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Comment Re:USPS Investigation? (Score 1) 127

USPS is bad for many other reasons, too. The post office where I live (a major city) is basically open in a narrow window from 8:30 to 5:00 on weekdays and a short four-hour window on Saturday. Need to ship something out? Unless it can wait until Saturday, you'd better plan to take time off from work unless you're willing to leave it on the side of the road for hours. And if the sender requests that something be held for pickup, that means you have to pick it up during that window, too. By contrast, there's a local UPS store that's open until 7 M-F and until 5 on Saturday, and a major FedEx depot that's open until 8 M-F and 5 on Saturday. It's just a much better experience.

And USPS tracking is borderline useless. It typically provides little more than a delivery confirmation. UPS and FedEx track it at every point along the way so that you know almost exactly where your package is at all times, and so do they. This makes package loss much less likely.

Comment Re: Sounds too simple to be true (Score 1) 550

This is what is being lost beneath the racism, the Indians, Mexicans, Chinese, etc. are not your enemies, they're just people trying to make a buck. Your enemies are Americans.

Specifically, the wealthy ruling class. Of course, some of them have also managed to trick a lot of Americans into believing that immigrants are the enemy by pushing an exaggerated sense of nationalism. I'm still trying to figure out how they win by damaging the income of other members of the ruling class, but I'm sure there's a financial explanation somewhere if you dig in deep enough.

Either way, the whole system is rigged, and the people at the top always win. It's just a question of which group of people at the bottom get screwed when they do.

Comment Re:Anyone remember when cents/GB was used? (Score 1) 24

Stacking dies with many layers might help bring cost down by letting you burn out fuses on defective dies and then do part binning based on the number of functioning dies. I'm not sure if the defect rates on flash would yield a significant benefit from doing so or not, though.

Comment Re:Surprise! (Score 1) 63

Uber doing something unethical? This isn't news, it's business as usual.

Come on now, they're saving us money! They can do no wrong!

Given they aren't any cheaper than a minicab in my part of the world, I don't see what they are doing for me.

I also live in a place where they can operate legally... and they still cant even turn a profit here.

Comment Re:so non dealer service or not paying for softwar (Score 1) 244

Automatic knives (usually power tools, chainsaws, etc) have to have certain safety precautions built into them these days. If a manufacturer makes the tool so it hurts people and the issue wasn't pure user incompetence, or it can be shown that the tool was clearly lacking in safety features, you can damn well bet the manufacturer's going to be held responsible.

That is when the tool is shown to be faulty and dangerous, not for when the tool is used improperly.

Taking this attitude with autonomous cars will kill their development as you cant make something perfect and car manufacturers will not accept liability when they cant control how their vehicles are used.

At the very best, they will install sensors and systems to ensure the operator is liable for not stopping the vehicle in an accident.

Hey, but as someone who enjoys driving and loves a manual gearbox (even in peak hour traffic), I fully welcome your hardline stance that will ensure that I'll be able to drive for the rest of my expected lifespan.

Comment Re:Goes both ways (Score 1) 191

No - not a misogynist....this story is about men mistreating women in a corporate culture.

It sounds from the summary that male and female employees are being mistreated, so why are you making this claim?

He's not, the AC did and that is really just a troll.

Most people who read the GP's first post simply read it as his manager was abusive and probably borderline incompetent and sociopathic. Doesn't matter about the gender. Sadly these people are good at covering their arse, the OP got out peacefully with his dignity intact, which is a good end to the story.

I've had similar treatments at a previous job. Bullied until I lashed back, then having that used to extend my probation. I was the highest performing member of the team. Best day of that job was handing in my notice to go work for a customer who was leaving that company. Then deleting all references that I ever worked there, a 9 month gap is nothing in a 15 year career.

Comment Re:so non dealer service or not paying for softwar (Score 1) 244

so non dealer service or not paying for software updates = car manufacturers get's off.

So doing an jiffy lube vs paying dealer price for oil changes = unauthorized changes?

What if an software update needs a high cost CPU update or an new car as updates end after say 2-3 years? What if updates need an dealer install at dealer shop prices?

Actually its worse.

Cars will now come with a used by date. A date where they will fall out of support and stop working.

But this move will just stymie autonomous cars as the manufacturers do not want to accept the risk. So they'll install sensors in the steering wheel and in order to use the autonomous features the passenger will have to keep their hands on the wheel, thus pushing the onus back onto the passenger.

So I think this is the wrong move. Do we make knife manufacturers responsible for how people use them. No, then why do the same with car manufacturers.The owner and/or operator (depending on circumstance) needs to remain responsible for what they do, even if it is just ordering around a 1.5 ton machine.

Comment Re:Will it work in a Raspberry Pi? (Score 1) 48

It will work in a Raspberry Pi, but the Pi doesn't have the required contacts to support UHS-II, so it won't benefit from the extra bus bandwidth. And it doesn't even support UHS-I fully (max speed is 100 MHz instead of 200 MHz) because you apparently can't put the SoC into 1.8V signalling mode (or so I've read). So you'll presumably benefit from improvements to random access time from the faster microcontroller on the SD card, but you won't get the full speed benefit.

Comment Re:TechBros are the worst Consumers (Score 1) 128

The challenge, of course, is defining what "deprive others of that freedom" means. Does it mean you can't deprive other people of the freedom to have the source code to your work that extends the original work, or does it mean you can't deprive other people of the freedom to make private extensions to the original work? That's fundamentally the difference between the GPL and BSD licensees is what other group of people you want to deprive of freedom.

Arguably, the BSD license is more free because the existence of a private fork doesn't deprive anyone of anything; the original work is still freely available. But on the other hand, you could argue that some of those changes merely fix bugs, and thus are not rightfully new works, and should be available to anyone who has the original software. It's a fine line, and there's no absolute right answer.

The reason the public mocks nerds, of course, is that they argue vociferously over which license is correct, which takes time away from actually making the technology better, and is often seen as a waste of everyone's time. On the other hand, without those arguments (which expand the community's understanding of the licenses and their eccentricities), there's a possibility of critical projects choosing a license that is inappropriate and ending up stuck with it to the detriment of everyone.

For example, the FSF's decision to relicense GCC under GPLv3 created stagnation in its largest user base (the Mac community), with OS X users stuck at a much older version for years, until eventually Apple worked with the LLVM team to replace it with Clang. To be fair, in the end, everybody benefitted from a more modular compiler architecture that could better be integrated into things like IDEs, so the resulting platform is more capable than GCC ever was (or ever will be, in all likelihood), but the bad licensing decision meant that the teams couldn't take advantage of each other's work, which no doubt made that transition take much longer than it otherwise would have and resulted in a lot of duplication of work, ultimately culminating in GCC becoming an evolutionary dead end that's still a giant time sink to maintain (and that, no doubt, will continue to be maintained for many years, for no real reason other than because it exists and has to work).

So in spite of the public's belief that this is all a bunch of silly squabbles like Star Wars versus Star Trek, the reality is that there are real-world implications of these arguments, making them at least somewhat valuable (up to a point, anyway).

Comment Re:Dating culture needs to change first (Score 1) 135

So long as people are willing to lie and manipulate to get laid...

So long as people are people, it wont work... Right.

So instead of adapting the technology to the people, people should be adapting to the system. I bet you're thinking that in a few iterations people will change to fit the system.

I take it you're a CS student.

Comment Re:5G is for more than gaming (Score 1) 35

As I understand it 5G *can* provide real-time haptic feedback. It's good for gaming, yes. But more important so that little things, such VR/AR surgeries, can be done remotely.

Is this BS? I don't know.

The problem with gaming isn't speed, its latency. You're better off gaming on a slower connection with lower latency. You dont really need to go much faster than 1 MBps, what you want is your latency server to client to be under 100 ms. Realistically, with good net code, you can play on 56K dialup as I did in the early 00's (Vietcong, BF1942 to local servers).

And due to the laws of physics and the inherent in wireless technologies, latency cannot be guaranteed. Hit some interference and lose some packets in the 2.5 miles between you and the tower and that'll kill your ping. Any gamer knows wired is much faster than wireless, even if it's crappy ADSL.

Besides, given Verizons history of marketing slow technologies as "next generation" like they did with calling WiMax 4G when it wasn't even a 3.5G tech like HSPA+ I'm willing to bet it wont even be as fast as the LTE I currently get from EE here in England.

Comment Re: So essentially test rides with passengers (Score 1) 122

Camera-based traffic enforcement is sort of the opposite of market forces,

Whilst it's not market based, its not the opposite.

I'd hate to think how bad market based enforcement would be, not only would they be required to make a profit, they'd be required to charge us as much as they could get away with as often as possible. Here in the UK you can get a maximum of 4 speeding fines over a 3 year period before its a holiday off the road, they are also pretty lenient with the speeding fines too compared to Australia (I.E. doing 55 in a 50 zone wont get you nicked, even 60 would be ignored by a copper, perhaps not an average speed camera).

Its almost as if they don't want to fine you, especially how clearly speed cameras are marked.

A market based approach would get rid of the endorsement/demerit point system because a customer off the road is a customer that cant rack up new fines. They would also put hidden speed cameras everywhere, camouflaged and make appealing a fine so painful that it's impossible. They would also make it low enough that you'd pay the fine rather than fight it... Much like they do with parking fines here in the UK (my council charges 70 quid, but reduces it to 35 if you pay within 2 weeks).

I'm not a big fan of the current enforcement system (too many people fail to indicate, tailgate, fail to keep a safe distance, don't know how to merge and other violations of the Highway Code are ignored when speeding is heavily enforced (relatively speaking)) but despite that, market based enforcement would suck a million times more.

If you need proof of this, look at market based solutions for car insurance here in the UK. Insurance is mandatory to drive on the road, so it costs an insane amount because the insurers are pretty much unregulated. For fully comprehensive insurance I went from paying in Australia A$900 (GBP 450) for a Nissan Silvia S15 (one of the most stolen cars in my state) to paying GBP 700 for a bog standard BMW Z4 3.0i that was worth about 1000 quid less in the UK.

Comment Re:All you Apple Haters can bite my shiny metal SD (Score 1) 48

I seem to recall an awful lot of Apple Haters whining about a certain new MacBook Pro that had dropped the built in SD reader...

We were complaining about the lack of UHS-II support for about five years before they dropped it. Apple dropping it rather than updating it wasn't the first snub, but rather the last straw.

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