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Comment Similar to US cable companies, BUT ON DSL (Score 1) 149

Comcast and multiple other cable companies are doing this in the US, and the biggest issue I'm aware of is that the boxes that they put in to do this apparently draw enough power that it adds up over the course of the year. They can get away with it in part because the capacity of the coax coming into your house or office is so high that you're not paying for all of it anyway, so the hotspot shouldn't have any impact on your available bandwidth.

The problem with what's described in this article is that they're doing it on DSL lines which are almost always bandwidth-restricted anyway, meaning that by having this enabled you're both paying for their hotspot's power consumption and getting poorer service for it.

Sounds like a loser proposition to me.

Comment Who has standing? Uber DRIVERS (Score 1) 145

Lyft may or may not have much standing regarding this, and it may not be worth pursuing for them.

The people who definitely do have standing are the ones who were definitely hurt and can likely prove it using Uber's records: the drivers who weren't driving for Lyft as well and who therefore got fewer rides and no bonuses. THOSE are the people who can go after Uber with a class-action suit attempting to get the earnings that they were denied through Uber's actions.

As for Uber vs Lyft, I suspect that there are a lot of people who choose Lyft *because* it allows tipping within the app. Because of the tipping capability Lyft also gets additional information that may not be as available to Uber: trendlines of driver quality (drivers who consistently get better tips) and some idea of how much more people are willing to pay for trips (because tippers are clearly willing to pay the fare+tip amount).

Comment Meh. (Score 1) 177

There are times when I think it'd be nice to have a coworking space to use, but what Workbar is offering doesn't look like something I'd want unless it also had other things going for it such as available meeting & presentation rooms, a location that was convenient to places I was going to need to go, or good networking opportunities.

Maybe I'm spoiled being in the suburbs, but I'm really not seeing the advantage this has over any of several local libraries or a Starbucks, and I could work in either of those free or for about the same cost as Workbar.

Comment Expect to see this for Dial-A-Ride (Score 1) 200

A lot of municipalities also have (somewhat) on-demand or scheduled service available for seniors and the disabled and I'd expect this same kind of thing to start happening for some of those. I'm pretty sure my town (Chicago suburbs) maintains at least two small buses for this purpose along with maintenance, drivers, staffing for scheduling, etc. and I think for most things you have to schedule a day in advance and the hours are limited.

Subsidizing Uber or Lyft to provide those services instead might save the village money depending on details I don't know, but it could also provide much better service by being easier to utilize and better able to respond to demand changes.

Comment Some things not mentioned... (Score 2) 239

The main thing mentioned that I care about is the new screen dimmer, but I've been using f.lux for years.

"Dynamic Lock" could be very handy (auto-lock when you walk away) and I've been looking into something to do that, but I'm looking at it for a scenario of PCs in exam rooms so pairing all of them to doctors' phones isn't really a viable option.

Not mentioned in the summary, but possibly important to readers here:

Improvements to control over updates, such as being able to prevent driver updates.

Improvements to privacy settings - Maybe not so relevant if you're using O&O ShutUp, but nice to have. Apparently includes the ability to see (and clear) the info that MS has, along with a reduction of the info sent when you're using "Basic" telemetry settings.

An upgrade to Windows Subsystem for Linux (will be bumped to Ubuntu 16.04 from the current 14.04) and better integration with Windows apps.

A navigation bar in the registry, which could actually be really handy.

If you use OneDrive on both a desktop with tons of storage (and everything local) and a laptop with an SSD smaller than what's in your OneDrive, now there will apparently be better behavior for files not local on the smaller system. Currently, you basically just modify in OneDrive Settings which folders are available on each system.

Comment Was he attempting to impose his preferences? (Score 2) 656

If he wasn't attempting to impose his preferences and was instead having a sex life with consenting partners and a consenting community, what business is it of the project or Buytaert?

There's a whole world of sexual preferences out there that may or may not offend some part of the community. Furries? Diapers/"adult infants?" Feet? Dominance/Submission (which I think is distinct from BDSM)? Homosexuality? Poly?

Heck, I'm not into that BDSM and even I know that there are wide variations even in the BDSM community, some of which Buytaert probably wouldn't even care about. Just offhand I know that there are people into spanking, piercings/body mods (is this tied in?), rope bondage, and probably things I've never heard of or considered along with the "traditional" portrayal of BDSM with restraints and floggers, crops etc.

I'm a vanilla white boy from the midwestern suburbs, but I'm pretty sure that taken as a whole those "alternative sexuality" communities are overall much more accepting of kinks (YKIOKBINMK) and also more sensitive to people being coerced or (involuntarily) mistreated than almost all of the Good Citizens that I went to High School with.

(YKIOKBINMK = Your Kink Is OK But Is Not My Kink)

Comment Re:Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 2) 93

while destroying every other part of their economy.

This is glossed over too much. Part of the problem is that Venezuela implemented price controls on a lot of things including staples - price controls that in many cases are or were lower than the cost of producing those goods/crops. They then used oil money to subsidize imports, but local producers and farmers had no reason to produce because they were going to lose money, much like a saying that's been around in the USA for years ("Interviewer: 'What are you going to do with your lottery winnings?' Farmer: 'I reckon I'll just keep farming until it's gone.'")

Now that the oil money isn't there, neither are the basic production capabilities that would let them get back to being self-sustaining, and I suspect that even in places where you could go back to subsistence farming or even farming for sale it's very difficult to do due to looting and possibly remaining price controls. Venezuela's drowning, and even those trying to swim are being grabbed and pulled under by the desperate.

Comment Re:About 15 years ago, but I'll never forget him (Score 2) 300

Forget HR, that's where you drop a quick message to whatever email address you have for the corporate attorneys asking "Hey, what's the company's liability if someone is injured when a manager requires that his office staff come to his house and do manual labor carrying packages of shingles up ladders to his roof?"

Because what he did right there is a multimillion dollar lawsuit waiting to happen, complete with multiple witnesses and probably documentation as well.

Comment Stable power from offshore wind farms (Score 1) 238

If you're working with offshore wind farms, this makes a great deal of sense - as part of the construction you add as many of these as appropriate and use them to stabilize the power output from the farm.

Methods of storing power to be delivered when needed have always been the goal, what's changed more in recent years is more focus on the efficiency and cleanliness of the storage and delivery methods. If you change your thinking from "coal/oil/gas is a fuel" to "coal/oil/gas are energy storage mediums" it can change your thinking on a lot of these things.

Comment This is one type; others have less decline (Score 5, Informative) 130

Just to note, this is not all bumblebees, it's the Rusty Patched bumblebee that's been put on the endangered list. Other bumble bees are still around, though most other types have also been declining. The range for this particular type is a rough triangle from the Dakotas down to northern Georgia and up to central Maine.

If you want information including things that you might be able to do take a look at Bumble Bee Watch (http://www.bumblebeewatch.org/) or the Xerces Society page on bumblebees (http://www.xerces.org/bumblebees/). The University of Maine in Farmington has also been tracking the decline of several of the species native to Maine (http://mainebumblebeeatlas.umf.maine.edu/), and other state universities may have similar programs going on.

Comment Re:FBI Jurisdiction (Score 5, Interesting) 104

The FBI can't arrest, but they can work with enforcement agencies that do have jurisdiction (local, (Indian) state, (Indian) national) and provide resources and information.

The story itself talks about one of the senior local officials who won't talk much about the investigation, but "he will describe the raid, in loving, cinematic detail: How at 10 p.m., after the last of the call center staff had arrived for the night shift, 200 police officers streamed up the main staircase, blocking every exit and detaining all 700 people who worked inside." That's not 200 FBI agents, that's 200 local officers.

I haven't read the entire story yet, but part of the reason that the whistleblowers contacted the FTC (and through them the FBI) may be corruption - if they went through local channels and picked the wrong person, that person might have simply gone back to the leaders of this with their hand out and the information on the whistleblowers. The FBI may not have jurisdiction, but they also don't have a reputation for accepting bribes.

Comment Wallet? I want it to fit in my TV (Score 1) 80

I'm not so concerned about it fitting in my wallet, but I'd really love to see a cross-manufacturer standard replaceable unit for "smart" TVs, because screens last a lot longer than the (secure, updated) usable life of the "smart" components. In not too many years there are going to be a lot of TVs around running the TV equivalent of Froyo or Gingerbread, on hardware that's just as aged as the OS will be.

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