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Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 2) 480

the PC's openness was really a result of Compaq's careful cleanroom reverse engineering of the BIOS, rather than any legal constraints on IBM

I would say that the PC's openness at least equally due to the fact that they offered full schematics, theory-of-operation documentation, and BIOS source code for a small fee prior to Compaq's entry into the market. The main competitor at the time in the business space was the Apple II, which also had schematics and ROM source available, along with a thriving industry for expansion hardware. Also, both machines were built with completely off-the-shelf parts.

Comment Re:3d fails about every 10-15 years. (Score 2) 434

This could possibly be worked around using a depth-of-field encoding/display technology similar to what Lytro does, tied to a sensor that somehow monitors the eye's lens to continually determine the eye's focal length, and adjusting the image(s) accordingly. I don't see something like that happening any time soon, but I wouldn't say it's impossible.

Comment Re:No show? (Score 4, Informative) 313

Who the fuck buys a plane ticket and doesn't show up?

Me, several times. I'd fly out to a customer site to do some work, and usually the return flight was booked the day I expected to be finished, with the expectation I'd drive from the customer site directly to the airport. If the work ran long, and I wasn't where I could call my employer to have them rebook, the seat went unclaimed. My employer would much rather eat the cost of a ticket than have an unhappy customer that's just paid half a million dollars for a new machine + installation.

Comment Re:As usual (Score 1) 188

His empirical data was dismissed without any attempt to reproduce and confirm it, because there was 'no theoretical framework explaining the results'.

The lack of an explanation for the observed results certainly didn't help, but there were an awful lot of doctors that had the opinion that they were gentlemen, and it was thus insulting to imply that they were somehow unclean and had to wash their hands.

Comment Re:As usual (Score 3, Informative) 188

Through the last 200+ years, scientists have had the cycle of someone saying they're wrong, they resist it, then it's proven right, and they look like stubborn and very unscientific idiots then repeat the cycle.

I think the poster boy for this is Ignaz Semmelweis. The scientific community dismissed his results out of pride, and thousands died as a result.

Comment Re: If you're rich and you use Uber (Score 1) 99

And how about the drivers that go out of their way to try to screw you? Most of my cab travel was on business, so as long as I got a receipt I didn't care, but in Chicago especially, the drivers would play games with the meter or drive way the hell out of the way just to jack the fare. I wasn't losing any money, so it wasn't worth the time for me to hold them to the fire for it.

Comment Re:Best way to opt out? Streaming Services! (Score 1) 166

Look into getting a 'business' connection. Most places don't really require you to show much official business documentation....but you can get truly unlimited internet, no caps AND you can run servers if you want.

I looked into switching to a Comcast biz connection not long ago. For the connection itself, Comcast wanted a $300 installation fee, and a one-year contract. The fee went down as you committed to a longer term, down to $100 for a three-year commitment. If you wanted static IPs, you had to use their cable modem at $7.00/month on top of $25/month for a /29 netblock. Right now, I've had AT&T 12/1 business service for about four years, which costs me $65/month including the statics. The service sucks, but there aren't any caps, they finally have decent IPv6 support, and it's a hell of a lot cheaper than Comcast.

Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 1) 436

It seems clear that Uber's long-term plan is to get rid of the drivers entirely. Self-driving cars are in our near future. Having humans drive them for now is a plan to achieve mindshare while they wait.

Getting rid of the drivers means they can't really externalize the cost of the car like they do now, especially fuel and maintenance. I would not be surprised in the least to see their fares go up substantially if this happens.

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