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Comment: Re:I am wondering (Score 1) 295

by Cochonou (#48599025) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
This is not really about Uber drivers "stealing" customers from taxi cabs. This is about regulation.
The taxi drivers we are talking about are independant workers who paid in the 100k€ - 300k€ range to get a state-regulated taxi licence plate. These plates are resellable, and their number increase very slowly: this means that their price is driven by supply and demand. If new players such as Uber can enter the market, operating under legal loopholes (considered as car sharing and not transportation), the price of the taxi plates will drop because of less demand. This may be good for the customers (increase of the number of cabs, increased competition...) However, you cannot say this is fair for the taxi drivers who took out a lengthly loan to pay for their licence plate - and will not be able to resell them to recover their investment.
So, the way forward for the governement should be pretty clear: either ban Uber, or go for a deregulation of the market. In the latter case, buy back at a fair price the taxi plates from their owners. However at that time, the government has not made a clear choice, which explains the unrest.

Comment: Re:Why are taxi drivers all so horrible? (Score 3, Informative) 295

by Cochonou (#48598929) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
As we are talking about a strike in France, you may be interested to know that it really does not work like this in France. Actually, there are basically three different kinds of taxi drivers:
- Drivers on a payroll (3%) - working for a company who bought the taxi plates. They are paid at a percentage of income.
- Renters (11%) - they rent the car with a taxi plate. They keep all the income, but have to pay the rent of the car each month.
- Independant workers (86%) - who bought a taxi plate (from 100 000 to 200 000 €). They keep all the income.
So in France, most of the taxi drivers are independant workers who took out a loan to buy their plate - and intend to sell their plate at a high price when they retire.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 848

by Cochonou (#47780243) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
It's a convenient shortcut you make here. One of the main justifications of the invasion was that there was a massive and secret program of WMD production conducted by the regime. mobile weapons laboratories, new chemicals being produced and moved around, et caetera. And now we know there was nothing of this - just some degraded remnants of the old stockpiles that were largely destroyed.

Comment: Re:Why the Australians? (Score 2) 92

by Cochonou (#47609327) Attached to: Australia Rebooting Search For MH370
Yes, but you should read the investigation report which is publicly available instead of second sources on the internet.
You would see that both the pilot flying (junior) and the pilot non flying (senior) successively had the controls. You would also see that they had the same reaction: pull back on the stick.
The point is at no time, any of the 3 pilots were aware that they were in a stall, despite the stall warning sounding repeatedly. They were just puzzled at what was happening. And one of the main reasons for this is that they were inadequately trained to recognize this situation.
Finally, you would see that the investigation authority made numerous recommendations about pilot training, about the display of the cockpit instruments (behavior of the stall warning, behavior of the flight directors, etc..), and none about the control inputs.

Comment: Re:Actually, it happens all the time (Score 1) 138

For sure the internet makes the information flow easily, but it also makes disinformation flow easily. It seems to me that from what we have seen in recent history, the internet also makes much easier to deny the truth or to cling on on fringe theories. I am sure that people denying the Holocaust find plenty of websites and forums on which they can learn about the "hidden truth" and reinforce their beliefs. I am also sure that you will find much more rewriting of history happening on websites rather than on japanese schoolbooks.
So in this regard, the situation is not that clear cut.

Comment: Re:Well ... (Score 1) 298

by Cochonou (#47078685) Attached to: Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
Those systems basically consist in a very advanced inertial measurement unit coupled with daytime star trackers - which limit the drift of the inertial measurement unit. They cannot find where you are if your initial position is unknown. They can therefore be hardly be compared to GPS... even if they are very useful in stratospheric bombers or ballistic missiles.

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