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Comment Re:How can a taxi company... (Score 1) 105

How can a taxi company with literally no expenses except for keeping a few servers running run a loss in the billions?

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is worth over $6 billion. The loss belongs strictly to the investors. The company's doing fine, otherwise.

This is why Uber is not a public company. It's a money laundering operation.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/28...

http://investorplace.com/ipo-p...

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 438

It doesn't matter what way things are going. These naieve ninnies need to get over their flower children fixation and realize that we may need to fight for our survival. If they are right, then there are ugly choices ahead.

There are only so many lifeboats on the Titanic.

You only exist because someone made selfish choices on your behalf.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 438

Zealots come in all shapes and sizes. I personally never had ANY delusions about EITHER party being anti-war. I think NO ONE in this country gets seriously anti-war until there is a draft on. Then suddenly people start caring about war.

Just consider who today's biggest war mongers are.

Comment Re:End is Nigh (Score 1) 199

I can actually see this happening. Bots will do speech/image recognition on the court feed. The nanosecond the judge blinks for the third time in less than 12.63 seconds the automated system withdraws funding for the current case and files a speculative countersuit electronically, just beating its rivals by a few microseconds thanks to the new fibre optic link to the courthouse server.

Comment Re: There's a better fix for this... (Score 1) 187

That hasn't been true since Office 2003, and from Office 2007 onwards with the .docx format it's been pretty much a non-issue for most people. The company I work at has a mixture of 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 and does not suffer from compatibility problems. We use some macros, revision/change tracking etc.

I use Libre Office at home. Where it tends to fail badly is on macros. A lot of Excel sheets that use macros to calculate stuff for programmers and electronic designers don't work with it. Otherwise it's fine, although the old-school toolbars and menus could do with an update.

Comment Re:Soon: One last update to end all misery (Score 1) 187

Under ideal conditions a 1GB app will take 7 minutes to download at 20Mb. So if you are installing "several", let's say 7, that will take you a little under an hour in the best case. Not what I would call "quickly".

That's assuming everything is perfect and you are the only user, not doing anything else with the connection. Once your household has more than 1 person trying to use the connection, those times at least double. Also, if one of you is saturating the connection, it makes interactive stuff slow for the other.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 2) 438

If you take that attitude then eventually you will drive someone to attack you. Starving people in sub-Saharan Africa can't do much, but when better armed populations start to suffer they will decide it is worth the effort to take your land and resources off you.

So really the calculation has to be if you can be reasonably guaranteed of repelling them at minimal risk to yourself. I noticed that this attitude is popular in the US, and that conincidentally the US also spends more on its military than the next 20 countries combined.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 3, Insightful) 438

Isn't that what we've been doing for most of human history? Family against family, clan against clan, tribe against tribe, village against village and so on for most of human existence?

Some time in pre-history human beings realized that it was better to work together than to fight each other. It's proven to be a popular philosophy.

Comment Re:First they fire employees (Score 1) 169

They need 5 years experience on 6 month old technologies, for graduate wages, living near their offices where property prices are 5x normal. There is a severe shortage of people meeting that criteria.

It's not just the US either. I get regular spam for jobs paying £40k based on Reading or London, where a £40k salary will buy you a shed with one light bulb and a gas hob for your instant noodles.

Comment Re:Haha America (Score 1) 169

I'd bet that 200 seasoned 40-65 year olds could build a much better OS than Microsoft or Apple could

So why don't they?

Build a start-up, make this incredible OS, get rich. My guess is that your definition of "better" doesn't translate to a product that people actually want.

This is just ageism. If it were possible for 200 older developers to produce these amazing products, someone would have realized and tapped that resource by now. Self driving cars would be perfected, instead of having to wait years while the young whipper-snappers learn the lessons you already know and get their shit together.

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