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Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 1) 407

by stephanruby (#47434713) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone or other means of tracking the car from a distance, and not risk killing several bystanders in a crash? This time only the bad guy died, but even him did not deserve capital punishment for a car jack ...

The police did stop the chase.

In any case, who needs an helicopter, or a drone, when the Tesla car itself is equipped with remote gps tracking.

I'm just surprised the Tesla doesn't have an owner-initiated remote kill-switch.

Comment: Re:And in other news (Score 3, Informative) 139

by stephanruby (#47403229) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

Not according to Uber's web site.

If you’re taking a ride requested through UberBLACK, UberSUV, or uberTAXI, your livery or taxi transportation provider carries a commercial insurance policy in at least the minimum amount required by local regulations. If you didn’t get his or her insurance information at the time of the accident, please reach out to us so we can connect you.

If you’re taking a ride requested through uberX, some transportation providers are rideshare drivers providing transportation with their personal vehicles. Rideshare providers carry personal insurance policies. In addition, there’s a commercial insurance policy with $1 million of coverage per incident. This policy covers drivers’ liability from the time a driver accepts your trip request through the app until the completion of your trip. This policy is in addition to the driver’s own policy, but it acts as primary insurance if the driver’s policy is not available for any reason. An additional insurance policy covers drivers when they are logged into the Uber app but are not currently on a trip.

There is also uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UI/UIM) of $1 million per incident for bodily injury, in case another motorist causes an accident and doesn’t carry adequate insurance. So, for example, injuries caused by a hit-and-run accident would be covered by the UI/UIM.

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Comment: Re: Not just Android (Score 1) 112

by stephanruby (#47386203) Attached to: Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

If you still don't get it, it's like everyone in his family wearing a T-shirt that says "My home address is 123 Johnson Rd -- and if you're reading this, I'm probably not at home".

You're making two assumptions here:
1. That everyone with a laptop lives alone. I don't, you insensitive clod. I live with my mother.
2. That everyone with a laptop lives at the actual location being broadcasted. For all you know, I could just have visited that location.
If you're worried about theft and stalking, you should be much more concerned about neighborhood/employer/school-required parking stickers. With these, one can easily guess the approximate locations where your car parks, and therefore where you might actually live/work/study (since those actually require a formal verification before being issued).

Comment: Re:Enforceable ? (Score 1) 404

by stephanruby (#47308677) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

The company is based in Italy and does not target San Francisco specifically. I don't think San Francisco has standing to sue them.

That doesn't matter.

It issued them an official cease and desist letter. Now, they said they're going after the users of the system (which is going to be easy enough). How many $300 fines will it take for the users to start rating the application 1 star? Not many, I can tell you that.

Pursuing them in a US court won't be a problem either, because once a judgment is given, the city can go after the US-based app stores that distribute their app, and they can go after the application's US-based credit card payment processors.

Comment: Re:They hate our freedom (Score 3, Interesting) 404

by stephanruby (#47308359) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

No, the city already has parking motion detectors on their parking meters that can detect when a street parking space is vacated and the city also makes available a free real-time api that third party developers can use for republishing that information (for free, or even for a profit if those third party desire). There are already several apps on the market that do this (that the city has no problem with)

What this particular app encouraged was to keep parking spaces occupied, until a particular ransom was paid. This meant that cars with disabled placards (which are not required to pay anything, and not required to move by a certain time) would have the incentive to hold a parking space indefinitely until they got paid. And this also meant that some business storefront owners could hold spaces by placing junk/furniture/pots of flowers on a parking space, so that no other car could pull into it unless they got paid off as well.

Unfortunately, holding parking spaces illegally is already a common practice in San Francisco (even before that mobile application came on the market). Regularly, business owners are caught painting the curb of their sidewalks in front of their store with green, yellow, or red, without having the proper city permits to do so (those illegal markings can be distinguished because they're not stamped with the usual SFPD and the red markings around storefronts/private driveways usually extend far more than they're supposed to).

Comment: Re:Management botched it again (Score 4, Interesting) 128

by stephanruby (#47296429) Attached to: Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software

...and turned the old system off without making sure...

It's not like the previous system of oversized crayolas and little yellow sticky notes was much better than the new system. Under the old system, the 20 inmates would have probably been marked released by the system, but kept in jail indefinitely.

Man Suing Dallas County Jail

May 30th, 2007 | By admin | Category: Dallas County, In The News

By Jack Fink, CBS 11

A North Texas man is suing Dallas County and the maker of its jail computer system for violating his civil rights. He claims he was lost in the system for six days.

Jim Muise credits a political leader from a foreign country for helping him get released and now he wants justice.

Muise is an automotive journalist. His stay in the Dallas County Jail kicked his emotions into overdrive.

“I felt like no one on the outside was able to hear me,” Muise said.

Muise said he was falsely arrested outside a Dallas restaurant for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“I had people, friends of mine, associates of mine sitting outside the jail the morning after I was arrested willing to post the bond, and they couldn’t find me to say how much the bond was,” Muise said.

His name was nowhere to be found in the computer system in February, 2005, a month after it had gone online.

Muise, who is a Canadian citizen, got so desperate at one point he made a collect call to relatives in Halifax, Nova, Scotia. Luckily for him, they’re close family friends with a Canadian senator who in turned called the jail to help find Muise.

Muise was released the next day. “If not for my family and other people working so hard for me, I might still be there,” he said.

He is now suing the county and InfoIntegration, the company that installed the software.

“They knew, or should have known, that if their system didn’t work properly, people’s civil rights would be violated,” Muise’s attorney said.

The company hasn’t responded in court yet, but in a similar case, it denies the system was faulty and inaccurate.

The county hasn’t filed a response in court either, but Commissioner John Wiley Price said the county has corrected the problems.

“We know where people are in the system,” Commission Price said. “We know when they come into the system.”

Muise wants someone held accountable. “Somebody’s got to stand-up for what goes on,” he said.

Comment: Re:It's very interesting. (Score 1) 195

by stephanruby (#47295575) Attached to: Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

When cops freak out because they are being recorded, people go all ballistic.

When cops (with guns) freak out because they are being recorded, (pardon the following pun), but they're the ones who go all ballistic.

I don't blame them for being upset.

I don't blame them for being upset either, but I hope you realize there is a difference between an unarmed taxi driver freaking out because he's being recorded and an armed cop freaking out because he's being recorded.

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