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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

cthulhu11 Re:Out with the old... or not? (295 comments)

I've never driven a cab for a living but I've spoken w/ cabbies about it, and it's not an easy job. A good cab driver knows the turf. S/he gets you to your destination safely and efficiently... and doesn't rip you off or make you feel creeped out

You forgot the part about a horn growing from this mythical driver's forehead.

3 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

cthulhu11 Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (295 comments)

Last taxi I had the displeasure of taking was in San Diego. The driver was African, and despite having VISA/MC logos on his windows threw a hissy fit when I pulled out my card, wanting cash. Took my card eventually and immediately lost it, claiming I hadn't given it to him. Took about 15 minutes to find him. After some drama he pulled out a phone with a Square app or something and entered my card, whining about time. While back I had to take a taxi in NYC. The company I was interviewing with had sent me a voucher for a ride. When I called to get picked up, they claimed to not know anything about the voucher, though they eventually took it. Driver claimed to not know where the Amex tower on Wall Street was and wanted me to give him directions. Also demanded that when we went over toll bridges that I pony up exact change for tolls, which if anything should just have been added to the fare. Took a taxi home from the airport once, the driver was a fucking maniac, like a spinosaurus was on his ass. This is why people flock to Lyft/Uber/whatever, because the taxi monopolies don't even *try* to provide a tolerable service. As to ethnicity and language, it's hard to complain without coming across as a douchebag yourself. They speak the language they and the other side knows, just like you do. Not knowing where they're going, dirty cars, service quality, those are all legitimate complaints, but keep ethnicity out of it. I'm skeptical that a caucasian driver would do any better.

3 days ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

cthulhu11 Re:Someone has (270 comments)

No centralized food waste collection where you live? If you have a fireplace you use, dry them out and burn 'em. Failing that, I wonder if flushing them would be a net win.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

cthulhu11 Re:Compare to... (377 comments)

Cleopatra 2525 would agree.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

cthulhu11 Re:This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

Sexist? Hrm. Men's magazines have pictures of nekkid wimmen. Women's magazines have pictures of nekkid wimmen.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

cthulhu11 Re:Great... (377 comments)

In reality you'd still have seen images compressed to hell, like Facebook does today. They would have just done it with fewer bytes.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

cthulhu11 Re:Have Both (566 comments)

Agreed. The OP's monitor is not my monitor. This isn't 1985 and my monitor didn't come from Radius.

about a week ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

cthulhu11 Re:sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

My understanding is that most batteries, even if dropped in a designated bin, are still landfilled.

about two weeks ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

cthulhu11 Re:"Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

Ack. I use Gmail as a [somewhat funky] IMAP server. If they make that even worse, I'll just go find IMAP somewhere else. I'd tired of running my own server for my personal domain.

about two weeks ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

cthulhu11 Re: Here we go again (496 comments)

There's plenty of tech talent in Seattle; Amazon saves $ though by bringing in a large fraction of the workforce from India, so if Seattle is getting whiter, it sure isn't due to Amazon directly.

about two weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

cthulhu11 Re:What about long-term data integrity? (438 comments)

Also TFA describes not a drive, but a PCI card. I can readily source a 1U chassis with 10 SFF disk bays, but not with 10 PCI slots. And PCI cards aren't nearly as hot-swappable. So more needs to happen before a product like this fills more than a niche.

about two weeks ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

cthulhu11 Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (215 comments)

With high capacity tier 3 drives, one reason that RAID 6 (or a RAID 50 setup with tiers/groups of disks) is used is because it can take days to rebuild a blown drive.

Wish I had mod points -- this is soooo often overlooked. And one reason why I love to mirror 3 ways.

about two weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

cthulhu11 Re: Why (395 comments)

Now that the big stuff is being filtered out of the diesel exhaust

... if only that were true.

about two weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

cthulhu11 Re: Why (395 comments)

Agreed. Diesels can get somewhat better mileage, at a higher cost per gallon.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

cthulhu11 Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

There also the bogus assumptions that 1) Alerts will actually make it to the cops 2) They actively monitor them and 3) They'd respond quickly.

about a month ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

cthulhu11 Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

So, I should rack up credit card debit at a higher interest rate than investment would return, and default on my mortgage? Doesn't seem like a strategy to me.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

cthulhu11 Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

Retire on what money? With rent there's no equity building, it's all down the drain. That's why people buy. I switched jobs in January of this year. Big west coast company, you've heard of them. No relocation. Shared walls are *always* too loud. I'm pessimistic because I live in the real world where people don't die at Carousel when they turn 30.

about a month and a half ago

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