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Comment Well that's terrifying (Score 5, Informative) 406

For two reasons:
1) no valid crime (in my opinion) was committed
2) it's a two year sentence, besides pissing off a bunch of people, what purpose does this serve?
You can't change a person's ideologies by imprisoning them, not without brainwashing them. This seems like the wrong way to address these problems. Imprisoning and fining people for their thoughts and beliefs is likely to cause more people to think this way, rather than deter it.

Comment Re:Wearables is a fad that's petering out. (Score 1) 38

It's not unlikely that your IOT toaster will just use the RFID chip to toast your toast to "3" darkness setting. It's possible you'll use the RFID in the smartwatch, but in that case, you can just buy an RFID sticker and stick it to the back of the watch, or integrate it in to the face of the watch. Some people have injectable RFID capsules in their arms if you don't like wearing something on your wrist.

Comment Re:If you don't like what they pay, don't drive (Score 1) 304

It's not a sustainable profession though; taxi drivers traditionally were career jobs for many in past decades. My friend's wife's dad is a taxi driver (in south america) and owns his own house, has raised a family of three and lives comfortably and is near retirement.
Now we're on the cusp of replacing taxi drivers with robots. While there are some that lean on Uber as a full time job, it's never been sold as a full time job, and second, it's been in the news for years now that the plan is to replace all human drivers with robots. It's unreasonable to expect to make a lifetime living from a company like uber, when the company is broadly advertising that they expect to replace their contractor workforce with robots.
TIme and time again they try and compare themselves to industries like healthcare, education and airport workers - industries that can't be fully automated. But their industry is being actively automated. There's zero reason to give benefits to these contractors in the long term, which seems to me why they're disinterested in providing benefits and pay increases to a market that has a seemingly limitless number of college students willing to work for any price.

Comment Interesting they release these reports on rainy da (Score 2, Interesting) 393

It's interesting that these reports are always released on rainy days (Which are pretty rare in SF actually)
Yes if you go up to Mt. Lassen it really probably is 1 in 3 trees. Certainly 1 in 10. If anything though, this is natural selection in progress; the only way to produce drought-resistant species is to have a serious drought, a big fire to clear out all the dead species, and then re-seed them with the drought resistant ones. If anything this is a good, big step forward for California over the long term in destroying the less viable/invasive species.

Comment Re:5 hours? (Score 1) 70

In most cases that I've seen, the person forgets to charge it overnight, and then needs the phone to navigate to a new address when traveling, and check in on emails periodically. Typically if you can get the phone to 50% you can nurse it the rest of the day, or at least until you can plug it in periodically throughout the day to get you back up above ~30%

Comment Re:Apple bought Slashdot? (Score 1) 259

It's the first useful hardware update Apple has released in about three years* for people who actually use their computers for things beyond facebook and youtube, let them have this, man.
*Macbook is barely more powerful than an iPad, iPad hasn't had a meaningful update in a couple of years, iPhone has been incremental at best... I can't remember the last time (or if they even sell) they updated their desktop, or what it looks like. The iWatch or whatever it's called got some update but it's not really a productivity tool like a computer or tablet.

Comment Re:Totally the right call (Score 1) 90

Now that USB cables have more or less hit a saturation point in my household (can't lose them because every charger already has multiple free cables running out of it) I just buy quality cables on amazon. Usually under $12 a pop for a 3 or 6 pack from a reputable name, 5 star rating and thousands of reviews. It's possible that they could switch to making crappy cables at any time, but that would sink their brand, their ratings and their sales, so there's good incentive not to do that.
Would I buy a 5amp-rated USB cable from a street vendor in china town? Probably not, unless my kids went to school with his and knew the quality. It's still possible to get poor quality cables, but generally it's easy to get moderately cheap, high quality cables these days.

Comment Re:It's not surprising... (Score 2) 176

At my last job we had a farm of ~3 terminal servers whose purpose was to run those "can't live without it" apps. If you needed to use one of your snowflake apps, you would RDP in to "the farm" and use your app there. RDP works on pretty much anything including Android. We'd also RDP in to the servers as needed (one of our vendors distributed their product updates only through MSIs)

Comment Re:Better cost a LOT less (Score 1) 174

Premium gas that goes in to my girlfriend's german car costs $3.50 a gallon in San Francisco right now. Slightly more actually. Just filled up Saturday for about $46 in a ~12 gallon tank. About $3.80/gal.
We pay about 20c per kw/h here residential. If you can get the price of electricity to under $3.00 per electric-equivalent gallon that's very compelling for city dwellers.

Comment Is app store search intentionally bad? (Score 1) 25

App store search is so bad, you can't even type in the exact name and get the resulting app in the first page of results.
My only guess is that they do this to allow tiny independent app writers to have at least marginal success, the idea being that even if you have 250 high quality apps that meet all user needs, the media is still going to smash Google over the head saying "Google App Store has only 250 apps!" even though they're obviously of much higher quality.
With intentionally bad search, this gives small app writers a shot at the revenue pie, even if their app is crap, because they're psuedo-randomly floated to the top of most searches.
That's all I can figure, at least. How google can be so good at indexing something they don't control, the internet, and so bad at indexing something they have total, iron grip control over, their apps, app ecosystem and app store.... they must be intentionally making search bad. I can't figure it out otherwise. App search is universally bad since they released the Play store, and Apple's app store search isn't much better, either.

Comment Re:Fuck You, that's why. (Score 1) 675

I think the idea is that, if you need desktop functionality, you'll just plug in a USB-C enabled display in to the side of your laptop, which will provide both power to the laptop and also feature as a hub.
The Pixel came with two USB-C ports and really that was enough, back when displays weren't also USB hubs and power supplies. Now displays do a lot of things, and looking back, it will be odd to have so many ports on a laptop. Most people just use their phones as cameras these days; I know my halo phone takes better pictures today than my prosumer $350 digital camera ever took back in 2006. And it transfers photos via USB while charging. It's not suprising then that professionals would have a specific adapter for their memory cards for their professional cameras.
I don't think I'm an apple apologist (Thinkpad owner) but I do think that single-cable USB will become commonplace in the next 1-2 years as all your ports move in to a USB hub/power supply that lives on your desk (probably in the shape of your monitor).

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