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Weary Homeowners Wage War On Waze 767

HughPickens.com writes: For many drivers, the app Waze is a godsend, providing real-time, crowdsourced traffic tips to motorists desperate for alternatives to congested thoroughfares but to some residents of the formerly quiet neighborhoods through which Waze has rerouted countless commuters, the app has destroyed their quality of life. Steve Hendrix writes at the Washington Post that when traffic on Timothy Connor's quiet Maryland street in Tamoka Park, MD suddenly jumped by several hundred cars an hour, he knew that Waze was to blame for routing cars around a months-long road repair through his neighborhood. "I could see them looking down at their phones," says Connor. "We had traffic jams, people were honking. It was pretty harrowing." So Connor became a Waze Warrior. Every rush hour, he went on the Google-owned social-media app and posted false reports of a wreck, speed trap or other blockage on his street, hoping to deflect some of the flow. Neighbors filed false reports of blockages, sometimes with multiple users reporting the same issue to boost their credibility. "It used to be that only locals knew all the cut-through routes, but Google Maps and Waze are letting everyone know," says Bates Mattison. "In some extreme cases, we have to address it to preserve the sanctity of a residential neighborhood." But Waze was way ahead of them. It's not possible to fool the system for long, according to Waze officials. For one thing, the system knows if you're not actually in motion. More importantly, it constantly self-corrects, based on data from other drivers. "The nature of crowdsourcing is that if you put in a fake accident, the next 10 people are going to report that it's not there," says Julie Mossler, Waze's head of communications. The company will suspend users they suspect of "tampering with the map."

Comment Re:Read: "Warner avoids massive class-action lawsu (Score 1) 120

It looks like they settled before class-action status was granted. Or even asked for? If class-action status was granted, this would be dragging out for another year or more as they looked for people to join the action, put it before a judge, and negotiate a settlement.

And the real harm was the chilling effect on using the song. Harder to measure that in monetary terms.

Comment Re:Ehm, he is the executive producer of the new mo (Score 3, Informative) 272

Executive Producer credit is often given out as as an honorary title for some less-defined role in the film production; often that role is only to be "famous name on credits." I suspect that Patrick Jean (and the others involved in the original short) got the credit as part of selling the rights to make the adaptation.
 

Comment Re:A story of how women were (Score 1) 191

I used to think the stereotype of SJWs being self hating beta CIS males was likewise bullshit until we had article after article like this one where a white male liberal professor calls for the extermination of all white males. BTW notice how he doesn't say white females, that is because to bigoted fucks like him white females are to be given as prizes to black males for "historical oppression". He even says "At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a white male do? He's good for nothing. " So...yeah, sometimes stereotypes are true . . .

Did you miss the caveat the journalist added at the bottom of the story, noting that he picked the story up from a satirical news blog?

Comment Re:Talk to a lawyer (Score 1) 99

Not to argue, but if you ever clicked an "I agree to the terms and conditions" box, you'll find that your non-negotiable agreement has a clause that specifies a jurisdiction whose laws govern the non-negotiable "contract"

The state of Delaware is very common in these acceptance agreements. Presumably because their laws recognize a checkbox click as acceptance of a binding contract.

Perhaps this is not exactly doing business in the USA, but the overarching greed of American corporations affects us all.

Delaware has had corporation-friendly laws and taxes for a long time, so many US companies are incorporated there. This makes Delaware their "home" state, even if their only presence is a mail drop at a law firm.

Comment Re:Fusion vs fission (Score 1) 242

It's a fusion-fission hybrid system: the lasers initiates a small fusion blast; part of the blast is directed to provide thrust, but the neutrons radiate in all directions; a shell of U238 surrounds the blast chamber and captures the neutrons, resulting in fission; the heat from the fission is used to power the lasers.

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