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Comment So, Luddites then? (Score 2) 113

...a southern California non-profit that has long raised concerns about the safety of autonomous vehicles

Have they long raised the concerns about human drivers who have a 100-year track record of abysmal failure? Accidents will happen with autonomous vehicles, but it's not going to be anywhere near the rate it happens with a human behind the wheel.

"No sir! I don't like it one bit! I don't want any new-fangled automo-contraptions making all kinds of noise on the streets. What's wrong with a carriage and good horse?"

Comment RadioLab (Score 3, Insightful) 268

For sure RadioLab. I listen to The Daily Tech News Show for some extended commentary on the day's tech news. I'm a board gamer and listen to The Dice Tower and The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast. If you're interested in hearing about the business of board games, Board Games Insider is a great resource.

Honorable mention to This American Life. If you haven't listened to the "Squirrel Cop" episode, here ya go, and you're welcome!

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 468

A population density argument makes sense for things like public transportation, but not for electric vehicles. It's a phrase that gets trotted out all the time for as an argument against various public-good endeavors, but I often find that if you replace it with the phrase "political will", it makes just as much if not more sense.

Comment Re:Netflix sort of has the right model... almost (Score 1) 209

First one to get it right gets my money.

Given you don't particularly like the Netflix content, it sounds like you are saying the first one to provide content that you prefer gets your money. That's probably true for everyone. Personally, I love the Netflix streaming selection. Their original programming is exactly what I'm looking for. I agree the movies are sub-par, so I use the DVD service for that, but I'll rejoice when the movie production companies lift the lock on that and I can get tier one new releases via streaming.

But I think it's disingenuous to say that Netflix does not get it right. It's a bit like saying that you don't like rap music because it doesn't sound like Mozart, and you'll buy the albums of the first rap artist whose music does. That rap has yet to "get it right". You just need to find (or wait for) a streaming service that provides content that meets your particular tastes.

Comment Extrapolating Market Share (Score 1) 84

Global market share percentages for Android and iOS was 86.2 vs 12.9 in 2Q2016 respectively. If you make the logic leap that the mobile OS use of the 4.3M DVD subscribers mirrors those percentages, then in reality, Netflix only provided mobile DVD queue management for 554,700 of those customers and left another 3.7M out in the cold.

It's tempting to say that Netflix has indeed forgotten about DVD subscribers given those numbers, but the reality is they probably just didn't want to turn on the firehose just yet, and decided a slower roll out would be better to help identify the problems that can happen at scale.

I can't wait for it to come to Android. I use streaming for shows, and Blu-Ray for movies. That probably won't change until the studios can figure out how to make viable geo-lock model for streaming, or better still, get out of that stupid methodology completely. It probably has something to do with a real esoteric financial construct that requires gross sales over time instead of all up front, like a sliding tax scale based on date of income compared to date of expense.

Comment Re:Do like them thar foreigners (Score 1) 295

Unfortunately, most of your solutions are regional and/or situational.

Here in the UK, if a parcel is on your doorstep and gets stolen, it's still the retailers responsibility.
Here in the United States, it is not.

many large employers will let you receive parcels at your place of work
Some do, and some do not.

Your neighbours can do the same thing for you
So, you actually know your neighbors and... talk to them? I've actually never seen my neighbors. I assume someone lives there though.

Larger apartment blocks have a conceirge.
Yeah, here in the States, larger apartment complexes generally have what's called a clubhouse and will receive packages on your behalf if instructed. But not everyone who lives in an apartment lives in such a complex.

Most places I've ever worked at least have let me work at home for a day to receive deliveries.
That's certainly true where I work, but my guess is, and this is really generalizing/stereotyping, that people who live in areas where package theft is a big problem also do not work for companies that allow for that.

Amazon lockers
I live in a large(ish) U.S. city with a population just under 1 million in the city-proper. There is exactly one Amazon locker location, and it is 20 km (I'm a giver) from downtown.

Comment Re:I just want some fucking choices (Score 4, Interesting) 98

I think the problem is that the spying IS the business model. No one is manufacturing phones, creating mobile operating systems, or providing cellular service simply to sell those things at some dollar amount above cost for profit. They do that too to be sure, but the end game is to track, aggregate, and catalog every thing about you that they can and sell THAT information to advertisers...and maybe the government(?).

So we get to be the consumer and the product, which works out pretty well for everyone on the other side of the equation; just not us.

Comment Re:Watergate (Score 1) 667

Yeah, I don't know about that. Woodward and Bernstein used tactics that were certainly questionable, and they did break a few minor laws in obtaining some information, but it was insider information from Deep Throat that really go the ball rolling. Once they knew about Watergate, it was really just a matter of investigative journalism. And Watergate was actually a pretty serious crime; campaign finances used to pay burglars to break into your political opponent's offices. And in the end, was Nixon really brought to justice? He resigned before he could be impeached, and Ford pardoned him. Such are the penalties for breaking laws while in political office...regardless of political party.

Contrast that to breaking federal laws to find nothing particularly damning beyond that Clinton operated a private email server, which is pretty misguided on her part I'll give you that. It's also breaking the law, but after the FBI investigation didn't find her being maliciously deceptive, that's where the light hand of justice falls faintly on a politician's shoulder like a snowflake. Seriously though, if that's the worst thing she's ever done, it's not that bad, and it's probably not the worst thing she's ever done. It's certainly nothing that justifies breaking a federal law over. I checked Politifact and Fox News, and didn't see anything terribly hair-raising.

Trump is no saint either. He grabs women's crotches without their permission. That's also a crime. Don't believe me? When you're out and about next time, grab a few crotches and see what happens (seriously, don't do that). But half of the country looked past because they felt a sense of greater good in voting for him. Is Trump grabbing crotches the worst thing he's ever done? I seriously doubt it.

You really don't get to the levels of wealth and power that these people have being squeaky-clean. You've got to be willing to get your hands bloody, not dirty. And having that level of wealth and power will turn people into monsters; being able to make every sick and depraved notion that pops into their head a reality with a quick whisper to a trusted intermediary. It's always the ones preaching family values that are the worst offenders.

If you want a boy scout, you'll have to visit your local troop. Just don't be surprised to see a politician casing the joint from the parking lot...he's looking for a date.

Comment Re:I'd like to thank the leader of said nation-sta (Score 5, Insightful) 667

Just so I'm clear about your statement, you are saying it was incumbent upon the "lying media" to hack into the computer systems of one or all candidates (fair and balanced), breaking untold number of laws set forth by the computer fraud and abuse act, and disseminate the findings of which to the viewing public?

That's an interesting point of view.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 3, Interesting) 182

100% spot-on.

It's all about marketing more crap to consumers, dependent entirely upon the ubiquity of IoT devices. I absolutely do not want my grocer or it's suppliers to know what's in my fridge. I don't want a digital profile built about how often I participate in a sport so an insurance company can buy that list and find ways to charge me more, or for a black-hat to crack that list and find out when I'm not home.

There's going to be a tremendous push for this type of thing in the coming years because traditional advertising models are not generating the numbers they once were. Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are universally down. Terrestrial radio consumption is down. People are cutting the cable tv cord more and more. Ad blockers are thwarting efforts in web advertising. It's not just tomorrow's consumers that advertisers are scrambling to find ways to reach; they want something now.

Comment Re: That's excellent! (Score 4, Interesting) 535

...Inkscape is very good for vector graphics, much better than illustrator.

Better, unless you are planning to take your work to a printing company. Inkscape does not appear support knockouts or overprints which means you would have to rely on auto-trapping software if the printer even has that. Inkscape was clearly not built for color separations. Better if don't need a gradient mesh.

Because it's been years, I looked at the Inkscape web site. They still promote bezier curves as a bullet point. That's like an auto manufacturer touting a steering wheel. Simpler than Adobe Illustrator? Almost certainly. Better than Illustrator? Yeah...no.

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