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Comment: Re:Why is Uber better? Serious question. (Score 1) 216 216

by painandgreed (#50014113) Attached to: How Uber Takes Over a City

Uber is 1000 times better for transportation than the taxi cartel

Why? Seriously, I haven't used Uber and the last time I rode in a taxi was years ago so I have no dog in this fight. Why did you think Uber is better? Better service? Better value? Or is just that they are sticking it to The Man? I'm legitimately asking because I just don't really see what is so amazing about Uber as a casual observer. Saying they are "1000 times better" is obviously hyperbole but what makes them better if indeed they are better?

I'm in the same situation as you, but from listening to my friends here in Seattle that love Uber so much, they are more expensive than Seattle cabs, but they show up quickly, you can see their status on the phone, they are clean, the drivers have been polite, and will even have things like free bottled water on hot days in special cases. On the flip side, Seattle cabs have a habit of not showing up, lying about having shown up and trying to call you (this has happened to me several times*), have old, dirty cars (all are old cop cars bought at auction), and several people I know have had drivers get angry and yell at them (usually about news such as when something is going on in the middle east).

*This is the primary reason that I have not used cabs in years. Not only do they take forever, understandably that when I want to use them, probably lots of other people do to, but that they will just not show up and lie to the company about it. It creates a pretty bad impression calling the cab company three times over an hour and having them tell you that they driver said they stopped at the address each time but nobody was there and did't answer the phone. Of course, I was on the sidewalk outside my apartment with my suitcase and cell at the time, and no time in that hour did a taxi even drive down the street, let alone park infant of my house. I could see it creating jobs as people who have given up on cabs have taken up using Uber.

Comment: Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

No the shame is that most Americans don't believe that social consequences are their problem. This is why your society looks more and more like a toilet every day.

It's not so much that most Americans don't believe that social consequences are their problem, but rather getting them to agree as to what the problems are and what the solutions might be.

Comment: Re:London's fantastic... (Score 1) 410 410

I don't get why people want to live in cities - I really just don't understand it. For example:

From stations within a few minutes walk of where I live, I can be at Victoria station in less than 20 minutes and London Bridge in less than 25.

By comparison, from my land in 25 minutes I drive past my neighbor's waterfall on the other side of my canyon, past the fjord, down between the mountains and the ocean and into town. You share a ride with little personal space with strangers in an underground tunnel.

I just don't understand why people want that kind of life.

Because some of us like people, places to go, and things to do, especially in an urban setting. Lived in a town before. Lived in a 25 minute drive to the city before. I found it boring, didn't like the culture that came with it, and don't want to live like that. I like being in a place that has things I want to do, places I want to go to, and people I like. I also like mountains and ocean. In Seattle, I have all the urban setting by walking and the mountains and ocean in the same 25 minute drive. Now, if we'd just get more public transit (like London) so I didn't have to drive everywhere.

Comment: Re:Update the resume (Score 1) 229 229

by painandgreed (#49933377) Attached to: After Uproar, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs

These people have already lost their jobs. The only difference is how much longer they collect the checks, and how much Disney forces them to shut up next time.

It wouldn't be the first time I've seen somebody quit and then get rehired on as a contractor at a much higher rate to do their old job because the company really needed that person.

Comment: Re:Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 1) 272 272

Most of the damage from a nuclear weapon comes from the overpressure created by superheated air. There's no air in space. So apart from being hit by tiny fragments of bomb casing and part of the object being heated a little not much would happen, even if detonated on the surface of such an object. Drilling into it on the other hand might - MIGHT work. Now, how'd you like to drill a couple hundred feet into solid iron-nickel alloy?

It's possible to make a kinetic weapon out of a nuclear bomb. The principle is similar to a hydrogen bomb, but instead of surrounding the initial atomic bomb with an x-ray reflective shell to focus them on hydrogen to cause intense pressure and cause fusion, the x-rays are instead focused in a single direction at an x-ray absorbing material. This material is turned into a plasma traveling in a relativistic speed in the intended direction where it will slam into and impart its energy to a desired target. Originally designed for space combat, it hasn't been tested, but is pretty simple in theory.

Comment: Re:Wait a friggin minute... (Score 2) 180 180

Okay, opinions and feelings inside, the veteran in me demands to know: "WTF, have you idiots never heard of COMSEC/OPSEC?"

This is all part of Russian PSYOPS. You can practically hear Putin saying "Ya, we have soldiers there. So, whatcha gonna do about it? You don't have the balls to do what it takes and counter us Russians."

Comment: Re:Absence of OPSEC is compensated by disinformati (Score 1) 180 180

You won't find many such comments here. Not that they don't exist - it's just that the Russian propaganda workers are focusing primarily on Russian-language media.

I think there are plenty of such comments here, however, they do not have karma and are ACs.

Comment: Re:Because colleges and universities have forgotte (Score 1) 306 306

by painandgreed (#49917199) Attached to: The Danger of Picking a Major Based On Where the Jobs Are

... what their role is.

Higher education is there to train people to - get this - FILL JOBS! But these days, universities believe that their job is to just 'educate students' in whatever curriculum they (the universities) see fit.

They forgot that the curriculum itself is not the ultimate goal. Gaining the skills necessary to be able to successfully fulfill the job role is the actual goal.

I really think you have gotten this exactly backwards if anything. It varies by college, but most are there to pass along pure knowledge and pretty much groom those who are looking at academia. That the way it was for my physics degree. My physics councilor had my degree and had no idea what jobs there were in the real world. When I went to engineering college, it was much more oriented towards at least thinking about what happens after graduation.

Comment: Re:Proof (Score 1) 546 546

by painandgreed (#49916459) Attached to: Report: Russia and China Crack Encrypted Snowden Files

They wouldn't blindly do something just because the Americans wanted them to. Remember, the British courageously stood up to the Americans and told them were wrong about invading Iraq.

Wait a minute, that was France...

France and Germany. Who both coincidentally owned the oil company that was already pumping and shipping Saddam's oil. Unsurprisingly, they were also the ones that had been trying to lift sanctions on Iraq.

Russia had a say too, but they just flat out said they did't care so long as their deals with Iraq for Oil were honored by any new government.

Comment: Re:Turning off voicemail is dumb (Score 1) 395 395

by painandgreed (#49892571) Attached to: So Long Voicemail, Give My Regards To the Fax Machine

Turning off voicemail is dumb. How are you supposed to get ahold of somebody who isn't available at that instant?

In this case, they are talking about turning off voicemail for people who do not expect calls from the outside world. Thus, for internal customers, i.e. other employees of the same company, you email, instant message, or other internal options which have been set up by the company previously and cost less than a voicemail system.

Comment: Re:Sure (Score 1) 189 189

I think you misunderstood. There is no hardware infection, they're just having problems getting their machines (a certain software, created by Microsoft) under control so they're just throwing everything out and starting from scratch. They could also go along each machine with a Linux disk and wipe the thing.

Somebody probably figured out the cost of sending people around to each machine with a Linux disk versus an updated hardware refresh that is probably already on the budget anyway, and decided it will be cheaper to do the hardware refresh early rather than clean the computers, and then do the hardware refresh a few months later.

Comment: Cthulhu? (Score 1) 637 637

by painandgreed (#49886363) Attached to: Why Our Brains Can't Process the Gravest Threats To Humanity

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

-H P Lovecraft

Comment: Re:I know a lot of this is cutting edge... (Score 1) 41 41

by painandgreed (#49883211) Attached to: Parachute Problems Plague NASA's Flying Saucer

... but the parachute? Really? If you know the speed and the density of the atmosphere you're going to deploy it in then the rest is basic physics and engineering. Just make sure you make the damn thing strong enough!

Ya, but in theory, theory and practice are the same, but in practice, they are not.

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.