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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Entropius Re:Ion strengthened? (201 comments)

Is that $3 to replace a scratched screen, including all the AR coatings? At that price they might as well include three spare glass plates with every phone in case you scratch one.

As far as the rounded glass: I had a Nexus 3 with a curved screen and it was a good idea -- wish they still did that more.

2 days ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Entropius Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

We put multi-ton vehicles on the roads whizzing around a few feet from sidewalks, and out in the middle of people trying to ride bicycles. Sometimes people get hurt by them but by and large the utility of cars outweighs the risks.

Drones are likely to be far safer than cars on roads. Imagine the utility of replacing all those news helicopters with news drones to report on, say, the protests and riots in Ferguson?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

Well, it depends. If you're in a place with limited government (like most places in the West), that's not really a freedom. In the US, you don't have the right to vote in a law that says that redheads can't own property, no matter how much you'd like to: the scope of things up for a vote isn't unlimited.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

So, in other words, any law is a good law, even if it exists for the protection of a cartel?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Well, good -- but this shouldn't extend to banning Uber or services like it.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

I live in a large US city (the District of Columbia) with both a conventional regulated taxi service and Uber/Lyft.

Let me look at your points one at a time:

--Insurance: The auto insurance market is developing insurance policies for these sorts of drivers. In any case, I imagine that the average Uber driver is a better driver than I am (it's her job, and just a means of transport for me); when I accept a ride from a driver, I know she might wreck and hurt me. If she does, her personal liability insurance (which she's required by law to carry, like any driver) will cover some of the cost, and my medical insurance will cover the rest.

--Technical inspections: Uber drivers' cars have to be no more than two years old. Technical inspections are required for *all* cars here.

--Reliable costs: Reliable costs mean unreliable service. Once there was an unexpected snowstorm and my mother needed a ride to the airport. There were no city taxicabs anywhere, but we could get her a ride on Uber, albeit for double the cost. Price signals let buyers and sellers communicate supply and demand, and are a good thing.

--Proper filing of taxes: Uber drivers have to report revenue earned from their work to the American tax authorities, just like the fellow selling fruit out of a truck by the side of the road. Nobody wants to shut down fruit stands because they might cheat on their taxes.

--Drivers can indeed form a labor union if they want -- they can get together and collectively bargain with Uber through a representative. They haven't yet, but they could if they wanted.

--Many employees in the US don't get health insurance, Social Security payments, or pensions. As independent contractors, the drivers are responsible for taking care of themselves; many have second jobs that do have these perks, and all of them know that there's no health insurance going in. It's no different than someone who owns a small business: if they want health insurance they can buy it separately, and if they want a pension or social insurance they can save money.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Then haul their asses to court for fraud (hoax bookings) and the other real crimes they've committed, if they've committed any. But these problems have nothing to do with Uber's business model.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Entropius Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

"Negligent homicide" or something similar is a crime in many jurisdictions: "You didn't mean to kill the guy, but you did because you did something dumb that you should have known not to do."

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Entropius Re:I like... (643 comments)

A body camera is a tiny, tiny fraction of the salary of a cop, and will probably make up its cost very quickly in the bullshit that it cuts out.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Entropius Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

And yet Japan and Germany are two of the most prosperous countries in the world today.

about three weeks ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Entropius Re:Neutrino Mass (97 comments)

Lattice gauge theorist here -- we're working on that.

I agree with your interpretation -- this very well may just mean that the QCD part is hard and the theorists didn't correctly estimate systematic errors from it. However, there's quite a push in the lattice community to actually calculate the messy nonperturbative parts, so there's hope that this will be sorted out from the theory side alongside the new Fermilab experiment.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Entropius Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

My mom (a non-techie) and a couple of friends run Lubuntu with no problems at all -- my mom's certainly called me fewer times for tech support since she started using it instead of WinXP.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Entropius Re: Stupid (561 comments)

Nonblack people are hardly a monoculture.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Entropius Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Apple has no obligation to fund schools in black neighborhoods. That is the government's job -- that is why we and they pay taxes.

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Regulations (125 comments)

I said "hurting their customers", not "breaking a law established for the benefit of a cartel".

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

I live in one. It's 2/3 of a mile walk to the nearest mainline bus stop (and if you've used DC city buses, you know how inefficient they are). It's about 2.5 miles to the nearest Metro station. Try again.

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

There are huge swaths of the city not served by public transit in any reasonable way.

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Regulations (125 comments)

What are they doing that hurts their customers that warrants a cease-and-desist?

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

Entropius Re:Regulations (125 comments)

They're doing dirty tricks to each other. The service they provide to customers is still better than the city cabs.

We don't need "regulations" here. If Uber and Lyft are getting trolled by each other then they will need to build anti-troll safeguards into their business model, which they are able to do on their own. There's no problem here that rules from City Hall (other than the standard ones against fraud, like requesting a ride with no intent to actually use it) will fix.

about a month ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Entropius Re: There we go again (383 comments)

The trouble is that measuring entropy is hard as it depends on context.

"Frutyyzlrdkgejk" looks like a string of characters with high entropy. So does "Cthulhufthagn". One is likely to be tried by an intelligent password cracker long before the other.

"Football purple dizzy rainbow" looks like four words chosen at random and thus has high entropy. So does "correct horse battery staple." One of these is a much weaker password than the other.

about a month ago

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RawTherapee goes GPL, improves GUI

Entropius Entropius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Entropius (188861) writes "RawTherapee, a flexible geek-friendly RAW converter for Linux and Windows, has just released its new version (with major UI improvements) under the GPL; it was previously proprietary but free. It uses selectable, unique demosaicing algorithms that are both resistant to Bayer artifacts and produce sharp, detailed results; see the comparison page. I've found it in the past to be the best Linux RAW converter available. The new UI improvements mean that its combination of usability, geek-friendliness, and sharp results is strong competition for ACR/Silkypix/whatever on Windows, and further improvements should no doubt follow now that the community can hack on it."
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