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Comment Re:Anyone surprised? (Score 1) 330

The President gets access to a whole lot of eye-opening cold hard reality and quickly finds that what they talked up on the trail is usually either impossible, a really terrible idea, or both.

Sorry, no. Do Presidents have a custom-made reality?
More accurately, the President promised lots of impossible things during campaign and never has any intention of delivering on said promises. (That one is not limited to Trump at all).

Comment How is that possible? (Score 1, Interesting) 133

a net lost of $2.8 billion

How can a company continue to operate and attract investors / high valuation with $2.8 billion losses?

California "requires ride-hailing companies to have a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,"

That's a deeply meaningful policy definition. What about someone who had too much coffee?
Also, are some companies in California allowed to have a 1-tolerance policy?

Comment Re:In Soviet Russia the Electromagnet pulses YOU! (Score 1) 366

All this cashless society has the main problem that during any serious cataclysm that kills the communication infrastructure the trade just stops.

Also, on a more immediate note, I don't particularly want to pay 30c+1.9% fee every time I pay back my friend for buying my movie ticket or lunch.
(or a monthly fee to have zero-cost transfers to a pre-approved list of friends)

Comment Re:benefit for attorney? (Score 3, Interesting) 347

consumer would get a $10 coupon to the Microsoft marketplace and the attorneys would earn $3 million.

I understand why attorneys do it, but why do the judges approve the "Here's a $10 coupon that costs us nothing and requires you to buy something for $50 from us (in which case we'll earn $30 on this transaction)" settlement?

Comment Re:Not everyone is happy... (Score 5, Interesting) 110

Some of the contributors are upset

Parent link ( is highly informative.

The last sentence of the email is particularly enlightening:

If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you have no objection.

Even the most obnoxious EULAs do not assume consent if they cannot get your response.

Comment Re:MapReduce is great (Score 2) 150

The underlying expense and architecture mistakes "scalability" for actual throughput in processing. It's proven extremely unstable in tasks larger than a small proof of concept

Can you elaborate on some reasons?
I was part of a research paper some time ago, and Map Reduce does have the advantage of in the ability to resume (rather than restart) queries on failure and better handling of ad-hoc queries (compared to RDBMS).

Comment Re:MapReduce is great (Score 2) 150

1) you have a staff of elite programmers like Google or Facebook, who have CS degrees from top universities and are accustomed to picking up new programming languages and tools on a continuing basis;

I disagree.
MapReduce is actually great for teaching people about parallel processing! I have been able to teach a distributed computing course to non-CS (primarily data science) MS students because it achieves parallelization without most of the complexities associated with distributed query processing. With Hadoop streaming, all you need is basic knowledge of python (or similar) to write your own custom jobs, even without Hive/Pig/etc.
That to me is one of the greatest accomplishments of MapReduce. Bringing distributed computing concepts to the general audience.

2) your business has a pressing need to crunch terabytes of logs or document data with no fixed schema and continually changing business needs.

That part is true. Almost no one has that much of a data processing need.
But it is still good for teaching distributed / remote computing to non-CS majors.

Comment Re:No patent (Score 2) 243

No patent in the world can restrict me from doing what I see fit with the things that I own.

Yeah, I heard the same things about DMCA.
It didn't restrict what you could do, but it did prevent others from building tools to help you do it.

So you do whatever you want with that printer cartridge.
But I hope you can build a custom fireproof printer, because printers you can actually buy will crash and burn trying to use "non-approved" cartridges.

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 41

then I go to those vendor's sites directly and order off the vendor's eComm store directly. (And if there's a price difference, I contact support before-hand and get my item priced-matched with the Amazon deal.)

Can you elaborate or give some examples?
I have googled for things I find on Amazon to price-compare, but in best case scenario the price is the same and shipping cost is high making it more expensive in total. Do you also get vendors to match shipping costs?

You must be thinking of Groupon product "deals" that are usually 20% more costly than same item sold by other retailers.

Comment Re:To ad or not to ad (Score 1) 49

So Google wants to add paid audio clips that don't sound like Ads but are descriptions of timely partner products?

Yeah, good one: "That might not be, in the early instances, anything that has to do with commercials at all. It might just be something something that adds value to the consumer without needing to be commercialized."

What if we, the customers (not consumers!) do not want to have value-added shoved down our throats? Whose value is it, anyway?
Plus note the "in early instances". So they will run this program for a few months, before it is just regular paid ads?

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