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Comment: Re:I never knew (Score 2) 310 310

hint: Chrome (or any browser* on iOS) is little more than a skin over Mobile Safari (=webkit). sure, sometimes the skin is useful, but iOS Chrome is actually more like "Safari with some Chrome-ish Extensions".

*: at least any browser on the App Store; Apple literally won't allow any other renderers. maybe there are homebrew browsers for jailbroken iOS. i don't know.

Comment: Re:i switched back from chrome to safari (Score 2) 310 310

Well, presumably it would just resync the next time you used chrome, unless you fuck around in Chrome and/or your Google account until you find the setting which changes the priority of local vs. remote storage.

This seems to be a problem with most platforms. It can be partly (and condescendingly) dismissed as user error, but Google does seem to make things more confusing than necessary. We use google drive at work, and the unclear referents in its dialog boxes made me lose a directory before i realized it was "syncing" my work directory to an empty google drive. I know how it works now, but it was literally impossible to know exactly what it was doing in advance from the dialogs, and the documentation was so poor that I had given up trying to learn anything from it.

Maybe the community should just write man pages for web services.

Comment: Re:Conferences are one thing... (Score 3, Insightful) 310 310

That's more or less what I was thinking as well. From a user perspective, Safari is pretty much like Chrome except more stable and much less resource-hungry.

Maybe this relentless catering to every sloppy demand of every hack web programmer is what makes web browsers the bloated pieces of shit that they are nowadays.

Comment: Re:Value is more than just price (Score 2) 228 228

afaict, from a NYC perspective, Uber is much better if you live in Brooklyn or Queens because, unlike yellow cabs, it's actually possible to get one by using the app. I've heard that in other cities, e.g. San Francisco, the cab service is about as bad as Brooklyn. I'm sure that in these areas, Uber is a big improvement over what was there before.

If you live in Manhattan, it's largely a matter of taste. the cars tend to be cleaner and the drivers friendlier, etc., but will cost you ~20% more. There is better tech integration, e.g. the app can be used to split a ride with your friends, and it integrates with paypal/whatever whereas yellow cabs just barely have credit card readers.

Additionally, you hail Uber from an app and meet at a designated spot, whereas yellow cabs by law have to be flagged down from the sidewalk. Personally, i'm not really into Uber, but I live in Manhattan and am probably just sticking with what i'm used to. I'd probably use it occasionally if i lived in Brooklyn. A lot of my younger coworkers use Uber exclusively (and frequently! i wonder how much of their pay they spend just on transportation).

I suspect that what happened is that other cities took NYC Medallion model (which isn't even really appropriate for Manhattan, at least these days) and applied it reflexively for whatever reason. Coming from Florida, I think it's fair to say that Uber is the first real taxi service many suburban areas are getting. The regulations preceded the industry, and so the industry never even developed. Uber basically said "fuck it," made up some silly story about "ride-sharing" (lol), and that was that.

Comment: Re:Curious (Score 1) 27 27

hey, Facebook researchers are doing some serious hard-core work in the fields of computer vision (=how to track you) and applied psychology (=how to get you to want to be tracked and click on ads). they just hired Yann LeCun ffs, who basically invented convolutional neural networks as we currently know them, and he seems at least as happy and productive there as he was at NYU.

of course, this has little to do with Marky Mark Z., who seems to have just been in the right place at the right time with the right personal characteristics. then again, you could say the same about Bill Gates. that's the bitch of it, really. who knows whether the alternative to Microsoft would have actually been any better in the long-run?

Comment: Re:Slow learners (Score 1) 107 107

yeah, but what does Andreessen care about the fall guy chumps who actually end up running the code he's chipping it to have written? they're as expendable as any other piece of hardware. it's even in the name Dread Pirate Roberts, except instead of retiring they end up dead or in jail.

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