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Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by Anonymice (#47215663) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

At least in the UK, there is strict licensing for anyone who wants to take a passenger for commercial purposes. And there are different licences for different types of taxis. If they do not have a licence, then their insurance will be invalidated. The authorities crack down heavily on unlicensed drivers.
To be honest, I would expect this to be the same around much of the rest of the world too.

Evidence? My father runs a cab company, and also the fact you can't go anywhere in London without seeing scaremongering posters warning of the dangers of unlicensed taxis.

Comment: Re:It's just sad... (Score 1) 164

by Anonymice (#47161535) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Alcohol's legal, and that has a far higher rate of physical addiction. Alcohol addiction is nasty in fact, as forcing an addict to go cold turkey would kill them. People also get psychologically addicted to adrenaline (which we create quite efficiently ourselves).
Banning something because some people might misuse it is silly, however if you wish to go down that route, you'd also have to ban alcohol, tobacco...guns?

Comment: Re: Your system of government killed it (Score 2) 157

by Anonymice (#47072253) Attached to: Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

I'd call American democracy a pretty good prototype of the real thing.

But its just a prototype, and beta ended loooong ago.

That America's even a democracy appears to be under debate at the moment...
Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report

Comment: Re:Don't see a problem (Score 1) 139

Uh...JFGI? There are a ton of articles on the advertising profits made by the likes of TPB.

Here is a more recent one

I remember reading an interview with the guys a few years ago, and apparently each of the prime flash slots along the sides of the site run at $20k per month.

Comment: Re:While I'm inclined to agree... (Score 2) 258

by Anonymice (#46787123) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

The people who are the real problem are the criminals. The only way to resolve that issue is by cutting them out of the market.

The only other problems are a public health issue. You'll have more cases of people driving under the influence, and smoking in general increases the cancer risk of the population. Now whilst those are credible issues, they're no worse than the legalisation of tobacco & alcohol. In fact, you could argue that tobacco & alcohol are worse due to their higher incidence of addiction & the latter's habit of causing an increase violence.

Comment: Re:Damn Fascinating (Score 1) 124

by Anonymice (#46687275) Attached to: Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Your info is at least 15-20 years out of date. Whilst security is far from Western standards, you're not likely to land in too bad a trouble unless you're either looking for it, or extremely stupid. Columbia especially has done wonders in putting itself back together, and its reputation is now starting to improve as a result.

*Central* America is another story. Low level/Everyday corruption is rife & its the battleground for the world's most powerful cartels.

Comment: I reckon this could be challenged (Score 1) 77

Consumer have strong rights in the UK, and they *can't* be waved, regardless of what a contract says.

If a company pulls you in on a "no exit fee" promise & then silently changes the contract to renege on that on that promise, I reckon the ombudsman would have something to say about that.
I have a couple of domains with 123-Reg, and if they try to extort this money when I transfer out (I noticed the other day that they've also substantially raised their prices), then I will be reporting them to the ombudsman & challenging them in small claims court.

Comment: Re:Good, I guess (Score 1) 148

Correct. The exchanges are legally required to provide collocation services to other providers (I can't remember if "fair" fees are also regulated - I wouldn't be surprised), those companies then resell exchange access to third party ISPs (basically any ISP outside the "Big 6").
In all, it basically goes: BT manages the copper -> B2B ISP manages the PoP at the exchange -> Consumer ISP terminates the connection.

Comment: Re:Scientists "know"? (Score 1) 75

by Anonymice (#46590235) Attached to: Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

That's not AGW, that's just "GW".

Anthropomorphic Global Warming suggests *we* are a major cause of rapid global warming. With enough data, that can be disproved - you can compare current records with past & future records to see if man made CO2 (& other gases) has made any difference to global trends.

I personally prefer the term "Climate Change", as "Global Warming" only describes one part of the trend. That the global climate goes through cycles & changes is not under debate in the scientific community, we have overwhelming evidence that the world goes through glacial & interglacial periods. What's under debate is whether human activity is the cause behind the most recent changes.
For what it's worth, current models do predict brief periods of cooling between increasing warmer periods.

Regardless, anyone who claims to "know" the exact whats & whys of our climate is a numpty & clearly taking liberties.

Comment: Re:Scientists "know"? (Score 1) 75

by Anonymice (#46586365) Attached to: Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

What tripe. "We don't know" is what drives science.
You're spouting the same shit over semantics that creationists do over the "theory" of evolution. The only things we can know for certain are mathematical proofs.
Outside pure mathematics, all we can do is form models that make predictions which most accurately match our observations.
There are holes in most of our scientifically accepted theories. That doesn't mean you need to throw the baby out with the bathwater, just that modifications need to be made to the models (exactly as was done with Einstein's Relativity).

We don't "know" with a 100% certainty that gravity exists, but our models match our observations well enough that we can say it's "pretty fucking likely".

AGW most definitely is falsifiable, however neither camp currently has enough data to prove either way.

Comment: Re:How does it make sense for rich people ... (Score 1) 300

Refer to the post I was replying to. He's not questioning what it's for, but why it's being done in this manner.
In the case of leaving enough to pay off the taxes, an insurance policy guarantees a bigger share of the money to the heirs than if it were left in a savings fund.

For large values of one, one equals two, for small values of two.