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Comment Re:Solve... how? (Score 1) 95

In my neighborhood (south of San Francisco), I often find Uber drivers who have to commute 1+ hours to come work around here. If that's a sizable population, it means that if we can predict surge times better in advance, Uber might be able to tell them "next Thursday, you'll probably really want to be on the road because we predict surge pricing." Uber drivers already know that this is the case for either well-defined events ahead of time, or ad-hoc events in real-time, but if you have a long way to go before you can go on the clock, the latter situation doesn't much help you. "Great, it's surge pricing in SF right now, but by the time I get showered and dressed and get down there, it'll probably be gone."

In other words, while you can't actually manufacture new drivers, you can boost the driver supply if you can give at least some of them more advance notice that surge is coming.

Comment Re:Not the first time... (Score 2, Informative) 212

Technically, Flash was first a Macromedia product. Adobe got Flash when it purchased Macromedia in the early 2000s.

(Possibly few people will care about the distinction -- I worked at Macromedia at the time, and Adobe was considered our singular nemesis, so I ... kinda like to remind people Adobe didn't come up with Flash. Of course Flash being what it is, I'm not sure that's a good thing :) )

Comment Yes on Smartwatches, no on Apple Watch (Score 4, Interesting) 359

You've already seen a plethora of comments slamming the idea of an expensive smartwatch (or in some cases slamming the idea of a wristwatch entirely). I'm a huge Smartwatch fan -- I spend virtually all my day in meetings, often not being able to use my laptop (tells you all you need to know about my job, I suppose). I was using a Pebble for years before my spouse got me an LG G Watch. Then a year later my spouse got me an Olio and as soon as I verified that it couldn't make it more than about 10 hours without needing recharging, I returned it.

When I got the LG G Watch, I made peace with the idea of charging my watch every day, which felt a bit blasphemous to begin with, but ... no big deal. I already charge my phone every day (though it's a bit annoying that there are practically no standardized Smartwatch charging standards). I just needed it to last until I go to bed at night, which is where the Olio failed.

These days, I'm using a big, chunky, Huawei Watch ( which I like quite a bit and makes it to bedtime with about 60% charge remaining.

So why not the Apple Watch? Simple -- I'm more interested in continuing to use my Android phone than I am using the Apple Watch. Apple, in an attempt to create a vertically integrated stack and bolster up the iPhone (or maybe just because they're lazy), has made their watch only work with the iPhone.

Comment Funny use of "most" (Score 3, Insightful) 213

"the good times are about to end for this customer base, which analysts estimate at about 17 million people, or 37% of Netflix's U.S."

Last official member numbers from Netflix were 74M customers (end of 2015). That means that 22% of the customer base is impacted (or 37% of Netflix's US customer base. Whether you choose to look at the 22% (since article title talks about "most Netflix customers," not "most US Netflix customers"), or the 37% number, neither represents "most."

It'd be far more correct to say that most Netflix customers for whom prices are finally going up don't realize it's going to happen.

Kinda wonder how many of them will care ...

Comment Re:Google's battered customers (Score 1) 432

Trust is not absolute -- it is differential.

I own a Google Nexus phone (made by Huawei, but it's marketed as a Google Nexus phone). This required trusting them enough to bet that my $800 or so (128GB version, with Nexus Protect) spend on the phone will last me about the two years or so I expect to use the phone. Do I trust Google that much? Probably. Would I trust them with a low-cost home appliance thingy that, if they broke, I could replace with something else? I might, if that was the best option at the time. I don't buy any electronic device with the expectation it'll be around for years to come.

But these are all relatively small investments, so the risk of taking that bet is pretty low. Ask me if I trust Google enough to, say, buy a $40,000 car from it, and you'll get a very, very different answer.

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