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Comment Re:Uber may be in trouble but no self driving cars (Score 1) 293

Self driving cars are the future. Once there is self driving cars, the taxis will be as cheap as private cars on per mile basis when averaged over entire year.

Funny you say that. I live in Hong Kong, a place where taxis are cheaper than cars - much cheaper, unless you manage to drive really a lot (like from one end of the territory to the other and back, twice a day), which no normal commuter does. Added bonuses: taxis get you to your destination a lot faster as you don't have to park the darn thing, and you don't have to go back to pick you your car, as you can just take another taxi.

Comment Re:Path to profitibility (Score 1) 293

the owners will cash in/sell out and walk away from Uber with pocket full of cash and a flaming wreck of a company behind them.

In that case these owners will have to be quick, as the moment it becomes apparent that the company is headed for bankruptcy there won't be anyone to sell those shares to - not even gullible "investors" on the stock market as there's just no chance for Uber to go public if it's in that bad a shape.

Comment Re:whose fraud??? (Score 1) 188

without copyright we would not be able to have professional actors or musicians or authors among others.

So, do you believe that without copyright Shakespeare wouldn't have written his plays, and there wouldn't have been professional actors to play them for him? Or that Mozart wouldn't have written his music, and there wouldn't have been professional musicians to play it for him?

Comment Re:Location locks (Score 1) 512

Set your lockout zone to 1 km around the airport (or may be even a 5 km radius around airports or other ports of entry) and GPS is more than accurate enough. Typical error of GPS on a phone is a few meters. However GPS only works outdoors (most of the time not inside buildings) so you'd have to add something like "lock based on last known location" or a "lockout button" where the device locks until it has a clear GPS signal confirming it's a safe place to unlock.

Comment Re:It's all about the merger (Score 1) 101

this may be a case of keeping the active user count artificially high in order to keep the merger on track.

I should also still have a Yahoo account. It's been a few years since I logged in; way longer since I checked my e-mail there. Created 15+ years ago, never actively used. If this "delayed delete" is a way of keeping the "active" user count up (i.e. number of registered and not-deleted accounts), it's a total fraud from Yahoo's side, as it'll for sure also add inactive accounts like mine, in that case.

Comment Re:Sooo (Score 1) 80

People ride "driverless" elevators everyday without shitting or pissing in them. Why would horizontal movement be so different from vertical movement?

Elevators: usually the rider is not alone but there are strangers present; even if alone at any one time the door may open with other people wanting to get on. That's even before considering the CCTV cameras and the fact that rides are normally really short (less than a minute).

In short: there is no (expectation of) privacy in lifts. When it comes to cars, even when on the road, that's a whole different story.

Comment Re:Why "new employment"? (Score 1) 388

Not that everyone will want a life like that. People will always want more than just the basics.

Not stopping people from trying to get more than "just the basics". That's also the philosophy behind things like a basic income for all. The basics are covered - food, shelter, clothing, a little extra for entertainment - but for more you have to put some effort in it. That more, however, can be different for many people. Some want to go for more hikes which is basically free, others may want to collect vintage cars and will need to find a way to get the money for that, yet others like to start writing books or engage in painting. That can also very well be that "more than just the basics", it is something we can not do now, but when robots take over our jobs, maybe we can. But only if we're not going to look for other forms of employment to occupy our lives with, just to fulfil those basics, which is what Bill Gates is suggesting we do.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 144

Doesn't the same thing happen to YouTube videos already?

I've never posted anything there I don't want the world to see, so if they use one of my videos I'd be flattered instead.

However what does bother me is that I often see videos linked on other web sites, and then it's (C) YouTube. Or photos from Facebook, and it says (C) Facebook. Now I understand the part where YouTube and Facebook will have the right to re-use your videos/photos in any way they see fit, but how come they even can claim copyright on it? Or is that simply the news media not understanding copyright (which would be about as worrying but then for other reasons)?

Comment Re:It's the right choice (Score 1) 159

You got one thing terribly wrong in your argumentation. Ad blockers are NOT the fault of YouTube per se.

I don't see ads on YouTube because of my ABP, but I didn't install it to block ads on YouTube, that was just a nice side effect or collateral damage or however you want to call it. I installed it to block ads on other sites that were irritating me, the risk of drive-by malware infections, and the general lack of interest in whatever they were trying to sell. It is the whole of the Internet that made me install an ad blocker.

Maybe a few people installed ABP or equivalent specifically because of YouTube, for most I think it's not like that. By now I install ABP on a new system as a matter of course. Even if the Internet at large would do away with ads suddenly, I wouldn't notice the difference, and I would still keep ABP running. Same for the pop-up blocker of Firefox. For years I haven't seen pop-ups or pop-unders (except that really persistent one from TripAdvisor), I don't know if they're still being used, and I'm not about to try it out either as the blocker doesn't seem to be getting in the way of anything.

Now only if there were a proper ad blocker for Android phones (haven't found one)... I rarely use my phone for browsing but there are some really really annoying ads going around apps (black/white flashing and so). It's those that drive me into spending the time and effort of installing blockers.

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