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Comment: Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

by ma++i+ude (#48999319) Attached to: Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

[citation needed]

You make a very specific claim: hitchhiking is dangerous, and it's more dangerous than it was in the past. Is that claim based on actual numbers or anally extracted ones?

This claims the chances of being killed or raped while hitchhiking in the United States are 0.0000089%.

Comment: Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

by ma++i+ude (#48998243) Attached to: Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

If this were true, cab driver would be a seriously dangerous job. In most countries, it isn't.

Yes it is. Taxi driver is one of the most dangerous jobs.

Fine, I should've been more careful with my wording. The article you linked to doesn't break down the number but implies heavily that the high fataility rate is due to car accidents. We're talking about the risk of violence here, which the article implies has been decreasing: "There aren't so many potential felons in the backseat as there used to be".

But ignoring all that, let's look at the numbers. 19.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers (per year, I assume). Let's say a cab driver takes 20 customers per shift, 250 days a year. That's 19.7 fatalities per 500,000,000 trips, or one death per twenty five million rides. I can live with those odds.

I'll leave the conversion to micromorts to someone else.

Comment: Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 1) 91

by ma++i+ude (#48997169) Attached to: Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

This is a fair counterargument I guess. But I would posit that the number of people willing to pick up a hitchhiker is massive compared to the number of people with bad intentions.

What kind of a criminal would think it a good idea to target hitchhikers? Almost by definition they are both penniless and streetwise. And there really are not enough crazies on a random kiling spree to worry about it, no matter how hard Fox News is trying to convince us otherwise.

Comment: Re:Uber is the problem! Let's ban it! (Score 5, Insightful) 91

by ma++i+ude (#48996515) Attached to: Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

Ok, I'll bite.

I guess the App is better than hitchhiking (which in my opinion is extremely dangerous both for the passenger (the driver can turn out to be a criminal)

And do what? As a hitchhiker you're asking a random person for a lift, which is statistically very safe indeed. The probability that a randomly selected person stopping his/her car is not only a criminal but a criminal who would target you is very small indeed.

It's like asking someone to watch your laptop for a while in Starbucks while you go to the toilet. If you ask a random person, chances are you're ok. If someone offers to do it, be wary.

and the driver (the passenger could turn out to be a criminal).

If this were true, cab driver would be a seriously dangerous job. In most countries, it isn't. I concede that in countries where hitchhiking has become less common, there's probably some cause to exercise caution regarding whom you might pick up. Common sense goes a long way.

Please, enough of the fearmongering. The western world is a safe place. You'll be fine, and so will your kids.

Comment: Re:Archival grade BluRay (Score 1) 251

by ma++i+ude (#48916103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
I would've thought the main reason CD drives are still available is that there's no reason to deprecate them while Blu-Ray and DVD drives can read them. (Also, lots of things are still delivered on CD media. Because Blu-Ray and DVD drives can read them.)

As soon as Blu-Ray goes away as a media, probably driven by cloud, streaming and other non-physical data delivery, CD goes away too. I don't think any of my computers bought in the past five or so years have had optical drives.

Comment: Re:LOL ... w00t? (Score 4, Informative) 292

by ma++i+ude (#48652185) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

So, on a standard US keyboard, is this sign a minus or a hyphen?: -

It's a hyphen. A standard keyboard layout has no minus sign, not even in the keypad. The author of the book explicitly specified a Unicode minus sign wherever a hyphen should've been because "I try to avoid using direct ascii hash codes because some ereaders can misinterpret them"

Comment: Re:LOL ... w00t? (Score 4, Informative) 292

by ma++i+ude (#48652005) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens
Actually, it looks like Amazon is the typography police. For whatever reason, the book seems to use en-dashes instead of hyphens (check the preview on Amazon). That is an abomination. Where the message changed from "please replace en-dashes with hyphens" to "don't use hyphens" is anyone's guess.

Comment: Re:This is old technology (Score 1) 123

by ma++i+ude (#48649729) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars
And just like back then, they can still only recognise up to two points (or more accurately, two corners of a rectangle, with no way of knowing which two. But that's probably enough for a zoom or rotate gesture.)

It's still commonly used in digital whiteboards, e.g. in classrooms. There are even companies that retrofit IR touch frames on non-interactive displays. It's finally dying in that market because Microsoft now requires full multitouch capability for modern Windows compatibility.

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