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Comment Re:OK Google (Score 1) 72

"Man, it's hot out" translates into a device showing a Coke advert. I feel like this isn't far off

I agree, but the way the technology stumbles before it gets perfected.

It will probably be an advertisement for a hot man at a Chip N Dale club. The second time you say it, you'll be more careful enunciating it, but then it will be your Nest thermostat that starts cooling down the inside of your place (not having fully understood the "out" in your statement, when you were obviously just "in" when you said it).

Eventually, you'll just learn to shut up whenever you're in range of that microphone, and you'll be carrying around little pieces of duck tape to place on microphones (just like I had to do last week with my newly upgraded Windows 10 machine).

Comment Re:Easy problem to solve: Ban CC: (Score 1) 65

And then should begin rejecting mails with a CC with multiple email addresses in it outright.

There is nothing preventing you from doing that right now with your own email client.

This would solve half of the world's spam problems in a few years too.

That's assuming the world still even has a spamming problem.

Personally, I don't have a problem with email spam (except for spam faxes). Unfortunately, I still have stupid co-workers that will order things from unsolicited faxes, thus rewarding the spamming behavior, and unfortunately, the phone/fax system is still largely ill-equipped to deal with such problems.

Comment Re:I can tell you how the story ends (Score 1) 154

After the app is released, people will flock to the cab app during peak hours because of the cheaper pricing.

That is already happening in cities like San Francisco and New York (without the app).

Taxi cabs simply do not have the extra capacity during peak hours. In New York, a famous black neurosurgeon can't seem to catch a cab, but as a white person in SF, I can't even seem to catch a cab either when I really need one (and as it turns out, I tend to need one during peak hours when everyone else wants one).

The Medaillon system assumes the demand is constant 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It does not increase the number of drivers during peak hours, and at the same time, it forces drivers to work during off-peak hours when nobody needs them to try to recoup the already very high sunk cost of the Medaillon.

Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 1) 259

The only real market solution is to whitelist a certain number of ad networks, and have sites commit to only running ads from those ad networks, but this segments the internet into the haves (premium inventory, high quality sites, premium ad networks, premium ads, all expensive) and the have nots (mom and pop sites with mediocre inventory that nobody visits because of the chance of getting cancer from the shit networks they have to run). Beyond that, this problem is unlikely to go away - it's simply too easy to game the system and put whatever you want into many adspaces.

Many of us are already doing that, using adblock to blacklist everything by default, and whitelisting ads on a case by case basis.

I'm glad that someone in the online advertising industry is finally advocating for this strategy. It took you guys a while.

Comment Re:Ouch? (Score 1) 301

The mix-up is likely due to the fact that my email address is a shortened version of a common first name and a common Hispanic last name.

Dear Canadian Hispanic friend,

I feel for you. I'm also a politician and someone has registered my email address by mistake as well. Luckily that person is 10 years younger, 30~ pounds lighter, 3 inch taller, and an homosexual, according to the leaked data, which definitely proves that my Ashley account was started by someone completely different.

So I can't really say that my situation is as dire as yours.

Comment Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 42

Are iTunes, Spotify and Netflix all banned on the African continent?

Banned is the wrong word.

The rights holders seldom sell the full international distribution rights to all the online services. This is why if you're in the UK, Netflix only has a fraction of what's available if you're in the US (at least, this was last year, I don't know if it's still the case right now). And this is why in most countries, you can't get Netflix or Spotify at all, unless you pay with an American credit card or some other foreign credit card, and then use a VPN to tunnel through to the service.

And then again, some of those services simply do not care about the parts of the African continent, that do not have high bandwidth, or that still pay for bandwidth by the Kb.

Comment Re:Reporting (Score 1) 268

Bezos says

But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly at Even if it’s rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.

Bezos doesn't get it.

The New York Times article criticized the informing culture and the negatively-focused work culture of Amazon (even if it did exaggerate some aspects of it through their own agenda, or through sampling bias). I must have missed the part where the authors of the article were calling for more ways to inform on others and for more zero tolerance thinking (like they didn't haven enough of these already). And even if they had, I don't think that most people would agree that empathy could be rekindled that way.

You know the saying: "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem you will have will look like a nail." Well, Bezos has no idea that a different management tool could even exist. His response is the perfect illustration of that fact.

Comment Re:Yes, it's not new (Score 1) 268

People who come in with a cold already well underway, with many sick days to spare, have a false sense of loyalty. Their image of a good loyal worker may be safeguarded, but it's at the cost of infecting everyone else.

I am not a manager, but I refuse to work with such people. They need to go home and get some rest. And managers need to send those people home, that's their job as managers, to see the entire picture.

The company should pay for their cab fare back home if it has to. And when this happens, HR should be working on getting someone in to vaccinate workers (who are willing to get vaccinated). By that time, it may be too late for some, but not for everyone yet.

Comment Re:Pricey (Score 2) 109

The use for this is clearly not for your car, but for the lazy impatient passenger-owner of the car. Once charging stations become self-driving, they will catch up to self-driving cars, and plug themselves in to charge them while those self-driving cars are still going around the block indefinitely because their lazy impatient passenger-owners told their self-driving cars not to park too far (in a place that is almost impossible to find parking) and to be ready to pick them up at a moment's notice.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 528

According to the homeowner who shot the drone, the confrontation was almost immediate, and the police was called right away. Also, the homeowner seems to be very aware that if he had used a higher caliber, he would have gone to jail automatically for it just because of safety concerns.

So tell me, which one would be easier while waiting for the police to arrive?

Tell a family member to go hide the original rifle used, or take it to a neighbors house, and then shoot a shotgun into some pillows and a mattress before the police gets to your house? Or use your Hollywood mad hacker-skills while waiting in your car for the police to arrive to hack your own iPad and phantom drone remains, falsify all its flight data, delete any video footage, and scrub the internal Flash memory chips of both the iPad and the drone to make sure you don't leave any traces of your evidence tampering?

Comment Re:Does it still record everybody around it? (Score 1) 45

No, only your cell phone can record everybody around it. Cell phones are the real problem since anyone can pretend they're talking to someone or playing with their device, and actually recording you instead even when they're not facing you.

The Google Glass, on the other, will blink its camera light when it's recording you and it will heat up so much after 40 minutes of recording things that it will burn the side of your head and drain all its battery.

Comment Re:Unregulated speech, must stop at all costs! (Score 1) 298

Next time, he should just do like the KISS band, and encourage lookalikes to perform as well. A bunch of wigs with dreadlocks shouldn't cost that much. While the "hologram" idea makes a good South Park joke, live performances from (both bad and sometimes good) imitators are a lot more fun.

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