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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

miknix Re:Exactly, here is an analogy (280 comments)

Also, from Uber itself:
https://www.uber.com/legal/ind...

These terms and conditions ("User Terms") apply to your visit to and your use of our website at www.uber.com (the "Website"), the Service and the Application (as defined below), as well as to all information, recommendations and/or services provided to you on or through the Website, the Service and the Application.

I wonder what is this "the Service" they keep talking about? :)

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

miknix Re:Exactly, here is an analogy (280 comments)

If I can give car rides to whoever I want, then I will. I'll even charge for gas. I should, I paid for it. The "others" I offer it to are my co-workers, or people who work in the same area. Now, I want you to notice the distinction between a service and a fucking carpool, and explain to me why both are legal, but only one is highly regulated. Break both of them down, and they're the same damn thing.

The way I see it, the difference is that in a service, the receiving party has the expectancy of a certain minimum quality for the service. I also do carpool and I also charge for the gas, the big difference is that I do not advertise my carpool as a service. For example, if I make a commitment to transport a certain individual with me in my car and at the scheduled hour I do not show up, I do not have any explanations to make to the other person. Sure, I'll come through as a f**king a***ole to the other one but that's it.
Question, in Uber, if the Uber taxi does not show up, aren't you going to complain? Isn't there a service put into place to answer those complaints? Well, for me that ends our discussion, doesn't it?

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

miknix Re:Exactly, here is an analogy (280 comments)

And it's hilarious you try and bring up the food industry as an example. What would you do if they decided to bring "regulation" to the food processing industry in the US? Suddenly, you would have to actually pay employees a real (read: regulated) salary to pick tomatoes rather than paying substandard rates to illegal migrant workers, and your produce would be $20/pound as a result.

I would not do anything, I do not live in the US, I do not care.

Where I live, the regulation works and prevents people from dying due to bad food production practices. It also forces food companies to produce food that meets minimum quality standards.
Yes, I pay premium price for my quality fruit and meat, I prefer that way than to start eating food that is half plastic and half chemicals.

Believe me we ARE thinking of this nonsense. We're more thinking how the fuck did this nonsense get to the level it is today with regulation for regulation's sake. You know, like the fact that we have laws wrapped around giving another human being a ride in a car...

You can give car rides to whoever you want, the moment you start making it a service to the others then your service must be regulated.
(notice the distinction between service and favour?)

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

miknix Re:Exactly, here is an analogy (280 comments)

So now I decide to make an app that allows people to order food and goods at convenient prices, just because the food and goodies come from farmers that work for themselves, does it mean that my company and the farmers are not bound to producer/food/economic regulation??

People think twice, this is nonsense.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

miknix Re:Give credit to the first voice-only product (112 comments)

I think this technology can be particularly useful in the kitchen. If you like to cook you certainly know how annoying it is to smear olive oil or butter all over your phone screen while you are trying to bake a cake following an internet recipe :D

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

miknix Re:Who is that? (112 comments)

I was wondering the exact same thing! Why did this article hit the front page, slow news day?

about a month and a half ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

miknix wireless access points, what is this? 2002? (339 comments)

since wireless access points can be had for just a few dollars these days.

Every major phone nowadays allows setting up a softAP, you do not need a frigging wireless AP to send a few "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi beacons..

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

miknix Behold the bluescreen watch! (172 comments)

Wait no more, with this new windows watch you will be able to make pauses during your work and stare a wonderful 8-bit blue.
No need to wait for the 16h to drink your tea, with the windows watch you get random bluescreens every time!

Now available with the new RandomFunctionEx32! It is random 7.9999 times in 8!

Call now, and get a free copy of Windows 10 Fisher price edition!

about 2 months ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

miknix Re:Indeed. Let's also sue the white pages... (225 comments)

Indeed. Let's also sue the white pages because they list the phone numbers of people that do prostitution and sell drugs.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

miknix Re: With all this progress on HIV, (64 comments)

The thing is that as horrible as it may sound, cancer is part of evolution. When there is a genetic mutation, there is high change it turns out into just cancer but it can also turn out into another eye color, or immunity against a virus. If you put a CRC into our genome, then we could never evolve genetically anymore. But then, well, some say our natural process of genetic evolution stopped the moment we learned to change the genome.

about 5 months ago
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

miknix Re:This article is a load of PR bullsh*t (102 comments)

From TFA [1]:

Apache's position is much stronger when considering only Active Sites — it retains an absolute majority of 52.3%, and second place is held by nginx (14.4%), rather than Microsoft (11.3%). By excluding much of the automatically-generated content present on the internet, the Active Sites metric better reflects web server market share amongst human-maintained web sites. (emphasis by me)

[1] http://news.netcraft.com/archi...

about 7 months ago
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Netcraft: Microsoft Closing In On Apache Web Server Lead

miknix Re:This article is a load of PR bullsh*t (102 comments)

Please mod parent up.

What a load of PR bullshit this article is. If people actually care reading the netcraft results [1], you will see that in ACTIVE WEBSITES the Microsoft webserver is falling below 12% during the last two years, while Apache has been well over 50%, despite all other webservers gaining place (Nginx for example).

[1] http://news.netcraft.com/archi...

about 7 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

miknix Re:A cat (800 comments)

There's nothing worse than seeing an animal suffer, even if that animal is considered by many to be vermin.

That's why the car ethics algorithm, besides heading into the cat, need to accelerate as well. :D

[Disclaimer: Although I dislike cats as a pet, I respect them as animals and would never (and have never) hurt them.)]

about 7 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

miknix Re:A cat (800 comments)

definitely, a cat, I hate them.

about 7 months ago
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Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

miknix Re: How much RAM? (197 comments)

Aha, the UI was in Portuguese. I thought the language depended on your login and was not hard-coded into the blog, guess not!
Regarding not being able to leave a comment there, can you provide more info? I checked through all the settings and everything seems fine. You just need a Google or OpenID login.

The keyboard (YAMAHA PSR E-333) has a generic USB MIDI connection (no wave audio, just midi), it works perfectly with the usbmidi kernel module and is shown as a bidirectional MIDI device in ALSA. I can record MIDI events from the keyboard using (for example) Rosegarden and also use the keyboard as a general midi output (instead of timidity++). For someone who just started messing with this, I find it pretty cool.
By the way, since ALSA is also used in Linux/ARM, I expect that it will work the same way.

I was wondering if I could actually use my phone (since it has a MHL connection) instead of a beagleboard/cubepc/raspi. The thing is I need both the HDMI and USB ports but they are both in the same connector : \

about a year ago
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Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

miknix Re: How much RAM? (197 comments)

I was not planning creating one but maybe that would be cool. I'll setup something tonight then,. I'll drop the link here, maybe you guys have some good ideas.

Basically I want rosegarden and timidity to work. I didn't check yet if rosegarden can be built for ARM. Timidity can be built for ARM.
Regarding the distribution, I'm going to create something dedicated using Gentoo.

  Then I'll need to find a good input device. I thought about using a cheap resistive touch panel over the LCD. But maybe that's not the best. A mouse is out of the question.

about a year ago
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Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

miknix Re: How much RAM? (197 comments)

I am considering purchasing one to make it some sorts if midi station connected to my piano keyboard. I already have a laptop LCD screen in place of the partiture, so this is just the last piece of the cake.

about a year ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

miknix Re:Beware of Microsofties bearing gifts (535 comments)

I'll be impressed if this passes regulation.. If it does, any chance of bringing this to European courts?

about a year ago

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Virtualbox OSS outperforms VMWare.

miknix miknix writes  |  more than 7 years ago

miknix writes "Virtualbox which came to the opensource scene some time ago is now outperforming VMWare workstation/player in speed. But don't think this is a minimal difference, because VBox looks supersonic near VMWare, maybe because it is now supporting AMD-V and Intel VT-x extensions.

I was testing the SVM extension of my new Turion 64 X2 on my Gentoo-amd64 linux when got amazed by virtualbox speed. I googled about this and looks like I'm not the only one."

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