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Comment: Re:Do they have any authority to do that? (Score 2) 168

by rockout (#49037317) Attached to: Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free
I know it's not fashionable to RTFA, but clearly you didn't.

Users visit and enter their home address along with some basic information. This data is then processed by the database, which registers the address and its GPS coordinates. This information is then relayed to drone manufacturers to create a geofence around the home and render their products unable to fly over the property.

They're asking for manufacturers to voluntarily respect this list and disable their drones from flying in those zones. Now, whether this will work is another discussion.

Comment: Good luck with that (Score 3, Informative) 168

by rockout (#49037293) Attached to: Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

the address and its GPS coordinates ... is then relayed to drone manufacturers to create a geofence around the home and render their products unable to fly over the property.

So we're going to count on the manufacturers to voluntarily add a feature to their drones that makes them unable to fly in a huge list of tiny spaces? Oh okay. This should solve everything. /sarcasm

Comment: Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 2) 215

by rockout (#49037275) Attached to: Russia Seeking To Ban Tor, VPNs and Other Anonymizing Tools

Oil prices are going back up, and will be at three digits a barrel by Memorial Day due to OPEC production cuts.

I'd just like to point out that if this Anonymous Coward knew this as fact, he could be a multi-millionaire by Memorial Day with ease.

If you agree with him, then so could you.

Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:News for Nerds, Stuff that matters (Score 2) 400

by rockout (#48724779) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

And millions like him, in his age group. The movies are different; the thing that stays the same is that old people have always, and will always, say that "it was better back in my day!" or even the days before they were kids.

You can call this point of view flamebait or trolling if you want, as some old mod did earlier today, but the fact is this: the stalest cliche on the planet is that old people don't like what young people are listening to or watching on a screen, whatever the size of that screen happens to be, and they can't remember that when they were young, the old people of that time didn't like what THEY were enjoying.

PS, there was plenty of crap in movies back when you were a kid too. You just don't remember it as well as you remember the good movies - because the crap was crap, and you didn't bother watching it more than once.

Comment: Re:Surge pricing during security incident (Score 1) 190

by rockout (#48665289) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing
You want manual intervention before surge pricing gets activated, every time? Kind of defeats the purpose of having a computer respond to the supply-and-demand levels of every single place Uber operates. The whole point of that system is that it's designed to quickly respond to rapidly changing levels of drivers and passengers, and it doesn't do either party any good if a human has to review every single surge pricing moment before the surge pricing goes into effect. It's a ridiculous premise.

Comment: Re:Surge pricing during security incident (Score 2) 190

by rockout (#48659583) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

With regard to concerts and sporting events, why should Uber make rides free during those events? One would think Uber drivers would go to such areas at the conclusion of the event in hopes of picking up fares, so there would be less need for surge pricing, and if there were was need for surge pricing, that would still serve the purpose of getting more drivers on the roads.

Let's not forget a key point that everyone seems to ignore - NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO TAKE UBER. It's merely an extra choice, meaning you now have more choices for transportation than you did before. That's a good thing. If you take a handful of negative news stories about Uber (many of them unjustified attempts by press to create a story out of nothing, like in Australia), and decide you don't want to use Uber, that's fine; you can still take a taxi, or a bus, or a train, or your own car.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 1) 360

by rockout (#48659529) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down
The original point was that North Korea attacked Sony, a corporation with more revenue than the entire country attacking it. The GP's ridiculous post posited that because NK attacked "Sony PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT", we should only count SPE's revenue when making such a comparison, as if the parent company didn't care that their subsidiary was attacked. You've taken that tangent to a silly level of off-topic.

Comment: Re:Surge pricing during security incident (Score 3, Informative) 190

by rockout (#48656807) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

I'm so tired of this bullshit example being trotted out as evidence of how evil Uber is. Here's the facts of what happened in Australia:

A bunch of people suddenly wanted Uber rides out of the area during the hostage situation. Uber's computers responded accordingly, and automatically, in activating the surge pricing. Whether you like the surge pricing or not, it's designed to get more drivers onto the road by providing the incentive of higher pay to meet the spiking demand. One would assume that at least some drivers are more likely to go out and pick up passengers when their phones alert them that they can suddenly make 4x the normal fare.

When human beings running Uber in Sydney became clued in as to what was happening, they made all rides in the area free.

Here's what DIDN'T happen: Uber in Sydney finds out about hostage crisis, says "omg let's charge 4x the normal fare because bunches of people are going to want rides and we can gouge them!"

You can disagree with Uber's business practices, or how they run their business, and that's fine, but when you just start making shit up, you lose all credibility and take away from an intelligent conversation on what to do about Uber. You're the problem.

The less time planning, the more time programming.