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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

shortscruffydave Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (417 comments)

Indeed. Jack Rosenthal's "The Knowledge" gives a great insight into how they learn all of this...it's available on DVD and is worth tracking down.

about 3 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

shortscruffydave Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (417 comments)

What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.

And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.

In saying that, you demonstrate that you have no idea how good London cabbies are at their job, an dhow hard they have to work to get to that position.

They are vetted and must have no criminal record, and they are regulated by the Public Carriage Office

The Knowledge is notoriously difficult, and leads to them having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the streets of central London - something like every street in a 10 mile radius of Charing Cross, every hotel, cinema, theatre, etc. Every time they've been put into competition with a SatNav, the route they calculate *in their head* is superior to anything that technology can come up with.

There's no way some guy with a smartphone app can be seen as anything like a peer for a proper London Cabbie.

about 3 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

shortscruffydave "Drones" vs "RC aircraft" (297 comments)

Everyone seems to be getting all gussied up about drones, but (excuse my ignorance here) what's the difference between drones and remote control aircraft? People seem to have been playing happily with the latter for years, but when they get called "drones", they're seen as evil?

about 3 months ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

shortscruffydave Engines (353 comments)

If the main thing about this aircraft is it's high speed, it seems odd to me that the replica is going to be powered by engines which will only allow it to reach a fraction of the quoted max speed

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

shortscruffydave my preferred approach (716 comments)

Accept that there will be a certain degree of bugginess in code, and cater for this in project timescales, workload allocation, etc. As bugs get teased out of the product, they get fixed. It's all part of the process, and implicitly it's accepted that developers will include some bugs in their code (for which the testing process is included in the development lifecycle) BUT....there is a limit as to how much bugginess a single developer can be responsible for. When their output drops below an acceptable standard, i.e. bugs:code ratio is not good enough, then they get fired.

about 5 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

shortscruffydave Re:Picasso (360 comments)

Copying your work to give away for free or to sell should have a much much shorter leash, as should the privilege to restrict others from creating new things based on your work. 5 years seems more than enough to me in this digital age.

Why? Why the hell should that be the case? If I pour loads of MY time and MY effort and MY resources into creating something, then it's MY creation and I want to keep it then I can, because it's MINE.

Sorry, but it just boils my p**s that everyone these days just thinks they have a God*-given right for unfettered access to anything they like for free,

* other deities may be available

about 6 months ago
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Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

shortscruffydave Re:$136? (231 comments)

The US dollar is backed by the world's largest economy

Please remind me, how big is the national debt of the country with the world's largest economy?

about 6 months ago
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More Bad News For the F-35

shortscruffydave What's left of the UK Navy (401 comments)

At least the UK's carrier building programme is running slow...it'd just be embarrassing if we had carriers but no planes to put on them....

about 6 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

shortscruffydave Re:Soylent Grey is really _____ ! (543 comments)

It's not green, so it doesn't have people in it yet. So what secret will we discover is the ingredient in Soylent Grey?

Old people

about 6 months ago
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Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

shortscruffydave Re:This is new? (207 comments)

Now that they've got that one nailed down, they should do a similar study to test certain long-held theories about bicyclist behavior in the Tour de France.

You mean maybe the birds can fly long distances because they're off their faces on drugs?

about 6 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

shortscruffydave Re:Holy tone-deaf (1431 comments)

“We encourage our patrons to remember that they are sharing a common wish to be entertained and to treat their fellow moviegoers with courtesy and respect.”

Is there any greater display of courtesy and respect for someone than not shooting them dead?

about 6 months ago
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Debug.js: A JavaScript VM and In-Browser Debugger In Pure JS Generators

shortscruffydave Re:man I wish (34 comments)

I know nothing about java,

This is about JavaScript, so that shouldn't be an issue then....

about 7 months ago
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How One Man Turns Annoying Cold Calls Into Cash

shortscruffydave Re:So Full Of Win! (227 comments)

It's just a shame he could only make 7p/minute from it. What happened to £1/minute premium rate lines?

Actually, going for a cheaper rate is a smart move. A lot of companies block outgoing calls to >=£1/minute numbers, but something in the region of 10p/minute could slip through those filters....that allows him to get - and make money from - calls that he might not get if he'd gone for a more expensive line. And yes, I agree - epic win

about a year ago
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MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

shortscruffydave Re:They brought back Clippy (174 comments)

That .. would actually make sense to the 2 or 3 people who actually miss Clippy.

FTFY

about a year ago
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10 Wearable Habitats To Shelter You From the Apocalypse

shortscruffydave Red Hot Chilli Peppers (135 comments)

The 4th one reminds me of something from a Red Hot Chilli Peppers video

about a year ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

shortscruffydave Re:famous for being famous (277 comments)

where are the new products now? where is the innovation now? where is the creative vision now?

about a year ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

shortscruffydave famous for being famous (277 comments)

Apple seems to be more about the rumours and the stories about their products nowadays, more so than being about their product innovations. Makes me think of 'C' list celebrities, who are really famous for being famous rather than for anything substantive that they might actually do

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?

shortscruffydave Depends on who you're working with (514 comments)

See title

I'm in England, and English is the only language I speak fluently. I know a smattering of French, Arabic and German, all of which occasionally come in handy as sometimes work with people for whom one of those languages in their mother tongue.

Every so often I think "it'd be worth me learning to speak better French", but then a few months later projects/priorities change and I find myself thinking the same about Arabic, or whatever. If I was working on projects for customers in Spain or Mexico, I'd be thinking about learning Spanish.

I don't think there's a definitive answer to this. I have found though that even knowing how to greet someone in their own language can do a lot to endear you to them, as it shows you're making some sort of effort

Also, I often find, because the English are notoriously bad at learning other languages, that foreigners will naturally converse with me in English. In any context, it's really good to be aware of any cultural-specific things which you need to be aware of (e.g. certain hand-gestures considered commonplace in one culture are offensive in others, which pocket you place a business card in is really important in Japan, etc)

about a year and a half ago

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ISPs to target illegal file sharers

shortscruffydave shortscruffydave writes  |  about 6 years ago

shortscruffydave (638529) writes "As reported in this BBC story ISPs are going to be taking action against people engaged in file sharing. If it's just to act against illegal file sharing, then I guess that's fair enough as their actions are intended to prevent illegal activity on their networks, but there's no detail in the story as to whether they can differentiate between illegal and legal file sharing."
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Apple defacements.....or not?

shortscruffydave shortscruffydave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shortscruffydave (638529) writes "The Register is reporting on a series of anti-Apple-Fanboy defacements on a series of websites. The thing is, the defacements aren't really hacks at all, at least according to one publisher who says images posing as defacements on Apple Matters and iPhone Matters were, in fact, ill-considered "publicity stunts" that were designed to appear as breaches."

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