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Comment: Re:For anyone else wondering what the hell this is (Score 1) 206

They covered all that in the article. Not just how to turn it on, but why it's not on by default/exposed in the UI yet. Seriously, you can't fail to RTFA and then be all "I had to look this up" and "you need to be in a special club to use this" when it explains what's going on right there in front of you.

Comment: Re: Meh... (Score 1) 247

by ModernGeek (#49756433) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

I think most large companies just voluntarily quit putting these into things. I used to use a few products that used them which eventually disappeared from the shelves. I even remember the big name corporations that own the subsidiaries that make up most of the market in these sectors announcing the voluntary phase out. So is this new law even necessary?

Comment: Fark those clowns (Score 4, Interesting) 326

by spywhere (#49725549) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States
Licensed, legitimate cab companies run a gauntlet of state & local regulations before they can collect fares. Uber and Lyft bypass them, start operating, and then act surprised when their illegal operation using unlicensed, unvetted drivers run into trouble.

In most places, the individual drivers and/or the company itself are required to have mercantile licenses... where are theirs?

Comment: Re:Let me tell you about mine. (Score 1) 164

by ModernGeek (#49699851) Attached to: I spent Mother's Day this year ...

I was about to say that he should tell his story on reddit so that they'll give him some money.

From what I have observed of Slashdot, everyone here made their lives for themselves with no help from anyone while working 40 hours a week going through University and then onto a graduate program. Not sure what this guys gripe is because he gave his mom a little money.

Comment: Completely Open Source (Score 2) 276

by ModernGeek (#49501435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

I'd like to see a completely open search engine that allowed people to download the search indexes freely so that they may create their own in-house appliances for search without the need for going through some proprietary site that may or may not be available in the next ten years or even months.

A site that promises to deliver you your privacy is not enough, because they could really be doing anything. Google promised us our privacy, and changed and deleted their old privacy policies even though they said that they'd always keep all copies of a privacy policy on archive. They went back on the word "never" and have continued to discontinue online services that people have become accustomed to with little to no notice.

A reasonably sized search index that is extensible based on what one is searching for would be great. Localizing URL suggestions, wikipedia caches, and other toolbar-suggestion searches in a networked work environment would all have benefits; the applications are almost endless. Freeing the shackles of search from a few could do so much for innovation, privacy, and security.

Comment: Re:Pao = Sexist (Score 1) 892

The place to fix this is not at the employee level, by taking away their right to negotiate. The place to fix this is at the HR level, by firing them if they discriminate.

But, if one group of people is less willing to negotiate, discrimination from HR doesn't come into it really. You can't force people to negotiate.

I think you're right that it shouldn't have to be fixed at the employee level, I just can't really see another place that'd work (I'm no expert though.)

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)