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Comment: Re:Still joking? (Score 1) 216 216

It'a no more ridiculous a thought than you trying to create an arbitrary separation between me driving a friend across town and someone I don't know.

The separation is as arbitrary as any other taxing criteria. The criteria applied here has nothing to do with driving someone you don't know. It's about charging extra for vehicle registration to companies whose main purpose is to drive around goods or people for a profit. Your original question was "Why should I apply for a commercial license?". The answer was "You don't", because you don't meet the criteria. The discussion here is not about you. It's about uber, which apparently meets the criteria but somehow gets away not paying extra.

since their for-profit use of publicly-funded infrastructure

Which I and my rider pay for regardless of us knowing each other or not.

The question is not wether you pay for the infrastructure but rather how much you pay. You would pay considerably more if the companies that met the above criteria wouldn't have to pay extra. Is the criteria fair? Maybe not. Maybe all vehicles should pay the same regardless of their purpose, or pay based on mileage, but that's a completely different discussion.

Comment: Re:You have got to be kidding (Score 1) 216 216

All you are saying is that, under the current circumstances, driving is the most cost-effective means of transportation for you (and your competitors). If somehow the cost of driving went steeply up, you (and your competitors) can switch to an alternative means of transportation and still keep doing whatever you do for a living. In that sense, driving is not an absolute requirement for your business. That's not the case of uber, and since their for-profit use of publicly-funded infrastructure is so central to their business model, it's arguably fair for them to pay extra for it.

Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 216 216

You could potentially walk, bike, take public transport or a cab to get to your clients. You drive because it's more efficient or convenient, but it's not an absolute requirement for your business. On the other hand, driving *is* what uber does. You take that out and they have no business. That's the key difference.

Comment: Making a profit off publicly-funded infrastructure (Score 3, Insightful) 216 216

I thought the general principle was that if you are making a profit off publicly-funded infrastructure (in this case, roads) you should be taxed more than the general public, hence the special license for commercial vehicles. I can't see why uber and the like should be exempted.

Comment: Re:Im all for human rights... (Score 1) 1482 1482

So Communists believe in restricting economic freedom. Should we call for the boycott of companies that hire communist employees? Wait! That already happened. It was called McCarthyism.

You fight political ideas by convincing the majority of people that these ideas are wrong, not by trying to silence the proponents of the ideas you oppose.

Comment: CMMI utterly useless in my opinion (Score 4, Interesting) 228 228

I live in Argentina, where any software company getting a CMMI certification can apply for a tax cut. Because of that, CMMI was all the rage around eight years ago or so. Turns out CMMI was so utterly useless and cumbersome that at this point most companies prefer to forget about the tax cuts rather than bother with being CMMI certified. Only companies seeking government contracts continue doing so.

Comment: Goiânia Accident (Score 5, Informative) 98 98

Glad it was already found.

To understand the risks that this type of events involve check what happened in Brazil several years ago when radioactive medical material went missing and ended up killing several people

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident

+ - A Javascript Editor That Doesn't Suck

kreide33 writes: Most code editors provide features such as syntax highlighting and auto completion, but the programmer still needs to mentally execute the code to understand how it will actually work. This blog entry describes a code editor that in addition to all the usual bells and whistles also visualizes the actual code execution, live while the user is editing. The implementation is done using Rhino and the article goes into detail on how the Rhino debugger API is used to single-step through the JavaScript code to simulate its execution and the result is then displayed side-by-side with the code.

Comment: Take the test yourself (Score 5, Informative) 263 263

Here

http://www.oecd.org/pisa/test/

You can take a sample test yourself. See how basic the questions are and feel appalled to see the % of students in your country that managed to pass each level.

For example, only 11% of students in my country (Argentina) were able to reach level 3 (identify the smallest value in a table). Highest rank for that question was Shanghai-China (89%). USA was 48%.

Comment: Re:Call me skeptical (Score 2) 215 215

Ironically, in 2009 Chavez ordered to confiscate one of these body exhibitions that was on tour in Caracas, because he said it was immoral to put unsepulchered bodies on display.

http://news.sky.com/story/676071/chavez-blocks-venezuela-dead-body-art-show

In case you understand Spanish, you can hear it from the man himself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2MfLT-U2qo

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