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Comment: Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (Score 4, Insightful) 370

by tipo159 (#47433709) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Did you read article? The police had given up on the chase before the guy crashed the Tesla that the final time.

According to the source, "the pursuit was terminated because there wasn’t enough time or police resources in the area to catch up with the vehicle." It didn't help that the pursuing officers were involved with a minor collision of their own.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 683

by tipo159 (#47400211) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

I hope that you aren't referring to MH370. What happened on the flight is unknown and some kind of terrorist action is only one possibility. If it was an act of terrorism, without confirmation that it was terrorism, it failed to accomplish a primary goal of terrorism, which is to create terror.

Why is killing a couple hundred people on a plane an attractive option when there are easier ways to kill more people in a way that gets more publicity?

Comment: Re:I love getting into strangers' cars (Score 4, Insightful) 273

What's with this obsession with licensing?

The skills that one has to demonstrate to get a commercial drivers license is higher than to get a regular car drivers license. Same goes for a motorcycle license. Why shouldn't one need to demonstrate a higher level of skills in order to be allowed to get paid to drive other people around.

I don't trust Uber to verify that their drivers have the skills needs to drive me around safely. Uber's background check that somehow missed one of their drivers was a sex offender.

Comment: Re:Families come first (Score 1) 370

by tipo159 (#47293969) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

It takes a couple of years experience to become good and productive.

I was productive at my first job out of college after a month. My group has hired a lot of new grads in the last year or so and they have all gotten up to speed pretty quickly.

Google and Microsoft has fucked up hiring for everyone with their idiotic interview questions

See, the fact is companies have no clue how to get the best.

Both of these are very true.

Comment: Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (Score 1) 702

by tipo159 (#46789591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I had a 12" Powerbook G4 that I sold a couple of years ago. It was just too slow to running the applications that I needed to run.

I still have a Powerbook 540c (from 1995) that I play SimTower on. I also use it as a serial console for my collection of Sun lunchbox systems and Axil 320 SPARCstation 20 clone. They still all still run (despite PROM battery failures), but I don't use them frequently.

Comment: MacBook (2007 model) (Score 1) 702

by tipo159 (#46789433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

My primary work laptop is a 2007 MacBook. When the time came that the company would buy me a replacement, Apple products were no longer on the list of corporate approved laptops, so I have just continued to use the MacBook. It has been pretty much trouble-free. Had to replace the battery and the power adapter and that's it.

Comment: 26% is a made-up number (Score 1) 367

by tipo159 (#46600009) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Citing the National Safety Council's own material:

How did the NSC estimate attributable risk percent for cell phones? The NSC attributable risk percent estimate of cell phones is based on two factors: 1) the prevalence of drivers talking on cell phones and 2) the relative risk of this activity compared to not using cell phones while driving.

It is not based actually accident statistics. It is a guess.

Comment: Re:Remove the middleman (Score 1) 323

I disagree. The major studios have production facilities, access to capital for getting films made and know the business end of distribution, which are all things that a major film needs that the people "doing all the hard work" might not be able to provide. And it isn't like the studio always makes money. Look at what R.I.P.D. did last year. Studios have failed or have had to reorganize effectively because of the poor box office performance of a small number of films.

Note that studios don't do actual distribution of digital films to theaters now. It is done by a small number of companies like AccessIT and Technicolor. I believe that streaming distribution will continue to follow a similar model.

Comment: Re:Remove the middleman (Score 1) 323

I hate to say this, as much as I sympathize more with Netflix than a major studio, but shouldn't the studios eventually stream their movies themselves? Is the tech really that hard, why are they outsourcing it to Amazon and Netflix?

Like TV channels, we should just surf the studio websites until we find what we want (using Google, perhaps). That seems the inevitable future rather than one or two clearinghouses. That's what tech does: removes the middleman (except when there's a man in the middle ;).

Streaming can be hard, particularly if everyone is trying to watch at the same time. Witness what happened to HBOGo the night that they made the season finale of 'True Detective' available.

From what I can tell, the major studios do not want to be in the content delivery business. I don't see an 'inevitable future' of the major studios streaming their own content. I think branded portals to the studio content, outsourced to a small number of content delivery companies, is more likely.

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.