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Comment: Remember kids, sync to cloud. (Score 1) 489

by xtal (#49437115) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

Don't turn it off, either, until the event is long over.

I've had police in my face before, and there is no democratizing tool quite has powerful as a lawyer on retainer and/or a recording device.

Tools like Meerkat and other live streaming services are going to change the world, and not necessarily in the way their authors intended.

Comment: Mass unemployment (Score 5, Insightful) 477

The #1 job for men in the United States is.. driving a truck.

It pays well.

Those two things make it ripe for disruption as there is a clear economic incentive; autonomous trucks don't need to stop. It's not clear even if you'd ever have to turn them off, save for regular maintenance. That is a huge economic motivator.

Trucks also follow well defined routes that are easier for the autonomous systems to deal with right now.

The Teamsters will of course freak out; but change, it is a comin'.

Comment: Way to piss off customers, Apple. (Score 2, Insightful) 193

by xtal (#49369915) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation

Yeah, I see this going well.

This runs contrary to any experience I've had with Apple, especially in their retail stores. If I can't walk in and try something without booking an appointment, it'll be awhile before I get around to buying one.

Boo, hiss. I hope they get an earful over this.

Comment: Stop being employees (Score 0) 292

by xtal (#49217975) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?

Seriously, if you know your stuff, it's a sucker play.

If you can hack, learn to hack the system, man.

Build a network of customers slowly, deliver what you say you will, on time, and your dance card will be filled in no time. Dividends are paid out at substantially lower tax rates than salary in every part of the western world I'm aware of.

This is an answer. It's not the answer a lot of people want to hear, but it certainly addresses most of the challenges.

Ultimately, the companies can't be doing so bad with their model, because stuff gets done, and they make money. If they don't, they go away, and new players step in.

Rinse, lather, repeat.

Comment: Just buy Facebook (Score 2, Insightful) 146

by xtal (#49163943) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Accept it, too little, too late, y'all missed the party.

Google Chat is still vastly superior to Facebook Messenger, but I'm using GC less. The killer is GMail; without it, I'd be almost migrated out of the Google ecosystem.

Rock, hard place. I won't even start on Apple.

What to think different? Open up your APIs again, the cool ones, make it easy to use Google for the infrastructure on third party apps, don't screw over the small guys who join in. ..and stop forcing the damn tie in, all that does is make people ANGRY.

Comment: Have you read the article in question? (Score 1) 210

by xtal (#49081965) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question

I don't think so.

Ad hominem attacks are lame.

If you have brilliant insight, please cite objections to the paper in question, which is quite interesting, and has enough experimental data to at least merit discourse.

If you HAD read the paper in question, you would understand the context I am asking the question. I doubt you have.

Clamouring to "mod parent down" smacks of professional jealosy or perhaps some other more basic inadquacy.

Comment: Short Intel Stock (Score 0) 254

by xtal (#49046713) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

This is insanity; you hire the best and brightest.

Promote tech and diversity, but the level of change they're talking about isn't possible without disruption; never mind any of the other related issues.

If I was a shareholder (I'm not); I would want the absolute best in the world advancing my technology. Regardless of race or gender. This is an arbitrary decree.

$hort. Profit.

Comment: Re:Bicycles (Score 3, Interesting) 481

by xtal (#48986625) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

I moved out of the insanity completely 15 years ago.

I live in a small town. Canada is empty. I could walk five minutes to work, but I'm lazy, so I don't. There's no traffic here, I have 100mbps symmetric fiber internet, and my house (that I own) cost me 1/10th of similar housing in the GTA. I'm a 8 minute no traffic drive to an airport that can have me in YYZ in 3 hours gate to gate direct.

This magic internet thing is awesome!

North America is empty; the insanity that is large cities and million dollar tiny houres is just that.

People should wake up and realize _that_. ..best decision I ever made.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann

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