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Comment Preventing Ludited (Score 2, Insightful) 164

I know that the hotel industry feels threatened. They whip the local community into an uproar that AirBnB is going to lower their property values. Which is not the case. Instead these innovative companies bring money in by having people spend money in towns that they would not normally visit. Places that are on the outskirts of say a Disney or Dollywood would just be drive through cities. Now they become micro-attractions because more people are staying in there.

My wife and I stayed in an AirBnB over the summer. We loved it. It was quiet neighborhood with no annoying ice machine get used repeatedly at 2am in the morning. The person who shared his home with us provided us a small DVD collection and library for entertainment. We could have went to the big attractions but decided to stay in town. There was a mall and bowling alley, and a few small parks for us to walk around.

But my comments isn't just limited to AirBnB. Its things like Lyft and Uber, even the Netflix and Hulu of the television world. Cab and broadcast TV companies don't want to evolve because it means changing their comfortable corporate structure. They've become so rigid and undisciplined that they can't change. Or rather they're disciplined, but only their own bureaucracy so they canâ(TM)t react to changing market. I applaud the idea of putting limits local regulations in the instance of limiting new innovations.

Submission + - FBI arrests alleged attacker who tweeted seizure-inducing strobe at Kurt Eichenw

randomErr writes: Three months after someone tweeted a seizure-inducing strobe to Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald an arrest has been made. The Dallas FBI confirmed the arrest and noted that a press release with more details is coming. Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, tweeted details of the arrest and said that more than 40 other people also sent him strobes after he publicized the first attack This wasn’t the first time Eichenwald was targeted with a strobe. He claims to have been attacked two other times last year.

Comment What are locals saying? (Score 5, Interesting) 161

I read through the comments local people are saying:
  • * Lay-off / Buy Out older workers to hire lower pay college graduates
  • * Hiring H1B Workers
  • * Redundant technology with smaller similar companies merging into larger companies - Social Networks, photo, video. and texting applications and websites
  • * Off-shoring jobs

Comment Is it really that big of deal? (Score 1) 46

It just sounds like it lets you make a 'Web App Manifest'. So you package a directory on an SSL enabled web server as an application. Everything else seems like web good design.

By definition with this being a 'Progressive' web app you have to have workarounds incase the targeted platform doesn't support X feature. So.. are things like Service Workers, that might not work, really a big deal?

Comment Third-party fact checkers scares the... (Score 5, Informative) 194

Third-party fact checkers scares the hell out of me. Snopes, FactCheck.org, Politifact, ABC News, and AP can be argued not to be impartial and to have a political agenda. If that can be proven out then only one voice will truly be heard on Facebook.
  • Snopes ran by Kim Lacapria who self describes herself as 'openly left-leaning and a liberal.'
  • FactCheck.org and Politifact - Trump quoted an article about the number of deaths via the poorly ran Vetrans Adminstration. Trump was reported as giving false facts. When the original CNN article came out the article was reported as completely true.

I can point out similar instances with the other sources. I'm not totally against using these sources but I want a balance from the other sources on the other side of the political aisle.

Comment DVDs are still more popular then BluRay (Score 1) 157

Most of the posters here look at this article from a first world perspective. Think about other countries where CRT TV's are commonly still in use. Why get a BluRay player?

Back in the first world: Which would you have your darling little child destroy: a $30 DVD player with a $10 DVD or a $90+ BluRay player and ROKU device with a $35 disc? Plus with upscaling technologies DVD's don't look bad on modern TV's, Assuming you're looking for entertainment and not hi res.

Sony has been going the 'internationalization' route which means make the movies are inoffensive to no one and uninteresting to everyone. Can you say Alvin and The Smurfs? Finally Sony has been putting out a lot of just stinkers lately:

The 5th Wave (16% RT)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (43% RT)
The Brothers Grimsby (37% RT)
Money Monster (57% RT)
The Angry Birds (43% RT)
Ghostbusters (73% RT but lost money in the box office)
Inferno (19%)

Comment What I want in Twitter (Score 1) 47

After the Trump's Twitter-fest dies down in a few weeks Twitter will start losing numbers again. I think Twitter's new feature is too little too late. The features I would like to see is: * RSS Feeds - Bring them back * Longer messages * Render multiple links in an article * Give an option in my timeline for 'people I've liked recently' or the 'whole stream' * Filters on my timeline by subject or word, including exclusions * Let me tag people I'm subscribed to like 'news', 'tech' 'health', 'family', ect.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Foundation and Google Working Together for AI development

randomErr writes: Google has announced its partnership with Raspberry Pi to develop a range of smart tools that will made available in 2017. The company plans to bring its artificial intelligence, machine learning and all its other developer tools to the small computer. In a blog post, Raspberry Pi said: “The tech titan has exciting plans for the maker community Google’s range of AI and machine learning technology could enable makers to build even more powerful projects.” With the help of Raspberry Pi makers, suggestions of ideas will be given to Google for development direction through the creation of a survey.

Submission + - Google starts live testing of Android Instant Apps (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: A key obstacle that mobile users encounter is clicking a link only to be greeted by the offer to install an app. The relatively slow process of visiting Google Play to download and install an app means that many people simply don't bother — and this is something that Instant Apps should help with.

The Instant Apps feature was announced last year at Google I/O, and there was much excitement at the prospect of 'streaming' apps on demand. Now Google has started live tests of Instant Apps for Android so you can try out the feature with the likes of BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope and Viki.

Instant Apps works by breaking down apps into small chunks so they can be downloaded and run on-the-fly — only those components that are needed have to be downloaded, meaning that with a reasonable connection speed the process should be all but seamless

Submission + - Tech firm Creates Trump Monitor for Stock Markets

randomErr writes: London-based fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on Donald Trump social media comments. Watching the U.S. President-elect's personal Twitter feed has become a regular pastime for the fund managers and traders. Trump knocked several billion off the value of pharmaceutical stocks a week ago by saying they were "getting away with murder" with their prices. Comments earlier this week on China moved the dollar and a pair of December tweets sent the share prices of Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) and Boeing (BA.N) spiraling lower.

Submission + - NASA Mission Asteroid for Metals Worth Ten Thousand Quadrillion Dollars

randomErr writes: NASA wants to uncover the mystery behind the asteroid “16 Psyche.” that may contain a priceless treasure trove of minerals. “We’ve been to all the different planets, we’ve been to other asteroids. But we’ve never visited a body that has been made of entirely metal,” said Carol Polanskey, project scientist for the Psyche mission. Now NASA, led by researchers at Arizona State University, plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit 16 Psyche – an asteroid roughly the size of Massachusetts, made of iron and other precious metals. The mission’s leader estimates that the iron alone on today’s market would be worth $10,000 quadrillion.

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