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Comment Just waiting to get rid of the biggest expense... (Score 1) 187

Uber's objective now has only to be to stay in the market long enough that they can get rid of their biggest cost: drivers.

If they can keep the show running until the self driving car becomes commonplace they'll have it made. In the meantime it doesn't matter if their current drivers are making money or not, so long as there are new people willing to sign up to replace those who have become disenchanted with the system/ rate of pay.

Comment Doesn't work so well in my experience (Score 1) 90

We had one of these at a bar I frequent. It didn't last long as it was prone to breaking down and surprisingly difficult to use.
In theory it is a great idea, but many people don't know how to properly pour a beer. This would often result in a very foamy pour and unhappy customers. I don't think it lasted six months of actual use.

Comment Re:It's a doomed race against time (Score 1) 370

As an amateur singer, I think that MOST people who believe that they "can't sing" - - can very likely develop their voice far beyond what they imagine, with some hard work, dedication, and practice, (and some professional instruction). Many, many common vocal flaws can be overcome with proper training, and practice.

Derek Sivers has a great post about this, and about the value of practice and training over at

Comment To those who say "You can't buy anything with it. (Score 1) 371

All the people that say "You can't buy anything with it, it's worthless" or "it's too volatile to be of any value" are missing the forest for the trees.

The simple fact of the matter is that even on the most fundamental level, bitcoin takes Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover/PayPal and all of the associated fees out of the equation. If you buy something in bitcoin you're saving the merchant anywhere up to 5% of the cost of goods sold which, in turn should reduce the price you pay. The price may be volatile at the moment, but it is certainly by no means undervalued given the size of the potential market. Buy some coin by transferring money into an exchange and buying them (might cost you up to 20 bucks and 0.5% in fees) or buy them in cash for "free" with and just don't spend them any time the price is lower than what you paid for them. Alternatively, provide a good or service and accept payment in bitcoin yourself.

The fact that bitcoin is peer to peer and run by the community should be enough reason for any Slashdot user to take a serious look at it now that it has received enough scrutiny to know that the math is safe.

Comment Re:Not on my iPad 2. (Score 1) 488

However, I did see one noticeable issue: the graphical design--especially the text fonts--don't look good on an iPad 2 with its lower-resolution screen.

I noticed the same about the fonts on my iPad 2.
Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and turn on "Bold Text". It's a much better experience.

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