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Comment Re:Says them (Score 1) 126

Maybe instead of hiding behind insults you can explain how a simulation qualifies as "beating the world's worst traffic"?

See, history keeps showing over and over and over and over (etc) that men are unable to make accurate simulations of complex systems. Case in point: LTCM, which had two Nobel prize winners and the former head of the biggest bond trading desk on its board. They went bust. That was in 1998, and obviously people don't learn because the same kind of shit happened 10 years later. And seeing how the idiots at the Fed are driving the economy into the ground, soon we'll probably have another documented example.

The point here is that those traffic guys didn't beat nothing. All they did was a thought experiment that, if implemented (which will never happen) will at best cause more traffic problems. Ergo: useless.

I have to agree here. At the very least the simulation is somewhat flawed in that it seems that their algorithms were built upon having real-time and complete traffic data. In such a situation their algorithms can improve the situation. So it would work for areas that have a lot of coverage through traffic cameras, automated reporting etc. But other areas with less information will still end up being a nightmare.

In areas with good traffic information, it would improve on Waze and GPS by only routing a certain percentage of drivers through side streets, enough to help alleviate the congestion, rather than everyone. This would also keep the side route usage relatively lower during congestion scenarios.

Comment Re: suure (Score 1) 346

All extraneous crud I don't need since I have no lackluster Apple products, no gimmicky vr headsets, and no need for my computers to output more than onboard sound quality since the only sounds it makes are notifications anyway. Yup your right to point out that the latest and "greatest" peripherals of the day won't work so nicely bit your wrong to frame that fact as a game breaker. Troll Hardee please.

And no recent model printer? There is always something that you need to install a driver for that isn't accounted for out of the box in Linux. Linux has grown up a lot but it's still third class, or worse, after Windows and Mac when it comes to driver support

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 1) 227

This is the only sane way to look at the issue. I paid you for product X; now it's mine. I do with it as I please.

I want to pay someone to modify it? That's my right. It's mine now, remember?

But... but... Think of the shareholders... If the company can't turn everything they do into a rental business, how are they going to make their quarterly profit numbers to satisfy the market and allow the Execs to keep getting their bonuses... If they can protect this business by using and corrupting the legal system, all the better...

Comment Re:Before everyone piles on (Score 2) 76

Following the law is not cheating. If you don't like the law as written petition congress to change it.

In general, you are right, what Amazon, and other big corporations do, is not cheating. They are using legal tax code to avoid paying the higher tax amount that they would owe if they weren't able to claim deductions, etc., much like we all do.

However, very few of us can afford to pay lawyers, lobbyists, think tanks, etc. to get in the face of the politicians 24x7x365 or hand them wholesale bills to game the system in our favor. That's also why the "petition congress to change it" statement is pure and utter bullshit. You, as an individual, can petition your congress-critter until you are blue in the face and they won't listen unless you have 100,000 of your friends screaming the same thing. The problem is that there are more pressing and "sexier" issues. When was the last time you saw a rally to fix the tax code? The only time people care is if they all of a sudden get a big hit on their paychecks, being nickel-and-dimed to death doesn't register.

It was bad enough that corporations have lobbying power. It got worse, in my opinion, when the Supreme Court struck down campaign finance restrictions. The balance of power in having a voice in legislation is so far skewed in the corporations favor that it's near impossible for a fair and balanced tax code.

Amazon isn't cheating, but they and other corporations definitely have their hands on the scale and in the end it amounts to the same thing.

Comment Re:Too expensive and not clean (Score 3, Insightful) 224

The last few times that I went to the cinema, I was very disappointment with the experience.

The last thing I saw was in 3D, so I had to pay an additional 5 bucks. So, 40 bucks for two people. Then 5 bucks for the "small" 200 ounce soda and another 5 bucks for a "small" dumpster full of popcorn.
Then you sit down in the grungy seat and watch the movie. Then notice that the audio is not really calibrated all that well.
Then the movie is over and you try to pry your shoes from the soda glue all over the floor. Maybe you even use the bathroom with the pervasive urine smell and racist comments carved into the doors.

Yeah... Hard to imagine that attendance is down.

My local theater became a Showcase de Lux with leather electronic recliner seating, etc. Yes, you pay a bit more for the ticket but the experience is completely different from the old sticky seat days on cheap night... That being said, the vast majority of movies on Bluray 4K look and sound just as good on my 65" UHD 4K TV and Denon Dobly Surround system as they do on the big screen and my fridge is a whole lot closer.

  I do still go to the movies, but I'm picky about which I see on the big screen. The last was John Wick 2. The next one I will watch in the Theater is Ghost in the Shell.

Comment Re:Flaws.. (Score 1) 72

On the contrary, there is no flaw. This is frustrating the NSA, which has asked eBay to be more Patriotic. Would be a shame if something were to happen to their nice website.

Does eBay/PayPay have a warrant canary?

The NSA doesn't need your login credentials for eBay to see what you are buying. I cross the border from the US to Canada for summer vacation and on occasion I bring eBay items back for family members. Canada charges tax on goods crossing the border into Canada that are going to be left there. The tax amount is based on the value. I always declare anything I bring with me but they sometimes double-check to make sure. I've seen them access account details based on eBay member ID. If the Canadian border patrol has this type of access, how much more does the NSA have?

Granted, Paypal, as a financial institution, might be a different story....

Comment Re:I don't know, are they? (Score 1) 90

Nintendo Is Repairing Left Joy-Cons With ... a Piece of Foam?

Are you asking a question or making a statement?

Slashdot is... going down the toilet?

You might want to read it again, but this time read it like this "Nintendo Is Repairing Left Joy-Cons With ... a Piece of Foam. Really??"

See... when read like this it's a statement of amazement that something relatively minor and simple could fix, what seems to be, a technical problem. Most people would expect that a technical problem like this would require a technical fix. For example, soldering on a new antenna, etc. So, the title author used the question mark as a placeholder for a modifier that shows amazement.

This is a common enough writing technique that I'm surprised that anyone would have a hard time understanding its use...

Comment Re:I've noticed that, but something else interesti (Score 1) 158

I prefer to have the map on the screen with a north-up orientation no matter which way I'm travelling. I find it helps me keep my bearings and learn routes rather than surrender to the machine's step-by-step instructrions.

That's one way to do it, I guess. Personally, I just occasionally glance at the direction information on the electronic compass in my car (i.e. the compass direction that I am heading). For me, though, the biggest revelation was when I looked up how the US does route numbering. Routes that end in odd numbers are North South routes and routes that end in even numbers are East-West routes. It doesn't help much on side roads but once on major roads it helps you get close.

Comment Re:missing the point? (Score 1) 331

OK, that's true for fishing and crops but the employer in question is a dairy. Are those not fairly steady the entire year?

Perhaps, but the law was written to be relatively generic about each of the industries that it covers so that the law makers wouldn't have to maintain a huge list of specific businesses that falls under it or which should be excluded. In other words, the law is necessarily expansive to allow for new businesses in these industries that could fall under the law in the future. Otherwise, laws would have to be re-written every time a new instance arises that wasn't accounted for.

Comment Curiosity Killed the Cat.... (Score 1) 197

There are a number of items that can be unpacked from your question. You are saying that you have smart people who are Engineers but have little technical knowledge. You want to figure out how to get them to learn networking, etc. Not only that, but you want them to get to a level where they can operate autonomously.

To begin with, you can't instill curiosity or an interest in technical skills in people, all you can do is encourage them or hire people who already have that drive and tinker at home. One way to encourage them would be to offer technical training and perhaps a bonus for getting specific certifications related to the skills you need.

That being said, it sounds like you need to hire someone with technical experience who can be used to support the engineers. Why would you waste the time of Engineers to learn technical stuff when they could be working on other things that makes your company money?

Comment Re:Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 2) 429

I am concerned that Google is attempting to act as a gatekeeper and arbiter of truth. While holocaust denial is certainly appalling, what else are they going to censor? What if China decides that Tiananmen Square is offensive?

From my understanding, they are not censoring the speech, they are just making sure that factual results occur at the top of the search list. I'm pretty sure that you'll be able to search on things like holocaust denial and still get to the pages. They just won't show up when you ask a direct question that requires a factual answer.

Conflate it as much as you like with free speech, but there are proven facts that are under assault by outright lies (i.e. "alternative facts") to support pre-conceived opinions. It's these that Google is trying to correct within their search results.

Free Speech is a right provided to protect citizens from the government and being put in jail for unpopular opinion. It does not apply to private corporations and Google does not have an obligation to provide a platform for free speech. Your form of free speech is to use Google or not based on their practices. If you don't like what they are doing, use another search provider...

Comment Re:I'd be all for ending it in the UK, except... (Score 1) 352

GMT-4 will not work for all of New England. Maine and Massachusetts should be on Atlantic time (GMT-4),

I'm all for it in Boston if we move permanently to Atlantic time (GMT-4). The only reason why Boston is on Eastern time is to match New York. This results in the sun being up at 5:30am and setting just after 8:00pm during the summer. Who needs the sun to be up at 5:30am? And who is stupid enough, other than farmers, to take advantage of it? You certainly can't hold a party at that time... Though, if it's a really good party, it might be ending around then... (grin)

Comment Re:millions of euros and years of work (Score 2) 203

The cost of buying computers over the last decade adds up to a bit no matter what you put on them.

I'm willing to bet that the cost isn't for hardware, it would be the same hardware whether they were running Windows or a Linux variant. The cost probably went into development of their version of Linux, the packaging and testing of the OS and apps, the development of a support system, and training. All of this requires labour, which tends to be more expensive than software (i.e. most of this would be off-the-shelf software in the Windows world).

Comment Re:What's this about? (Score 2) 71

I went to the fine article and I still can't tell what is being argued over. What's a ghost driver? What does Greyball do, exactly and how does it thwart oversight? None of that is clear anywhere! I'm used to figuring things out given context but the context is so dense or missing I can't tell what is going on or why.

BTW: The second link is not germane to the conversation. It's bringing up the CIA leak from earlier this week, not the Uber article.

It sounds like Uber has drivers in locations where it is against the law to do so. In order to "hide" them from regulators (turn them into ghost drivers), it looks like they created a list of regulators and government employees that was then used in the app to filter out who could get ride sharing service. For example, if John worked for the transport department he wouldn't be able to hail an Uber through the app. However, if Mary was a regular person standing next to John, her ride hail would go through.

At least that's my understanding...

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