only good until it starts costing shareholder value, and then investors revolt. You want it to be in a corporation's best financial interests to act in your best personal interests.

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 229

I understand inflation, but I'm intolerant of "government compliance surcharges" and random miscellany like that. If it comes down to the point where bare Internet costs the same as my current monthly bill, I wouldn't rule out starting an ISP that covers my neighborhood.

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 229

Sure, but: 1) they're making a lot less than if they were selling me both, and 2) a bare Internet connection is (at least hypothetically) replaceable. Once you've made the decision to drop TV programming, there's not a lot to holding you to a particular ISP.

Comment Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 5, Insightful) 229

Every time Comcast increases my bill, I drop a feature that costs the same amount. They're getting perilously close to the point where that feature will be "TV".

An open message to Comcast execs: be absolutely sure you're ready to make customers decide between your content and Netflix. I bet you'd be surprised how often the response won't be what you'd hope.

A sine curve goes off to infinity, or at least the end of the blackboard. -- Prof. Steiner