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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

SuperKendall Re:Is anyone surprised? (116 comments)

I've read several of the Wheel Of Time books, and all of the GoT books so far - even though the reading gets harder in parts of the later GoT books I still could easily read through them in a sitting, where I just cold not face any more WoT books after three or four. I find the GoT stuff vastly more interesting.

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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

SuperKendall It does fly, because it works better (85 comments)

What flies with me is systems that work better than old corrupt systems.

Plainly Uber does a better job overall than cabs, or people would not use them.

If you are so hidebound to rules that you must follow them to your detriment, then there is no help for you I fear.

When regulations do nothing to help real people, and only restrict compassion with an old failed system - it is morally wrong to follow those regulations. I few Uber (and other companies like them) as the ultimate form of civil disobedience, and feel it is my duty as a citizen who wants to see a better world to make use of them and promote them when possible.

I have NO connection to Uber. Just a lifetime of experience with the world of Cabs that you are trying to keep us all mired in, a lifetime of poor to horrific experiences.

1 hour ago
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

SuperKendall Uber does as well, or better (85 comments)

If they refuse to play by the same rules,

Uber is doing background checks on drivers - at least as well as cab companies. Probably better because who can say how many cab drivers make it in via political favors? Uber is far newer, and thus far less corrupt than decades old cab companies at this point.

When it is a group that is in ongoing violation of the regulations,

*cough*Cab Companies*cough*

It's for instance regulation to charge a certain rate from the port to the airport in Miami. Guess what really happens? You get extra fees added on when it's time to pay. Who are you going to complain to, really? The fact is that cab companies break far more regulations every day than Uber follows in spirit, even though not technically bound to them.

2 hours ago
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

SuperKendall Cab drivers rape also (85 comments)

Cab drivers rape people occasionally also; if they can't be stopped from doing so after being in business for decades why should Uber be able to spot someone any better? The problem is that some people just fly under the radar of screening.

I had a cab driver who was borderline pscho, and almost refused to take money from my wife while I went around back to collect the bags.

3 hours ago
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Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

SuperKendall Re:Anecdotal Example (95 comments)

Not that it should be needed, but you can buy an Thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor... I bought one just in case as you never know when traveling what networking will be like.

13 hours ago
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Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

SuperKendall Reversal of Fortune (69 comments)

Good god man, with the protocol fully in the hands of hackers they can reverse the bluetooth polarity flow - either shifting it to red through acceleration to burn your wrist, or even worse with the reversed flow affecting the heart rate monitor the hackers have full control of your heart rate!

Think everyone wearing a FuelBand as now living either a Logan's Run or Running Man scenario...

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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

SuperKendall I wonder if Google has made themselves vulnerable (264 comments)

Google had problems with getting updates out to devices, so they decided to move many functions of Android the OS, into a Google Services library that could be upgraded when the core OS could not...

But doesn't that leave Google kind of vulnerable? In theory a different company could create their own variant of that library, take things the way they want...

I'm surprised Samsung at least has not done that, perhaps Microsoft is considering it.

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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

SuperKendall Define "Crappy" (461 comments)

This is exactly the reason why Internet access in the U.S. is so expensive and so crappy relative to other first-world nations.

I'm sorry, but to my mind any definition of "crappy" must include the freedom to access any website, which many other first world nations (like the UK) do not enjoy.

To label it a slower is fine, but just to say "crappy" is ignoring the tradeoff from one kind of crap to another.

yesterday
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

SuperKendall Perfect Result (79 comments)

Sounds like the system worked perfectly then. Others were not affected by your miasma, and depression would naturally lead you to interact less with others.

Your mental health is nothing compared to the tens or thousands of mental states you negatively impacted.

2 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

SuperKendall The research could help there (79 comments)

Perhaps the research could help over time those distinctions exist and pair like-minded people together.

I thought most modern games already had systems to at least try and match players with similar skill levels.

3 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

SuperKendall The Toffee Approach (79 comments)

Why not let abuse take place online in virtual environments?

Because it sucks and leads to much more offline abusive behavior by otherwise good people after they have been repeatedly harassed.

Instead, this psychology of banning and throttling likely leads to more offline abusive real-life suffering.

The opposite is true. Because the natural abuser is inclined to fight through any system thrown at them, throttling and other attempts drain their energy more than simply letting them post would, leading to more relaxed (or at least less) behavior offline.

Not to mention, we all know that trolls online are probably losers who would never in a billion years have the nerve to say or do anything offensive offline...

3 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

SuperKendall Why it is FUD especially for bank robbery scenario (461 comments)

Was only marks STOPPED police cars, that are also by the side of the road with someone in them. You (the person using Waze) wouldn't mark a cop parked to eat lunch, or just driving around (how could you mark a car driving around? It's not like Waze is selling GPS tracking magnets... hmm...)

So for someone thinking of robbing a bank or anyone else, all you know is where the police cars are that are in speed traps. At any given moment there are a ton of police cara simply driving all about, that Waze has no indication.

Using Waze does not mean you can speed like crazy, just that you can keep up with traffic without worrying about being singled out for a stop because of the color of your car or yourself.

Waze is also REALLY useful to know when there's traffic ahead (people telling Waze where traffic is beats every other mapping solution I have used) and also hazards like giant potholes, or cars stuck in the road.

4 days ago
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Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

SuperKendall Texas economy not reliant on oil industry (80 comments)

In the past the oil industry was a much bigger part of the Texas economy than it is now. It's still a large part, but there is a ton of high-tech stuff all around Texas - Apple is building all of its Mac Pro units in Texas, for example...

They also have a lot of international trade, including a major airport and shipping port too. All of that adds to economic diversity.

5 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

SuperKendall Re:Bathroom (476 comments)

they simply found pak'ma'ra toilet habits to be utterly repulsive

Ah, so the pak'ma'ra used German toilets then.

5 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

SuperKendall Re:Sliders (476 comments)

Sliders started the best, but then fell apart. If it could have continued and ended as strong as it started, I would have voted for it over the others.

5 days ago
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Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

SuperKendall Outside auditors for CA government? Ha! (80 comments)

What they propose is not going to happen simply because of this:

He calls for the state government to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data, relying on outside auditors and experts.

Outside auditors doing anything in CA government? We'll see that only when all else is lost, and people are starting to go to prison.

5 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

SuperKendall Still joking? (216 comments)

If somehow the cost of driving went steeply up, you (and your competitors) can switch to an alternative means of transportation and still keep doing whatever you do for a living.

If the cost of driving went substantially up, then taxis and public transport would also increase in cost. At some level of increase, no I could not do what I do.

That's not the case of uber

Why not? New service, UberRickshaw. Many Uber rides are short enough that would work.

It'a no more ridiculous a thought than you trying to create an arbitrary separation between me driving a friend across town and someone I don't know.

since their for-profit use of publicly-funded infrastructure

Which I and my rider pay for regardless of us knowing each other or not.

5 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

SuperKendall Quote for articles including Uber and regalation (216 comments)

âoeOf all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
- C.S. Lewis

5 days ago

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