As the saying goes, "If Breaking Bad were written in any other modern country, Walt gets cancer and then just receives free high-quality treatment for five seasons." America is also set up for more shoot-outs, and in turn its police are outfitted with military equipment. A Canadian or British crime show is boring by comparison.
This is why America makes the best TV on the planet. Americans have PAID for it, as a society. It's why everyone else gets "This content is not available in your region" messages. You can have awesome content *OR* universal healthcare. Only a greedy bastard expects both.
The Streisand effect is about the backfiring of unjustified censorship - DMCA takedowns, cease-and-desist letters, lawsuits, UK superinjunctions, hotels charging your VISA for a negative review, etc.
Suppose, as you say, a company deliberately uses really awful behavior to generate publicity. That's not the Streisand effect, as there's no censorship involved. It's old-fashioned shock advertising. And "We're really awful people" is a message that's going to backfire in the long run anyway.
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day; The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, A DMCA notice was issued to prevent comment on the game.
Architects are paid royalties for their designs. A friend found out the hard way. His custom-built home turned out to be a minor variation on an existing design. He was sued over it and had to pay a royalty.
No, it's not a Ponzi scheme. Uber is simply taking advantage of the drivers, but in an entirely open way.
For now. Their service will be well-established in cities around the world just as self-driving taxis become practical. At which point the "independent contractors" are no longer needed, except for fares heading to areas with poor wireless data or mapping, or where self-driving cars are likely to be flipped and burned.
Of course the traditional taxi services will adopt self-driving fleets at the same time. The difference between them and Uber will disappear.
Wow. A B-25 Mitchell bomber just flew low over my house, followed by a B-17 Flying Fortress. I've lived on the approach to a major airport for years, so I normally tune out aircraft noises. But those big 'ol ancient and obsolete and increasingly rare aircraft made a distinctive enough noise that I noticed them from a long way off.
In the age where Netflix and similar online services dominate the news - and rightly so - this is also the only reason why I notice a story about ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox.
The people who come out the strongest against lawyers are often the big corporations' PR departments. They want the 'common folk' to think ill of lawyers, because the law - as imperfect as it is - is the only equalizer left. And it's being eroded rapidly.
We need a legal system where you can't be bankrupted for *successfully* fighting off barratry. SLAPP laws are a step in the right direction. But we need to demand more from our would-be leaders - turn it into an election issue - rather than joking about hunting lawyers for sport.
Maps have so far been prepared for only a few thousand miles of roadway, but achieving Google’s vision will require maintaining a constantly updating map of the nation’s millions of miles of roads and driveways. [...] If a new stop light appeared overnight, for example, the car wouldn’t know to obey it. [...] Among other unsolved problems, Google has yet to drive in snow, and Urmson says safety concerns preclude testing during heavy rains. Nor has it tackled big, open parking lots or multilevel garages.
Keep in mind that 1,011,338 autonomous miles was almost always in the same small area, over and over and over.
That area is mapped out electronically in far more detail than you find elsewhere. That includes mapping the location of traffic lights so that the car will notice them. Temporary traffic lights are a problem, and the car will not notice a police officer signaling the car to stop.
And with much of the processing done in the cloud, be sure to limit your driving to areas with decent cellular coverage.
The average person won't be able to operate a self-driving car in the next few years, but it IS wonderful progress.
Taxi services will soon be able to use them. The dispatcher can check to see if the pick-up location, destination and points in between are suitable for a self-driving car. If not, they can send one of their remaining human drivers.
I assume that this is Uber's business model. Use humans to build up their business using their own cars. They'll be established in many cities just in time for a self-driving fleet to become practical.