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Comment Re:Thinner (Score 1) 313

Naked Robotic Core theory. Make the phone as thin and unobtrusive as possible. Give it the most functionality you can cram into that small package, and then if people want more, they can add a case that does all the extra stuff, without burdening those that just want something thin and light in their pocket. For some people, small size and big mobility is the major advantage. If you're okay with carrying a bigger device, just add a case that does the things you want.

Comment Re:Windfarms Kill 1000's of Bald & Gold Eagles (Score 4, Informative) 170

Wikipedia says 4700 annually, 70 of which are eagles. It also says that it's due to the turbines being very small turbines that spin way, way faster than the modern large turbines, which spin a lot slower.
 
So your argument is
1) wrong on the numbers
2) not applicable to modern wind farms with slower spinning turbines
3) not applicable to this wind farm, which is replacing the turbines with safer ones

Comment Well that's terrifying (Score 5, Informative) 412

For two reasons:
 
1) no valid crime (in my opinion) was committed
2) it's a two year sentence, besides pissing off a bunch of people, what purpose does this serve?
 
You can't change a person's ideologies by imprisoning them, not without brainwashing them. This seems like the wrong way to address these problems. Imprisoning and fining people for their thoughts and beliefs is likely to cause more people to think this way, rather than deter it.

Comment Re:Wearables is a fad that's petering out. (Score 1) 38

It's not unlikely that your IOT toaster will just use the RFID chip to toast your toast to "3" darkness setting. It's possible you'll use the RFID in the smartwatch, but in that case, you can just buy an RFID sticker and stick it to the back of the watch, or integrate it in to the face of the watch. Some people have injectable RFID capsules in their arms if you don't like wearing something on your wrist.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 155

Apple hasn't announced this, and nobody claimed this was 'innovative' yet. Maybe they'll do it, maybe they won't. If they do, hopefully they'll do something interesting with it.

It never ceases to amaze me how much crap Apple gets for products that haven't even been released yet. Maybe you'll blame this on /. or the WSJ or rumours sites and Apple culture in general, which is probably fair, but you're taking it out on Apple and there's nothing coming out of their mouths about this phone until next September.

The only thing Steve Jobs is spinning about is the inability of Apple to keep secrets as well as they used to.

Comment Re:If you don't like what they pay, don't drive (Score 1) 304

It's not a sustainable profession though; taxi drivers traditionally were career jobs for many in past decades. My friend's wife's dad is a taxi driver (in south america) and owns his own house, has raised a family of three and lives comfortably and is near retirement.
 
Now we're on the cusp of replacing taxi drivers with robots. While there are some that lean on Uber as a full time job, it's never been sold as a full time job, and second, it's been in the news for years now that the plan is to replace all human drivers with robots. It's unreasonable to expect to make a lifetime living from a company like uber, when the company is broadly advertising that they expect to replace their contractor workforce with robots.
 
TIme and time again they try and compare themselves to industries like healthcare, education and airport workers - industries that can't be fully automated. But their industry is being actively automated. There's zero reason to give benefits to these contractors in the long term, which seems to me why they're disinterested in providing benefits and pay increases to a market that has a seemingly limitless number of college students willing to work for any price.

Comment Nobody likes the Mac App Store (Score 4, Insightful) 117

The Mac App Store is a thorn in the side of basically everyone. The promise was that it would be kind of like the iOS app store and you'd have a one-stop shop to find the things that you want. Installation would be easy-peasy, and you'd get Apple's famous quality control as part of the deal, etc., etc.

The store just makes things worse. The apps are significantly restricted in their ability in the name of safety, so whole categories of applications won't ever be found there (Little Snitch, for instance). The store is as hard to search as the iOS counterpart, so you're just as likely to search on google for an app as the app store. The whole system reeks of neglect. The whole thing feels like a letdown whether you're a developer or a user.

So are scams a surprise? Not really. The store just feels like work that Apple felt that it HAD to do, rather than something that they were excited to do. As a Mac user and general Apple proponent, I really think the Mac App Store is an embarrassment. Either put some time and money and people into it, or shut it down.

Comment Interesting they release these reports on rainy da (Score 2, Interesting) 393

It's interesting that these reports are always released on rainy days (Which are pretty rare in SF actually)
 
Yes if you go up to Mt. Lassen it really probably is 1 in 3 trees. Certainly 1 in 10. If anything though, this is natural selection in progress; the only way to produce drought-resistant species is to have a serious drought, a big fire to clear out all the dead species, and then re-seed them with the drought resistant ones. If anything this is a good, big step forward for California over the long term in destroying the less viable/invasive species.

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