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Comment Not really private (Score 1) 294

It starts by abandoning NASA's expensive Space Launch System and Orion capsule, and spending the money saved on private-industry efforts like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Robert Bigelow's Bigelow Aerospace

I'm sure suddenly throwing a bunch more government money at private space efforts won't change those projects in the least or make them more expensive or anything like that.

Comment Re:Maybe, but maybe not (Score 5, Informative) 295

Sure but my Uber account works in 20+ countries worldwide, I don't have to sign up for the local transit whatever. That's a huge plus. Not only that but sales people use uber religiously as they don't even need to expense their uber travel, they just charge it to the company card, that's a massive, massive boost. Uber and AirBnB are the largest business expenses in total number of line items for many companies these days. You can't auto-expense every single local transit app automatically, with uber comes that convenience. As someone traveling in Hawaii, California, Texas, London and Hungary it's really nice to be able to just open the app, plug in the location, and have someone drive you there without having to worry about the local currency, working out how to sign up for the service in Hungarian or Maltese or whatever. Step off the plane and GO. I don't care if it's 5% more, for the three days I'm going to be there, the cost difference just doesn't matter.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 906

"IP" is a bogus, meaningless term. What do you actually mean? Copyright? There are fair use exceptions to copyright in the USA, and fair dealing allowed uses in other parts. Note that in the USA, reproducing copyrighted material for the purpose of "criticism" may be considered fair use.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 906

Asking subordinates for sex is wrong. That there was no explicit threat made against her if she rejected does not make it acceptable.

If you think otherwise, well most of the rest of society disagrees with you in many parts of the western world: a manager who does the above _must_ be disciplined (in some meaningful way), or else the company has opened itself up to legal liabilities. A company that ignores multiple such complaints against a manager is going to find itself paying out a lot money when it loses the inevitable employment law court case.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 906

A manager propositioning subordinates is essentially always wrong.

Even in some unlikely situation where the subordinate had unambiguously and clearly been signalling sexual interest in the manager, over a sustained period of time, the manager would be _very_ ill-advised to enter into non-professional relations while the employee was a subordinate or the employee's career could in any way be perceived to be influenceable by the manager. The manager should just not go there, full stop.

In this specific case, she'd been there one day, so we can rule out that highly unlikely scenario, and conclude that if such a proposition was made it was clear misconduct.

Mature, large companies (least, that I'm familiar with) have fairly strict rules banning relations between managers and subordinates for very good reason. Precisely because such relations are very likely to be unhealthy and improper: For the manager, for the subordinate, for other subordinates of the manager, and for the company.

Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 88

What about the tests?

This is crypto-currency, the hot new thing tests are for old fogeys who still use dollars. Get with the times, young programmers are Agile, they don't plan and test their work, they release early and often. They release the Minimum Viable Product (minimum piece of shit they can get away with for a moment), it's illegal now to even think about corner cases and make code robust.

I don't know about ZCash, but Bitcoin has an extensive regression test suite and test mode. And test-first development is a principle of agile, so I'm not sure why you concluded agile programmers don't test.

Comment Re:More likely they will pull out (Score 4, Insightful) 131

I don't think it really matters, it costs almost nothing to defend these cases for Uber. They're just trying to defer spinning up a big HR division between now and in five years when Uber replaces most of their human drivers with driverless cars. People keep treating Uber as if they're going to be this massive, massive employer -- they won't. Ideally in 10 years most everything will live in the cloud run by a team of 300 engineers, with local service centers to swap out batteries and electric drive units for the cars. Human drivers will only work in areas that don't have enough ride share demand to deserve a dedicated service center.
 
Worrying about driver's benefits is a very short sighted goal and really is a waste of everyone's time.

Comment Re:Too quiet?? (Score 2) 382

The electric buses in SF are plenty loud, tire noise, old creaky suspension, flexing frame etc etc you can hear them coming, especially as they accelerate up the hills we have out here. They're not as loud as the shitty diesels that they have running around the flatter areas (electric buses are superior from a torque standpoint going up hills) but they're loud enough.

Comment Re:first (Score 1) 382

It's remarkably easy to buy renewable-only power from renewable sources. It all feeds in to the same grid, but the bill comes from the renewable sources. Since there's a limited supply of renewable power that companies and people are trying to buy from it tends to cost 1-5% more than normal electricity, but you're using only green sources of power.
 
When I lived in Dallas for 7 years I got my power from Green Mountain energy and cost about 4% more than regular energy, but my house was 100% renewable powered.
 
It's not much of a stretch to assume that the buses will be recharged with renewable power as well. Something like 70% of the power for washington state comes from Hydro as it is.

Comment Re:Square of the distance... (Score 2) 79

I bought three charging pads for my Nexus 5, one bedside, one at my home office PC, and one at my office PC. It basically stayed charged 100% of the time unless I was on a road trip or some such.
 
Doesn't matter where the pad is, you just need the charging pads where you use the phone the most. A dedicated charging pad in the car, one by your bed and one at the office cover 90% of use cases for probably 80% of the population. If apple got behind wireless charging, you would probably see charging pads appear in BMW and Mercedes first, followed by Lexus, Acura and then Honda/Toyota and eventually american manufacturers. We just need a standard that we're going to stick with. I'm ok with a Qi/USB Type-C world.

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