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Comment Re:I hate worker exploitation (Score 1) 130

Hob, aka Old Hob, aka The Devil.

That's a nice folk etymology, and completely wrong.
Thomas Hobson was a real guy, running a livery stable. Any customer had to pick the horse stabled closest to the door - take it or leave it.
"Old Hob" didn't appear as an expression until the mid-18th century, around 200 years after Hobson's choice was already an established term.

Comment Re:Innovation (Score 2) 356

I was not a believer. I hated the fact that he was pushing such an outdated design for a kernel.

Old does not imply outdated.
We still drive cars with steering wheels, because it's a bloody good design.

What many young whippersnappers tend to forget is that when something has survived for decades, there are likely good reasons for it. Unless you understand those reasons, resist the temptation to change things, and instead launch an alternative and let competing products fight based on merit and not edicts.

Comment Re:I hate worker exploitation (Score 2) 130

A contractor produces results for a fee. If the purchaser of the service wishes to retain control over anything other than the results, then they need an employee, not a contractor.

An express contract can certainly have clauses and riders that go beyond the end result. Government contracts in particular are full of them.

However, Uber's contract appears to be an adhesion contract, which is basically one side dictating terms, making it a Hobson's choice. For those kind of contracts, judges have often struck down what can be considered unreasonable, because one side was not allowed to influence the terms.

Comment Re:It's simple really (Score 1) 118

They just won't pay someone to develop it right.

No, I don't think that's the case. Any security you pay for is introduced too late. No exceptions. You can't hire security-minded thinking. You need to get everyone to think of security to start with, instead of trying to hire security, and it won't cost nearly as much.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 118

IT needs to clearly document what the threats are and the resources requested to mitigate the threats.

I think that's part of the problem. Those who have enough technical insight to see the actual problems aren't the same people who communicate with upper management, or have skills in doing so.

Of course, there are also unreasonable requirements too, like being able to document how likely each scenario is, or how high the corporate costs of any breech will be, given that IT isn't privy to the economic details of damage done to the rest of the business. So there will be a lot of SWAG, which may well end up as "too expensive" after being filtered through five layers uphill.

Too many walls; too many layers.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

1. Credit/debit cards cannot be used for peer-to-peer transactions.

Not entirely true. Some ATMs allow using a debit card to do a giro transfer, for immediate deposit to the payee's account.
If you don't have your 2-factor authentication for doing it online, it saves you and the teller from having to do it inside a bank branch.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

Most antiquated? Maybe in the developed world, not in the world as a whole. Spend some time in developing countries and you'll see that your statement is more than a little hyperbolic.

I have, and the situation is that most developing countries have more modern banking systems than the US does. They have moved past cheques, for example, and have systems allowing direct credit to other people's accounts.
I think it's you who are unaware of how the rest of the world (including developing countries) has pulled ahead of the US in some areas.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

Let me se if I have this right: if petson A wants to send person b (both live in the us) person a must tell person b (via bs bank) to request a trensfer from person as accont in oeson as bank.. bacwards indeed, i hope i misunderstood something

No, that's pretty much it. That's often done by sending the recipient a cheque, which the recipient takes to his bank, and the bank contacts the sender's bank to get the money. That might take a week. It can be speeded up by buying a money order, which is basically a bank cheque. Then the "clearing" time is less.

For my fellow Americans: How it works in most of the world is that when A wants to pay B, he asks for and gets B's account number, and instructs his bank to deposit the funds into that account. B gets full access to the money within seconds.
For private accounts, there's usually no charge either, on either side.
For recurring payments, you don't authorize the payee to withdraw from your account, but set up a recurring payment job with your own bank. You control when it gets paid.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 5, Informative) 141

Sweden, like most of Europe has a payer initiated system. USA doesn't. Here, all transfers are started by the receiving side (payee), and then the payer (or bank or credit institution on behalf of the sender) have to approve it.
So a giro system isn't possible, and bank account numbers becomes private information to be guarded.

Yes, it's pretty damn backwards. Hell, a large portion of Americans still pay by cheque. And credit and debit cards still have a magnetic strip. Even those that have a chip still have the magnetic strip. And raised letters. As late as last year, I paid in a store where they rolled carbon paper over the card to get an imprint. No, I'm not kidding.
The bank I use (one of America's largest) doesn't even have two-factor authentication for its online banking, something my European bank had back in '98.

It's by far the most antiquated banking system I have encountered anywhere in the world, yet Americans believe they're the most advanced nation on the planet...
To Americans, PayPal seems like a miracle of convenience...

Comment Re:Line Copyright Infringement (Score 1) 146

10 counts?

If he sent 1 million fraudulent emails, why isn't it 1 million counts?

Proving one million counts would take longer than the rest of his life, and in the mean time he would be out on bail, racking up legal fees that nobody will ever pay while lawyers argued each and every case.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 2) 357

Exactly you can reroute a bit but travel faster if you avoid congestion.

Making a left turn on an unregulated intersection is easier if there is moderate congestion. Holes will always appear, and cars go slow enough that you can take advantage of them. It's when the traffic flows smoothly at a higher speed, but there's enough of it that you can't get across that there's a real problem.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

With all the data Goggle has on moving vehicles, they probably know *that* Route A is faster than route B for a specific time of day, even though they probably don't know *why*

The problem with Google is that the path finding is really only effective for where they have a large amount of data from people who have driven all the various paths. I.e. cities and suburbs. It's not useful for rural areas where they have little data except the overall traffic flow. There, algorithms that factor in left turns (and especially unregulated left turns) might be more effective.

You can be stuck at an unregulated left turn during rush hour traffic for a considerable amount of time, especially if the road is not congested enough that holes in the traffic appear. Making a right turn to go two miles to a traffic light where you can do a u-turn can be a time saver.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 357

And if the time waiting to turn left is significant, then the savings from not burning gas while idling at an intersection could be significant as well.

Many modern vehicles turn the engine off while stopped, eliminating idling.

But time can be saved by not having to wait for left turns, especially in areas without traffic lights. Modern GPS route programs could benefit from taking this into account, and especially correlated with time of day and traffic. (At 4 AM, you probably won't have to wait to do a turn, but at 4 PM, it might be a significant factor.)

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