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Comment Re:autonomous taxi services are the real game-chan (Score 1) 101

Owning my own car isn't all that convenient. I have to have it serviced. I have to refuel it. It's not always the ideal model for the task at hand. Every so often I have the hellish experience of buying another one. I have to juggle usage with other family members (or spend significantly more money for another vehicle that'll be less used).

Autonomous taxis would be more convenient than taxis driven by real people simply because you could afford to have a lot more of them on the road.

Even in rush hour, it would be common for an autonomous car to complete multiple trips so there's still a significant increase in utilization there. Also, sane road rules would give one-person micro-cars preferential treatment over space-wasting big cars.

Comment autonomous taxi services are the real game-changer (Score 1) 101

More than any other change in the car industry, autonomous taxi services would make things massively better. Once you make it cheaper and more convenient for most people to use the taxi service than to own your own car, then:

You can customize your car to the journey. One-person 3km trip? Hail a short-range one-person electric car. No need to drive a big car just because you need it once in a while. This leads to a massive reduction in average vehicle size on the roads, and big reductions in energy consumption.

Most people won't need driveways and garages anymore. Extend your house or put in a garden.

Large reduction in the need for on-street and off-street parking. Replace on-street parking with pickup/dropoff bays and/or bike lanes and/or more general lanes.

On one hand, this would reduce public transport usage by providing a more convenient alternative for many people. On the other hand, this would increase public transport usage by reducing instances where people drive from A to B only because they'll need their car to get from B to C. Both of those cases are wins.

Comment Re:more features for the feature god. (Score 1) 134

What evidence do you have that Mozilla wants to spy on people?

Mozilla bent over backwards to make it possible for you to run your own Firefox Accounts and Sync servers:
Is that the action of an organization that is determined to spy on you?

Comment Re:more features for the feature god. (Score 2) 134

> enjoy your free, mandatory DRM in the browser.

Not mandatory. Disable it with one checkbox in preferences.

> get rid of pocket

Being moved to a disable-able extension.

> please work on fixing the bugs youre assigned

Of course they're always doing that. To insinuate they don't is just gratuitously insulting.

> hustle up and get that godforsaken voice chat program out of the browser

Already done.

> quit mandating signed plugins to curtail adblock users

No connection between signed addons and adblock. The suggestion there is is something you just made up.

> ditch the targeted advertising tiles

Already done a long time ago.

Comment Re:This move from modularity to massive monoliths. (Score 1) 134

Four, actually. (Five if you count Opera.) Three of which are open-source and have reasonably open development models. Plus the APIs are governed by an open-standards process that anyone can participate in.

I'm not sure what the point of your message is actually. Are you arguing that NPAPI was a valuable extension point to let people democratically extend the Web platform? Because in practice it was not; the only NPAPI plugin developers could use in practice was Flash. And Flash was 100% Adobe, so did not lend itself to "freedom and control of your own systems".

Comment Re:Not plugin free (Score 1) 134

Browser vendors have been working very hard on that goal for a long time and are almost as close as they're ever going to get.

DRM is "special" in that Hollywood won't let you play their movies in any full-open-source no-binary-blobs browser. You can opt out of DRM in the Firefox preferences and that gets you as close as you're going to get until you persuade Hollywood to alter their licensing terms.

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