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Comment: Re:Even for desk jockeys not good (Score 1) 97

by pauljlucas (#46621033) Attached to: What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble
I agree with the annoyance part, but I also find that it's far easier to glance at a watch than pull my phone out. While I don't wear this particular watch, I wear one like it. An additional benefit is that I can be sitting at a table and glance down at my watch more stealthily than looking at my wrist.

If Apple sells an iWatch, I hope it has a detachable band so I can swap the watch into a belt clip like the one shown.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 362

by pauljlucas (#46385367) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

On the other hand replacing private cars with corporate shuttle busses probably reduces general road congestion which also costs the city money.

SF is supposed to be a transit-first city. The goal is to make public transit an attractive-enough option to persuade people to use it rather than private autos. Therefore, anything that hinders public transit is bad.

The congestion in SF would also be less if those who worked in Mountain View also lived in Mountain View (or at least within a 10-mile radius).

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 362

by pauljlucas (#46385347) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

Google using a community resource in this way has the side effect of making it convenient for Googlers who would otherwise choose not to live in the city. That bolsters its tax base while contributing to a reduction of traffic and vehicle emissions during the daily rush hours.

Some would say that therefore not having the resource would mean they would leave the city. If they moved closer to work (and Google ran local shuttles) that would also reduce emissions.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 3, Insightful) 362

by pauljlucas (#46381379) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

How does Google employees waiting at bus stops cost the city money?

On the one hand, they generally don't cost the city money; but it does give tech shuttles a free pass at using city bus stops that, if you or I stopped at (and were caught), we'd have to pay a fine.

On the other hand, they do cost the city money in that that can (and do) delay the actual city busses from stopping at the stops and, as the adage goes, time is money. (The slower a bus goes, the more potential overtime the city will have to pay and the more busses the city will need to use for a given route to maintain the same headway.)

Comment: Re:Airport wifi (Score 1) 159

by pauljlucas (#46121039) Attached to: Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

I plugged my iPad into the USB charger in the plane ...

What planes/airlines have built-in USB ports? That aside, it's interesting that it's more than just a dumb USB-shaped port (akin to the wall dongles that merely convert a wall-outlet into a USB port). The fact that you got that message implies there's actually a computer on the other end in addition to just power.

Comment: Re:A message from Facebook that earns my respect? (Score 1) 193

by pauljlucas (#46056473) Attached to: Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

I guess it's good to know that I can respect a well-crafted response, even when it comes from a source I don't respect.

That should have been obvious. Occasionally, people I generally strongly disagree with say or write something I do agree with -- just like a broken clock is right twice a day.

Comment: Re:The problem with Google Bus (Score 1) 692

by pauljlucas (#46046335) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

More likely that Google would build an office in SF (raising land prices even higher). Some tech companies have done that already.

They've already done that but it's nowhere near as big as the Googleplex in Mountain View. That aside, at least then they're paying SF city taxes. Also, I don't know if they have employee shuttles for their SF office or if their employees just take Muni like everybody else.

It would be ironic if a Google employee waiting for a Muni bus on his way to the SF office was delayed by a Google bus blocking the bus stop while picking up for a trip to Mountain View.

Comment: Re:The problem with Google Bus (Score 3, Insightful) 692

by pauljlucas (#46041343) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

It easily beats having those people all driving themselves.

True, but what I think the protesters are thinking is that if companies eliminated the shuttles (or shrank their radius so that SF was outside of it), then most workers, rather than endure a multi-hour commute each day, would simply move closer to work (and, more specifically, outside of SF city limits). It might increase traffic in/around Mountain View, but the companies could run local shuttles with a 10-mile (instead of 35-mile) radius to alleviate that problem. But it would no longer be SF's problem.

Comment: Re:Yes, here's why... (Score 1) 175

by pauljlucas (#45754147) Attached to: Putting a Panic Button In Smartphone Users' Hands

You'd be surprised to learn that there's even dumber reasons people call ...

Why don't they tack on a $100 "911 call charge" to the caller's phone bill for every call? That ought to make the idiots learn pretty quickly.

The charge would be waived if any emergency personnel are actually dispatched.

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