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Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 1) 411

It seems clear that Uber's long-term plan is to get rid of the drivers entirely. Self-driving cars are in our near future. Having humans drive them for now is a plan to achieve mindshare while they wait.

Getting rid of the drivers means they can't really externalize the cost of the car like they do now, especially fuel and maintenance. I would not be surprised in the least to see their fares go up substantially if this happens.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 208

Same here. I pay $65/month for 12 Mbps (uncapped), 5 static IPs, and decent IPv6 support (now, anyway) through AT&T. They're not my favorite company in the world by any stretch, and the service hasn't been the best, but that's *far* less than what Comcast wants for something comparable, plus Comcast wants a $300 install fee for a business line, which is the only way they'll offer static IPs. Then on top of that they require $7.00/month or so for the modem rental, because they won't provision the statics unless is on their own hardware. No thanks.

Comment Re:The glaring flaw in the reasoning (Score 1) 538

your good fortune has MUCH more to do with luck than it does with your brilliance, charm, hard work, or whatever. Luck can and does run out.

In addition to luck, it often has to do with being a sociopath and having an unfettered willingness to screw over anyone and everyone for your own benefit.

Comment Re:And the shareholders accepted that line of bull (Score 1) 157

Eventually, phones will take over from PCs

For some things. For many others, not a chance unless they reach some sort of parity with PCs regarding memory and storage capacity, display capability, and expandability. Perhaps we might see something like a docking station where one could connect their phone with the needed peripherals, but there are still some severe shortcomings to overcome before it will be adequate across all of those different use cases.

Comment Re:Garage chip (Score 1) 101

The photomasks were taped out originally, but it was still a 10 um photolithographic process (huge by today's standards) on a very tiny die that required a lot of specialized equipment. It's possible to make individual discrete components (transistors, fundamental logic gates) yourself, but a die with thousands of transistors on it is still a bit beyond the DIY crowd.

Comment Re:Catch 22 (Score 1) 72

Snowden ought to get an arrangement negotiated where he can testify Via teleconference from a secured location without physically handing himself over.

"Instead, it has called for him to give evidence via a video link, or for German officials to interview him in Moscow, both of which Snowden turned down."

Comment Re:Replace Menial Jobs with Specialized Jobs (Score 1) 540

When we replace menial jobs with specialized jobs, those people who are A) too young to have the ability or intelligence to do these new jobs or B) are too stupid to learn will still be pushed out of employability

And C), those who have the physical ability and intelligence to perform the new job, but not the financial means to learn what they need for it.

Comment Re:There will be less jobs (Score 3, Insightful) 540

Another important factor we tech people often ignore is time: it takes time to learn a new job, so even if automation does not affect the total number of jobs, the new jobs will require different skills.

And there's a non-zero cost to that retraining, which in the vast number of cases is expected to be borne by those that have been displaced. I'm guessing that most people that find themselves out of work aren't going to have the wherewithal to drop a few tens of thousands of dollars to learn what they need for a new career.

Comment Re:What about the rest? (Score 1) 215

In addition, the FBI can install spyware on suspects' phones, effectively turning their phones into ambient audio and video, and phone call, message, and SMS surveillance devices, as well as overriding the shutdown functions of the phones so that they appear to be turned off but the spyware is still active. Basically, full-spectrum surveillance.

But you need a lawful warrant. Ain't nobody got time for that.

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