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Comment Re:Always wait for the S version (Score 1) 38

We switched away from buying our phones through Verizon, to the Apple Upgrade Program. It's a zero-interest loan over 24 months, but you can upgrade every 12 months by extending the loan so that you have another 24 months remaining.

On this plan, the most logical behaviors are to 1) pay off your phone and hold onto it as long as possible, or 2) upgrade the moment you can so that you're not continuing to make payments on last year's model. The worst option is to upgrade every two years, because your monthly payment is exactly the same as if you upgrade every year but you have an old phone half the time.

Comment Re:I know a way to do it, too (Score 1) 109

The fridge is upside down already! I have zero g here in outer space, so I am ignoring the numbnuts part of your statement, you insensitive clod!

Unless you left your balls in space, it probably doesn't apply.

You may have to put your bottle in a centrifuge. Just don't mix it up with the science samples.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 168

The world of code is more like this:

Software is inherently different to hardware, so you make a valid point. Though in a more perfect world, in which interoperability was forced by hook or by crook (so, if you don't use standards, your code repo gets raided until people can figure out how to interoperate with you) the software world itself would probably be more streamlined anyway as those who have built their existence on lock-in become eliminated.

Arguably though, for software all that has to be done is protect open source and Free Software, because eventually it will destroy all other software. It has a tendency to surpass commercial software given enough time and attention, and it has a tendency to attract that attention in proportion to the need — as Linux has proven.

Comment Re:pushing things underground (Score 1) 65

I'd much rather have the racists hanging out on Stormfront. I'd say not giving those kinds of people a wide platform to stand on is just fine. When the white supremacists were stuck reading their mimeotyped bulletins and meeting in basements, or even later dialing into pre-Stormfront BBSs, and finally on sites like Stormfront itself, they had no great legitimacy.

I'd much rather have those types pushed back on to Stormfront and like-minded sites, simply because there is no feasible way to create universal kill files. Besides, site operators have the right to use whatever tools they see fit to moderate and administer their forums, and if the Nazis don't like it, they can go start their own websites. But of course, the Nazis don't want to do that, because when they're stuck just talking to each other, there's no one to sell to. These days they need popular posting platforms, because that represents growth. The number of regular people who are going to go to Stormfront is very very small.

Comment Re:"Toxic" comments huh? (Score 1) 65

If you don't like an online forum's moderation, then you are completely free to find one more to your liking, or even start your own.

But believe me, sooner or later if your online forum takes off in any way, you're going to get some trolls, and if they aren't checked, they'll drive out anyone reasonable people. I've seen more than one forum collapse under the weight of uncontrolled trolling. It even happened to a local community web forum, where three or four very abusive posters who seemed to have infinite amounts of time on their hands attacked everyone else. The admin believed strongly in giving posters wide latitude, and by the time he realized that he should have been a bit more vigorous in moderating comments, and perhaps kicked off the worst offenders, it was too late, and it dwindled away until he finally just shut it down. The trolls, of course, having "won", by their bizarre definition, couldn't tolerate the place anymore because it had basically become an online circle jerk.

Frankly, I'd never run a web forum. Even back in ye olden days when I ran a BBS with about thirty users at its max, I still had a couple of assholes, so it's not a new problem, it's just that ease of access makes it all the worse.

Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 1) 112

Which is part of the problem. Away from Planet Uber, if your journey is undertaken for work purposes (which going to meet a customer clearly is) you are "at work", and should be covered by work-related insurance. That's why regular taxi drivers have to have commercial insurance; private car insurance doesn't cover operating as a driver-for-hire.

I've heard this argument before, but for me it doesn't wash specifically because the secret formula used to determine how much you will pay for auto insurance includes a location component and a mileage component. If you're putting on more miles, and they know you live in an urban area, they can just price your insurance payments to account for your use of the vehicle. The only time you really need more coverage than they ordinarily provide is when you are transporting a fare. They shouldn't be allowed to deny you coverage while you're en route to a destination, because traveling to destinations is an ordinary thing for drivers to do.

The fun part is that, despite the all the penny-pinching (and the hype), Uber is hemorrhaging money.

As far as I can tell they are scumbuckets, but I am still in favor of the legal changes they are attempting to work, because I am against the monopoly that the entrenched taxi industry possesses in those places where that is the case. Where I actually live, we don't have one big taxi company that runs everything. We have a number of individuals who run single-vehicle taxi services. Of course, if they become large and successful enough (and I don't mean by eating a lot of drive-through) they can add vehicles and drivers to their businesses, and eventually get enough money to lobby for protectionist laws that will cause the same problem here. And since here is in the sticks, the amount of money necessary for a bribe might be much less than it is in the city.

Comment Re:Won't happen. Sorry, there is no AI ever ... (Score 1) 168

... that can turn the harebrained buzzword/bullshit-laden confused and convoluted descriptions ("specs") of my marketing crew into a working product.

I just deliver a "Hello, World!" program, and when they say "WTF?" I say "Sure, it's got some bugs in it, but I got it out ahead of schedule!"

Comment Re:R&D (Score 1) 96

Apple spends serious coin on Research and Development; far more than their competition.

This is almost true, though the vast majority of Apple's R&D funding is firmly at the D end of the spectrum. IBM used to spend a lot more than Apple on research, though they've cut down a lot. Microsoft still does (around $5bn/year on MSR). These companies and Google (and Oracle, and so on) all throw grants at universities for research, which Apple doesn't. It wasn't until last the last few months that Apple even published any of their research.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 168

Since I'm NOT worried about whether the Gods are going to punish me, not worried about whether I'll make a kill on the next hunt, or if the flint spear I have will be good enough for the job... I'd say our system's working out fairly well. There's always room for improvement, though.

If you know where your next paycheck is coming from, if your basic needs are met and you can sleep without economic anxiety at night, You are the eight percent.

Damned right there's room for improvement.

Comment Re:Coding requirements (Score 1) 168

Using AI to convert specs to code has been an active research area for a long time. But to essentially echo your point, specs that are specific enough to allow this are about the same complexity and require about the same amount of detail as writing the program.

And in my limited industry experience, we worked more as hacks than as spec implementers anyway. Typically we wrote what someone asked for, then waited for them to come back and say that wasn't really what they wanted. Iterate until you move to the next job.

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