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Comment Re:Is anyone surprised by this? (Score 1) 145

If they signed up using Lyft's registrations service than they didn't access the system illegally.

And if Lyft's terms and conditions made (legal) access to that service conditional upon obeying certain rules?

I don't know whether that is or isn't the case, but I'd be very surprised if they *didn't* have something in there that prohibits- or at least is intended to prohibit- something like what Uber are doing.

Uber might have planned for this and have some sort of argument up their sleeve explaining why what they did was legal- which might or might not be accepted by a court. Or they might just have assumed they'd get away with it. Who knows?

Can't say for certain, and even if I knew, I Am Not A Lawyer, and as such not in a position to determine the legal subtleties, let alone any possible consequences. But then, nor are 99% of Slashdot users- not that this ever stopped anyone trying- and as such I don't think we can assume that "If they signed up using Lyft's registrations service than they didn't access the system illegally."

Comment Re:Yet another reason... (Score 1) 37

Only to find out that they kept five bucks of the sale and placed an order with Walmart.

Did they have Walmart ship it to you direct with their branding intact? (And probably treated by them as no more than an order with a different billing and delivery address- the former being the supplier's, and the latter yours, I'm guessing).

If so, that might sound stupid- but then I'm guessing their business plan was only ever intended to be quick-n'-dirty and short term, and took into account people doing what you did over the additional hassle of trying to get the goods shipped anonymously.

Comment Re:Yep to underestimating (Score 1) 370

Most people have no idea how much it costs to actually build a true HT. If I had said 50K-100K slashdotters would think is was nuts.

That 65" screen with a soundbar is plenty adequate for most people to watch on. It is for me, especially sports but don't go thinking you have a Home Theater.

You're spot on. Most people cheap out with their "Home Theaters" and don't bother spending the extra on a concession stand, multiple rows of seats or the actors required to fill them and meddle around with their smartphones and eat noisily during the most important part of the film.

Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 370

2: Waiting in line to fork over money for soda and popcorn

3: Waiting in line to take a piss while missing out on the action (due to soda from #2).

I never had to wait in line, but I *was* very reluctant to visit the toilets (also for reason #2 above) in case I missed anything important despite the fact that what I was watching was endless, tedious CGI shoot-'em-up nonsense.

I wondered if the film had been as disappointing as I'd thought or if it was just my discomfort that put me off.

Having seen it a second time, I realised that (a) No, The Matrix Revolutions really *was* that bad and (b) I needed my head examined for having gone to see The Matrix Revolutions *twice*! :-O

Comment Re:Frosty (Score 1) 240

I'd guess what people want is a return of the practical cheese-grater design

"Practical"?!!.... Spoken like someone who never actually used the damn things for their alleged purpose.

Trust me when I say they were absolutely useless at grating cheese.

Comment Re:Nothing revealed, not news (Score 2) 77

Article summary: "DDR5 is coming and it is going to be faster than DDR4"

That's it. No technical details at all. Will it be point to point? If not, how many ranks?

Well, it's one better, isn't it? It's not four. You see, most RAMs, you know, will be sticking at four. You're on four here, all the slots. Where can you go from there? Where?

Nowhere. What they do is, if they need that extra push over the cliff, you know what they do?

Put it up to five. One better.

Comment Re:Easy to defeat... (Score 1) 62

Incorporate software in the drones to keep them at 0.7miles and above, while still doing what they need to do.

To put this in perspective, that's just over 1km high, which is over twice the height of the Empire State Building, and comfortably above the 830m height of the world's current tallest building, the Burj Kalifa.

Even if you've got a drone that has that sort of range- which is going to be at the upper limit or beyond most consumer drones at present anyway- you're not going to get close enough to view anything of note in worthwhile detail in the vast majority of situations.

Comment Re:Relax... (Score 1) 188

Nah, by now the foreign countries realize [etc]

"By now"? Everything- and I do mean absolutely everything- you said above should have been obvious to any individual paying the remotest bit of attention long *before* he was elected.

The only "surprise" is that he didn't fulfil the (much) more-in-hope-than-expectation belief some people had that this might not be the case when he became president. That- contrary to the evidence- someone who had made it through his entire life to the age of 70 while still acting like a spoilt 8-year-old bully, who was clearly unsuited to the position (and who probably hadn't expected to get as far as he did when he first announced he was running) might suddenly grow out of all that. Yeah, right.

I don't know whether he's too "dim" in the conventional sense to know whether he's being played, or- more likely- it's down to his pathological narcissism. It was obvious long before the election that his behaviour towards anyone was a directly tied to how much flattery was applied. He'd roll over and let anyone who transparently flattered him tickle his belly (e.g. the Putin lovefest), while anyone remotely critical (e.g. fellow Americans) was attacked with the lowest and cheapest insults. It's also obvious that someone so susceptible to manipulation in a position of power is a threat to world security.

Comment Re:Do me a favour (Score 1) 135

Spez (reddit co-founder and CEO) commented on Digg recently. Digg's 'upgrade' to a tile format alienated the entire user base. It was the best thing that happened to Reddit.

Interesting; sounds like I got that one about right then..!

Can't judge Digg's 2010 redesign personally- I'd long stopped using it by then, and AFAICT it's been redesigned (again) from scratch since- but it does sound like they were one of the first sites to go with the tiled interface that became so common in the following years. Which makes it ironic if it drove many of its users to Reddit, since that's been criticised for a (supposedly) confusing and unforgiving text interface that at first glance looks more like Digg did originally. (Albeit with nesting which- IIRC- Digg's lack of annoyed me).

That said, Reddit nowadays is probably even more important than Digg was. What I find interesting about Digg is how completely a site that was once genuinely quite significant (#) has disappeared. I mean, MySpace is the archetypal "fallen from grace" social media website... but people still remember it as that. Digg isn't just all but dead today, its existence has been very quickly- and almost completely- forgotten, which is in some ways an even bigger fall.

(#) Unlike, say, Second Life which a lot of media types obsessed over out of proportion to its actual usage... at least until it became clear that it wasn't- and never would be- anything more than a niche site for oddballs while everyone else was getting into Twitter and Facebook.

Comment Re:Do me a favour (Score 3, Insightful) 135

I remember back when reddit was supposed to be the "new slashdot."

Are you sure it was Reddit they were talking about? From what I remember- and commented on in this post from 2008 (i.e. when this was still recent history)- it was Digg that was getting all the hype and being spoken of as- essentially- an improved, next-generation Slashdot.

Digg's disastrous and rapid decline into near complete irrelevance several years back (#) have pushed it off the radar to such an extent it's easy to forget it existed at all, let alone the fact that it enjoyed several years of major popularity and had been a poster boy for "Web 2.0" in its early days.

Having checked its Wikipedia article, Reddit has been around almost as long as Digg (mid-2005 vs. late-2004). That doesn't surprise me that much- if I think about it, it's a site I'd been vaguely aware of for quite a long time. But it definitely seems that its current level of prominence is only something that's been attained in the past few years (i.e. post-Digg)- which would tie in with what I'd heard, that a lot of former Digg users moved to Reddit.

Anyway, this isn't a defence of Digg, just an attempt to ensure it's not inadvertently written out of history- for good or for bad.

As my linked post above makes clear, even in its early days I grew quickly disillusioned and watched it go downhill before my very eyes. And in hindsight, Digg- or its users- were some of the first to really highlight what would become many of the negative aspects of social media unleashed on the public at large that we know today. Such as the (then-hyped) "wisdom of crowds" descending into mob mentality, attention grabbing stories, manipulation and suppression, etc.

Digg arrived around the time the Internet was moving away from being seen as something for geeks and esoteric types, even past its late-90s/early-00s "cool kids" fad-dom and was becoming something that pretty much everyone used. If it was ever meant to be something akin to "Slashdot on steroids"- and I'm not sure that it was- it quickly way beyond that into a much larger and more general-interest audience with discussions and submissions covering much wider fields of interest; basically a forerunner of where Reddit is today. By the time it over-confidently misjudged its footing and went careering over the cliff edge, Digg was- AFAICT- far, far larger than Slashdot had ever been.

It's possible that when it originally launched in 2005 that Reddit might have been compared to Slashdot- or equally possible that you're back-projecting its latter success onto what people said about Digg! However, by the time Reddit (essentially) took over from Digg a few years back, both had gone far enough beyond Slashdot in terms of scale and audience that it didn't make sense to compare them.

That's not a criticism of Slashdot; it's a specialist, geek-oriented site, and always was. That was just less obvious in the days when most people on the Internet *were* geek types. I don't know what its traffic's like these days, but if it seems less prominent than it used to be, that's as likely because what was once a fairly tall building in the days when the Internet was geeky remains the same size, but is now dwarfed by skyscrapers surrounding it, i.e. sites used by the type of people (i.e. the vast majority of the public) who weren't on the Internet 20 years ago!

(#) Apparently precipitated by a major and disastrous redesign circa 2010, on top of growing competition from other sites and social media

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