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Comment Re:What's the difference? (Score 1) 259

People are responding to you aggressively, I'll try another approach: in some urban regions down here, a marked police car (or even an unmarked suspicious car) is fired upon entrance. But a Google car mapping the region is at *less* risk of being shot, because mapping is considered a *good* thing by the poor communities (enables mail to get to the addresses, etc). However, if cops start using Google-marked cars for their surveillance, when organized crime lords have notice, they will fire upon all Google-marked cars. AND, as a collateral, the poorer regions will be forever worsely mapped. Got it?

Comment Re:PL/pgSQL (Score 1) 244

How many "Thick server/ thin client" <--> "Thin server/ thick client" cycles in the last 30 years of computing? Four, five, maybe six? It would be interesting to determine the frequency, so we can always be prepared for the next wave... Anyway you can absolutely trust that in less then seven years you will be on the "thick server again", so you can polish your PL/pgSQL+PL/R when you see it coming.

Remembering: thick servers are much more efficient in terms of energy, heat and per-dollar-computing, but thick clients are much more interactive. Thick servers tend to centralize the data, which leads to sloppy crypto and security, which leads to "I want to keep all my data on my cabinet/table/person/skin? at all times", which leads to "where is the last backup", which leads to "oh, I'll just trust the cloud with this, because surely Google and Amazon replicate the data and keep timely backups" etc etc etc.

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 5, Insightful) 85

True enough. In Admin 101 we learn that when you promote everyone that is good at his job, you end up with everyone at the position they suck the most... then you tank the entire firm because of that. RAISE. If someone is good at their job, the right way of reward them is to raise their salary (you can even compute how much they contribute more to the earnings of the firm, and raise them accordingly), not to "promote" them. That is triply-true in tech companies, because middle management sucks, but BEING middle management sucks more (which probably is a reason why middle management sucks so much).

Comment Re:Drivers, not gov't are choosing to deny rides. (Score 1) 166

Well, down here (Brasil) you are actually half-wrong.

Their business model is derived solely from insufficiently insured cars

The insurance Uber cars have here is approximately the double of those the cabs have.

and misclassified workers

Yeah, the jury is still out on the whole "sharing economy" thing. I agree there is the potential to a whole lot of abuse; but I think work over-regulation is not without its maladies, too.

To services like Uber, a minimal inspection package is still too much. They prefer a special deal that makes them the taxi company.

I couldn't parse this, care to elaborate, please?

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