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Comment Re:Fun uber fact (Score 1) 117

You should have a long conversation with your next Uber driver.

Actually, I DO have long conversations with all my Uber drivers, and when I ask then how they like it and all...so far, ALL of them have been quite emphatic about how much like liked doing it and the set up.

So far, the majority are either students, or adults with real jobs that just do it occasionally as supplemental income, but all seem to like it.

Comment Re:If they behave badly they are excluded. (Score 1) 208

>> If they behave badly they are excluded.

Except they aren't in today's society. For example, every time we try to "means test" welfare or food stamps or re-examine people fraudulently put on disability for life, there are a whole bunch of people who come out of the woodwork to whine about how unfair and mean all of us who pay the bills are.

Ugh....I wish I had mod points for this today...!!!

Comment Re:Fun uber fact (Score 0) 117

Say goodbye to Uber in Seattle.

I just don't get all the HATE that Uber and the like are getting...?

It allows folks to easily pick up a few bucks when they want to, and from my experience and other folks I know that use is...we LOVE the experience, nice drivers, very economical, etc.

That last part speaks loads with price low and convenience. I know if I'm gonna be out drinking, these days, I just do Uber all over town rather than driving around like you normally would have to do.

But geez....again, NO ONE is holding a gun to someone's head to drive for Uber and do the contracting thing. If you don't like it, don't do it..but don't ruin it for those that DO like the work model.

Good Lord, if we had all the fscking regulations and all in the early days of the US, we'd never have the nice things we do today...as that no new ideas, company's, products or work models would have ever made it.

I'd venture to guess Buggy Whips would still be in fashion today, if we had todays' government and mindset back in the older days....

Comment Re:I dunno... (Score 1) 232

Except it's getting really hard to find a "dumb TV." Most of the people that *I've* talked to don't want a smart TV, but fewer and fewer companies making TVs are willing to make TVs without including "smart" features.

Paradoxically, if you want a reasonable number of HDMI ports (so you can attach your own devices) you have to get a smart TV.

Well, it is only smart IF, you connect it to your network. Just leave it disconnected from your network and the internet, and it stays "dumb".


Comment I dunno... (Score 2) 232

I mean, I like to watch stuff on my tablet or phone when I'm out and about and have a moment, or maybe dining alone from time to time.

But at home? That's a different story. I enjoy watching movies especially on a LARGE screen tv 60" or larger preferably. I rarely go to the movie theater anymore, due to pricing and all the damned idiots that won't shut up, noisy kids, etc.

I like to recreate the movie experience at home...and I have a sound system I've built over the years to run with a nice large picture.

No, I don't watch much traditional "network" type television...hell all that turned to stupid "reality shows" or contests of some kind (I remember when the FoodTV and cooking channel used to actually SHOW people cooking with recipes and techniques)...I tune that out.

Of late, good content has started to reappear, like Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, etc. However, with these, I tend to let them finish an annual run, and then binge watch them over a week or so.

But I'd not enjoy good sit down viewing like this with friends or family, or hell, even by myself on a 12", 7" or less size picture.

I want this on a nice LARGE high quality screen. Yes, I am bemoaning the loss of the plasma screen, I still think it has the best blacks, but still.

Of course my eyes are getting worse too..but I don't understand why so many folks seem to be, as this article posits, to be watching everything from a damned cell phone or tablet.

Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 192

It's so when your drone does $terroristaction they know were to send the SWAT team.

So, the new way to "SWAT" people you don't like, have their doors broken down, etc...is to either steal their drone and do something nefarious with it, or likely could be just as easy as finding out your target's serial number, and just etching that onto ANY drone, as that with the emergency reactions to things, likely they will be happy to get an address and break down your front door and shoot your dog, etc...

Comment Re:I hope... (Score 1) 192

Unless it has to interact with multiple state and federal systems with diverse data formats running on equipment and software that is decades old, and no longer supported, and connecting all of that to the more modern systems of third party private sector companies whose vested interest is in seeing all all fail... then it should be fairly smooth sailing....

I"m willing to bet that indeed it will come at least CLOSE to having all of those parameters you mentioned.

I can't imagine that it won't in some if not many ways have to interact with states, and likely they want to tie it in with several other stove pipe systems. That's just how federal computer projects all seem to "work"...and I use the word "work" here lightly....

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