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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

JoeyRox A few ideas on detecting drivers vs passengers. (184 comments)

One way would be turn on the phone's front camera when driving speeds are detected and use facial recognition algorithms to detect when the person is driving...for example one way would be to require the person to stare at the phone for a minimum amount of time...and also keep looking at the phone. Another method would be to require two-handed dexterity tests that can't be done while driving. I realize all of these might actually increase the risk from die-hard driving texters since it would distract them even more.

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

JoeyRox Time has come to programmatically disable features (184 comments)

I never thought I would be a person to advocate a law to restrict personal freedoms but I think it's time to require smartphone vendors to disable texting when driving speeds are detected. This is not about protecting people from themselves but about protecting other people [on the road]. Texting while driving is unbelievably dangerous. I'm sure someone can come up with way to differentiate a driver from a passenger so that passengers can still be permitted to text. If not then so be it.

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

JoeyRox Time for class action suit against California (325 comments)

If it can be proven that owners of these plates were given leniency against speeding and moving violations then every person who has ever received a ticket in California during this class period should be able to sue to recover their costs for ticket fines.

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

JoeyRox Re:Completely wrong summary (319 comments)

Yes, and nothing in the summary suggested that the city of SF is the party performing the convictions. In fact, the summary specifically stated the contrary:

SF resident Jeffrey Katz recently came home to an eviction notice posted on his door that read 'You are illegally using the premises as a tourist or transient unit.' According to Edward Singer, an attorney with Zacks & Freedman who filed the notice against Katz, 'Using an apartment for short-term rentals is a crime in San Francisco.'

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

JoeyRox Re:Completely wrong summary (319 comments)

Exactly. And even more specifically, when it comes time to evict someone who refuses to leave, the city would enforce that as well via the sheriff's department.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

JoeyRox Re:Completely wrong summary (319 comments)

From the article:

"People who rent out space on Airbnb, VRBO and other markets for temporary housing are facing fines by the City Planning Department and eviction on the grounds of illegally operating hotels."

about two weeks ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

JoeyRox Sounds scary (269 comments)

I live near a municipal airport and based on the landings I've seen I'm not sure I would entrust my life to a private pilot certified on only a puddle jumper.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

JoeyRox Re:Won't work (342 comments)

It will work. The majority of HFT's illicit profits accrue from speed arbitrage *between* the exchanges, not from a speed advantage at any particular exchange. A co-located HFT server at an exchange sees an order, and, in anticipation of that order representing a larger order that can't be filled in full at that same inside "best" price at that exchange, trades ahead of the order by sending a buy/sell order to other exchanges faster than the original buyer/seller can, resulting in a riskless vig for the HFT trader. By delaying orders on all exchanges by 500ms, the benefit of early-access to incoming orders on any particular exchange is eliminated because all the exchanges will have 500ms of order price discovery incorporated into their SIP, the consolidated price representing the aggregate of the best prices for all the exchanges.

about two weeks ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

JoeyRox Reality Check: Go for your dreams (161 comments)

Or you'll live a miserable life of what if's and what could have beens. Are the odds against immediate success against you? Maybe. Sure. Who gives a fuck.Go for it. Even if you "fail" you'll still learn a bunch of shit and be better for the effort in more ways than you can ever imagine.

about two weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

JoeyRox Further injury to Blackberry? (205 comments)

You mean it's possible for someone to destroy Blackberry faster than Blackberry has done itself?

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

JoeyRox Ads on Youtube are getting obnoxious (162 comments)

For my own experience the quantity and length of ads on Youtube has reached the tipping point where I start dreading even going to Youtube anymore. It's fine to see a 5 second ad for a video I know I will enjoy, but the ads on the 'speculative' videos where I'm just hopping around looking for something interesting to watch are beyond ridiculous. The other day I watched 10 crappy videos in a row, all of which had at least a 5 second-then-skip ad at the beginning, and one with a must-watch 15 second ad. That totaled one minute of ads for what turned out to be zero seconds of entertainment.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

JoeyRox Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

The exact opposite is true. Walmart doesn't have loss leaders outside of maybe Christmas season (like all other retailers). And unlike other realtors Walmart doesn't play games with variable pricing and "sales" - nearly everything at Walmart is cheaper than their competitors.

about three weeks ago

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SF evictions surging from crackdown on Airbnb rentals

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about two weeks ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The city of San Francisco is aggressively enforcing its ban on short-term rentals. SF resident Jeffrey Katz recently came home to an eviction notice posted on his door that read "You are illegally using the premises as a tourist or transient unit". According to Edward Singer, an attorney with Zacks & Freedman who filed the notice against Katz, "Using an apartment for short-term rentals is a crime in San Francisco". Apparently Airbnb isn't being very helpful to residents facing eviction. "Unfortunately, we can't provide individual legal assistance or review lease agreements for our 500,000 hosts, but we do try to help inform people about these issues", according to David Hantman, Airbnb head of global public policy. SF and Airbnb are working on a framework which might make Airbnb rentals legal, an effort helped by Airbnb's decision last week to start collecting the city's 14% hotel tax by summer."
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Bill Gates curses at Windows 8.1

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 2 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Bill Gates spent his first day as Microsoft's new Technology Adviser by attempting, and failing, to install Windows 8.1. After making no progress by lunchtime, Gates recruited Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella for help, but to no avail. "Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth," the source said. A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates' first day in his new job had been "a learning experience" and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7."
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Zappos adopts holacratic organization model

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 4 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Zappos is replacing its traditional hierarchical business organization with a flat, self-governing system that has no managers or job titles. The company will be made up of 400 circles, within which employees will share the roles and responsibilities that traditionally have been segregated by title. The goal is to promote transparency and collaboration."
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Facebook is "dead and bured" to young users

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 4 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The recent decline in Facebook's popularity with teenagers appears to be worsening. A Global Social Media Impact study of 16 to 18 year olds found that many considered the site "uncool" and keep their profiles alive only to keep in touch with older relatives, for whom the site remains popular. Researches say teens have switched to using WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Twitter in place of Facebook."
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Utilities fight back against solar energy

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 4 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The exponential growth of rooftop solar adoption has utilities concerned about their financial future. Efficiency gains and cost reductions has brought the price of solar energy to within parity of traditional power generation in states like California and Hawaii. HECO, an electric utility in Hawaii, has started notifying new solar adopters that they will not be allowed to connect to the utility's power grid, citing safety concerns of electric circuits becoming oversaturated from the rapid adoption of soloar power on the island. Residents claim it's not about safety but about the utility fighting to protect its profits."
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Target has major credit card breach

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 4 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Target experienced a system-wide breach of credit card numbers over the Black Friday holiday shopping season. What's unique about this massive breach is that it didn't involve compromising a centralized data center or website but instead represented a distributed attack at individual Target stores across the country. Investigators believe customer account numbers were lifted via software installed on card readers at checkout."
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Cisco warns NSA spying hurting its revenue in China

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 5 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Cisco Systems shocked Wall Street today when it reported a large revenue miss for its first-quarter earnings and, even worse, projected a 10 percent drop in revenue for the current quarter. Cisco CFO Frank Calderoni said Cisco was most affected by the political backlash in China, although he indicated it was difficult to quantify exactly how much revenue was lost from the political fallout vs macroeconomic trends. "Between economic and political issues that are occurring in emerging markets we had a significant impact," Calderoni told Reuters in an interview."
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Steve Ballmer calls Google a monopoly, questions their practices

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about 7 months ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer lamented Google's success in a meeting with financial analysts yesterday, saying "They (Google) have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with.". Ballmer continued with more pointed criticisms, stating "I do believe that Google's practices are worthy of discussion with competition authority, and we have certainly discussed them with competition authorities"."
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Google removes ability to disable saving chat history on its servers

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "The Google Talk Windows client has always supported the option of globally disabling the saving of chat history on Google's servers. Sadly Google just notified users this option is no longer supported and that all chats will now be archived on their servers by default unless the users opts-out on a per-conversation basis. What happened to do no evil? https://support.google.com/talk/answer/161925"
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Credit card numbers stolen from buy.com customers

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "There is no press about this yet but over 100 buy.com customers (now rakuten.com) have reported their credit card numbers stolen and used for unauthorized charges after placing orders on Rakuten's website. A thread about the breach can be read here (http://slickdeals.net/f/6018544-Rakuten-Buy-com-Fraudulent-Use-of-Credit-Card-Info-within-Company?). Rakuten representatives are participating on the thread and asking victims to contact them but have yet to provide any details about the nature of the breach."
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Video poker bug reaped rewards for player and CFAA charge

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "Over the course of playing $12 million worth of video poker, Las Vegas resident John Kane stumbled onto a firmware bug in IGT's "Game King" machines that allowed him to cash out for 10x the amount of his winnings. John and friend took advantage of the vulnerability to the tune of $429,945. John's friend was arrested by U.S. marshals and charged with violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but a federal magistrate ruled that the law doesn't apply and recommended dismissal. The case is currently being argued in a U.S. District Court."
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Sentate to vote on Internet Sales Tax (for real this time)

JoeyRox JoeyRox writes  |  about a year ago

JoeyRox (2711699) writes "On 3/22 the Senate approved (http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/295115-senate-poised-to-back-internet-sales-tax) a non-binding proposal to allow states to tax online sales to residents outside their state. That vote was a trial balloon to gauge the support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. This week Reid filed a cloture (http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/295115-senate-poised-to-back-internet-sales-tax) to allow the law to be voted on for real this time. The vote may occur as soon as tomorrow. eBay is attempting to rally Americans against the bill via a massive email campaign (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/21/ebay-online-sales-tax_n_3127098.html?utm_hp_ref=business)."
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