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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

tipo159 Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

From the linked story:

The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.

Lots of people drive their cars because it is enjoyable to drive. But I guess that isn't a reason to drive.

about a month ago

Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

tipo159 Re:Odd material selection (162 comments)

According to a JPL article, "During their exploration of Mars, the rovers have recorded temperatures ranging from midday highs of about 35 degrees C" (Source link). Making the range a round number like 40 C seems reasonable in this instance.

about a month ago

If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

tipo159 Re:Ready in 30 years (305 comments)

I have been hearing that fusion is about 30 years away since I first heard about fusion power 32 years ago. So, it was funny to read TFA and see the date of when it might be available as 30-odd years away.

about a month ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

tipo159 Re: It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

I have an iPhone, an iPad mini (with a keyboard cover) and a laptop. I always have my phone with me. Whether I also bring the iPad (and whether I also bring its keyboard cover) or the laptop depends on stuff like where I expect that I might be able to get work done, how much stuff I want to lug around and the specific tasks that I expect that I will try to do.

My mom hasn't even bothered to figure out why she can't connect her laptop to her Mifi, so seldom uses it, because she can do everything that she needs to do with her tablet.

There are a lot of people here who seem to take the view "well, it doesn't work for me, so how useful can it be". If you feel strongly enough about it to post the opinion, maybe you should look beyond examples that confirm your bias.

about a month and a half ago

Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

tipo159 Re:Why the Australians? (92 comments)

So while everyone assumes that MH370 crashed due to the pilot committing suicide ...

Who is this everyone of which you speak? A pilot committing suicide drops the plane into water/ground when he decides it is time to go. MH370 flew until it ran out of fuel and then went down. That does not seem like what a pilot committing suicide would let happen.

about a month and a half ago

How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

tipo159 Re:Snake Oil (114 comments)

A problem is, for all of the data that they have available, at least among the group of people that I have discussed this with, Facebook is not doing a very good job at analyzing that data. For example, they grouped a friend into the "Politics (US Conservative) audience" despite the fact that he scored 90+% Green and Democratic Party (and under 15% Republican) on the "I Side With ..." FB application.

about a month and a half ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

tipo159 Re:Flat UI Design (165 comments)

Clearly you are not the only one. The flat UI seems to be the hot idea among UI designers and I am sure that they are all impressing themselves with their work. But, to me, as a user, it is just a gratuitous change that does not contribute to the UI's usability. And, to my kernel s/w engineer eyes, it, for the most part, doesn't look as good as what it is replacing.

I wonder how long I will be able to get by with OS X Mavericks.

about 2 months ago

Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

tipo159 Legitimate engineering uses (98 comments)

Apple is often prone to adding capabilities without thinking through the security implications. But this researcher should do some more research into what constitutes legitimate engineering uses.

From TFA:

“Some of this data shouldn’t be on the phone. HFSMeta creates a disk image of everything that’s on the phone, not the content but the metadata,” Zdziarski said. “There’s not even an engineering use for that.”

I can imagine plenty of legitimate uses of just metadata. For example, the old iOS backup mechanism basically took a snapshot of everything and something like HFSMeta could be used to identify the files that have changed so only those files are backed up.

about 2 months ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

tipo159 Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

>we had enough regulation already, look where it got us.

To the most economically, technologically and military powerful nation the planet?

America only started falling off once Reagan and Clinton started busting unions, signing free trade treaties, giving amnesties to illegal aliens and deregulating wall street.

Actually, no. America started falling off in the late 60s.

about 2 months ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

tipo159 Re:What the senator is really saying... (529 comments)

Unless you are Native American, you are a foreign worker too.

My most recent immigrant ancestor came to North America in 1869.

How many generations of ancestors have to born in an area before their descendants can claim to be native to that area?

There is a good chance that the people living in a particular area in North America when the Europeans arrived are not descendants of the very first people ever to inhabitant that area. Were they foreign as well?

about 2 months ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re: Black box data streaming (503 comments)

It really looks like it was the separatists who did it, using Russian weapons.

Or captured Ukrainian weapons ...

about 2 months ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

However, how often are black boxes not recovered?

After the AF447 crash, there was a push for real-time flight data. However, the people who argued "the flight data recorder was recovered 90+% of the time, so it is unnecessary" ultimately won the argument. I had a link to a story about this from back then, but I can't find it.

Meanwhile, I found this link to a NY Times article that was written before the post-AF447 real-time flight data discussion was settled. It seems that we keep having the same discussion over and over again.

about 2 months ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

tipo159 Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

If you are referring to MH370, no, it didn't. There were roughly hourly handshakes initiated by the ground station and a final handshake initiated by the aircraft (likely when it ran out of fuel).

Here is a report on flight MH370 done by the Australian Transportation Safety Board that describes how the search area was established - ATSB Search Area report. The analysis of the satellite communications starts on page 17.

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

tipo159 Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Did you read article? The police had given up on the chase before the guy crashed the Tesla that the final time.

According to the source, "the pursuit was terminated because there wasn’t enough time or police resources in the area to catch up with the vehicle." It didn't help that the pursuing officers were involved with a minor collision of their own.

about 2 months ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

tipo159 Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

I hope that you aren't referring to MH370. What happened on the flight is unknown and some kind of terrorist action is only one possibility. If it was an act of terrorism, without confirmation that it was terrorism, it failed to accomplish a primary goal of terrorism, which is to create terror.

Why is killing a couple hundred people on a plane an attractive option when there are easier ways to kill more people in a way that gets more publicity?

about 2 months ago

Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

tipo159 Re:I love getting into strangers' cars (273 comments)

What's with this obsession with licensing?

The skills that one has to demonstrate to get a commercial drivers license is higher than to get a regular car drivers license. Same goes for a motorcycle license. Why shouldn't one need to demonstrate a higher level of skills in order to be allowed to get paid to drive other people around.

I don't trust Uber to verify that their drivers have the skills needs to drive me around safely. Uber's background check that somehow missed one of their drivers was a sex offender.

about 3 months ago

Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

tipo159 Re:Good? (273 comments)

Where are mod points when I need them?

about 3 months ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

tipo159 Re:Families come first (370 comments)

It takes a couple of years experience to become good and productive.

I was productive at my first job out of college after a month. My group has hired a lot of new grads in the last year or so and they have all gotten up to speed pretty quickly.

Google and Microsoft has fucked up hiring for everyone with their idiotic interview questions

See, the fact is companies have no clue how to get the best.

Both of these are very true.

about 3 months ago

Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

tipo159 Re:It's an artform (240 comments)

What he said!

I shoot B&W film, but scan in the negs and make prints on a printer. There is density that you can get with B&W film and playing with processing time that is hard to reproduce with a DSLR.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

tipo159 Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (702 comments)

I had a 12" Powerbook G4 that I sold a couple of years ago. It was just too slow to running the applications that I needed to run.

I still have a Powerbook 540c (from 1995) that I play SimTower on. I also use it as a serial console for my collection of Sun lunchbox systems and Axil 320 SPARCstation 20 clone. They still all still run (despite PROM battery failures), but I don't use them frequently.

about 5 months ago



Job seekers asked for Facebook and other passwords in job interviews

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tipo159 writes "In this story, some employers are asking prospective employees for their Facebook and other passwords during the job interview. And the job market is tight enough that people are willingly providing passwords."
Link to Original Source

Petition for a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen

tipo159 tipo159 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tipo159 (1151047) writes "The Seattle Times is running a story on a local coffee shop that is collecting signatures on a petition to have a 300-foot tall statue of Paul Allen built in a local park ( Mr. Allen owns a significant amount of real estate in the area (South Lake Union) and has been behind a lot of development there. This has had its positives (safer to walk around at night) and negatives (more expensive, ugly new buildings). Similarly, signers of the petition range from people who want to thank Mr. Allen for he has done for the area to people who want to mock the huge influence that he has had. If the statue can't go in the park, an alternate proposal would have the statue standing astride a major freeway exit akin to the Colossus of Rhodes. That's what I want to see!"


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