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Comment Re:Far more abundant than lithium? (Score 1) 120

The cost of raw materials tends to drop as the demand rises. This sounds counter intuitive but what happens is that technological advances in finding and extracting raw material generate price drops. Think shale oil.
In theory the Earth is a finite resource, in practice human ingenuity overcomes scarceness.

That's like saying, "I didn't die between 9am and 11am this morning, so I have overcome death!"

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 217

Of course, it often gets confused for socialism in the US, because "socialism" is on its way to becoming a word like "hipster" where it means whatever you want it to mean.

Well what are the socialist countries, then? What is all the "European-style Socialism" we're always hearing about and how the hell is Barack Obama a Socialist?

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 217

Neither Sweden nor Finland is socialist. They are both capitalist countries, and in many ways are more capitalist than America.

Please name 3 ways Sweden and Finland are "more capitalist" than America.

the primary education system is partly privatized, with vouchers available to all

So the government pays for all primary education? Sounds socialist to me.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 5, Informative) 217

You ended up in the gulag right along with the rightists you helped to put there.

Last June, I was in Sweden and Finland. I looked for gulags and couldn't find any. Maybe they hide them under all the hospitals and universities that are free for everyone.

In the good old USA, on the other hand...

Comment Re:Free Publicity For Amazon! Yay! (Score 1) 261

I'm guessing that Amazon plans to mail these out to customers when they sign up to a premium delivery service.

Or you could just print a QR code and staple or tape it down someplace. Maybe slip it into a plastic envelope. Then you could have one-time-markers that would help prevent spoofing.

Comment Re:Noise pollution (Score 1) 261

They may not even be using LiPos. The energy density of Li-Ions is very good these days. Lots of people are apparently powering their 250-size quads with LiIons, and maybe even some 450s. I aim to try powering my 450 with a 3S2P Li-Ion pack, but I haven't come up with a replacement for my USB power bank yet and there's where all my 18650s are right now. The ESCs will support it, and I think I can get enough current out of it. If I can come up with three more cells and two more servos I'll have everything I need to build another foam plane, too... save for the $11 motor/esc/prop combo

Comment Re:You are all hypocrites (Score 1) 122

when Uber greatly improves the taxi industry

For who? Certainly not the owner-drivers, for them it is an uninsured race to the bottom.

That is a problem that should be fixed. Insurance companies should not be able to deny you coverage while you are on your way to pick up a fare. Uber provides additional insurance while you are transporting them.

As for customers - Uber do not have any "taxis", they are a plain old (illegal) limo company "on a computer".

Oh, so it's better than taxis?

Taxi's can be hailed on the street,

Not in most cities.

taxi's have ranks and other infrastructure to manage street queues at popular locations,

Not in most cities, or at least, they don't function.

you can talk to a human to book a taxi or use an uber style booking app,

Most companies don't have a booking app, and it is not uber style in any case. It's just like making a phone call. It doesn't do any of the things that the Uber app does.

taxi's have appropriate insurance,

You said that already. Having trouble following your own conversation? Are you new?

taxis have regular mechanical inspections,

A problem best solved by demanding mechanical inspections at mileage checkpoints for all vehicles, taxis or not.

and yes, you can legally negotiate an up front price with a taxi driver.

In my experience, they always tell you that they can't do that in the USA. In other countries, I've had more luck.

Uber brings absolutely nothing to the taxi/limo industry that wasn't already illegal 30yrs ago.

having failed to make a valid logical argument you resort to the false idea that legality equals morality

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.