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Comment Re:More BS (Score 1) 55

No, my point is if the Uber Cab Company wanted to get people to their front door all they had to do in the first place was use GPS. Not the generic coordinates but the actual GPS coordinates. They have to be correct.

But instead of stating the obvious this self-important dreg tried to make himself sound like he knew what he was talking about when he explicitly states he was "talking to the CEO of a ride sharing company*" which is code for, "This is nothing but a surreptitious ad for a cab company".

* Sharing a ride does not involve calling a company to have someone come pick you up to go to a destination of your choice and you paying that person for the ride.

Comment Re:More BS (Score 1) 55

No, the article is about human drivers of a cab company who can't get him to his front door. He then launches into a worthless rant about how self-driving cars need better maps.

If a human driver, using the same map and their set of eyes, can't get the guy to his front door, what makes him think a car programmed by humans will be any better, especially by humans who have never seen the place you're going to?

Comment More BS (Score 0) 55

Just because the Uber Cab Company can't get you to your front door doesn't mean maps are bad. It means the cab company has incompetent drivers.

Maybe if the Uber Cab Company paid their drivers better people would get better cab service.

Technology is not the solution to human incompetence. Better humans are.

Comment Re:modus operandi doesnt seem to make any sense. (Score -1, Troll) 61

The Russian troll speaks! Testify comrade! Preach the good word of Putin.

You know what a regime is? Look in the mirror. Your dear leader Putin has set things up so he will dictator for life. That is the very definition of a regime.

There are no free and open elections in Russia. Only those Putin says are allowed to run are put on ballots which, oddly, is the exact same thing the terrorists in the East of Ukraine are saying about their "free and open" elections. Only those who agree with their dictatorial demands of subservience will be allowed to be on the ballots. How is that in any way a free and open election if the people who can run are hand-picked by the terrorists themselves?

Get a life. Go back to the vodka allotment Putin has given you because that's all you have until he takes that away, just as he takes people's businesses away and gives them to his oligarch friends.

There's a reason no one takes Russia seriously and your comments prove the point.

Comment Re:modus operandi doesnt seem to make any sense. (Score 0, Flamebait) 61

Nimbus is one of those Russian trolls who will state to their dying breath not a single Russian soldier has died invading Ukraine despite the 2,000+ freshly dug graves. Apparently all these newly dead Russian soldiers died while on vacation in Ukraine and after the first few died the remainder were too stupid to get out.

They will also state the reason Putin has decreed the mothers of these dead Russian soldiers are not allowed to talk about their son's deaths is because it truly is a state secret. Which raises the question: what state secret? If these soldiers didn't die invading Ukraine why can't the mothers talk about their son's deaths? Why is so secret about a soldier dying while on vacation? The U.S. has no problem admitting when its soldiers die on vacation, so why the secrecy in Russia? What doesn't Putin want those mothers to talk about?

Not only that, but on the subject of hacking journalists, why are those journalists who try to count or investigate the number of dead soldiers threatened or attacked while trying to do their job? Why doesn't Putin want the number of freshly dead soldiers to be revealed? After all, they were only on vacation when they died. What's the big deal about reporting a soldier's death?

Comment Solution: Buy legislators. All of them. (Score 5, Interesting) 181

Captain Obvious Competition.

Yep.

These companies already have your money, so updating a device that's already been sold is a needless expense. There's also a good argument to be made that updating a device hurts future sales. If your phone isn't updated, it will start to feel old, so you're more likely to buy a new phone sooner.

Yes. I have a high-end preamp-processor, updatable over the net. Plenty of bugs. Did they ever fix them, much less add new features? No. Did they release a new model? Yes. I have a high-end camera. Updatable over the net. Plenty of bugs. Did they ever fix them, much less add new features? No. Did they release a new model? Yes. I have a high-end radio transceiver. Updatable over the net. Plenty of bugs. Did they ever fix them, much less add new features? No. Did they release a new model? Yes. And so on.

The whole "we can update your device" bit is a scam (and often, so is the "we can update your software" bit.) The only way a corporation is likely to actually update hardware responsibly is if legislation forces them to. And good luck trying to get THAT in place when corporations outright buy the decisions of the legislatures.

Submission + - Free Speech Under Attack as Facebook Plays Judge, Jury, Executioner (techomag.com)

NathanBachman writes: Freedom of speech is under attack, and the perpetrator is none other the king of social media, Facebook. In recent times, the company, now a popular face of online censorship, has been shamelessly blocking accounts, removing pages, and deleting posts that either failed to strike a chord with the moderation team, or were brutally honest to the extent of becoming intolerable for the people in position of power. Will Facebook get away with playing god and silencing millions of pro-Kashmir, pro-Kurdishs, and pro-freedom of speech voices around the globe?

Comment Re:Nope, no wealth inequality here (Score 1, Insightful) 169

Why? Because you say so? Because you haven't been smart/lucky/whatever enough to get such a fortune?

Regardless of how you feel about the guy he earned his money. He didn't have daddy give him a few million to get started (like Trump did), nor have daddy bail him out to protect him from his own incompetence (like both Bush and Trump had done).

Gates is the one who came up with the idea, ran with it, invested his money (initially) and created Microsoft. He then used his money to take on more risk for which he has been handsomely rewarded.

He is literally the spitting image of the American dream: a self-made man (or woman). It doesn't get much better than that.

That he's not going to pass it on to his children but will give his fortune away when he dies says much about the man.

Comment Re:All I care about is: (Score 0) 169

Meanwhile Hillary broke the law...

No, she didn't. She was careless. Being careless is not illegal.

Compare that to Dick Cheney who deliberately outed an undercover CIA agent for political vindictiveness. The man remains free to lord over Halliburton who received a multi-billion dollar no-bid contract to help with the invasion of Iraq. If that doesn't scream cronyism and illegality, nothing does.

Submission + - 2016 Hugo Award Winners Announced

Dave Knott writes: The recipients of the 2016 Hugo awards have been announced. Presented annually since 1955, the Hugos are (along with the Nebulas) one of science fiction's two most prestigious awards. They are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), the most recent of which, MidAmeriCon II was held this past weekend in Kansas City. Notable winners include:

Best Novel: The Fifth Season , by N.K. Jemisin
Best Novella: Binti , by Nnedi Okorafor
Best Novelette: "Folding Beijing", by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu
Best Short Story: "Cat Pictures Please", by Naomi Kritzer
Best Graphic Story: The Sandman: Overture , written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Martian , screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott
Best Dramatic Presentation, ShortForm: Jessica Jones: "AKA Smile", written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer

As in the previous two years, the 2016 Hugos were subject to considerable controversy, as highly-politicized factions within science fiction fandom attempted to influence the awards via a concerted campaign that influenced the nomination process. Those actions once again proved unsuccessful, as the nominees put forth by these activists failed to win in any of the major awards categories.

Comment Subsidies (Score 5, Insightful) 442

LMOL yes moron Uber competes with taxi service.

Sure. Any transport method that is used instead of another is competition. Walking, bicycles, private cars, motorcycles, skateboards, Segways, busses, subways, jitneys, hansoms, taxis, limos, Uber... all competitors that reduce opportunity for the others.

Anyway, the story is that Uber's earnings will be garnished to subsidize taxis. I wonder, would people approve if their bicycles and cars and so on were taxed specifically to subsidize taxis and/or other transportation methods?

It's fascinating to see the "this business has a right to exist, workable business model or not" attitude arise in a new space, and to watch the politicians be bought and sold accordingly.

Comment Re:When it stops moving, subsidize it... (Score 0, Flamebait) 442

If we all had smart-phones 100 years ago, today's taxi regulations (and the various boards enforcing them) would not have been created. Which means, it is time for them to be abolished.

I am so with you. No more smart-phones! BURN THEM! BURN THEM ALL!

Soon, teenagers might begin speaking to one another again; dress in ways that attract the eye; undertake outdoor activities other than "find that Pokemon"; and play games that develop co-ordination of more than their hands, develop whole-body muscle-tone, maybe even ask each other for dates with, you know, actual speech and eye contact. Maybe even kiss!

Nah, never happen. Bring on the VR hoods and nerve stimulators. Soon, "my teenager's in the cloud" will be a common parent's lament, and the most common teenage problem will be bedsores. :)

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