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Comment Re:It's what I've been saying all along... (Score 1) 258

So you live in the 20% of the 80:20 rule. We'll solve for the 80% for great benefit. And let the 20% hang out to flap in the wind. It simply doesn't matter that we can't drive there. We probably don't want to drive there. And you can be like the Amish driving around in their horse drawn carriages.

Comment Re: Good Summary Until... (Score 1) 258

People who own parking garages own them so that people can park in them. It follows that if any substantial portion of the potential market for your parking structure cannot use it because of X (in this case because the mapping company for the auto-car industry has not mapped your garage) then you will solve for X (in this case get the mapping company in.)

In other words... there will be new businesses that are created to solve these problems. You need to repaint the lines in your parking lot because the municipality says you need to change things... most likely the paint company will also have a contact at the mapping company and arrange to have them come out and remap it before the paint dries.

Comment Re:"It has to be perfect before it'll work" (Score 1) 258

If you have used Google Maps / Waze / Apple Maps recently you will have noticed that they do a pretty good job of showing congestion for your route in real time.

For any obstruction on the highway, the FIRST car may have to figure something out, the SECOND car will simply have an updated "map" saying that there is an obstruction use the left lane and pay attention for a flagger.

Comment Re:fighting carbon pollution? (Score 2) 369

And the equivalent of 10 keystones have been built in the US since the Keystone was applied for in 2010.

The net effect of saying no was therefore slightly less than a 10% reduction in build and the equivalent increase in rail.

The net benefits will 100% accrue to the rail companies. The increased transportation costs will be borne by oil producers. There will be no reduction in oil output from oil sands.


Comment Chromebook - two accounts - powerwash (Score 1) 324

If you have a Chromebook, have a separate gmail account that looks active (subscribe to some innocuous mailing lists.)

Prior to border simply powerwash the Chromebook and login with the clean account. Nothing to see here officer. The password is 1234.

After you get home, login with your normal account.

Comment Re: Ban ALL NUKES NOW (Score 2) 145

They are not estimating 1500 deaths because of Fukishima.

As noted in the title, the panic caused by the mass evacuations etc (e.g. moving people from hospitals) may have caused 1500 deaths.

Of course there are few (I think there may be a couple if I recall from workers in cleanup?) from radiation.

And of course 15,893 (wikipedia) deaths from the tsunami and earthquake.

Moral of the story is that even poorly designed and implemented power plants are less dangerous to your health than poorly sited and implemented housing. Spend the money on where and how people live to protect them from tsunamis and earthquakes. Then, maybe, spend money upgrading your nuclear facilities.

Comment Re:Publishers need to be responsible (Score 1) 241

I'm also waiting to see how long it takes for somebody to do a good mod_GA for Apache that uses Googles Measurement Protocol ( so that sites don't loose Google Analytics for people that block it.

In theory it should be possible for Apache to collect as much interesting data as is required and forward that to Google Analytics without the end users web browser being involved at all. And more efficiently done as the web server can do bulk submission.

So don't believe the BS that we'll loose our analytics as well.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 241

The ads pay for *their* (the publishers) infrastructure.

The ads do NOT pay for the consumers infrastructure. I get a bill from my CableCo and WirelessCo every month that convinces me that I'm the one paying the full tariff for EVERY downloaded bit/byte of data.

I could care less if the publishers can or can't pay for theirs. Find a business model that works. Forcing me to subsidize my local CableCo and WirelessCo is not the way. If I seriously want your content then I'll find a way to help fund it. Mostly sending me scholcky ads is not working.

Comment Publishers need to be responsible (Score 5, Insightful) 241

The problem is that publishers don't see the cost of delivery of their advertising. Like email spam there is little to no cost to throw in a few more lines of JavaScript to pull another ad from another ad delivery service.

But the consumers do see the cost. Download costs (especially for mobile) for the extra data. Longer time to load. Harder to read with ad's cluttering the page. Etc etc.

At the very least if this pushes publishers to convert 2nd and 3rd party ads to first party by (minimally proxying or caching) the delivery through their own site it will provide them with a better idea of the cost.

Moving more content to first party delivery allows protocols like SPDY to shine and optimize delivery. Faster and less bits (through compression.)
The message to publishers is take control of the data you want people to look at. Deliver it yourself.

The message to advertisers is to develop alternate mechanisms to ensure your ads are being delivered through first party sites. Ad blocking of crappy delivery mechanisms means that your choice is no ads or delivery as a first party ad.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 247

So you are saying that because a small number of people might not be able to use these in snow for a short time each year, the rest of the continent shouldn't and we should just keep killing > 30,000 people per year.

Ignoring of course that what is being tested now is not what will be available 5-10 years from now.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar