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Comment: Could have used this yesterday (Score 1) 256

by mspohr (#47769305) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Just yesterday, I was driving on I-80 in Reno. There was a lot of traffic backed up (Burning Man) at one exit that I didn't see and had to come to a screeching halt (fortunately stopped in time and they guy behind me was able to swerve into the next lane).
If I had had V2V, I theoretically would have had warning of the problems in time to avoid the panic stop.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 3, Funny) 503

by mspohr (#47760957) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Some years ago I read an article about automatic control of airplanes which (somewhat facetiously) predicted that in the future airplanes would have one pilot and a dog. The dog's job would be to keep the pilot from touching the controls.
Humans are very erratic. Machines are predictable.

Comment: Re:Dangers of extrapolation (Score 1) 145

by mspohr (#47750717) Attached to: Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

"Not necessarily and only after the fact. A hotel chain has a reputation to maintain and generally they are operating as ongoing concerns. AirBnB users (both guests and renters) are under no such long term pressures."

So... AirBnB renters are just in it for one rental? I find it hard to believe that a renter would only be interested in renting their place one time and not be concerned about renting it again the next week.

  "If someone is considering a long term stay, chances are they are going to look the place over in person before any money changes hands. Not so with a short term hotel-style stay where you will be in and out in a short amount of time."

So... the people who are renting out their housing and who are living in their housing aren't concerned about health and safety of the premises? They should be able to check out the health and safety of their premises for themselves and this would also protect their short term renters.

Comment: Re:Trying to create fire from smoke (Score 3, Interesting) 190

by mspohr (#47749617) Attached to: Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

This reminds me of a story told by some very old time IBM reps.
The Selectric typewriter was newly installed for an executive secretary. She complained that the keys were too hard to press. The full IBM support team came to investigate the complaint. They were originally flummoxed because there is no adjustment for key pressure on the typewriter. However, one of them had a brilliant idea. Inserting a screwdriver into the back of the typewriter, he turned it slowly one way then another while the secretary typed. Eventually she pronounced it "fixed".
Now that's customer service.

Comment: Re:Dangers of extrapolation (Score 1) 145

by mspohr (#47749529) Attached to: Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

Wouldn't the Air BnB customer feedback system take care of hosts who were "bad actors"?
It seems the government is only concerned about the bad actors from the standpoint of violation of their tax and monopoly preservation regulations.
If a housing unit is safe for rental for the long term, it should be safe for short term guests so I doubt that there are any genuine safety concerns.

Comment: Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (Score 1) 131

"A free market is a market system in which the prices for goods and services are set freely by consent between sellers and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority. "

A couple of things here:
- meat inspection would be government interference in the market
- wouldn't paying for information cause interference in the free consent between sellers and consumers?
- buyers and sellers must each have free access to all information

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