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Comment: Re:Which Invasion? (Score 1) 184

by superwiz (#47812873) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion
Of course, the evidence of WMD's was very circumstantial. In this case, there is footage. And there are 2500 dead people. And it's all because of Putin's direct orders (this part is my opinion... but it's obvious to anyone whose ego is not invested in chest-beating for Mother Russia). Russia never fails to supply the world with a good tragedy. It stood at the doorstep of becoming civilized and it decided to turn around and slam that door shot. I wish what's about to ensue could be a hilarity. But the campaign of deception that is running out of Russia is almost as depressing as the Russian campaign of terror.

Comment: They store credit card data with the transaction (Score 2) 104

by kbahey (#47812843) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

Home Depot stores credit cards with the transactions.

I know this because when you go to return something I bought, they don't ask you for the credit card, and sort of highlight that this is a convenience that is unique to Home Depot.

I complained more than once to the cashiers about storing credit card numbers (it is not their fault, it is management and IT). The cashiers would say: "Don't worry, we don't have access to it!"

My response was: it is not you whom I am worried about.

Now we know that storing credit cards is a bad idea, and why ...

Comment: Re:Which Invasion? (Score 1) 184

by superwiz (#47812817) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion
Oh, I am pretty sure anyone in Russia today will insist that any evidence reported by the West is the opposite of the truth (rather than less credible) because it is reported by the West. Try convincing any member of a terrorist organization that what they are doing is wrong. You'll get a long soliloquy on why they are right. Russia is waging a campaign of terror against Ukraine. They've convinced enough of their population that this campaign of terror is justified and those not convinced are simply nodding along, out of fear, now.

Comment: Re:Which Invasion? (Score 1) 184

by superwiz (#47812769) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion
WMD information didn't happen in a vacuum. It happened after Iraq repeatedly violated the terms of the cease-fire agreement by denying WMD inspectors access to sites they wanted to inspect. The fact that there was additional intelligence indicating that he might have been trying to procure WMD's made it look like he was. He wasn't? Ok. But he made it look like he was and that is why it got reported the way it did.

Comment: Re:Anti-competitive behavior is a big deal (Score 1) 226

by Firethorn (#47812493) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

There USED to be a good reason for many of them. Then they started being used to cull competition, raise prices and barriers to entry for no other reason than to make more money. This is why Taxi Medallions in certain cities are worth MILLIONS.

Good points. Let's look at Taxi Medallions. Now, when they were originally implemented the idea was that there were too many taxis on the roads clogging things up. So let's restrict the number, move more people to public transit. Except that the cities keep expanding and issuing NEW medallions becomes extremely hard because you have these hugely wealthy taxi companies that hold most of the medallions that realize that every new medallion issued reduces the value of their existing ones.

In NYC at least as a result you have 'livery services' which are essentially taxis that aren't allowed to stop for 'flags' on the street. IE you call one up, negotiate a price over the phone(or internet) and the car will come pick you up at a designated time and drop you off. There are additional complexities involving airports, of course.

By the same token, for the longest time the only vehicle that was considered 'suitable' for a NYC cab was a special stretch Crown Vic, apparently under concerns about leg space that assumed both the driver and passengers were all NBA athletes.

As is, new 'taxicab of the future', a Nissan NV200, has some issues because it's not handicapped accessible.

Personally, I think it'd be cheaper to simply subsidize a number of cars to have the ability and use them on a call out basis so they're no more expensive than taxis. Same with apartments, really. Requiring 100% of apartments be wheelchair accessible is more expensive than simply giving the population in wheelchairs free handicapped apartments.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 409

Ironically enough, my source for this idea was Walter Wink's "Powers" series, which is about taking a close look at the Bible and what it has to say about power (hence the name) and social institutions, and how these can be regarded as living things in their own right. And even more ironically, that idea meshes quite well with Dawkin's ideas about cultural memes being analogous to genetics.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 409

War has been avoided many times.

So it has. Humans are, after all, also living creatures with their own agendas, such as survival. But every time war is avoided, how is that treated? Like we had won a terrible fight against a great enemy?

Or simply read what you wrote. Yes, war has ben avoided. You could replace "war" with "the Great Cthulhu" or "Slenderman" in that sentence and it would make just as much sense. War is not just an unfortunate failure of diplomacy. It's more, a pattern of behaviours inherited from our ancestors that are always there, suggesting a particular response to any perceived situation. And that pattern has been activated once again, and is guiding people's responses towards WWIII.

Comment: Re:Good... (Score 1) 226

by swillden (#47811799) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Don't claim that your 'innovative new paradigm' renders those rules obselete and ignore them.

And what if the innovative new paradigm does render those rules obsolete? That is the case in this situation. Oh, not all of the rules, but most of them, because they were established in order to provide customers with confidence that cabs that look reputable are reputable. Those rules indeed are obsolete given a different mechanism for riders to determine if the cabs are trustworthy.

I suppose one answer to this dilemma is "Work with regulators to change the law", but that's going to be pretty difficult until you have some evidence that your new paradigm works. Particularly since there are entrenched interests who are going to be fighting you to protect their business model.

To me, the bottom line here is that the regulations are overreaching, even for the old paradigm. They don't need to actually prevent fly-by-night cabbies from operating, they just need to ensure that people -- even people from out of town who don't know the local rules -- can tell the difference between an "official" cab and one that may not be trustworthy. For example, don't allow any vehicle that isn't a certified cab to look like one. Given that, then old and new systems can compete fairly. The new system will have an advantage of lower costs, but the operators of old services can choose to adopt a similar model and cost structure if they like. Or maybe the vast majority of people will prefer the old way, and most cabbies will stick with it, too. Or some mixture. Let the market sort that out.

Comment: Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (Score 1) 93

by drinkypoo (#47811643) Attached to: AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

We had a growth bubble. Most corporations depend on endless growth to be healthy. When they stop growing, they start dying. When the PC market maxed out, both AMD and Intel suddenly had no idea where they were going next.

When the new Intel processors come out on the new process and we get to see how low they can get power consumption, we'll see if Intel is going to continue to kick ass in the next iteration, which is going to have to be mobile.

Comment: Re:What does taxi service cost the public? (Score 1) 226

by drinkypoo (#47811543) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

0ne of the costs is for licensing is administration of the testing & licensing itself, as well as any oversight, inspections, etc.

Germany already has inspections, and the driver already pays for the inspections. If the problem is inadequate inspection, send the vehicle for more inspections. This is not a cost to the people, because the driver already pays the cost. If there is no significant additional licensing, there is no significant additional licensing cost.

Some cities build taxi pickup lanes and other infrastructure to facilitate the service in specific areas.

Yes, and those costs are seen as a benefit to the city, because they ease congestion.

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