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Comment Re:Maybe, but maybe not (Score 1) 295

If a company has people doing hundreds of taxi rides globally per day, you can bet they want good invoicing/expensing. They'll get contract deals with taxi companies in their most major areas specifically to get the invoicing (if they can beat down the total price too, that's a bonus, but actually sensible invoicing saves them money because they don't have to do mountains of expense handling). Thus, doing one deal with Uber and getting a couple of dozen cities covered is great (note: "countries" is misleading, because often they only operate in one city in a country, and amazingly, sometimes people have to leave that city to get to work).

So the point is, Uber/Lyft/Addison Lee, or indeed your local i-own-a-mercedes-and-a-tax-license driver are all great when you can get them to centrally bill/invoice for the work they do. If they're handing you paper receipts on every journey, even if it's 10-20% cheaper than the alternative, then they won't get the business.

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 273

One thing I've always wondered about this method is... isn't it rather convenient that these planets orbital plane is exactly right for this to work? I mean, surely there must be an infinite number of possible orbital planes, and indeed the possibility that there are planets that aren't on their neighbouring plane at all.

I'm sure I didn't just discover the Great Flaw in all of astrophysics, so I guess there's an explanation somewhere...

Comment Re:The easy part (Score 1) 132

I'd hope the average /.er knows that the hard part to self-driving cars is 'productising' it into something that passes regulations and doesn't kill people. However, I say this guy's pretty cool - first up, he's done some Ultimate Geek Hacking - it involves computers, 3d printing and cars - what's not to love!?. Second, he's shown it's possible for ordinary people to get some distance with self-driving cars. It means Fred-in-his-shed can take a look at this technology and try some stuff out. Sure, most of those attempts won't result in a marketable product, but maybe, just maybe they'll find a clever way to do something the big guys haven't thought of. Lastly, this guy has actually done something - and from the outside it's easy to pick on things he didn't do (yet?), or could do better, but let's not forget he's way ahead of most of us because he's actually got something physical working.

I'm not likely to start my own self-driving car business, but it's great to see that I could, and I don't need to be a millionaire first.

Comment Re:This sucks (Score 1) 102

"Er... I dropped my straw on the floor, could I please have another one?"
"Sure, here you go. Have a nice day!"
"Err, sorry, no, I said 'straw', not 'straw', can I swap it please?"
"Oh sorry, yeah sure, here have one of these"

They came up with a (clever) gimmick, and the best name they could come up with was "straw".

Comment Re:Just more government run amuck, that's all (Score 1) 158

I'll accept the office thing, because they're usually hooked up to a building control system of some sort, and so can/will be saving out stats and whatnot. However, having a light in your garage that comes on when you walk in and turns off when you're not in there has zero surveillance potential.

Comment Re:A good manager should know when there's a probl (Score 1) 158

> you shouldn't have a bias toward easily obtained data

Nicely summed up. Management is hard, if you're not up to that challenge, then get out and let someone else have a crack at it. It seems though, as humans, having a nice graph to look at makes us feel like we have some control over something.

Comment Re:Remind me (Score 1) 134

I may well be alone in this, but I think this actually sounds like a good idea. I really could do with a personal assistant that knows every detail of every email I've ever written or received and can tell me to do stuff in emails that are 'below the fold' that I've forgotten about.

What I don't want is all that happening on someone else's server. If it could all happen on my computer without need to send every last detail to 'the cloud' then I'd genuinely be interested. Until then, I'll keep using my (Siri-disabled) Mac, thanks.

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