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Comment: Re:Supply / Demand curve (Score 1) 182

by roman_mir (#48673505) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

First of all there is no 'hyper inflation' in Russia. Hyper inflation is not just 50% or 100% inflation, hyperinflation is thousands percent and more. This is just kids play, compared to hyperinflation.

Secondly there are markets in Russia, people buy and sell products and commodities and labour and while there are regulations, actually they are much lower than regulations in countries like the USA. So store owners who paid their money for their stock respond to the market conditions by raising prices, that's market dictated behaviour and not government regulated behaviour (though this behaviour is a response to a government created problem).

The point is your example with a bakery is absolutely false, a bakery will change prices if the market forces dictate it so.

Comment: Re:The wireless router is the bottleneck. (Score 1) 103

by Dishevel (#48668989) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis
Give me a 10Gbs connection to their router.

Port 1: Direct connection to my main computer.

Port 2: Connected to a PC running PfSense.

Port 3: Connected to a wireless router with custom firmware. Secure wireless.

Port 4: Connected to a wireless router with custom firmware. Guest / Open wireless.

This will allow me to use a good portion of that 10 Gbps link.

Comment: Re:As Russian (Score 2) 258

by Evtim (#48665875) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

It is a general trend of the Slavic peoples. There is only one way to "deal" with us --> total extermination. Either you kill us all, or you the invader, will become like us or we will just sit and take it until the invader is no more. I mean my country survived 482 years of ottoman occupation combined with systematic extermination of our culture, history and our gene pool [That's a horrific but fascinating story --> every few years they took one child from every family; refusal was punished by death; to be indoctrinated and raised as servants of the Empire. However, because they selected the brightest and best this special corp of mostly officers became so powerful that they started changing sultans and play the real politic. Turks would bribe officials so that their children would be accepted in the corp as christian kids --> it gave very good career prospects. At the end it was that corp that was the strongest opponent of the reformation of Turkey and Ataturk had to extinguish them. Anyway, it is estimated that 3-4 million children were collected from my country alone; this procedure was going on for hundreds of years].

Now, if you want to harm the Slavs the best thing to do [this is one of the biggest revelations of global politics] is.........leave us alone!! The greatest enemy of the Slavs is us. Leave Russia alone and they will keep the endless circle of extremely poor governing they have enjoyed always. But threaten us or try to conquer and subjugate us and we will stubbornly dig our heels and you will loose. As one of the fabulous modern day Russian writers [Victor Pelevin] said in one of his books "Of course there is an anti-Russian conspiracy. The problem is that all the adult population of Russia is participating in it"

Comment: Re:re (Score 1) 70

by hawguy (#48664755) Attached to: Docker Image Insecurity

just another example of the "bleep'ed ed bleep" that passes for a good idea

it REALLY is time for a X30+ solar flare to kill the electricity for 10 years

then MAYBE we will have had time to well THINK FIRST!!!
and change the priories from
new and "Bleeped up"
to stable and SECURE

If you're interested in stable and secure, you're already not using Docker, so problem solved.

The problem with insisting that everything has to be well thought out and planned first is that gets in the way of innovation, and things slow way down while you do your planning. But while you're spending a couple years trying to plan out the project and account for every use case and vulnerability, by the time you've written the code, it's already out of date and not useful, so the planning has to start over again.

If you want to apply NASA level of planning and diligence where a software project can take years (or even decades), you should feel free to use only tried-and-true solutions. Maybe an IBM mainframe will give you what you're looking for. But don't insist that the entire world needs to stop to meet your needs for stability and security.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 4, Interesting) 160

by sumdumass (#48664431) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

While this is true, the attacker does not need physical access for this. All they need is access to an innocent user who can be convinced to plug something in.

The FBI and secret service demonstrated this type of attack back in the early 2000s. They dropped usb drives near banks night drop boxes and front doors that pinged a server with the local ip and machine name and wrote a file locally when plugged in with the autorun on. Something like 70% or so pinged. People where plugging them in to try to figure out who's they were to return them.

Its pretty easy to convince someone to plug something in.

Comment: Re:Supply / Demand curve (Score 1) 182

by roman_mir (#48664053) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

First of all baker can absolutely change prices at any moment in time. If currency fluctuates during the day, if any kind of an unusual event happens that lowers supply or hikes demand any store will change prices quickly. As a matter of fact I build and sell software and services for retail, shipping, handling, logistics that lets chain operators change prices on groups of products, on individual products, on all products by a fixed amount or by percentages and the centralized control allows immediate change across the entire chain to take effect in 15 minutes, which is used all the time. I didn't sell to a bakery yet, but it is the same idea. Not only an individual baker but a chain can implement price changes during the day any number of times they want.

When currency fluctuates, for example, it presents a real opportunity for arbitrage and can kill profitability of a store or a chain in a blink of an eye. Currency fluctuation corresponds to demand very easily. Case in point: Russia last week.

Stores were changing prices many times in one day. 10 and even more times a day in some cases! And what happened to those who were not paying attention? They paid with their wallets. Falling currency created huge extra demand, people were spending all of their money, buying anything they could get their hands on before currency fell further in price.

So you have 0 understanding not only of theory but actually of the reality that happens even as we speak.

Comment: Re:Hyperbole (Score 1) 231

by hawguy (#48663609) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

IIRC, answering machines have been around since the 1980s, where one would have to set a mode between record, then flip a dial to play... with a machine that had two tapes, one a special outgoing message tape configured in an endless loop with a metal foil piece joining the ends. Then the next generation of machines came around using micro cassettes and storing the outgoing message at the beginning of the tape. Then in the early to mid 1990s, flash based messages with multiple voice mail boxes so everyone in the family got their own blinking light. After a while, people just started using the VM product offered by the telco because it was less hassle than having a dedicated answering machine.

All and all, voice mail isn't going anywhere. If it is a way for a company to leave their ads, there is no way that will be stopped in today's economy.

I never understood why people used the telco voice mail since that removed one of the most valuable features of a home answering machine -- the ability to screen calls by listening to the message live. I couldn't afford to pay the $9.99/month and buy a $99 caller id display in those days.

Google Voice lets you do that, you can choose to screen calls and listen to message the caller is leaving in real time and pick up if you want to. But now if I decide not to answer up the phone, I just wait for the transcript to come in to see if I want to return the call.
 

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