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Comment Re:Corruption at every level (Score 1) 132

Ok, I'll explain it to you in a way that makes it easier to understand for somebody who is hang up on the idea that either everything should be provided or nothing at all.

A person can offer you to use his kitchen for free to cook your food if you have no kitchen but in exchange for the free use of his kitchen you have to buy groceries from that person. You could say that the person is running a grocery store and the price of using the 'free' kitchen is included in the price of the groceries.

I can extend this further: you are going to a restaurant and you are not bringing your own food with you, you are getting the nice restaurant experience (the interior, the music, the ambient lighting, the climate, whatever) but you are buying the food from the restaurant, you are not allowed to bring your own with you to eat there.

There is nothing at all wrong with a business model that is offering you a SPECIFIC THING and not other things. Of-course in the so called 'freest country on Earth' this idea is long gone after Obama forced the insurance companies to provide insurance plans that include specific things in them, making it illegal to provide insurance plans without those types of things.

Government interference is bad for the market, not good. If somebody is offering a product, as a potential customer it is your choice to take the product or not to take the product. If the price is 'free' but the government says that this product cannot be provided under those specific conditions, you will not get that product at all.

Is it better for you to get a product with limited functionality than no product at all? You decide, but instead of leaving it up to you, the government says: you cannot decide, you are too stupid to decide, you are too ignorant to decide, you are too childish to decide, et.

That's government oppression, not freedom.

Comment Re:The one lesson developers should learn (Score 1) 39

There is nothing wrong to "depend on other people's servers" as long as you have a contract, an SLA in place. To depend on other people's servers is perfectly fine as long as there is an understanding on both sides what that means exactly.

To depend on the servers of people who don't owe you anything and to who you don't owe anything either, that's a different story.

Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score -1) 180

Thousands for a trip on New Years eve is normal?

In a free market the fair price is whatever buyers are willing to pay. There is no other.

Were you able to find a taxi in previous years? I don't think so — people prefer to celebrate the holiday with their families. If you wish them to be giving you a ride instead, you have to make it worth their while — or take the subway.

The laws of supply and demand are Economics 101...

Submission + - If You Registered Your Drone with the FAA, Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye (

SonicSpike writes: Are you a law-abiding drone owner who registered your unmanned aerial vehicle with the federal government? Congratulations! Total strangers can now find your name, address, and lots of stuff about your fun toy in a public, searchable database!

Late last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that virtually everyone who owns a drone (a drone's a drone, no matter how small, it seems) would have to register their flying computers for $5 a pop with the federal government. The penalty for failing to register: civil fines of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for three years.

Reason's Scott Shackford has written about the failure of the FAA to actually convince most people to register their drones.

And thank goodness for that incompetence, since it will offset this latest revelation of incompetence: The 300,000 entries in the federal UAV registry are public, searchable, and downloadable, despite claims by the feds to the contrary, Engadget reports.

Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score -1) 180

Cheaper? I'm seeing uncapped peak pricing making up the difference.

I am not — during peak hours the prices match those of taxis, other times they are way below. Maybe, your experience is different, but I also remember, how impossible it was to hail a cab in the situations, in which Uber today is available — even if at a higher price. What good is a nominal price of even 1 penny per trip, if you can not find an actual car?

It was so bad, economists started using the phenomenon of "umbrellas vs. taxis" as an example. Now, with Uber, Lyft at al. solving this problem, they'll have to look for some other illustration.

So, the prices really are lower throughout — comparing Uber's "uncapped" price with that of a cab is like judging Venezuela's economy by the official prices — nobody can buy anything at those either.

Submission + - Suicide of aging cells prolongs life span in mice (

Eloking writes: They are lurking in your heart, your liver, your kidneys, and maybe even your brain: run-down cells that could be making you age. A new study of mice shows that spurring these so-called senescent cells to self-destruct extends the animals’ lives and delays some aspects of aging.

“It’s a landmark paper,” says cell and molecular biologist Francis Rodier of the University of Montreal in Canada, who wasn’t connected to the study. “It’s providing biological evidence that senescence is involved in the aging process.”

Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score -1) 180

There is nobody to cheer for in this situation.

Be happy for the consumers — we got cheaper rides, that are also much easier to hail.

The lie of "ride sharing" as a smokescreen is an especially blatant lie

Well, yes, Uber's PR is now handled by the same guy, who got Obama elected, so lies (and spam, I might add) are part of the game. But I'm glad, that the old monopoly is crumbling, even it took an asshole to get it to crumble.

No need to be afraid of Uber, though — Lyft and others are breathing down their neck.

Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score 0, Insightful) 180

Complain to your municipal government.

Why?!? Why should I waste time complaining and otherwise raising awareness, when I can just call Uber and pursue happiness?

Competition is a wonderful thing — no wonder Illiberal Statists hate it.

If taxi drivers are expected to live up to professional standards, they'll actually behave like professionals

You mean, like those professional folks at the DMV? Or the toll-collectors? Or the public school teachers? No, dear, what ensures professional behavior is the fear of losing one's job. See also "benevolence of the butcher".

Comment merging threads (Score 1) 1832

Well, I am going to throw it out there, I actually came up with this idea years ago but only implemented a version of it for a client of mine, who decided not to use the feature in the forum that we created for their system. However just a thought, maybe it could be done here and maybe it could have a positive result.

The idea is that often the same question is posed or a statement is made across multiple threads and the answer to all of those could be the same exact one, so why repost the same comment over and over?

The design idea that I came up with and we implemented was to mark a number of comments and then write one reply instead of many replies. Then each one of those parent comments would have a reply to it, that would indicate that this is a merged reply.

Leaving more comments on this merged reply actually moves the conversation to the merged thread instead of keeping individual replies to the merged comment in their individual threads.

I think it's useful, others may disagree.

Oh, also metamoderation - it doesn't work here. People really should have to justify 'Troll' or 'Flamebait' or 'Overrated' because it's easy to use those simply to shut down an opinion.

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