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Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 2) 156

If self-driving vehicles can deal with the weather conditions there, they should be able to deal with them in the rest of the country, and most other countries as well. Sunny days in California don't expose the hazards posed by rain, snow, slush, and black ice.

Do you have any idea how many lines of latitude California crosses, or what range of elevations we have in this state? We have all of that stuff. I've literally dealt with all of it within fifteen minutes of Santa Cruz. You know nothing about California. Do you know anything about cars?

Comment Re:Irony is delicious (Score 1) 172

Cutting off someone's emergency comm makes Verizon liable.
Grow up, this is how the adult world works/quote>

The obvious thing to do to get the non-adults refusing to bring their phones in for replacement with something else to actually act like adults is to refuse to let their phone do anything but call Verizon service or 911.

Comment Re:Liability? (Score 1) 172

Samsung is legally liable by contracts with Verizon, that's SOP for any carrier reselling phones.

If I were Samsung, I'd certainly want to write into my contract that I become not-liable if I issue a general recall and they ignore it. It's not like Samsung has only recalled Verizon's phones.

Comment Re:What Verizon Meant to say: (Score 1) 172

While I agree that these people are idiots for hanging onto their defective phones despite all of the warnings, suggesting they deserve to die is a step too far.

They're putting the lives of others at risk. House fires commonly spread to other dwellings and take lives, to say nothing of the potential for property damage. This is not exactly fire season, but the phones only become more likely to start a fire as they age, with thermal cycling.

Comment Re:Eat Cake! [Re:The joy of contracting: don't do (Score 1) 230

Are you by chance related to Marie Antoinette?

Uber wouldn't even exist if the system weren't rigged in favor of the extremely wealthy, which is what results in there not being jobs for the plebes. Don't blame Uber for hiring people for whatever they legally can get work out of them for. Blame the system that permits them to hire people for less, because if it's not Uber, it will simply be someone else.

Sure, you can think Uber is sleazy for it, but it's a waste of time crying about how they're utilizing the letter of the law.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 230

So any source of income must guarantee a living wage?

Yes. Anything less is some percentage slavery, as defined as the percentage by which it falls short of providing a living wage. This problem can be solved by eliminating tax loopholes and cutting the defense budget, then using the money to implement minimum guaranteed income. We will also have to shitcan the ACA and implement a national single-payer health care scheme from which the wealthy can not simply opt out by having a superior plan. (They're free to buy more health care, but not to not pay their share of national health.) Under such a system, employers would never have to pay for employees' health care, nor would they have to pay a minimum wage. They would be free to pay any amount someone was willing to receive to do the job, or even charge someone to do the work for personal fulfillment or educational purposes.

If you have an alternate proposal which does not amount to slavery, I'm interested.

Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 1) 230

Would you eat at an unregulated restaurant if it meant you had a chance of getting food poisoning every time you ate there? No one sat down and said they wantd to make taxis more expensive 'just because'. There are reasons for that extra cost that protect the public over time (both customers and non-customers).

Those reasons are all bullshit. Half of the taxis I have been in were falling apart, usually in ways that actually made them unsafe. I know two women who have been raped by taxi drivers. Taxis already refuse to pick up fares in bad neighborhoods, or just never bother to show up. (And if you tell dispatch where you're going, and it's a bad neighborhood, they will also frequently just never show up.) Taxis are shit and the excuses for taxi licensing are shit. If you want Uber to be as safe as a taxi, you're going to have to make it substantially less safe than it is today.

Comment Re:Wow, just... I mean, wow. (Score 1) 230

Should a woman who gets beaten by her husband stick around because it's a "good economic move"? If you're answer is yes, then I suppose in that light, yeah, keep driving for Uber without complaint. Just ask your sugar daddy to buy you some nice sunglasses to cover up the bruises.

Your argument does not apply to Uber. It applies to the overall capitalist system without a safety net. If we had for example guaranteed minimum income then people could work for Uber for any amount of money greater than the fuel and maintenance cost on their vehicle and still make money. Further, only the people who really wanted to drive for Uber would do that, so you'd only have highly motivated people who really wanted to drive you around.

By all means, keep railing against Uber, and miss the point completely.

Comment Re:Common (Score 1) 108

The reality is that the tech industry has reached a dead end with the death of Moore's Law.

Is the problem really processing power, though? For a system like this, it seems like there are other problems bound to creep up:

* AFAIK, we still don't have good enough AI to figure out a spacial 3D world from visual input. I know it's still being worked on and there's been progress, but being able to place objects in the real world in this kind of augmented reality requires that the computer can figure out the layout of 3D objects within the real world.
* Even if you can render the graphics and place them appropriately in the world, there's still the problem of designing the UI. You need to create both the visual look of the interface, and figure out which gestures to use for different controls. The interface (input and feedback) needs to be easy and intuitive and provide clear feedback to user interaction.
* You also need to make the gestures such that they're read by the computer reliably-- that is, if I'm supposed to do a specific hand motion to activate a feature, the hand motion needs to be something that the computer will recognize almost every time it is performed, it needs to be distinct enough from other control gestures and natural gestures. Basically, people need to be able to control these systems without constantly activating various controls by accident.

These are fairly difficult problems for computers to figure out, and as far as I know, they're not really a problem of insufficient computing power. That is, as far as I know, it's not like we've developed code that can do these things and a UI that works well, but we need a computer 5x as powerful to run it in real-time. The problem is that we just don't have the design/code to do it.

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