Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany
Many regulations are in place to assure safety and the public good. However, all too often, the regulated get control of the regulatory agencies ("regulatory capture") and then regulations are created to preserve the incumbents dominant market position and/or business model.
Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots
As a relatively pleased Time-Warner customer I am sooooo looking forward to Comcast acquiring TW.
Which desktop environment do you like the best?
Because I really like the idea of a desktop UI attached to a tablet UI with bungee cords (not).
Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?
Motion detector triggering MP3 playback
(Loud cheery voice) "Intruder detected. Self-destruct sequence initiated ..."
How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet
I agree - but with the proposed Comcast / TW merger, things appear to be moving in the opposite direction.
Also, I'd like to see a defined split between bandwidth and content providers. Allow companies to offer one or the other, but not both.
SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'
Simply tax profits on all equities held for less than 5 minutes at 100%. Problem solved.
NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car
Also the NYPD still has a mounted horse patrol unit.
In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
They could replace the hole with a net. Then instead of a golf ball, golfers could throw a plastic disc. They could call it, oh, wait, nevermind.
How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
I expect deaf culture, blind culture, amputee culture, etc. will disappear and the re-appear as implants, prosthetics and other assistive technology gets better and better.
"What you mean you CAN'T see into the infrared and you don't have 100X zoom? You mundanes are so pathetic".
Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta
It's a trap!!
Seriously why would you use something as bloated as Windows for a mobile or embedded device? Why would you use proprietary "free" software, which will become NOT free when the market gets large enough?
Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials
When the ship's computer wakes you early to report a strange distress signal from an previously uncharted star system - reset the navigation towards earth and go back to suspended animation.
Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...
Paper currency - it's valuable because governments say its valuable and millions of businesses accept it.
Gold - its valuable because its historically been valuable, quantities are limited, and it's exchangeable for paper currency.
Bitcoin - its valuable cause bitcoin miners say its valuable and some very dodgy businesses accept it.
Bitcoin - no, thanks
SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA
Bill of Rights - 4th Amendment to US Constitution:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized".
Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty
Humans have been turning desert into agricultural land via irrigation since the time of the Mesopotamians. Most of California is too dry to maintain agriculture and cities without irrigation. Which was working well until the government decided to dump massive amounts of water to protect a bait fish.
Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty
Or California could stop diverting water to protect the Delta Smelt.
Wolfram Language Demo Impresses
Someone reminiscent of APL which critics called the first 'write-only' programming language.
Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
Sarah Connor is unavailable for comment.
I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...
My favorite series are 1632 and Honor Harrington. Also, the Harry Dresden series - but that's not science fiction.
Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
1) Retract interior cameras
2) Rapidly spray interior of vehicle with paint
3) Extend interior camera
Repeat at 10 second intervals
Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer
If Google, Apple, and Facebook are not welcome in the San Francisco, I'm sure there are a lot of other places that would welcome them.
For instance, taxes and cost of living are much lower in Ohio. Plus we have all this lovely snow.
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