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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

gutnor Re:It's the law. (341 comments)

BTW the law is maybe old in the Germany, but similar law has been created in the UK only 10 years ago. In order to run a mini-cab service, you need to make sure to follow a few regulation like all your car must pass a car inspection and your driver must be insured, with valid license, ...

The UK is a lot closer to the US and yet, they created that law a decade ago.

about a month ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

gutnor Re:Macroeconomic investment theses are always wron (502 comments)

More importantly - timing matters. Even if they are 100% correct, power companies will continue to make money for a decade. As for the "market disruptor", if you are just a few year wrong, you would have put your money in MySpace rather than Facebook. If you sold your investment in real estate in 2006 you hit gold, if you did it in 2004 or 2008, you lost.

about a month and a half ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

gutnor Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

The reasoning being this is that video viewer are increasing demand in child porn, hence indirectly causing the raise in child abuse. Same reasoning why drug consumption and prostitution clients are charged. This rule applied outside of common sense means that following a link you don't know lead to CP and actively seeking CP is theoretically punishable to the same extend.

Kid being shot in a remote country is not driving the same demand.

about a month and a half ago

London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

gutnor Re:IP Crime? (160 comments)

That was an accident ! Can we move on I was young, times were different back then.

about 2 months ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

gutnor Re:Code the way you want... (372 comments)

C# is radically different. Your IDE, your test env, your OS, your frameworks, language features, ... all those are different enough so that you will not feel at work when coding with it.

about 2 months ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

gutnor Re: No real surprise (710 comments)

That's just not the way it works unfortunately. People take fashion advice from looking at some star on tv, not from market analysis. The behavior of people at the top definitively matter. So flying your jet around and buying "eco-credit" while preaching abstinence for the common folk will always translate in people mind that this is all bullshit.

The last time there was a crisis, with the ozone layer, a few years later you could not find a can of anything containing that attacked it. For regular Joe, that means 2 things: 1. people in power are not really convinced that there is something wrong, 2. the day they decide there is something wrong the peasant will all need to go f* themselves because it will be legally impossible not to be fully-200% green, and that means live the lifestyle you want while it lasts.

That said, I agree with your 3rd point. I'm not hoping much from the carbon credit though - it has been at least a decade of green consciousness (here in Europe), and green still mean premium for almost everything and for the rest a 5+ investment (if government financial help are not canned like they did this year for solar panels in my country)

about 2 months ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

gutnor Re:user error (710 comments)

If you live in a dense city, cycling is a serious decision. My most safety conscious colleague are in a near miss situation once a year. For the most reckless ones, that's once a week at least. 2 cyclists have been killed / seriously injured this year alone in front close to my office (bus - cyclist joust both time, cyclists lost). Over the last 3 years, all of my cycling colleagues have had a least one physical injury (generally falling: pot holes, white lines, manhole covers are a bitch)

Of course, if you live in a dense city, you may as well take the public transports instead ( and if that city is outside the US, you pretty much have too if you want to get to work at all )

about 2 months ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

gutnor Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

economic status are biologically heredity

Just nitpicking there, but worded like this, it definitively is. The easiest way to get rich/powerful is to be the child of somebody rich/powerful. Of course, as you wanted to say, the reason has nothing to do with genetic.

about 3 months ago

Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

gutnor Re:Simple (311 comments)

He chose the example of Chaplin fucking teenagers ... that's also a classic hero trope ?

about 5 months ago

Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

gutnor Re:Simple (311 comments)

heroic dying hero

Parent explained that Jobs could be a giant cunt because history would only remember his achievements, not his weaknesses. How the fuck did you read that as treating him as a hero. That's about as anti-hero description as you could get: "Yeah, he did some good stuff, not by courage, just because he had nothing to lose and tried all sort of shits to be remembered"

You can get toilet printed with its picture if you need to vent you anger.

about 5 months ago

Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

gutnor Re:Watch Out for PETA (466 comments)

Maybe we will go back to reasonable population of those animals, raised on regular farm and not in factories. "Vegan" meat will essentially replace cheap meat, there will still be a market for $60 per kilo sirloin.

about 5 months ago

Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

gutnor Re:As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

Yeah, sure Amazon buys a product, remove one of its feature because they want bigger margins than the company they bought it from, but we should blame Apple. And next we should also blame Obama for not gifting Amazon with a copyright exemption so they can distribute the comics the way they want without having to give a cut of their profit to some stupid copyright owners.

about 5 months ago

Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

gutnor Re:Tesla (394 comments)

All cars of in that price range have quirks that don't make the news, it is just Tesla. That's the flip side of all the positive media hype surrounding Tesla: extravagant CEO, car company from silicon valley, aggressive communication ( eg: to defend the car after a mild review ), ...

about 5 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

gutnor Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Well if you look at the summary, she does not call it justice, she calls it punishment.

about 6 months ago

Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

gutnor Re:Oh... (144 comments)

I tend to take it with a very large dose of salt

Well taking that much salt will clog your arteries and you will die in horrible suffering studies say :-)

about 6 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

gutnor Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (281 comments)

Welcome to real life. HR is run on a budget like everything else in a company. Even if they were technically able to, they simply do not have the resource to properly assess everybody. So like everybody else in this life, they look for external sign of competence. A degree is such a sign, recommendation of a friend is another one, resume that fits the requirement perfectly, ...

On the flip side, it works in your way too. Why do you think that most development job is not done in cheapo place like India, China, ... ? That's not because there is nobody as good as you are over there, it is just that they don't know how to find them. So enjoy working from home as a developer, providing exactly the same service a Mexican would provide for a third of the price, if only he could prove his skills.

about 6 months ago

EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

gutnor Re:Dumb (358 comments)

Wasn't that the other way around ? They standardised first the wall part to USB 5V which more or less all constructor (including Apple) followed. Now they want to standardize the other end of the cable, the actual plug in the phone.

BTW, isn't micro-USB limited to some ridiculously small Amp compared to the 2A / 5A / 15A that new devices draw from the cable now ?

about 6 months ago

Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

gutnor Re:Interesting... (263 comments)

There are 2 categories (within the people that really care about giving you real advices, i.e. friends and family) - the true believers that really think in 20 year bitcoin will be the only / most popular currency used on Earth. Considering the limited supply of bitcoin, that means its current value is still several order of magnitude cheaper than when it reaches that goal. So buy 10K in bitcoin today, and in 10 year you will have the equivallent of 1M buying power.

The other category, are the guys that made money out of it. It worked for them, it will work for you, right ? (the same guys that were telling you to buy in the middle of the housing bubble because they sold the house they bought in the 80's for a fortune in 2005)

about 6 months ago


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