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Comment Re:Oh, shit. (Score 2) 231

Companies are, in fact, not (usually) stupid. Someone calculated the revenue from selling the information against the loss in sales X the chance it will be discovered. The profit said "do it!" I've worked for companies where it cost more to keep existing customers happy than to advertise for new ones. Guess what we did?

Comment So, just... don't? (Score 4, Insightful) 306

These ride sharing services were set up to allow people to casually earn a little extra money. They do this by bypassing the cruft that's accumulated around traditional taxi services. So immediately, government, workers, and to some extent even the public wants to re-load all the baggage - destroying what ride-sharing was intended to be. It's not the 30's, in a company town - if they don't like the wages, there are other agencies and other industries.

Next, everyone strikes to have an above-average income.

Comment Partially autonomous doesn't work (Score 1) 277

No matter how many times you warn them, teach them, educate them - drivers will ALWAYS assume these system are more capable than they are. Especially given the instinct to blame anyone but themselves. I've always had a hard time visualizing an intermediate step between fully automatic and fully manual driving; and it appears that's coming true.

Comment Luddite (Score 1) 326

I have plenty of computers in the house, but "my" computer is a 2009 iMac running OSX 10.6.8. Notable feature is several multi-terabyte FireWire external hard drives. I have newer ones, but I don't like the later OS revs. My Windows machines are the same; I actually use Windows 7, despite having newer revs.

Comment Re:Chasing the wrong people (Score 4, Informative) 74

If you think Apple are any different then you're basing an opinion on wishful thinking and hope.

And your carrier cares for neither. Doesn't matter who your carrier is, if they don't want to supply an update to you, you won't see one. Apple, Samsung, HTC, whoever. It's all the same. Money talks.

That turns out not to be the case. With my Apple phone, Apple offers updates and I accept (or decline) them. The carrier has nothing to o with it.

Comment Re:This was _outlawed_ in the USA? (Score 1) 545

Land of the free my ass. It's a nation of lunatics ruled by fear.

I grew up in the 50's. I had a happy and healthy childhood. But by today's standards, every relative of mine would have spent their entire lives in prison. I lived in Philadelphia, and by the time I could reliably walk I was running short errands of a block or two for my grandmother. "Go get a head of lettuce from the greengrocer, dear - have him put it on my account." By the time we moved to the suburbs (I was six) I was walking a mile or two to school. At eight I got a bike, and in summer roamed the entire town, out of adult supervision for most of the day. By ten or so I had a rail pass, and visited nearby towns (usually with a friend) to go to book stores or hobby shops. Note that I purchased, and flew, "dangerous" hobby items like model rockets.

Most damning, when I walked home from school - starting in third grade - I was home alone for a couple of hours before my mother got home from work. No one thought anything about it, or anything else mentioned above. I am so, so sorry for people currently experiencing childhood - they'll live their lives in coddled fear. No wonder they expect the government to protect them - they have no idea how to live their lives themselves.

Comment What comes around... (Score 3, Interesting) 223

Well, this made me laugh. The very first color inkjet I ever saw (circa 1987) used refillable reservoirs, and simple squeeze bottles of ink. The printer (Tektronix) was pricey - perhaps $1600 1987 dollars - but cost almost nothing to operate. I think an 8 oz. bottle was six or seven bucks.

BTW, that printer was a wide-carriage, 300 dpi model with a SCSI interface.

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