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Comment Re:Why should? (Score 1) 297

An autonomous car wouldn't need a forward-facing driver's seat.

Yes it would. Do you envision the entire vehicle to be unusable if it's not connected or if the on-board AI breaks down? How does the occupant get out in a power failure?

You're not going to build a successful vehicle without considering those factors. Human driven it may not be, but it still needs to make affordances for the human psychology of it's human passengers.

Comment Re:Going out of business ... (Score 1) 164

Honestly, I don't see the point in this and they should just retire the magazine and create a new one w/o nudity to compete with the others in that genre;

You know nothing about brand valuation. The brand is really the only valuable thing here. The crossroads is China - China wasn't about to put up with porn, and Playboy decided to cover up so they could leverage their brand across the lucrative Chinese market.

And just to be clear, Playboy's brand = sexy not necessarily nude. It's been light fare ever since Larry Flint and Hustler. You could say they're doubling down on their brand.

Comment Re:Where's Tim Cook's activism now? (Score 1) 64

Tim Cook is totally outspoken when it comes to gay rights, but when it comes to censorship in China, he becomes a total wuss!!! Should one be surprised? Wonder whether they recognize gay marriage in China, and whether he supports their policy on gays or not? Maybe if one brought to his notice discrimination against gays in China, that he'd make this a personal cause celeb

Gay rights is something he can influence, where he can influence it. China's views on censorship, not so much. In fact, it would seem that this might be more of a cause suited to Google "indexing all of the worlds information".

I think that not providing a filtered (read: watered down) Apple News product in China is a principled choice. Once the user runs the appropriate VPN to bypass the GFW, the news shows up.

Comment Re:Honda Diesel? (Score 1) 416

Why? It's not like Slashdot is a US centric web page...

In all actuality, it really is. Slashdot covers US politics to an extent that it covers no other country (or even perhaps all of them combined). And it's not "politics in America affects everyone", either: I can't for the life of me figure out why, say, a Scandi cares about H1B tech hires in California.

Thanks to the wonders of new region-wide trade "agreements", corporations will soon be exporting US "business culture" everywhere. For "Scandis" it must be like looking into the grim, dismal, dystopian future.

Comment Trickle down - good for punishment as well! (Score 1) 416

Until we hold executive officers, whose title comes from the word "to execute" as in to make happen, or members of the BOD are personally held civilly and/or criminally responsible then nothing will really change.

But... but... then (borrowing from the argument for copyright-for-life-plus-95-years) - if corporate officers and board members can't commit crimes without impunity - how will they be incentivized to make profits? The entire economy will come tumbling down unless they are given free reign to "feed the invisible hand"!!!!

Comment Does your carrier zero-rate music streaming? (Score 1) 175

However, as time goes by, people use more and more data on their mobile devices. All of which requires additional investment or incentivising customers to lower their data usage.

A few years ago, average data usage on one of the UK's mobile networks was c. 2GB per month. This year, average data usage on the same network is c. 4GB per month. I have an unlimited (genuinely unlimited) plan with the same network and my average monthly usage has gone from 2GB to 15GB in the same period of time.

So, in spite of prices going up, we are probably actually seeing a decrease in the cost per unit used.

I'm wondering how much of that is streaming music or video? Over here in the US, on Tmobile, I average about 1.5GB/mo with a lot of streaming, email and maps usage, but my music is zero-rated so it doesn't show up as used bandwidth.

What's your usage pattern for 15GB/mo?

Comment Re:I don't like this at all (Score 4, Interesting) 175

T-Mobiles 'unlimited' isn't.

It's near enough. Their highest tier 4G/LTE (yes, annoyingly called unlimited) allows for 21GB of high speed data before dropping down to 128KB/s. Same with AT&T's grandfathered plan. Don't know about Sprint, but I doubt its any higher.

You also get data stash - I have 20GB in my stash and build it every month. Occasionally I dip into it (like when I do a lot of driving around for trips or business).

With TMO, you get 7GB/mo of tethering with that plan - and the data stash can leverage that so you can in one month tether 10's of GB if you need it.

Also music streaming is zero-rated on TMO with most streaming services (Apple music, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc) covered. So you're not going to have to spend GB's on that either.

Maybe you can get unlimited with VZ, but do they allow for tethering as well? Do they zero-rate music streaming?

T-mobile is as good as you can get right now without going for the "unicorn" of truly unlimited.

Comment Management can do more damage = paid more (Score 1) 327

Yes, it is a leadership position. But i think his point still stands. It is ~just~ another position. And its not implicitly more important, or deserving of higher pay than all other positions. ...
That works in a fast food restaurant because the manager has likely been trained on every position, can train new people for those positions, can spot fill any position as needed, as well as being responsible for dealing with customer issues, providing leadership, managing supply levels, scheduling, cash management, key holder, etc. He deserves to be paid more

Several reasons why I disagree but the biggest reason is that poor management can do more damage than a poor individual contributor. You want people to aspire to this position. You want people who can do all the things that your theoretically perfect fast food restaurant manager does. In every profit center (i.e., organization that makes profit - i.e., sales, consulting) that's what I have seen... the managers are usually capable, can fill in or advise on their direct-reports' tasks, in addition to the administrative functions like budget/resource/time.

I think the biggest problem is the concept of cost centers where efficiency is measured by "minimizing costs" as opposed to "making more profit".

Comment Re:Grandfathered unlimited data (Score 1) 143

I've still got my grandfathered plan. Keeping it didn't involve 'fighting' at all. In fact, I recently got unlimited nation wide calling, too.

Hope you like what you have. Here at t-Mobile, I get:
* Free tethering
* Unlimited nationwide calls/text
* Unlimited roaming (4G/text/call) in CA and MX
* Unlimited calls to 70 countries including landline and cellphones ($10 total for all 10 lines on my plan)
* Unlimited 3G data roaming in 140 countries
* Data Stash (unlike ATT's data roaming) - so on months where I travel a lot, I still have LTE well over your monthly cap of 22GB. Other months I don't even use 2GB and accrue the rest.
* HD Voice since 2013
* Wifi calling since last year.
* Music freedom - all data for streaming music (almost all providers) doesn't use LTE quota.
* All my lines get 2.5GB min base, and I upped to 4.5GB+Stash for $10.

(I'm probably missing some of the uncarrier benefits that have accrued).

I pay $245/mo (incl. all fees/etc).

The history is that since 2013 I have paid ZERO overage. I've paid for some calls from Europe when I visited, but I also had free data there too. My history with both ATT and VZ has been at least one month of overage every 3mo or so - and that's with me watching the bills like a hawk.

The billing is so constant, I just ask my family/friends who are on the plan to pay $150/yr for their subscription + BYOPh and it's been smooth sailing for all of us.

TMobile is like being in 2005 and having gmail when everyone else had hotmail/yahoomail. Makes me a bit smug, to be honest.

Comment Re:Credentials (Score 1) 93

it's only a matter of time before someone figures out how to print fake finger prints as some sort of stamp, or at the very least transfer them to gummy bears.

You mean like how the CCC theoretically defeated TouchID on the iPhone [1]? A pretty basic process, all you need is a 2400 dpi scanner, photo-sensitive PCB, graphite spray, a very nice pristine stray fingerprint (on a glass), and lots and lots of free time and determination.

Theoretically automated, but basic brute-force defenses and secondary factors would render such an attack as unreliable.


Comment Re:Off-Earth habitation (Score 1) 684

You can do the exact same thing for space stations, ship up the material harvesting and refinement technology, have it harvest and refine while you're shipping up manufacturing plant. And again, these materials are readily available in space, unlike on Mars.

Even shipping up the manufacturing plant (space-hardened = massive cost increase) is incredibly expensive now. Like another poster mentioned, space stations would make a LOT of sense, if you have an elevator.

There's a reason that "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" highlighted the power of being on top of a gravity well. The opposite, being on the bottom of the well, is expensive to work out of.

Comment Re:$949/week? (Score 1) 449

i think they're wondering why the people that think there is a need for an all-female computer camp don't think that there is a need for an all-female computer camp that isn't more expensive than college.

949*52 is 49000.

Uh, it's a camp, not school. More like $949*3 = $2847.

Seriously price out other summer camps (esp. tech camps) in the SF Bay Area and you'll see that $1k isn't that bad.

Comment Call it what it is... (Score 2) 273

If the Touchpad was a flop, what do you call writing off $5 billion after buying Autonomy?

It's too bad they didn't bother updating the hardware on the Touchpad. It would have been current had it been released a year earlier. The 7" Touchpad Go would have been nice too. :(

I'd say it was a pure corruption play. Clearly someone(s) got that $5B. The touchpad was pure tragedy - WebOS sounds like the second coming of BeOS - a great OS with great ideas that just came a bit too late to the party (and didn't have the blessing of the corporate elite).

Also keep in mind Microsoft's Skype acquisition (which in hindsight doesn't seem as bad - if MS would actually merge Skype into Windows or Office...) - the common factor being that since the money being used to purchase the offshore companies wasn't within the US, they could repatriate some of the money without paying taxes.

Comment Or he's a hatchet guy (Score 1) 46

he was more or less just filling time as HR director, possibly while being groomed as a potential successor.

Given that Kimishima is already 65, I wouldn't be surprised if he's only president long enough for someone else to finish being groomed. I doubt Kimishima was ever groomed himself for the job; I think he was just experienced and available after Iwata's sudden death.

This makes a lot of sense in a stable company. That or he's like Ellen Pao @ reddit (or Leo Apotheker @ HP) CEO who just ended up as a hatchet wielder. Given that Nintendo has been in revenue bind recently, it might just happen that the new interim CEO could make dramatic, unpopular changes that affect the workforce and direction with the company.

Your own mileage may vary.