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Comment Re:2.8 Billion (Score 2) 133

"There's only 2 way Uber can turn a profit:"

Oh, ye of little imagination ...

3) Uber has a captive audience in every car. Ask yourself what Google and Facebook and TV networks do with their captive audience.
4) Uber has vast knowledge about where people go, and inferences about what people do as well as their financial and social status. Ask yourself what Google and Facebook do with similar information.
5) Uber's various conflicts with worldwide governments become an asset as they learn how to manipulate and coerce regulators. They will create favorable conditions for their present and future ambitions.

There are many ways for Uber to profit.

Comment Re:Nah (Score 2) 104

"The fact that they say it might make it to the market in ten years means it's barely more than a tenuous idea right now ..."

Yeah, and those dang 'horseless carriages' are another waste of time. What a stupid idea! Noisy stinky unreliable contraption that can't go faster than a mule.

Comment homemade 6800 (Score 1) 856

On a breadboard: 6800 CPU, 512 bytes memory, no storage. Hex keypad and eight 7segment LEDs. Assembly language in ROM. Great for creating clock, timers, thermometer, etc.

Three months later I got an Apple ][ and forgot all about the 6800. Wow, the Apple had a better keyboard, 16K RAM, big TV display, Assembly and Integer BASIC, and plenty of storage on affordable audio cassettes!

Most important was the big Red Apple Manual with detailed specifications of the computer circuits, the ROM code, memory map and even some sample programs (and many errors that made things interesting).

No, no, that's not right; most important was the user group that I helped create shortly afterwards. Two hundred people in my town, thousands more around the world ... together we helped create the social structure that led to Slashdot. Computers come and go, people are more interesting.

Comment Just the facts, Ma'am. (Score 0) 312

Um, would it be terribly wrong to wait for the facts to arrive before jumping to conclusions? I can't help but observe that many commenters have some preconceived notions in this matter.

My mind is open to the actual facts, and while they are few and fleeting, it is clear that this is all part of a Trump conspiracy, aided by Russian spies and probably more than a few Turks.

Comment aaand ... back to Amazon ... (Score 1) 95

This was about Amazon, wasn't it?

Following the links, it seems they pay ~12/hour in California for laborers. No work-at-home listings were found. You might gross $1K/month. It could be a step up for an Uber driver. But there is a cost that all job hunters pay: you give up privacy big time. They can do anything they want with your data, including altering it, now and forever; here in the words of Amazon:

"1. are acknowledging that you have read the job description for the position you are applying for and that you understand the basic requirements needed to perform the job;
2. consent to the processing, analyzing and assessment of your personal data by Amazon, salesforce.com or any other third party for the purposes of your application and for any other legitimate purposes of Amazon. For the avoidance of doubt, the âoeprocessingâ of your personal data will include but not restricted to collecting, receiving, recording, organizing, collating, storing, updating, altering, using, disseminating, distributing, merging, linking, blocking, degrading, erasing or destroying of your personal data; and
3. consent to Amazon retaining your personal data after the application process, in order to assist it with the effective monitoring of its job application processes and to your personal data being stored in an electronic database in the USA."

Comment public domain benefit (Score 1) 106

Regardless of conflicting theories, Dark Energy will live on. This is for two reasons: 1- Dark Energy is rather essential to some science fiction fantasy; and 2- Dark Energy is not copyrighted by Disney or any other litigious entity. Try using 'the Force', 'the Spice Melange', 'Sonic Screwdriver' or 'the One Ring' to explain your scifi miracles and legal problems arise.

And, hey, It's Dark, and it's Energy; what's not to like?

Comment about the IP perspective ... (Score 2) 260

A great deal of technology went into the success of the re-useable rocket. I'm curious to know how much of that is shared. In bioscience, for instance, there is much sharing of information, presumably for the public good. Does Musk share his discoveries with other space programs?

We at Slashdot all have an interest in patents and copyright. We are of many opinions but seem generally antagonistic toward locking up Intellectual Property. Should space exploration developments be shared? How would that effect or offset the expensive research necessary to pull off this re-useable rocket success?

Comment technology isn't necessary ... (Score 1) 95

I can do the same thing with hypnosis. I can convince you that piss tastes like merlot or chardonnay. I can encourage your mind to think almost anything about anything. In a group situation (such as a theater or arena) I can help thousands to believe they are drinking lemonade instead of water. Your mind is doing the work, I am simply a guide. Your mind has great potential that scientists and psychologists have yet to explore. It is frustrating that science refuses to examine hypnosis because it defies any common theory. Suggestion (a form of hypnosis) may explain this particular situation. Meanwhile, I suggest you relax and enjoy Slashdot and get a good night's sleep afterward.

Comment drink it through a straw (Score 1) 162

The meat is, presumably, muscle tissue. Tissue that lays in a petri dish or bobbles along a conveyor belt in a big factory. Unless this muscle is used, made to do work against a substantial resistance, it seems likely that it will never form the fibers, the texture that we associate with animal meat. I imagine a texture like liver or perhaps a viscous fluid or an oatmeal consistency.

OTOH, I also imagine that it might have a very exotic flavor. Human teeth will be replaced by a round sucking mouth (like on a carp or tube worm) as evolution favors eaters of manufactured foods.

Comment it takes a village ... (Score 2) 112

According to the headline: "West African Village Weighs Using Genetically Modified Mosquitoes..."

According to Wikipedia: "In 2014 its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million." That's a mighty big village! Actually Burkina Faso is a country. Very few villages could afford such a program and it would be pointless when it was surrounded by other villages who prefer regular mosquitos. Don't know why the headlines here so often mislead the readers and continue to add caps to every word- just like in good old 1856 when headlines sold papers.

Comment Re:A cure for which there is no disease (Score 1) 249

" There is no discernible reason ... "

It seems you haven't looked very hard. Where I live, we get a billing statement with a graph showing our usage for each day of the month, and highlighting the peak usage period(s). The recent month is compared to the same month last year. This, and related information, can be useful for the consumer and the utility.

More importantly, the meters are necessary for the near future when Uber pricing is imposed (you pay more during peak demand periods). I'm sure there are other benefits to someone; statisticians, perhaps.

In the US, utilities are often provided by private, for-profit, companies and regulated by government appointees who are very friendly with the companies and Wall Street investors. Ratepayers end up covering any unusual costs (even when company management is at fault) while investors benefit from the substantial profits.

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