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Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 1) 230

It seems clear that Uber's long-term plan is to get rid of the drivers entirely. Self-driving cars are in our near future. Having humans drive them for now is a plan to achieve mindshare while they wait.

Getting rid of the drivers means they can't really externalize the cost of the car like they do now, especially fuel and maintenance. I would not be surprised in the least to see their fares go up substantially if this happens.

Who says Uber needs to own the cars? They can rent them from their owners or from car-rental companies.

Imagine taking your car to work and then instead of parking it, letting Uber "rent" it until you go home.

Comment Re: "Feel forced?" (Score 1) 230

Again, car rental firms already have this one tied up. If you're investing in Uber expecting this outcome, you're likely a sucker.

Car-rental firms don't have the smartphone-driven hailing infrastructure that Uber has. I can see car-rental companies becoming "fuilfillment partners" with Uber, again in analogy with Amazon and other retailers.

Comment Re: Relevant xkcd (Score 1) 172

The iron has a thermal fuse and is less likely to start a full-blown fire; at worst, it will smolder for a while before the thermal fuse burns and removes the heat source. A Note 7 is, in all reality, more likely to start a fire than an iron, both devices being left plugged in and sitting on the same ironing board.

Comment Re:Hillary Lost Because of Her (Score 2) 430

If truthfulness was a determining factor in the election Trump would have lost to the third party candidates. He literally would lie about statements he had made less than an hour beforehand. I think one of the political accountability orgs did some kind of analysis of one of the debates and I think they tallied up about 10-20% of Clintons statements as misleading/somewhat untruthful, Trumps statements were closer to the 50% truthful region and most of his stuff was in the lies/blatant lies category.

You're thinking of politifact. Trump scored far worse than Clinon on tuthfulness.

Comment Re:Great that they can control your property (Score 1) 178

I've found the opposite in many cases. Asking for permission is a form of CYA and responsibility dodging. Often if you want something done you need to man up and just do it. In this case, we tried the whole "let people be in charge of their computers" thing for 30 or 40 years. The vast majority of people let things slide, and so I can't blame companies for the approach they are taking. But if they start prison raping us, yeah we should probably push back. As a practical matter, if you give 2 shits you can disable the auto updating - even on the Galaxy Note 7. Most people don't give a shit, thus the original problem.

Comment Re:Great that they can control your property (Score 1) 178

I'm not putting the cart before the horse, I'm simply being pragmatic. As long as self-updating phones exist, you cannot prevent the pusher from doing nasty things. If you are worried about nasty things, get a phone that doesn't self update. Or disable the automatic updates (if your carrier has that option). Or download "Package Disabler Pro" and stop the Samsung update service. Or root it. But I think at this point both the carriers and the major vendors seem to be of the opinion that a bunch of unpatched phones out in the wild is bad for business.

Comment Re:Great that they can control your property (Score 2) 178

I'm fairly certain it is impossible to have a self-updating OS on a device and also prevent the controller of the self-update process from installing malware. So, I'd say there is nothing wrong with the system at the moment and our rage is best withheld until such time that they actually abuse their power.

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