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Comment Re:New York Taxi Workers' Alliance (Score -1) 179

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 (reason.com)

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) 179

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 (sciencemag.org)

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) 179

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) 179

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".

Submission + - Kid kicked out of school for having bad DNA.

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: Colman Chadam turns out to be one unlucky kid. He turns out to be born with a congenital heart disease, During treatment he was tested genetically and found to have several marker genes for cystic fibrosis. However, he did not have the disease itself.

Eventually his school found out and kicked him out. Kids with cystic fibrosis are not supposed to be near each other due to the increased risk of spreading contagious diseases.

In some sense this story is old, because the school let him back in. The parents sued and their case was dismissed. Now the case is working it's way through the federal court system and could become a major case for determining how genetic information can be used.

Comment Re:Open software (Score -1) 312

With closed kernels

What "closed kernels"? BSDs and Linux all come with complete sources — and detailed instructions for using them to fine-tune your kernel.

and binary blobs

Some device-drivers require the manufacturer-provided binary-blobs, yes. But, if you don't trust those, you should not trust the very devices either... And, of course, Hurd does not support those devices — blobs or not — anyway.

Comment Re:Privacy? What privacy? (Score 0) 88

The original author said that "you aren't supposed to use them in aircraft."

Exactly. And he was wrong. There is not a problem with their use. Now, he was cool enough to accept being corrected, but you chose to go on arguing this silly point and exposed yourself as an asshole.

The prohibition comes from FCC regulations, not FAA.

Oh, wow, great (this, BTW, makes it an FCC rule, not "federal law" as you incorrectly asserted earlier.) And FCC is totally cool with such cell-phone use now, which makes their own, yours, and others' earlier assertions, that they are "dangerous" into dirty rotten lies. Congratulations, liar.

And you've been corrected now

No, dear. You have been corrected. Contrary to your assertions, the use of cellular phones inside airplane is harmless — whether or not there is a "federal law" against it is irrelevant. A pilot could use his personal phone — or some more convenient (and 10 times pricier) system using the same cellular network — to talk ATC as well as fellow pilots. Even that may be an improvement, but we don't have to stop there. By switching to TCP/IP we can make things much better (not just secure) for all — if only fewer people in aviation shared your stupid arrogant belief, that aviation has "unique" issues of its very own, which the outsiders have neither solved nor even encountered before.

so you should know better.

I do know better than some upstart, who thinks, his flight hours make him an expert in other walks of life.

So an ADS-B uplink that has 120 aircraft in its viscinity will actually retransmit every ADS-B packet from each aircraft 120 additional times?

Sure, why not? The numbers like 120 aren't at all impressive in the age of millions TCP connections per hour. A home-market WiFi router can handle more than 120 active wireless devices today — big deal...

And thus EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE THE KEY. Every aircraft needs that information.

Every craft needs the information, but they don't need each other's key — everyone just has to know a handful of mutually-trusted Certificate Authorities. Cryptography solved this problem decades ago.

Our military planes can each track dozens of both friendlies and non-cooperating hostiles — and share the information about the latter with the former — securely. A system to do the same with cooperating civilian aircraft and without concerns for enemy's jamming is not only possible, it is trivial.

And you would deliberately exclude every aircraft that has only "ADS-B in" capablility, because they just don't need to know any of this data?

People were flying without ADS-B for decades and mid-air collisions were extremely rare. But I would keep ADS-B installed for a while — as long as the plane's owner does not mind the privacy implications of it working. Perhaps, people would turn it on in busy airspace and off elsewhere.

(Unfortunately, your tone and manner make continuing this discussion too unpleasant. I'm unlikely to continue...)

Submission + - Some e-mails from Ms. Clinton's private server "too damaging for release"

mi writes: The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.

One wonders, what possible new damage can occur now from releasing them, if — as we were told — foreign spies have "almost certainly" already read it all anyway?

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