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Comment Re:liability coverage is needed (Score 2) 341

The driver in that case (who should be in jail) ran over the girl not because he was an Uber driver, BUT just because he was a negligent driver on the road at the time.

Or maybe an inattentive driver, as even if he's not picking up a passenger, by being an Uber driver, he by necessity has to have his phone with him and will need to actively check it while driving.

Comment Re:So he was clever enough ... (Score 1) 547

In college, one of the EE professors recounted a story about a frantic call he got the day before a test. The student said he had been in a bad car accident, was calling from the hospital, and asked if he could take the test next week. The professor assured him that, of course, this would be no problem, but noted the test was not in fact tomorrow, but the same day next week. The student cursed and hung up the phone.

I always thought that the student should have been smarter and played it cool, "Oh thank God! I was so worried." etc and then the professor would have been none the wiser. But I guess if he was smarter, he wouldn't need to avoid taking the test...

Comment Re:Not taking down *all* lyrics sites (Score 1) 281

I remember using lyrics.ch, and was disappointed to see it go, but the "Undesirable list" pdf makes some reasonable points (even if it wasn't attributed at the top, you can tell it was written by a person, and not some committee). It notes that the fully-licensed azlyrics is in the top 500 of websites, and presumably takes in a proportionate amount of ad revenue, and that "unlike the sound recording business, the lyric business may be more valuable in the Internet age." The interesting thing is VC darling rapgenius (investors including Marc Andreesen) is at the top of the list. I guess $15,000,000 Series A financing didn't leave any money for paying the people it will be profiting from.

Comment Re:Never got the "point" of XBMC (Score 1) 195

Is XBMC any good for streaming, e.g. from Hulu, Netflix, etc and live TV/DVR? I looked into XBMC once, and it seemed to be primarily for stored media, and not TV or internet streaming. For example, there wasn't an official browser plugin to go to the various sites I use. Has this changed, or are there other options for this?

Comment Re:I miss WUXGA. (Score 1) 382

Did you actually try clicking the link? If you identify yourself as a Home/HomeOffice user, it says "The product you have selected is not currently available for online purchase in the segment you have selected." IIRC it turns out to be easy to "pretend" to be a small business on Dell's site, so you can still get it from Dell Business, but this is far from a mainstream solution.

Additionally, the price is $329, probably $150 over a typical TFT 1920x1080 monitor, a premium you're paying mostly for the monitor being IPS, even if all you wanted was the higher resolution. As 1920x1200 resolution is increasingly "relegated" to the premium market, it becomes increasingly hard to find it on inexpensive mainstream monitors.

Comment Re:1366x768 (Score 1, Informative) 382

this. I have twin 1920x1200 screens, which I bought a few years ago when they were abundant. They're a *lot* harder to find now, and typically are more expensive higher end models, e.g. IPS. On the chart labelled "Windows 7 screen Resolutions" it shows 1920x1200 is ~1-2% of Win7 installs, reflective of this. Relative to 1920x1080, I feel 120 pixels is a lot to give up. Surprisingly 1920x1080 is only 8%, which speaks to the broader trend of how more than 50% of installs are on cripplingly low resolutions. I think this is a combination of factors: fewer desktops/more laptops, and work environments that won't ever spring for more than bottom of the barrel monitors. I checked my work monitor, and even though I use medical apps to view radiology/echos etc, the resolution is a meager 1280x1024.

Comment Re:Not tolerable for the average person (Score 1) 139

daytum.com (acquired by facebook) is personal tracking gone mainstream. they have iphone/android apps so you can easily track things throughout the day, and then can generate pretty reports of your activity. one of the co-founders has been putting out his "annual reports" for a number of years, see http://feltron.com/ar11_02.html for an example. his report includes things like number of days spent in NYC, servings of coffee during the year, etc...

Social Networks

"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family 234

It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery."
Classic Games (Games)

36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist 268

Zerocool3001 writes "The recently featured 36-hour port of the original Palm version of Lemmings to the iPhone and Palm Pre has received a cease and desist letter from Sony. Only one day after submitting the app for approval on the two app stores, the developer has put up a post stating that he 'did this as a tribute to the game — we can only hope that Sony actually does a conversion for platforms like iPhone and Palm Pre in the near future.' The text of the cease and desist letter is available from the developer's website."
Data Storage

WD, Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Plextor SSDs Collide 56

J. Dzhugashvili writes "New SSDs just keep coming out from all corners of the market, and keeping track of all of them isn't the easiest job in the world. Good thing SSD roundups pop up every once in a while. This time, Western Digital's recently launched SiliconEdge Blue solid-state drive has been compared against new entrants from Corsair, Kingston, and Plextor. The newcomers faced off against not just each other, but also Intel's famous X25-M G2, WD's new VelociRaptor VR200M mechanical hard drive, and a plain-old WD Caviar Black 2TB thrown in for good measure. Who came out on top? Priced at about the same level, the WD and Plextor drives each seem to have deal-breaking performance weaknesses. The Kingston drive is more affordable than the rest, but it yielded poor IOMeter results. In the end, the winner appeared to be Corsair's Nova V128, which had similar all-around performance as Intel's 160GB X25-M G2 but with a slightly lower capacity and a more attractive price." Thanks to that summary, you might not need to wade through all 10 of the pages into which the linked article's been split.

Comment Re:Slashdotted link (Score 5, Interesting) 600

It's not another link to the original site, but in the NYT recently Errol Morris was researching an unrelated Civil War story, and one of the sources was David H. Kelly, who did major work deciphering the Mayan script. In passing Errol asked about the 2012 thing: http://morris.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/whose-father-was-he-part-four/

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