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Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

Tempest8008

This was tweeted about 5hrs ago:

CommBank ‏@CommBank 5h

NetBank does not (and did not) use OpenSSL. All customer data is safe. More detail here: https://www.commbank.com.au/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-heartbleed.html?ei=r1_ta_c1_al …

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

Tempest8008

Re: Probably for the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines

Aspartame is one of the most studied artificial sweeteners.

Over 200 studies have concluded it's not dangerous, again, in reasonable quantities.

Any fizzy drink, juice, or even (braces for abuse) alcoholic beverage should not, nor should ever be considered, a replacement for drinking water regularly.

If you sit there and drink ANYTHING (even water) in too much quantity you'll do more than just f*ck up your liver. You'll kill yourself.

I like a Coke from time to time. I like a good craft beer from time to time. I like my cup of tea in the morning. If we assume we take all things in moderation, when I'm at the movie theatre and I see a Freestyle machine I might take a stab at a Vanilla Cherry Coke Zero, just to mix things up.

There's no harm in it.

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Re: Probably for the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines

Yep.

http://www.coca-colafreestyle.com/

Basically it's a machine that combines your choice of beverage on the spot. You want a Diet Caffeine Free Cherry Coke? This thing will mix one up for you. Same for a Lime Barqs, or a Cherry Sprite...

And for all those people going on and on and on about sugars and obesity etc, Coca-Cola's plethora of drink options means that one third of Coke products these days are low or zero calorie. One third. Basically the choice is yours. If you WANT a Coke Classic, go ahead, but as is true with everything, all things in moderation.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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No, no, no...and...no

Wrong direction entirely. Bieber for Blackberry? No...just no.

Blackberry should have ignored the hype and hyperbole and marketed itself solely and wholly as a business communication tool...and continued to upgrade and improve its infrastructure, security and management tools.

End of story.

They should NOT have tried to compete in the popular handheld market where CRapps and games and being able to watch movies on your phone were of paramount importance.

If they'd stuck with their core brands and message they would have been fine, and I'd still be using one at work.

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Right royal rumpus over remote-control 'RoboRoach'

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Angel

It's a bloody cockroach.

I've probably sprayed, squished, squashed, crunched, crumbled, trod on, trod over, trod through, rolled over, burned, blasted, frozen, electrocuted, pinched, cut, sliced, diced, made Julienne Fries out of, and otherwise KILLED thousands of the little bastards.

IT'S

JUST

A

COCKROACH!

I will not anthropomorphose them to any degree.

Would I be okay with this if it were a cat or a mouse? Probably not. Hypocrisy? Not really.

Fish? Go nuts.

Other insects? Absolutely.

Crabs? Sure, why not?

Octopus'? Probably not...they have decent sized brains.

I hear cries of "Slippery slope! Slippery slope!"

But that's okay, I've learned to ignore those voices in my head...

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LOHAN's mighty thruster poised for hot coupling

Tempest8008

Bit of a re-post

Okay, how about this?

Two sockets on either side of the motor UNDER the heat blanket, so they will be nice and toasty.

Two rods (pick your material) that slide up into these sockets, connected via wires to the battery and properly secured to the base plate

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INSIDE those heated sockets, pack them with conductive grease, then insert your rods.

That's right, some double penetration action going on here...

The rods are your means of applying charge to the heating blanket.

That blanket heats those rods in their nice, snug sockets.

The conductive grease gives you a 100% rod-to-socket contact for your electrical connection.

Because the whole thing is inside LOHAN (the innuendos going on here are rather thick on the ground) you reduce the chance of anything icing up. Use some decently insulated wires and the heat from that blanket will propagate along the wire, ensuring where it goes into LOHAN won't ice up either.

And when the rocket fires the rods simply slip free of their nice, warm, and well lubed sockets.

Find some conductive grease which is non-flammable, btw.

I made a picture!

http://i.imgur.com/gHaW5DZ.png?1

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

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No mention of the spin-offs?

There have been at least a couple that I am aware of.

Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures come immediately to mind.

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Microsoft boffins test rival 'Google Glass' geek goggles, say insiders

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Coat

Nothing in SciFi? Look again!

Read "A Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge (and "A Fire Upon the Deep", just because it's a good book, based in the same 'universe').

His version of a HUD is central to the story, is used all over the place, and even has competing operating systems and security thrown in.

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

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LOHAN tattoo homage

Here's my entry:

http://i.imgur.com/r7BT10p.png

I figure if you're going to call the V2 LOHAN, you have to pay homage...

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LOHAN test flight LIVE: All the launch action

Tempest8008

For those not up on things they have recovered the payload.

Aside from a bent nose cone everything looks intact.

Hopefully that means a quick reset and they can send a new balloon up and hopefully reach the appropriate launch height this time.

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Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket

Tempest8008

I can see the Reddit posts already

My "meme-o-metre" is going crazy!

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

Tempest8008

If Microsoft chooses not to be open about this new security method then they are basically depending on Security through Obscurity.

Ask the NSA how well that worked out for them.

Why is this necessary when facial recognition and other biometrics are becoming so commonplace?

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Trollface

This whole thing sucks...

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Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

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Coat

Re: I want a list of the NSFW ones

I saw those, but there MUST be more.

I know because I submitted:

CUNT - Cut-down UNiT

:P

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Tempest8008

I want a list of the NSFW ones

You still must have a raftload of NSFW backronyms that were submitted.

Can we get a post of those for shits and giggles? Even if they aren't in the running to be the 'official' name...

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

Tempest8008

THIS is what you get...

This is what you get when you don't involve your beloved commentards in your construction process.

100 other sets of eyes could have seen that particular potential flaw in your plan and assisted in correcting it.

Your PRISM-like secrecy surrounding this project (I certainly saw nothing regarding it prior to launch in the SPB section) has caused science itself to suffer and deprived us all of an opportunity to ogle some CHAV-tastic footage of the glide and descent.

Shame on you! Shame on you ALL!

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Tempest8008
Meh

Chuck it out of a plane, have it parachute to a given height THEN fire up the rocket and land where you want it to.

Then I'll be REALLY impressed.

Right now I'm just somewhat impressed.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Angel

There's an up side!

Now pesky spy agencies won't be able to bounce a laser off the window to listen to the vibrations in the car and pick out conversations of the passengers!

All they'll get is advertising spam instead.

(I'm a glass half-full kind of person...this whole idea is a raftload of shit)

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Tempest8008
FAIL

Don't know who 9/10 of these people are

At least put photos to the names!

I want to know if he/she LOOKS like what I expect Dr. Who to look like.

Then I can cull a shorter list and look up their acting creds, and whether they can do the requisite running...

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Re: John Hurt is off the list!

Yeah, I'm wondering if it was a societal rather than biological thing.

The Time Lords permitted the Master a new regeneration...and technically speaking the 2nd Doctor's regeneration was forced on him rather than being 'natural'.

Ah, let's face it. If they want him to continue, they'll find a way around the rules they invented.

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Tempest8008
WTF?

John Hurt is off the list!

At the end of Episode 13 of Season 7 - "The Name of the Doctor" they introduced John Hurt as the Doctor.

Doctor Who canon maintains there can only be 12 regenerations of a Time Lord, for a total of 13 lives (the 1st one being the one where he is born, not a regeneration).

So if what we are seeing is not some story skullduggery...John Hurt is the LAST doctor. The result of the final regeneration. Which leaves us one more Doctor to fit between Matt Smith and John Hurt.

That being said, we can conclude that John Hurt is NOT the next incarnation, so he's off the list.

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LOHAN must suck juice while mounted on rigid rod - but HOW?

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Re: Some Hot Lube action...

Always leave them wanting more. :P

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Some Hot Lube action...

Okay, how about this?

Two sockets on either side of the motor UNDER the heat blanket, so they will be nice and toasty.

Two rods (pick your material) that slide up into these sockets, connected via wires to the battery and properly secured to the base plate.

INSIDE those heated sockets, pack them with conductive grease, then insert your rods.

That's right, some double penetration action going on here...

The rods are your means of applying charge to the heating blanket.

That blanket heats those rods in their nice, snug sockets.

The conductive grease gives you a 100% rod-to-socket contact for your electrical connection.

Because the whole thing is inside LOHAN (the innuendos going on here are rather thick on the ground) you reduce the chance of anything icing up. Use some decently insulated wires and the heat from that blanket will propagate along the wire, ensuring where it goes into LOHAN won't ice up either.

And when the rocket fires the rods simply slip free of their nice, warm, and well lubed sockets.

Find some conductive grease which is non-flammable, btw.

I made a picture!

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p112/Tempest8008/LOHANsHotLubeSolution.png

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LOHAN fans drawn to magnetic coupling

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Induction?

Isn't there any way the heating circuit can be energized via induction?

All you'd need then is an external cradle under the LOHAN with the induction mat wirelessly sending the power through to the heater.

It would require close proximity, but suitable low temp lube would (as always) allow for vigorous, unimpeded thrusting.

All the grunt work remains on the truss, and there ARE no cables between the launch vehicle and the launch platform.

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German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp

Tempest8008
WTF?

24 litres per second?

That's gotta be a typo, right?

Admittedly, this is pulled from Wikipedia, that font of truth and accuracy, but it's reported there that the BMW Hydrogen 7 burns hydrogen at an efficiency of 50L per 100km.

Unless your engine is planning to propel a vehicle at 50 kilometers per second...don't get me wrong, that'd be pretty cool, but cornering would be a REAL bitch.

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

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It's attitude, not qualifications

First let me just say that if you are looking at getting into the Helpdesk as an entry level support provider, YOU DO NOT NEED ANY QUALIFICATIONS.

None.

They are looking for a warm body who is semi-literate....because you'll have a script you'll read from, certain trouble-shooting steps that MUST be followed (even when the customer tells you they've already rebooted, did a System Restore, updated their drivers etc etc).and essentially you'll be taking (usually incomplete) notes for the people who will call the customer back and actually try to help them.

Helpdesk is a good first step, but get the hell out of it as quickly as you can.

How, you ask?

By showing that you have CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS.

These are woefully lacking in many IT techs...who are generally socially inept, have poor hygiene, and talk to you like you're a mushroom (in the dark and covered in shit).

You need an active interest in the technology involved.

You need to be enthusiastic and engaged.

You need to be a consummate listener.

You need to want to help people with their problems.

You need to follow up with problems and close the issue WHEN IT IS FIXED.

Because as I always tell my staff, we are in the business of helping PEOPLE.

We provide the tools they use, and the environment they work within, but without the PEOPLE it all means exactly zero. So even if you are installing additional RAM in a server, rebuilding a RAID array, or establishing new backup procedures, you are, in the end, doing it to support the PEOPLE who are actually making the company money.

The knowledge of IT, the ability to work with the equipment and software, of how things work together and how to MAKE them work together, that's down to the environment of the company you are working for, and inevitably it's on-the-job learning.

Get yourself the best attitude before you start looking at qualifications.

Get in at the ground level somewhere and find out what they need.

Then begin to read.

Then make yourself your own test environment (so you don't fuck up theirs).

Learn it yourself, learn it well, then wait for someone to screw up, step in, fix it, and get noticed.

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

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JOSS WHEDON!

JOSS WHEDON!

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

Tempest8008

I wonder what the rate was for detecting the real humans?

There had to be some false positives.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Tempest8008
Mushroom

I call foul.

You can't put anything other than bacon (and sauce) on a bacon sandwich.

Otherwise it's not.

Name ONE other sandwich with other ingredients, with bacon on it, that's called a bacon sandwich?

For crying out loud, even a BLT is its own monster, let alone all of these other travesties with eggs, or cheese, or black fucking pudding.

THEY ARE NOT BACON SANDWICHES.

Bread - Bacon - Bread

That's all you have to work with...some sauce if your sarnie is a bit dry.

Everything else, ANYTHING else, makes it not a bacon sandwich.

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Ten movies inspired by video games

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There's a movie begging to be made

I still can't believe no one has taken up the gauntlet of Duke Nuke'em.

If ever there was a film begging to be made, it's that franchise.

Of course it will take 10yrs to produce and still be a massive let down, but that's what we've come to expect from that title, n'est ce pas?

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Vulture 2 trigger triggers serious head-scratching

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There was a comment earlier that requires reiteration.

Two balloons, one above the other.

The top balloon is for primary lift and is inflated to the appropriate degree. A pressure sensor in that balloon is set to detect a rapid DROP in pressure and when detected to trigger the launch.

The bottom balloon is filled to only 75% of the amount the top balloon is filled to. It should NOT burst at the same time as the main balloon, but should provide enough lift to stabilize the platform during launch.

So, the top balloon bursts, triggering the launch of LOHAN.

The platform is kept stable and in the appropriate attitude by the second balloon.

The launch platform will continue to rise until the second balloon bursts.

The advantages of this system:

1. A simple, physical switch to effect the launch of LOHAN.

2. No need to measure altitude. The launch will occur at the maximum altitude a single balloon system would have achieved.

3. Actual altitude of launch can be inferred from the on-board cameras after the payload is retrieved.

Disadvantages

1. Two balloons. SPB wasn't really hot on two balloons.

2. Twice the labour required to hold down the balloons during launch, e.g twice the beer.

3. How will a balloon filled to less than its maximum behave? Will it still continue to rise and burst?

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LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

Tempest8008
Angel

We have two scenarios.

1. The launch occurs at a predetermined altitude.

2. The launch occurs at balloon burst.

I know the SPB does not want to rely on a launch-at-balloon-burst scenario. Too much chance of an unstable launch platform.

But what happens if there is only the altitude sensor, but the balloon bursts before the pre-set altitude is reached?

I'm thinking two switches might be in order, or at least some logic in the altitude sensing system that will put some willy up LOHAN if a rapid accelerating descent is sensed.

If two switches, then have one inside the balloon that is a pressure sensor, and when a rapid drop in pressure is sensed it will attempt to fire the rocket; the other sensor would be the altitude sensor with the pre-set ready to fire when the desired height is reached.

Some effort to effect a launch if the pre-set altitude is NOT reached should be investigated.

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VW STUNS WORLD+DOG WITH REAL HOVER-CAR!

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Joke

This thing is CGI'd up the wazoo.

Cute, but like a boob job FAKE FAKE FAKE.

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LOHAN ideas..

Tempest8008

I'm still concerned about the single launch shaft.

During ascent if the wind buffeting is heavy enough it could cause the wings to smash into the teflon-coated girders and cause some significant damage.

Any thought of extending the teflon strips down until they are just standing off the wing surface? That should minimize the chance of wing damage due to buffeting. You wouldn't want them constantly touching the wing due to the chance of freezing, but a small ( 0.5") gap should give the chance for the wings to move still, freeing them up from any potential stickiness, but reducing the overall roll movement so as to prevent damage.

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<b>SPACE</b> the final frontier

Tempest8008
Mushroom

The main problem I think a lot of people would have is the whole "steering a ruddy huge rock into orbit".

Who's steering?

Who has control?

How is it being aimed?

And, of course, the lawyers will ask:

Can you be 100% sure that no software failure, no hardware failure, or no other, unknown failure will cause your asteroid to lose control and smash into the Earth, killing (potentially) billions?

The answer to which has to be "No. Nothing like that can be guaranteed 100%."

Which is the reason we're never going to get decent sized nuclear reactors into orbit. Because there's a CHANCE that the rocket could fail, and the resultant crash could spread nuclear fuel over the face of the planet.

Fear, more than anything, is working to keep humans Earthbound.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Tempest8008
FAIL

My vote for Worst Movie: Highlander II

Followed closely by Wing Commander.

Followed even more closely by Congo.

There are probably other, worse films, but these three always make the top of my list because of what A FUCKING DISAPPOINTMENT they were.

Highlander II: Let's just ignore EVERYTHING from the first (really good) movie and make them aliens! WooHoo!

Wing Commander: Let's take a storied, well-thought out game and, again, ignore everything that made it good and replace it with concentrated crap. Nononono, MORE concentrated than that!

Congo: What's that rolling freely down the stairs? Let me pick it up. ZOMG, suddenly my ENTIRE ARM is covered in gore and blood, and I look at it, and it's an EYE. (okay, scream now) ARRRGH!

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LOHAN to straddle meaty titanium rod

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Handling characteristics

The sintered design is going to include the rod guides?

Or they are going to be add-ons to the sintered body?

They just smack to me of "little bits that can break off".

It seems to me that if you're dead set on the single rod, that a hole piercing the long axis of LOHAN (that the rod would fit through) would be more secure and not require specially added guides. It just means you'd have to jigger around with the payload, as the launch tube would be going right through where all the fun stuff will want to sit.

Now, if the design of LOHAN is still somewhat open, why not let her take TWO shafts!

Include ellipsoid holes through the wing structure that shafts penetrate, but sit relatively loosely in.

Would prevent the craft torquing during the ascent phase, hold her steady during launch, not run the risk of freezing (as any motion of the aircraft would "rattle" the shafts in their mounts) and give the opportunity for more puns.

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LOHAN fondles substantial concrete buttocks

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L.O.P.E.Z.

Limiter Of Potentially (Probably?) Explosive Zone

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

Tempest8008
Angel

Space 1999 anyone?

The Eagle spacecraft seemed to me to be both functional and practical. I liked the exposed superstructure that allowed multiple add-on modules to be quickly bolted on. There was a central cargo hold, manoeuvring thrusters at each cardinal point and several different marques for different missions.

In case you're looking for a pic:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/48/S99-Special_Effects_Team.jpg

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VW to eliminate worst road hazard: drivers

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Shared cars? Ewwww

So what about the drunken bastard who had the car before me and spewed all over the interior? Or even just the smelly bugger with BO that would strangle a horse?

What about wanting a secure place for your golf clubs or the stuff in your glove compartment? Your CD collection (okay, fine, your MP3 player)?

What kind of wait time can you expect before a car comes available? Right now if I want my car I go out and get in MY car and drive off. Hell, that's why I don't ride the bus! I'm not going to wait around 10m or more in a Canadian winter waiting for my car to show up.

And then there's one matter that I do not think is going to go away.

Insurance.

How can I be responsible for an accident if I was not driving? Are you going to suggest the CAR MANUFACTURER is going to take responsibility? Not bloody likely.

There is only one circumstance I could see this working.

In a large urban core and the replacement of the taxi. You already deal with vomit, BO, no security for your belongings and as a true fleet the company that owns them would probably be willing to buy insurance for them as long as they didn't have to pay drivers.

CALL CENTRE TAXI DRIVERS!! A streaming video link from a remote site to the cab in question, so you still have a person to talk to, ask where the nearest bar is, recommend a hooker and all that good stuff. And the best thing is, if it's outsourced no one will be able to tell the difference!

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