Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Prep for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Save 95% on the CompTIA IT Certification Bundle ×

Comment District gerrymandering (Score 0) 284

...indicate 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct The pattern could be voter fraud or a demographic trend that has not been picked up by extensive polling.

It could also be the effect of gerrymandering by Democrats to consolidate republicans into fewer districts and diluting votes in other districts so more district level elections can be favorably held.

Comment Uber costs too high? Take a taxi. (Score 2) 250

Uber is an experiment at implementing a pure capitalist supply-demand model which causes surge pricing. I'm not surprised that liberal enclaves like San Francisco and New York can't stand this. Uber riders should understand this and seek out the best price by taking a regular taxi if that's what is important. Or wait until the surge passes. Its the exact same model for many toll roads where you pay 1 price during rush hour, but its cheaper later in the mornings.

Comment Where is the harm? (Score 1) 165

Unless the lawyer has nothing better to fill his time, he's not getting interested unless there is some kind of harm, which is the basis of a suit and payment of damages (that's how they get paid).

Still, I'm with you on this - I really hate when politicians and agencies or anyone for that matter imposes rules on others, then exempts or ignores the rules themselves.

Comment Are franchise owners employees of the parent? (Score 1) 88

Consider also the case of a franchise owner of a restaurant like McDonalds or Subway. The corporate franchise parent sets very strict rules on appearance, service, quality, procedures, product purchasing, marketing etc, but the owners pay for the facilities, equipment, product, fees, licenses, etc. Would this ruling potentially reclassify all of them as employees of the franchise parent? It may come down to convenience for the IRS to collect payroll taxes - they'd much rather just deal with Uber and not 10,000 independent contractors.

Comment Arduino and a new student project? (Score 1) 456

I'm thinking its time for a new robotics project at school to build an Arduino controller for it. Cost maybe $100, a world of education experience, and most likely uses less power than the Commodore so the school will save money. Spend the $2 million on the students for lab resources and materials.

Comment What is the purpose? (Score 1) 435

If a car is not designed to carry passengers it does not need windows, but then what is the purpose? I'm excluding trucks and delivery vehicles here to focus on 'passenger' cars. I suppose you really don't need windows, but provide another way to see outside or some other VR imagery with cameras and organic LED displays inside the car. Take a cross country or long haul trip, turn off the lights and sleep - this gives 'catching the red eye' a whole new meaning.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard