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Interviews: Ask Travis Kalanick About Startups and Uber

Rakishi Re:Transparancy (79 comments)

How do consumers trust that Uber is acting responsibly with this ability to set prices?

Why does that matter? If the price is too high then don't use Uber. If you don't like variability in price then don't use Uber. It's not a monopoly.

about 5 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Rakishi Re:Don't blame others for user error. (394 comments)

All cars have gears including the tesla.

The Tesla has a fixed single speed transmission so for all intents and purposes it has no gears.

about 7 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Rakishi Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

I've lived in both places actually and NYC is in fact a much easier commute. Compared to NY the Bay Area doesn't have public transportation and SF's traffic is only marginally better.

about 8 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Rakishi Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

Because most of Google's employees don't live in SF and commuting into SF is a giant cluster fuck. The same issue with moving people out of SF applies to moving people into SF.

about 8 months ago
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Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

Rakishi Re:Appropriate reply. (252 comments)

Nice thinking, except that Wikipedia is not a company, especially not an american one.

Yes it is. It's owned by the Wikipedia Foundation which is a non-profit company registered under US law in California.

It's not some grand complicated mystery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

Your inability to spend 10 seconds googling something isn't an argument, it's a statement about your own ignorance and laziness.

about 8 months ago
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Development To Begin Soon On New Star Control Game

Rakishi Re:Ridiculous (160 comments)

How making money requires allowing other people to limit sequels and what not that you do?

That's up to me to choose based on how much money they offer me, now isn't it? Why should I not be allowed to sell my right to make sequels and what I can do with my creations?

about 10 months ago
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Development To Begin Soon On New Star Control Game

Rakishi Re:Ridiculous (160 comments)

Yeah, I'd sure hate to be able to make money from my creations. What an awful system. How dare someone even think of giving me money for my hard earned work.

about 10 months ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze

Rakishi Re:why? (139 comments)

a) It's not a lot of data per link, but it is a lot of links. That 20 zloty plan is one link. Marta has 554 buses and 38 rail stations.

Since you can't do the math apparently I'll have to. $20 per bus per month comes out to under $150k per year to have GSM data everywhere. For comparison, the Breeze Card program had a $100 million budget and Marta has a yearly budget of $400 million.

So no it's not a lot of links or a lot of data or a lot of cost although it is sad how people can't do simple math and research anymore.

b) You have supplied no dataon the reliability of that link

What part of "There's a lot of reasons to not go with a GSM based approach but data cost is not one of them" is hard for you to read?

c) Pricing in Poland is not particularly relevant to Altanta, Georgia, USA.

Please read the whole thread in the future, I replied to someone who mentioned Poland. If you can't keep up with a simple thread of discussion then maybe slashdot is too complicated for you. And btw, the price of 1gb of data per month is $20 in the US through Verizon or ATT.

about 10 months ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze

Rakishi Re:why? (139 comments)

Because its expensive to run a lot of data over GSM links in every bus/tram in the city.

You don't need to send a lot of data. Maybe, 1kb for each authentication event? Assuming 2 million authentications per day (a lot) that comes out to 2 gigabytes of data per day. Last I was in Poland I think that cost around 20 zloty ( $10) to get on a prepaid plan. Hell, you can have it send 100 times as much data and you'll still end up paying less than the cost of maintaining the hardware itself.

There's a lot of reasons to not go with a GSM based approach but data cost is not one of them.

about 10 months ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

Rakishi Re:How is it their fault? (653 comments)

Apparently there's a bigger housing shortage in SV, otherwise most of these techies wouldn't move to SF.

Yes they would. You move to SF because you want to live in the hip fun place.

about 10 months ago
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As IPO Nears, Do Twitter's Active User Claims Add Up?

Rakishi Re:Non Tweeters (73 comments)

No but when you're buying ads on the side of the bus that is exactly who you think about.

about a year ago
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

Rakishi Re: Apple Build Quality (158 comments)

Yes, Apple is *gasp* a company and is driven by profits. When something makes up over 80% of your revenue (and increasing) you focus on that and not the remaining (and shrinking) slice.

Apple's focus on iOS and cute little phone apps has, for whatever reasons

Because that's actually making them money.

caused defect rates in their core desktop code to serious balloon.

Macs and OS X are Apple's side business, they haven't been core for a long long time.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Rakishi Re:Define "Rockstar" (356 comments)

You can see their code in advance and contacting someone directly vs having some headhunter google their resume off the internet and shotgun it at you might save you a few grand.

Which they'll in turn burn in lost productivity from all the time they spent looking through people's github pages.

about a year ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

Rakishi Re:I suspect he's right. (580 comments)

Governments have already done the trail blazing for where it matters. There is nothing of worth on Mars, it's inside a gravity well with barely an atmosphere and no radiation protection. The money isn't in shipping a handful of people to a red rock for millions and burying them under twisty feet of rock.

The money is in all the easier to access and easier to reach natural resources in asteroids and outside the giant gravity wells. There may also be some money in cheaper local tourism. As the cost per person goes up, the total amount of money you can make goes down as your potential market shrinks much faster than the price grows.

These are all things which aren't even being commercially exploited. Blazing a trail into the jungle doesn't benefit anyone that much if you're starting from a dinky little 2 man outpost that the commercial routes won't reach for twenty years. Looks at colonization. The governments brazed a trail to the coasts but it was the commercial fur traders who really explored the inside of the US.

about a year ago
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The Big Hangup At Burning Man Is Cell Phones

Rakishi Re:If you have to have cell service (167 comments)

There is a difference between buying a TV to smash it up and buying a TV to watch it. Just like there is a difference between buying a TV and buying a plow to send to some third world nation. In all these cases the economy is stimulated as an object needs to be created however the long term impact of all these differs greatly.

about a year ago
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Dispatch From the Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google

Rakishi Re:Don't wanna be first... (282 comments)

Your bad assumption is that the vast majority of accidents require paying out the full liability and vehicle coverage. They don't.

Traffic statistics, btw, are 3.1 billion vehicle miles driven per year and around 10 million accidents. Or in other words one accident every 300k miles.

about a year ago
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Notch Shelves Space Game 0x10c, Cites Pressure, Desire To Work On Small Projects

Rakishi Re:the problem of finishing software projects (178 comments)

The world always walks on the back of great engineers, and unfortunately I don't see this trend ending any time soon.

Why should I praise someone who creates something that is of no value to me or of less value than what someone else made? If you make a device that costs me more time than it saves due to a useless UI how is that of any use to me? You can write the most brilliant code ever but unless that translates to a visible impact or feature for customers what's the advantage?

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

Rakishi Re:10% of the capacity of high-speed rail (385 comments)

I have no idea how many travelers would actually use the projected HSR network in California, but judging from a quick look at the map it looks like the vast majority of the journeys on the network would be between stations within each metro area where the station to station journey times would be short enough to allow daily commutes.

That's not HSR, that's called local public transportation and it already exists. That has nothing to do with HSR except that some of the HSR money would be diverted to improving local public transportation (ie: basically non-HSR trains). You don't need HSR to improve them and frankly without HSR you'd have a lot more money to devote to it.

Please stop switching arguments at random when it's pointed out that you said something idiotic.

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

Rakishi Re:10% of the capacity of high-speed rail (385 comments)

Yes, but there is empirical data that suggests that high speed lines operate at close to 100% capacity in the morning and evening peak hours

You're makign the same logical fallacies as the blog author, you're assuming the Hyperloop is just a HSR train by a different name. It's not.

If I build a HSR from nowhere to nowhere then I won't get 100% capacity. If I build one across the US with no intermediate stops and it takes 30 straight hours to get somewhere I also won't get 100% capacity. Details matter and California's HSR is pretty much borderline useless in most of those details..

You're also not counting the fact that how long it takes to get somewhere dictates what peak hours means. Or in other words if you need to get somewhere by noon and it takes three hours to get there the peak hours will be 6 to 9. If it takes 30 minutes to get there then the peak hours can be from 6 to 11:30. So basically the Hyperloop can have half the capacity and still get as many people there by noon as HSR with no one having to wake up any earlier.

More to the point, the proposed HSR will be slower and about as expensive as flying so we can use airplane numbers. There's only 6 million flying between SF and LA per year. Let's assume half fly during a 4 hour per day block for commuting (2 morning, 2 evening) during 250 days per year. That gives you around 3000 people/hour at peak both ways and that's rather ludicrous since HSR won't get all of them anyway.

So claiming California's HSR will run at 100% during peak is downright hilarious imho. On the other hand the Hyperloop probably would be at 100% capacity because it's better than flying (rather than just slightly worse or about comparable) so people who normally wouldn't commute suddenly will.

about a year ago
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Transport Expert Insists 'Don't Dismiss Wacky Hyperloop'

Rakishi Re:10% of the capacity of high-speed rail (385 comments)

The maps Musk released show the system travelling from the fringes of the Bay Area to the fringes of the LA area, because it's hard/expensive/impossible to get land for the straightaways you'd need for the project within densely built up urban areas.

Most people in the Bay Area do not live or work in SF. In fact San Jose which is the south end of the Bay Area alone has almost 1 million people (and growing) compared to 800k in San Francisco (and not growing).

Not coincidentally, must of the construction and expense that adds to HSR's very high price tag will come in SF and LA urban areas, since that system goes from downtown to downtown.

That's because HSR needs to go to downtown to be even remotely competitive with airlines and thus viable. It's so much slower than an airplane it just can't be remotely as fast unless you add in all the commuting to station/airport time. The Hyperloop does not. It is as fast as an airplane if not faster. That's from station/airport to station/airport. So it can be just as fast an an airplane destination to destination despite not going to downtown since airports also don't go directly to downtown. If people care later on it can be expanded but initially it can compete on price for example.

about a year ago

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