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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

supernova87a good news (145 comments)

Good for Tesla. And justly bad for entrenched sleazy car dealer interests.

The auto dealer protection laws were put in place to prevent local dealerships / franchisees from being screwed by automotive manufacturers at one time in history. Now they themselves wield that law to screw automotive manufacturers and the consumer.

Let them be screwed by a more innovative company again, and the tables be turned to the side of the consumer for once...

yesterday
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

supernova87a Re:Urban Fetch (138 comments)

Well, not that it won't have some of the same pitfalls (and I think this is dangerous territory for them to be getting into), but most delivery companies start by trying to build the infrastructure for a delivery service with no other business to support / justify such an infrastructure.

Here, Uber already has a significant infrastructure that serves a somewhat profitable business, that it's trying to increase the utilization of. Like taxi services offering package delivery (but which you rarely hear about anyone using).

yesterday
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HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division

supernova87a a blip on the way to slow death (35 comments)

HP is a drowning man, desperately grasping for any lead, imaginary or not, that might save them. The leadership bankrupted and hollowed out a solid line of printer products and other devices, in order to prop up stupid, non-distinctive hardware whose design was phoned in to imagine grabbing some market share with no other purpose. Their PCs, laptops, tablets are a joke. The major purchaser of their equipment are corporations who buy because they extract big discounts from a struggling company with little direction on where to make the important investments.

Buying a position in the cloud will be a small hiccup on the way to significant slashing of their portfolio, whether they do it voluntarily or because they're forced to soon. HP is too late to the cloud game, where others have already rolled out products and services that customers actually want. They would have to bring a rockstar team to make this a piece of their business that sets them apart, and invest enough to catch up and turn helpful levels of profit. Otherwise, they just bought a huge commodity business that lets them say that they're "getting into cloud in a big way", which will turn into a quiet side pursuit within 2 years...

4 days ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

supernova87a Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

Yeah, sure. But most of the people in the military are hardly putting their lives on the line. They're working in warehouses, changing tires, sitting at a desk doing analysis.

I find it amusing / annoying / ignorant when random people go up to someone in uniform and "thank you for your sacrifice". That's part of the brainwashing of the public to believe that military = heroes. For every 1 hero there are 100 normal unremarkable people. Just like in regular life. Why do we treat all the military like they're the 1% ?

5 days ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

supernova87a Re:Free? (121 comments)

Does patriotism today only count if you're in the military?

The way we glorify military service over all types of contribution / sacrifice for the national interest is pretty amazing these days. It's like the movies have brainwashed us into believing that soldiers are the only national heroes around.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

supernova87a why are you volunteering information? (499 comments)

The thing about government checks is that they will take whatever you give them and examine it to death. Just deprive them of information -- by not volunteering things that are not verifiable -- and you will generally avoid getting into these situations. Not that it's reasonable to hold certain things against you, but just save yourself the trouble. Sometimes I think people are a little too honest for their own good.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

supernova87a let's not go crazy here (471 comments)

I for one, am very uncomfortable with all this technology being suddenly rammed down our throats. I need to be eased into it, so I propose: the Apple Pocketwatch. For the 19th century styled gentleman. When you want to find out what time it is or read your messages, you pull out the Apple Pocketwatch, so you don't have to pull out the iPhone.

about a week ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

supernova87a Re:legal loopholes? (184 comments)

No, it doesn't interfere with other devices' radio signals. Those signals are untouched. It gives other devices a command that they choose to process and disconnect from the network. That's why it could be a loophole. The FCC statement regards jamming, noise, and analog kinds of interference. I don't think this falls into the FCC's traditional definitions of interference.

about a week ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

supernova87a legal loopholes? (184 comments)

Perhaps this device could actually fall through some legal loopholes?

It doesn't interfere with radio signals themselves (per FCC). It doesn't interfere with legally protected phone communications (also FCC). It takes advantage of wireless standards that have been adopted, but that themselves have little legal protection.

All it's doing is sending instructions that devices happen to listen to and obey. Bad on the hardware protocols that they allow any equipment to issue these unverified types of commands?

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

supernova87a cost-benefit (105 comments)

When you compare against all the other assinine things that $58 M have been spent on (to the tune of being merely a drop of the bucket in larger spending bills) within pork programs, we should be jumping to take advantage of helping in this situation. The level of waste in this kind of spending is close to zero.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

supernova87a clothes are the problem (182 comments)

Yes, LN2 will run off your skin and generally dissipate very quickly, but I believe you have to be very careful regarding clothing. Because the liquid will soak into and saturate fibers, which then are a real problem because you have a freezing liquid in contact with your skin which can cause burns.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

supernova87a Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

I am canadian, and if we are the most scientiically literate. I really pity the rest of you.

If this is what passes for grammar and sentence construction in the most scientifically literate country, I really do pity all the rest of us.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

supernova87a reality check (299 comments)

The average person should worry much more about their phone being stolen than being interfered with by the government on their way to a protest. Maybe it's time to stop trading off the useful in the name of the hypothetical.

about a month ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

supernova87a simple! all it takes is... (166 comments)

Sure, no problem!

All you have to do to create the environment for IT talent to want to work in government is to get rid of a culture of more importance on process than outcome, a culture of not getting fired even if you don't do any useful work, and power and advancement based more on perception and political maneuvering in front of people who don't know talent when they see it, instead of results. Oh, and constant interference by politicians who can't be bothered to appreciate what your work required, but are happy to use it as a tool for their own means.

I'm sure all that will be easy!

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

supernova87a an easy choice (125 comments)

One very simple reason I never use Lyft over UberX: Lyft refuses to put in a fare estimation tool.

So even if they could be possibly cheaper than Uber or a taxi, I'm not going to get in a Lyft not knowing even roughly how much it's going to cost.

I have no idea why they choose not to be transparent about even a rough estimate of my ride cost. Saying that the per-city rate table on their website satisfies that function is a joke.

about a month ago
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New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

supernova87a Navdy will get their pants sued off (142 comments)

HUD is a reasonable tool to augment driving information. It makes sense for maps, directions, vehicle alerts. Does not make sense for "luxury" and distraction-causing activities like texting, videos, anything in that area.

Opening up this can of worm is so directly linkable to liability for accidents, that I would be surprised if this company survives the first lawsuit.

about a month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

supernova87a by extrapolation (778 comments)

Well if there are no ill effects, why don't we raise the minimum wage to $30 so that everyone gets to join in this wonderful phenomenon?

about 2 months ago
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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

supernova87a Re:link to the pdf? (50 comments)

Thanks so much!

about 2 months ago
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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

supernova87a link to the pdf? (50 comments)

Does anyone have a better link to the document to download and view? The browser on that Muckrock site is supremely annoying.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

supernova87a show me why (1040 comments)

I object to the $15 minimum wage. It should be even higher, like $30. Or for that matter, why don't we make it $50 / hour, if it raises people out of poverty and makes their lives better?

Aside from supply/demand for labor, I see very little factual support for why a wage *should* be a certain level.

about 3 months ago

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Cat has uncanny ability to fortell patients' death

supernova87a supernova87a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

supernova87a writes "The New England Journal of Medicine has reported on a cat with an uncanny (and perhaps disturbing) ability — the ability to predict within a few hours when a person is going to die. Oscar the cat, has been correct in 25 consecutive cases so far on the geriatric dementia ward where he resides in Rhode Island. The sight of him curled up next to a patient signals the nursing staff to call family to accompany their loved one, as death is imminent. Is it biochemical, feline alertness, or just warm blankets? BBC, local sources, and others have picked up the story."

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