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Comment Re:Sounds like old news... (Score 2) 99

Because those features are required if you're going to implement full applications in the browser, as, for example, Google Docs (and Office 365 Online) are classic examples. They don't implement them for marketers, they're implemented because developers are trying to do advanced things in HTML and Javascript.

And while I know many on Slashdot would prefer applications not be built with web technologies, that's the way the world's going right now, for better or worse. Increasingly users are expecting the applications they use to be delivered over the web, accessible from any standards compliant web browser.

And it'll probably continue that way until or unless the concept of web pages and online apps gets separated, but that would require a good understanding of the needs of the former, and an agreement by vendors on an API (like Android's) for the latter, and that's not going to happen soon.

Comment Re: Death To All Jews (Score 5, Informative) 908

Belonging to a group does not make you more credible to comment on an argument. Drop the tribalism and identity politics...

I'm sorry, but were you responding to the parent, or the grandparent, some idiot called x0ra, who wrote:

I guess you forgot that both Milo Yiannopoulos and Ben Shapiro are respectively of jew descent and practicing jew...

BTW you do know Ben Shapiro no longer works for Breitbart, right? He quit a year or so ago, when Breitbart started defending senior Trump staff when they assaulted Breitbart's own reporters.

Here's Shapiro on the alt-right. Amongst the choice quotes are:

[Bannon] allowed the site to be taken over and used by a bunch of alt-right people who are not fond of Jews, are not fond of minorities.

So FWIW, one of the two people you mention actually strongly supports the notion that Breitbart is controlled by anti-semites. The other, Yiannopoulos, incidentally, isn't proof of anything: he's attacked his own sexuality before, and he's rejected his jewish roots.

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 1) 892

Trump's more qualified than some hack of a community organizer. Why do qualifications suddenly matter? Right, he's not on Team Blue.

The only person who's been elected in the last umpteen years who was, at some stage in his life, a "community organizer" was a Constitutional law professor who was later elected a Senator before becoming President. But, as you point out, he was also at one point a community organizer, that is, someone who worked with ordinary people to solve problems through the political process at a low level.

Perhaps it's time right wingers who think this is a criticism actually think about what they're saying.

Comment Re:Uses CDMA. Do not want. (Score 1) 83

Their LTE network uses SIM cards; they can't easily stop you from using SIM cards in a different device without violating enough of LTE to make equipment vendors unlikely to work with them.

Again though, I'd agree that right now, while their LTE network remains at the "being rolled out stage", they should be avoided.

Comment Re:Uses CDMA. Do not want. (Score 1) 83

I wouldn't recommend them for the same reason, but give them time, they're moving to a proper GSM-family LTE network at the moment and they're likely to phase out the old cdmaOne/cdma2000 crap. There almost certainly are non-cdmaOne/2000 LTE phones out there that work with Sprint's LTE network, it's just, obviously, you're going to run into gaps in coverage that are even worse than usual.

Comment Re:Is Google slowly dropping Java? (Score 1) 128

I think they're going more for a language/framework agnostic route. ChromeOS was all about web technologies, but I think a sizable impetus around NaCl was that web technologies were always going to be limited and inefficient.

I don't think NaCl is their long term bet, I just seriously doubt they'll try to get people to write everything in JavaScript. The major issue is that web browsers seem to double in memory requirements every two or three years, and are slower today on modern hardware than they were on low end hardware ten years ago.

Java served a purpose with Android. It is/was relatively easy to write relatively efficient, low bug count, complex applications using Java, in a way not possible with most other languages. At the same time a new generation of programmers were exposed to Java's bureaucracy and other flaws, said "Ew", and have been waiting for a good, Google supported, alternative. I don't think Google has picked a successor yet.

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 382

If it has a battery or diesel engine, it's more of a hybrid and not really what we're discussing here. As for multiple parallel paths, that's not really overtaking, just taking an alternative route that happens to be parallel. The distinction becomes important when a trolleybus needs to overtake something unexpected, such as a broken vehicle (trolleybus or otherwise) in its path.

Comment Re:overtime (Score 1) 131

Ditto for "night shift pay" or anything like that.

Drivers may not be "independent contractors" in the same way that a programmer might be (for example, depending where you live, you might only have one ride share service you can work for), but they absolutely are not regular employees.

They have 100% control over schedules, and a very low bar to getting hired (for many places, it seems like you just download an app, fill out some info, get a rudimentary vehicle inspection and an automated background check and you are ready to start driving...no need to actually demonstrate that you are a friendly person or a skilled driver). Maybe there needs to be some new legal framework for these people, but it seems absurd that a company should have to pay perks and benefits to a person that they have no direct authority over. All uber can do is remove your access to the platform. They can't tell you "work this shift" or "work this neighborhood" or "we are busy, you need to stay on another hour"...

It is almost like if you said that ebay was responsible for paying benefits to powersellers...Sure, ebay is in a position to cut off their livelyhood by banning them from the platform, and sure, for some people there might be no alternative viable market to hawking their wares on ebay, but nobody would ever call a powerseller an ebay employee.

Comment Re:What drives the comparative efficiency? (Score 1) 382

Why are buses more competitive but cars aren't?

Cars are bought by consumers. Issues for consumers include brand, color, embarrassment/pride factor, next door neighbor's advice, brother-in-law's advice, special financing, and maybe, once a decision has been made between two or three vehicles within that range, which is more reliable and cost efficient over a five year expected lifespan.

Buses are generally bought by corporations (sometimes government owned.) The purchase has to be justified to several entities, who are sometimes even legally obliged to sue you if your decision makes no sense. If you're government owned, there's a good chance you need to incorporate a number of social factors such as pollution. If you're not, you still probably need to factor in the taxes on such emissions, and you need to keep fuel costs low.

Even allowing for corruption and crap like "Buy America" rules, making super-efficient buses gives your buses an immense competitive edge over your rivals.

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 382

That used to be fairly common (Google "Trolleybus"), Diesel took over because NIMBYs hated them (the wires were ugly) and they had logistical limitations - trolleybuses can't overtake one another, or take alternate routes during road closures. I'm not sure what's changed that would make us go into the other direction, other than concerns about pollution.

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