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Comment Re:That's gonna be a nope (Score 1) 119

I don't want a tracker device to give every advertiser every single piece of data the phone gets. I don't want a media device slinging ads, loaded with bloatware.

You can either have a smartphone, or you can avoid having those things, not all 3 things.

Nokia 3310 for no ads, bloatware, trackers for advertisers.

It's not a smartphone, but it is a smart phone.

Comment The driver already surrendered ultimate control (Score 1) 234

And what if the passenger doesn't want the car to stop—can she override the command, or does the police officer have ultimate control?

No... the driver already surrendered ultimate control to the car by choosing a self-driving vehicle, and I expect the vehicle to obey the law, Even over the driver's wishes, which says that citizens must follow a lawful official's orders, unless following the order clearly violates civil rights or creates an immediate safety hazard for themselves or another person.

Being required to stop your vehicle and pull over to be detained is a legal reasonable order, So long as the car can legitimate establish the authority of the person directing.

Your self-driving car should take some precautions, in case the person gesturing your car to stop is a crook in disguise.

I see a possibility of allowing the driver to override a gesture, if the driver has the autonomous vehicle place a 911 call and hold the horn down. The driver's picture identity and vehicle info will be automatically transmitted.

Comment Re: Nothing open to the sky (Score 2) 114

can you give me another example of where radio signals are scrambled by the government?

My understanding is that some US law enforcement SWAT, Bomb Squad teams and, other counter-terrorism forces might employ tactical jamming devices when conducting certain raids in order to suppress targets' access to cellular data networks and other wireless communications, until personal electronics have been secured with targets in custody, this also helps prevent video footage of raids from getting released or saved to the cloud.

Comment Re: Nothing open to the sky (Score 1) 114

Have fun getting the FCC to approve that idea.

The FCC is primarily a regulator over private use of spectrum. The FCC authority over government users is more limited, and is mostly through cooperative agreement, because gov't users should obey the law. In particular: the FCC is more restricted or unable to take any enforcement action against usage within military and executive branches of government that officials within those departments have authorized. If the military chose to jam all frequences for a period of time, the FCC would have no recourse other than to protest.

Private industry and prison officials have already worked with the FCC on ways of getting cell phones blocked, which is technology already being used ----- blocking cell phones through cell tower spoofing is already being done by prisons through a certain company's solution.

Comment Re:Nothing open to the sky (Score 1) 114

Then the Drones will deliver to where they are outside, instead of the yard.

The top of the line consumer drones can only fly for about 10 minutes tops.

So work out the maximum expected travel distance of the drones at full speed that bad guys are likely to have at their disposal, then mark out that radius, add 20% and make that entire area an "Official Drones Only" zone.

Build future prisons with at least twice that radius of buffer zone around them that nobody is allowed to enter.

Any drones found flying in the exclusion zone get shot down.

Comment Re:Nothing open to the sky (Score 1) 114

Okay... so... don't have those areas.

Sure.... but why not just build a fenced in area that drones cannot enter?

Low tech method would be to cover the yard with netting.

High tech method would be to have their own tethered drones or sensing devices conducting a continuous aerial patrol.

If a drone flies over, do an immediate lockdown and scramble guards to secure all the prisoners and take the drone down.

Comment Re:Don't make it part of the fare (Score 1) 245

You are suggesting removing the existing 'old' infrastructure where you can plan for things,

No I am not suggesting removing things... there will always be demand for traditional hotels and commercial transportation arrangements. These things will likely have a higher price, since services such as AirBnb and Uber will inexpensively service people who don't need pre-defined committed and guaranteed arrangements.

As the demand falls, some but not all players go out of business...... But entities like businesses still need guaranteed hotel rooms and transportation services, so there is still a market for them, just a much smaller more niche one.

to replace it with a host of 'disruptive' systems where everything is just-in-time and tied to demand, for the benefit of companies like Uber

No.... it is for the benefit of people actually. The presumption is services like Uber generally lower not increase costs, which is the entire point; the costs are lower by not having artificial scarcity. But meeting unpredictable demand is still a problem; it's even harder for Taxis, where the result of demand surge is just that you don't get a ride at all, so it's not like this is just an Uber problem.

Comment Re:Make the reasons transparent - problem goes awa (Score 1) 245

Except it's probably NOT either (1) or (2), but both. It's probably (1), but Uber is keeping an additional or lion's share of the amount of the additional money (As much as it can, after figuring out the price elasticity of the market), and then sharing the additional fares with drivers (Probably a significant portion, BUT as little as they think is necessary to achieve the desired incentivizing affect).

Comment Re:I Wouldn't (Score 1) 245

Taxi drivers don't do this. Why should Uber?

Because paying more allows Uber to drive supply to meet that demand. If Uber drivers aren't paid anymore during high-demand times, then there is no incentive for more than normal drives to work during those times to meet the additional excess demand.

Because Taxi drivers are more like employees, and Uber drivers are essentially "independent contractors"

Taxi drivers get paid but have to meet daily targets, otherwise they get paid less, or lose it all. The driver don't collect more during high demand times, BUT even if they did: it's the dispatcher, not the driver that stands to profit.

Taxi drivers are also a regulated monopoly.

However, the Taxi drivers are incentivized since they can meet their daily target more quickly working in a high-demand area, then exceed it, and the profits will go up, and therefore, their commissions in dollars will increase.

Comment Don't make it part of the fare (Score 2) 245

Surge pricing is a good idea; the problem seems like the amount is too much.

So during a surge.... instead, warn would-be passengers about high demand and offer them the chance to place an additional payment to "bid" for the next ride as a prepaid fixed dollar kickback, not an increase in fare or not additional $$ per mile travelled, but a payment for increase in priority ---- with bid taken into account, as well as total time spent in the queue, when deciding who is next in line to be matched

The passengers will then have to wait, and the bid will be taken into account before matching up a driver with riders.

Then, instead of the driver actually receiving the bid --- the bids are pooled and distributed to the drivers fairly based on their percentage of fare dollars collected for passengers moved per mile driven within the surge area.

Comment Re:once again: the CLOUD is NOT (Score 1) 128

In fact, "crap in a storage unit" is probably one of the most secure, low cost way of storing backups

Except in a generic storage pod..... any random thief is one pair of bolt cutters away from raiding your unit for anything interesting, and insurance only covers the replacement cost of the media itself, not the data on it.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman