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Comment GPS/privacy was the deal breaker for me... (Score 3, Interesting) 179

I was a heavy Uber user for years. I understand why they would like to collect additional GPS related information, but their decision to take away my choice and force me into "no GPS at all" or "GPS even when I'm not using the app" was a clear "f**k you" to its customers.

I contacted their customer service and let them know why I was leaving their platform and switched to Lyft.

The rest of the news about the organization in the months since may not have been enough for me to stop using the service, but it has reinforced my choice (i.e. if they reversed their position on GPS, I don't know if I would switch back right now)

Comment Double edged sword (Score 1) 765

Both employers and employees should be courteous and provide two weeks notice. That may still translate to, "This is your last day, but we will pay you for the next two weeks."

So in my opinion, the answer to this is highly dependent on the employer. If the employer is reasonable to people when letting go of them, then the employees should show the same respect. If the employer does not treat people well on the way out, then the social contract is broken.

Comment Agreed (Score 1) 507

"Smarts" on televisions are like factory stereos in your car -- a poor substitute usually lagging behind the technology curve. Why would you want to rely upon the smarts of a $$$$ device when you can plug a $ or $$ device into it with all the brains that you can continue to replace/upgrade as needed?

Firmware updates for the TV are the best reason -- but that could be addressed by periodic maintenance.

Comment Mixed.... (Score 1) 379

I think it is pretty open/shut that these are his photographs and his property.

That said, the school probably has a leg to stand on when it comes to protecting the privacy of it's students at school activities.

It would be a reasonable general rule (that should be enforced as such and not just applied to one person) that you cannot publish photos of students on the Internet taken at school events. They can presumably enforce this for students but they would presumably need to also enforce a "no photos" policy at games/etc with the parents (i.e. in order to attend the game, you must sign this waiver).

If student privacy is the real issue, then they need to follow this through all the way. Half measures seem less likely to be enforceable or even useful...

Comment Re:State sponsored hack= state terrorism/act of wa (Score 3, Insightful) 221

Just because some vague articles and politicos point the finger at North Korea doesn't mean that it's true. I'm not making any assertions about the truth at this point, but we should be careful before jumping to (potentially violent) conclusions based on hearsay.

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/e...

"But in their initial public statement, whoever hacked Sony made no mention of North Korea or the film. And in an email sent to Sony by the hackers, found in documents they leaked, there is also no mention of North Korea or the film. The email was sent to Sony executives on Nov. 21, a few days before the hack went public. Addressed to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, Chairwoman Amy Pascal and other executives, it appears to be an attempt at extortion, not an expression of political outrage or a threat of war."

Comment Re:Copyright violation? (Score 3, Insightful) 230

I think it is.

It is one thing to install software on your own computer that serves modified content. When you start serving the modified content to other people, I believe that creates the difference.

If comcast can inject ads, then there would be no problem with ISPs offering "Advertising Filtering" proxy servers for their customers and serving them sanitized content.

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