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Comment Re:No - it wasnt useful (Score 1) 174

This is a pretty well thought out post, and on the most part I would agree - to the extent that you are dealing with rational people.

I would point out though that it does fall apart completely once sociopaths come into the picture - and a single sociopath can lead and convince normally rational to do abnormal and entirely irrational things - which most definitely include doing violence where there is no chance of success, and where the price paid is superior to what is gained.

Food for thought.

Transportation

Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi 139

redletterdave writes Uber announced in a blog post on Monday it would cut the prices of its UberX service in New York City by 20% — but it's only for a limited time. Uber says this makes it cheaper to use UberX than taking a taxi. Consumers like Uber's aggressive pricing strategy but competitors — and some of its own drivers — are not as happy. UberX, Uber’s cheaper service usually hosted by regular people driving basic sedans rather than fancy black cars, also cut its rates by 25% last week in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. As a result of that announcement, Uber said its service was effectively “45% cheaper than a taxi.”

Comment Re:And when the came for me... (Score 3, Funny) 99

First they came for the tacos, and I did not speak out -- because we had a CmDrTaCo.
Then they came for the tequila drinks, and I did not speak out -- because I was more a fan of Wine.
Then they came for the chips 'n dips, and I did not speak out -- because everyone had moved on to Slashdot
Then they came for Slashdot, -- there was no one left to speak for it...

... because beta had already driven everyone away.

Intel

Intel's Wine-Powered Microprocessor 126

angry tapir writes "In a new twist on strange brew, an Intel engineer has showed off a project using wine to power a microprocessor. The engineer poured red wine into a glass containing circuitry on two metal boards during a keynote by Genevieve Bell, Intel fellow, at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Once the red wine hit the metal, the microprocessor on a circuit board powered up. The low-power microprocessor then ran a graphics program on a computer with an e-ink display."

Comment Re:Don't fly. (Score 4, Insightful) 1233

Yeah, that right there, that's the reason why the TSA still exists. You're unwilling to inconvenience yourself. None of you are.

I haven't flown in 11 years, and I routinely encourage others not to. Not for personal, not for business. Not at all.

I routinely drive 200-500 mile round trips because I won't advocate a pat down or a naked picture. Not of my wife, my children, or even myself. It is an unacceptable term of flying.

Don't tell me that I'm not willing to inconvenience myself sir, I find it repugnant, and offensive - and I have put my money where my mouth is.

Comment Alternative for Users (Score 3, Informative) 93

If you're a user of The Old Reader wondering if you really have to go back to Feedly - the answer is no, you don't. Head on over to http://www.inoreader.com/ and feel welcomed by the superb developers/support crew that are more than happy to take your feedback to create a better product.

Nobody should have to stay through a series of "We're quitting! Wait... Maybe ... No ... If only... Probably... Flip a coin" announcements about whether or not they can continue to use their RSS reader.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with InoReader other than being a happy user.

Comment Re:Amateur Hobbyists (Score 3, Informative) 93

I was on The Old Reader around the same time period as you, but didn't stick through it.

The main reason though was that I wasn't really a fan of the "Old" Google Reader. I liked the "New" Google Reader better, so when I found InoReader http://www.inoreader.com/ - I was thrilled.

InoReader is also kind of a hobby project for someone, but has far fewer downtime issues than TOR, open sign up all the time, has issued a Google Reader-compatible API, and has a very responsive and helpful development/support crew.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated at all with InoReader, other than being a happy user. You might like to give it a try and see if it is for you too.

Comment Re:Feeling old... (Score 2) 192

Fully realizing that someone will trump this with something akin to a 300baud modem ...

CR-ROM???

You're not old unless you had to go to the store to buy 100 3.5" floppies so that you could download the 76 1.44MB individual disk images over your 14.4k modem connection, rawrite them one at a time, and then spend the afternoon swapping disks as you waited apprehensively for the # prompt of your new slackware installation. Only to have to start again after disk x26 because disk x26 had a bad sector and failed a CRC check, and gosh darn it but you only had one computer so you need to boot back into windows to create a new disk x26. And start the disk swapping again.

Yeah... those were the days.

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