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Comment Re: They simply remember your UDID (Score 4, Funny) 105

= = = eah the NY times article was scaremongering and partially wrong but the 'bad' thing Uber did here was break the Apple TOS which say developers should not be fingerprinting users devices.= = =

Who would have ever thought that a company founded on the principle [sic] of breaking the law in multiple jurisdictions would ignore and circumvent the terms and conditions, to which they agreed, of an entity with which they do business. Whodathunkait.

Comment Re:It's BS until they provide actual proof (Score 1) 145

"The Information" is a subscription-only technology new site/service that is staffed by some of the heavy-duty technology journalists who lost their long-time traditional media jobs during the Great Recession. It tends to be on the well-connected-but-conservative side of the technology news world.

sPh

Submission + - Police violently drag man from United plane after reportedly overbooked flight (foxnews.com)

Mr.Intel writes: On Sunday, a United Airlines passenger was pulled from his plane seat and dragged off the aircraft — because the airline had overbooked the flight. Several passengers captured the scene and the disturbing footage appears to show that the man was left bleeding from the mouth after his face was smashed against an arm rest during the scuffle. Security are seen wrenching the man from his seat and then dragging him down the aisle and off the plane.

United Airlines gave us this response:

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate. We apologize for the overbook situation.”

Comment Re:Uber at it again? (Score 1) 168

= = = Their business model will only work when they get autonomous cars. = = =

Uber's attempt to build its own anonymous cars having run into a set of bars, it will shortly find out that even if another entity does manage to develop a general-purpose autonomous vehicle (unlikely) it will only see them to Uber for the full cost + profit. Unlike the current owner-operated model where Uber depends on the drivers not understanding that while modern cars are quite reliable the cost of wear and tear, maintenance, and depreciation will eventually catch up.

sPh

Comment Re:It's just too expensive (Score 5, Informative) 251

Besides the usual array of subsidies available to large-scale projects in general and energy projects in particular, nuclear power receives an effectively infinite subsidy in the form of the Price-Anderson Act which limits the liability of nuclear power operators in the event of an incident.

Comment Re:News stories say that is true. More detail: (Score 1) 127

= = = Seattle: Together with abusive companies and bad city management, Seattle is a miserable place.

Houses in Seattle are expensive: Seattle bumps Boston as the most expensive U.S. housing market that's not in California. [geekwire.com]

Rent is expensive: Seattle rent is 5th most expensive in U.S. [curbed.com] = = =

Your points 2 and 3 and difficult to reconcile with point 1, at least from a microeconomic point of view. And all techies are good free market purists, right?

sPh

Submission + - Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years (foxnews.com)

Mr.Intel writes: “By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview at the SXSW Conference with Shira Lazar and Amy Kurzweil Comix.

Known as the Singularity, the event is oft discussed by scientists, futurists, technology stalwarts and others as a time when artificial intelligence will cause machines to become smarter than human beings. The time frame is much sooner than what other stalwarts have said, including British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, as well as previous predictions from Kurzweil, who said it may occur as soon as 2045. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son, who recently acquired ARM Holdings with the intent on being one of the driving forces in the Singularity, has previously said it could happen in the next 30 years.

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