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Comment: Re:Free market (Score 1) 353

by statusbar (#46622793) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

(reposted as my account since i accidentally was AC)

The scariest taxi ride I ever had was in the Seattle area, heading back to the Airport after the C++ conference. The taxicab was a Prius which was broken and dirty inside - you could see the airbag. The car's signal lights did not work. The driver was weaving in and out of traffic and just about killed a couple on a motorbike, causing a big road rage incident. The taxi driver was angry that we didn't tip him. If we had tipped him a normal amount, then the total cost of the trip would have been the same as the Uber ride that we took from the Airport to the same hotel.

As a consumer I want the choice to choose a safe, reliable, and trustable source. For me that is Uber.

--jeffk++

Comment: Re: Or maybe... (Score 1) 399

by statusbar (#45774273) Attached to: Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

A more interesting side to this story is how people were able to figure out which airport she was flying to just by googling her name: https://www.twitter.com/Zac_R/status/414249210641653761/photo/1?screen_name=Zac_R

I'm not sure how that was possible by google - but it sure is a creepy thing.

The person who made that tweet ( @Zac_R ) was apparently able to talk to Justine's father before she landed, and took the pictures of her at the airport:

https://www.twitter.com/Zac_R/status/414278786449158144

Comment: Re: The Third World was first (Score 1) 184

by statusbar (#44899755) Attached to: California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

Two weeks ago I did an experiment - uber from the airport to my hotel cost $60 including the automatic tip. Taxi from the hotel to the airport was $50!not including tip. The über ride was great, the driver was nice, the car was clean, the trip was safe. On the taxi ride the Prius was falling apart, you could see the airbag peeking out from the hole in the dash, the signal lights did not work, the driver was shifty and allots killed a couple on a Harley by cutting them off on the freeway since the taxi driver was not looking and couldn't signal. The taxi ride was scary. The consensus amongst my group was that uber wins and I don't want to take a creepy taxi unless uber really is not available. This happened in Seattle, three weeks ago.

Comment: Re:Major extension to TCP? (Score 1) 172

by statusbar (#44894727) Attached to: A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

In this example, X and Y are each providing a different subnet address. Your device just moved to a different network and now has a different IP address. This is not a design error but an appropriate design. Multipath TCP is a standard that allows your device to have uninterrupted mobility.

Comment: Re: My give-a-darn meter is reading negative GADs (Score 1) 180

by statusbar (#44742695) Attached to: Patent Suit Leads To 500,000 Annoyed Software Users

I still don't understand why apple is exposed to patent lawsuit when their system is based on proprietary extensions to standards.... The existing standards can be used to implement FaceTime point to point - so are these patents really encompassing NAT traversal of UDP??

Comment: Re: Links to classified data should be labeled (Score 1) 271

by statusbar (#44712613) Attached to: Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

So if there were an article on a news site about top secret news but it was pretend and wasn't really top secret would you still have to wipe your computer? If yes, then you will be wiping your computer often. If no, then you get acknowledgment if a leak is actually true or not.

Comment: Re: RSA = out of date (Score 1) 282

by statusbar (#44498669) Attached to: Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 Years

Also see: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6090

9. Intellectual Property

      Concerns about intellectual property have slowed the adoption of ECC
      because a number of optimizations and specialized algorithms have
      been patented in recent years.

      All of the normative references for ECDH (as defined in Section 4)
      were published during or before 1989, and those for KT-I were
      published during or before May 1994. All of the normative text for
      these algorithms is based solely on their respective references.

Comment: Re: Curiouser and curiouser (Score 1) 397

by statusbar (#44473315) Attached to: Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

Please re-read my posting. IEEE is very clear about patent disclosure for essential patents. IEEE does not state what FRAND actually means. Samsung is free to charge $0.00 for red hat to release ptpd, and is free to charge much more than that per device to apple for other patents which are less interesting! And in both of those cases, FRAND is satisfied.

Comment: Re: Have these people never heard of IEEE754???? (Score 1) 240

by statusbar (#44470863) Attached to: Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

Ah, jeez. If you think this is the first time someone noticed that different computers give different results,

Well, apparently the people who wrote the software that this whole article was about did not know that their software was broken because of this. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/MWR-D-12-00352.1

Comment: Re: Curiouser and curiouser (Score 2) 397

by statusbar (#44470333) Attached to: Obama Administration Overrules iPhone Trade Ban

All patents related to IEEE standards are listed on the IEEE website:

http://standards.ieee.org/about/sasb/patcom/patents.html

Any companies that have essential patents for an IEEE standard are required to disclose them and give letters of assurances that they will license them to users under FRAND conditions. Samsung did do this.

In my opinion, the terms that Samsung offered were not "Reasonable" and were completely out of line compared to all other license fees associated with IEEE standards. Typically these fees are "one time fees per company, often less than $1000.00 USD". I feel that this causes a "chilling effect" with all existing IEEE standards until IEEE defines what exactly "Reasonable" means. (disclaimer: I am technical editor for two IEEE standards)

Of course that in itself can be a huge problem for GPL and any open source implementations - for instance see the patents that Samsung has on Precision Time Protocol ( http://standards.ieee.org/about/sasb/patcom/loa-1588-samsung-12apr2007.pdf ) which were blocking RedHat from releasing ptpd: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=556611 - It looks like in this ptpd case, Samsung was reasonable and allows people to do time stamping of packets for free as in GPL.

Regardless of my opinions, ITC said the fees to Apple were reasonable. I guess here the government steps in and says that the fees still stand but the ruling can't block the shipment of devices.

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