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Comment: Re:So basically.. (Score 1) 295

by tipo159 (#48596591) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

No, the taxi drivers are arguing they can be the only ones to drive people to their destination and charge them for the ride.

Yeah, and it probably has nothing to do with this.

If you don't want to follow the link, it is NYC Taxi drivers selling their medallions to operate a taxi for close to a million dollars. It seems to be around 300,000 Euro for one in Paris.

Comment: Re:Concern or convenience? (Score 1) 165

by tipo159 (#48314589) Attached to: Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

It turns out that SpaceShipTwo is the only one and now that it's gone, well, they have to rebuild it again and go through all the testing again, which means delays. At the very least, rebuilding SpaceShipTwo would take months (if not a year), which would push out the date by a year.

Do some homework before posting.

The SpaceShipTwo that crashed was VSS Enterprise. Virgin Galactic has contracted to have five SpaceShipTwo's and a similar number of WhiteKnightTwo lifting aircraft built. The second SpaceShipTwo is VSS Voyager and is, according to reports, 65% finished and is scheduled to be done in 2016. Scaled Composites built VSS Enterprise and Virgin-owned The Spaceship Company (TSC) is building the remaining ships.

Comment: Re:Who pays for TSB investigation (Score 1) 165

by tipo159 (#48314537) Attached to: Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

How much money did NTSB spend on the investigation of the Payne Stewart's Learjet accident or Steve Fossett's accident?

As other have noted, Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites/The Spaceship Company are seeking FAA certification for SpaceShipTwo, so, of course, the NTSB would be involved in the investigation of the crash.

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1) 353

by tipo159 (#48230731) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

The real cost is having to buy a new Mac every few years because the latest upgrade was an upgrade too far. Well, at least it easier to roll back, compared to an iPhone.

Why is this insightful?

According to Apple, the latest version of OS X is supported on mid-2007 hardware. I am running late 2007 Apple hardware (and 2012 hardware). I don't intend to upgrade to Yosemite, but I could. I get more life out of Apple laptops than I do out of inexpensive Windows laptops.

iOS devices are another story. Apple abandons them fairly quickly.

Comment: Re:projectiles are a reasonable concern (Score 1) 406

by tipo159 (#48142037) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Projectiles are a reasonable concern, but projectiles are not limited to personal electronic devices. Books have been mentioned here and were mentioned by the FAA lawyer in court. The seat belt buckle used in the safety demonstration could become a projectile as well. There are lots of non-electronic items inside of an aircraft that could become projectiles.

Comment: The synopsis is not quite right (Score 2) 406

by tipo159 (#48141889) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

One basis for the lawsuit is that the FAA did not follow the rules for changing its guidelines, because, for example, there was no public comment period before the change was made. Saying that the "new rules violate federal regulations requiring passengers to stow all items during takeoff and landing" is non-sensical because the new rules are federal regulations.

Note that this was a change in the rules for what the airlines can allow, not what the public can carry on and use on the airline. It does not give you the right to play Angry Birds during taxi; it allows the airline to verify you playing Angry Birds will not interfere with the operation of the aircraft and, if it doesn't, allow you to play Angry Birds during takeoff and landing.

Here is the FAA notice on expanded electronics use in case you want to read more about how the change was made and what the change was.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

by tipo159 (#47715121) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

From the linked story:

The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.

Lots of people drive their cars because it is enjoyable to drive. But I guess that isn't a reason to drive.

Comment: Re: It's a still a nice PC. (Score 2) 337

by tipo159 (#47646571) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I have an iPhone, an iPad mini (with a keyboard cover) and a laptop. I always have my phone with me. Whether I also bring the iPad (and whether I also bring its keyboard cover) or the laptop depends on stuff like where I expect that I might be able to get work done, how much stuff I want to lug around and the specific tasks that I expect that I will try to do.

My mom hasn't even bothered to figure out why she can't connect her laptop to her Mifi, so seldom uses it, because she can do everything that she needs to do with her tablet.

There are a lot of people here who seem to take the view "well, it doesn't work for me, so how useful can it be". If you feel strongly enough about it to post the opinion, maybe you should look beyond examples that confirm your bias.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.