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Comment Terrible Study (Score 1) 233

I'm sure that when trains were just being built, people were the same way the first few times they rode one. Apprehensive and staring out the window all the time at this marvel of technology. But they got over it. How idiotic to think that people wouldn't do exactly the same with a self-driving car, *especially* once they turn the seats around and remove manual controls!

Comment Re:Other People's Playlists (Score 1) 64

Why? I want to listen to "playlists" than an algorithm made, absolutely. Pandora's algorithms suck, unfortunately, but in theory they could be awesome. I've never understood the concept of manual playlist creation, nor why every music player has that ability. I can't imagine spending so much time sitting around picking out random tracks to put on a playlist. I just want to press a button and have music I like playing. That's it.

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 64

Holy shit, I was about to call bullshit on your 15-year claim, but it really has been around for 16 years now! I don't think I heard of it until 5 years ago or so, and I'd like to think I'm generally fairly up on the whole tech world. Clearly not in this case, I am totally amazed.

For me, Google Music is where it's at. Being able to upload my own stuff is pretty huge. Plus being free (for my own stuff) is rather nice.

Comment Terrible Selection (Score 1) 64

Pandora is full of these terrible "compilation" albums instead of the original releases. It's impossible to use it as a serious classical music listener. They don't provide adequate information about composers, performers, orchestras, etc. They treat something on the "Baby Mozart" CD the same as a serious recording. It's ridiculous. A very similar situation for original soundtracks, which I also enjoy. Very unhappy with Pandora overall. It's probably great for people who just want their top-40 hits of whichever decade within the last few decades, but for the rest of us, it's awful.

Comment How did Chevy pull this off? (Score 1) 286

Did they buy another company to do this? There's no way Chevrolet could have achieved this level of competence so quickly. Will be interesting to see the crash reports when they come out. What kind of proprietary software will this thing be running? I know they have Apple garbage in some of their models. Just hope it's not connected to Apple Maps!

Comment Social gone too far. (Score 1) 314

I've never understood why they even have an option to upload profile photos. If you're going to list your property on AirBnB, you shouldn't have the right to deny a request. That should be a legal contract that you are committed to, and if you need to break it, have to pay a cancellation fee of some kind. Really, hosts shouldn't even be able to see the guest's name before it is confirmed. It's just too easy to discriminate for people who want to. At least this is a small move in the right direction.

Comment Re:What's the price of your integrity? (Score 3, Interesting) 338

This is absolutely true, and that is why we need to enact employee protection measures to ensure that employees can refuse to train their replacements without losing any severance package to which they are entitled. At-will employment needs to come to an end. If the company doesn't renew your contract? Fine. But otherwise they're stuck paying you even if they do want to hire replacements. These conditions are unheard of in more civilised parts of the world.

Comment Shock-horror! (Score 1) 338

A politician decried something they know nothing about for political gain? I can't believe it!

Let me tell you, outsourcing these IT services is a hell of a lot better solution than raising tuition on students, which is what most schools have been doing like crazy. Now if we can just get them to stop wasting money on expensive, proprietary software licenses, we'll be in much better shape.

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