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Comment: Re:Standards, my ass. (Score 1) 280

by DrXym (#48148443) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

The worst Uber car I've ever been in was cleaner, newer, and driven by a more pleasant and friendly driver than the best taxi I've ever been in.

Wow your anecdote changes everything. Aside from the cleanliness I'm sure you made sure to check the car & driver's insurance covered you in case of an accident. And that the vehicle road safety certification was in order. And that the driver had no past criminal convictions. No?

Comment: Re:Transition period? (Score 4, Informative) 257

by DrXym (#48147717) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed
They're not parking their billions there. They're funnelling money through Irish registered companies which are domiciled in places like the Cayman islands. Ireland might make some money but it doesn't get much out of it. Ireland is changing the rules so that Irish registered companies must be domiciled in Ireland and therefore liable to Irish corporate taxes.

Comment: Re:Great "invention" (Score 2) 100

LOL Microsoft developed an analog keyboard. OR they just remembered how their palm pilots worked and ported it to android..

To be fair to Microsoft, they did have handwriting recognition in PocketPC devices too - several modes in fact from simple Palm-like chars, to handwriting and a keyboard. That said I found my Palm Pilot's system to be very reliable once I learned all the funny strokes for each letter. PocketPC was always hit and miss and I used the keyboard mode the most.

It seems pretty obvious to do something like this in a watch and I guess it's better than nothing but it highlights why smart watches have such a long way to go to be useful for much.

Comment: Re:I'm sorry (Score 3, Insightful) 280

by DrXym (#48128307) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

It is a bloody insult that you need a permit to drive someone from A to B *IN YOUR OWN PROPERTY*.

Thing is, a taxi is usually treated as a form of public transport. The standard that you the driver and your vehicle are held is consequently that much higher. That's why the regulation exists.

It's bizarre that you conflate the issue with how much tax someone might pay on their wages.

Comment: Bullying? (Score 1) 280

by DrXym (#48128287) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined
Operating a taxi in most of Europe requires a taxi licence, a criminal background check, a "knowledge" test plus additional road safety requirements for driver & car. Uber is not exempt from this and if drivers don't meet the requirements they're going to be treated like any other unlicenced driver and fined. Sucks to be them but its not bullying. These laws existed before Uber turned up and if the company and their drivers didn't bother to do the due diligence then whose fault is it when they run afoul of them?

Comment: Re:Pixie Dust (Score 1) 252

by DrXym (#48109463) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure
Perhaps these luxury yacht owners like getting from A to B in the fastest time and the sails are just an emergency precaution in case the engine packs in.

It looks like Greenpeace has different priorities - the sails mean they can turn off their engines to save fuel, extend their operational range and it naturally fits with their image. Looks like a really cool boat.

Comment: Re:Pandering (Score 1) 942

by DrXym (#48046743) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
Except it doesn't have 250,000 immigrants a year. That is a lie. The actual figure is approximately 24,000. So the "problem" is merely 1/10th of the amount you claim. Secondly, the UK already has border controls and it has the capability of stopping immigrants at those borders whether it is in the EU or not.

And yes UKIP is a far right party and it is racist. It's a party with a long record of racist and far right incidents and even its own leader has a record stretching back to school. One well documented incident has teachers writing a complaint to the head about Farage's racist behaviour and singing of Hitler Youth songs. If this were any other politician they would be drummed out of office. UKIP supporters just pretend it doesn't matter.

Comment: Re:Pandering (Score 1) 942

by DrXym (#48034945) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
Hopefully it will stay that way. Of course the conservatives might get so scared of losing that they do something incredibly foolish such as ally with UKIP or come to an agreement where they don't contest certain seats to ensure the other one wins. Of course that might mean they lose voters from the centre who would be horrified by the prospect of UKIP getting anywhere near the reins of power.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 1) 942

by DrXym (#48034915) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

I don't agree with his policies or his party ideology either, but I think it is incorrect to call him an idiot. He knows very well what he is doing, and I think he is leading the country competently, in the sense that he is not blundering around stupidly and making the overall situation significantly worse for the whole nation.

Cameron has been a competent prime minister. He hasn't screwed up in any major way, the economy has significantly recovered, he's survived the Scottish referendum and the coalition has been successful in moderating his party's reforms. But his party and Clegg's are doomed in the next election.

We keep using imperial in our daily lives because they are easy when you don't need great precision or a deep understanding of the science behind; 1 pound is about the weight of a large handful of something - easy to relate to and precise enough for many purposes.

As generations are born and die, the old system falls out of use and people use the new system instead. I don't see that as a reason to keep on using it when it was gotten rid of for a reason. If I want to approximate something I can always say a litre, or half a kilo, or 50 meters or whatever.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

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