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Comment Re:Just stop now (Score 1) 111

Uber isn't pre-set. They'll give you an estimate, but the actual charge depends on factors like traffic, distance traveled (you might have to re-route around blockages, etc.). One driver told me if his speed drops below some figure (7 maybe?) a time charge starts accumulating. For those reasons, the Uber price isn't fixed at the time you start the trip.

Comment Re: Easy to explain (Score 1) 418

I've seen plenty of them working. They harvest crops, work construction, pave roads or anything where they need cheap labor. If it weren't for the flood of people from South of the border I don't know how all this stuff would get done.

And yet, somehow all of those things get done in states like Hawaii and Alaska, places where illegal immigration isn't a significant contributor to the workforce.

The one bright spot to illegal immigration might be if the minimum wage goes to $15 an hour. Replacing whoever they can with illegal chump-change labor will save businesses a fortune. And I assume the pro-illegal-immigration crowd will think that's swell, because they'll be "doing the work Americans won't do" that they're always citing as justification for it.

Comment Re:You must choose.... (Score 1) 345

This is what happens when you allow sociopaths to run corporations. Sociopaths should, upon discovery, be forceably removed from society at gunpoint and sent to an island together where they can fuck each other, eat each other, or whatever it is these vile neurologically inhuman monsters do to each other. No sociopath should ever have control of even a single normal, empathic human being in even the tiniest way.,

We don't even do that for the most heinous mass murderers, and you want to do it to the founder of Apple?

Comment Re:fighting carbon pollution? (Score 4, Insightful) 369

The Koch bros must be mighty pissed off right about now.

Maybe it'll pop your bubble, but they're probably delighted, given that they have big investments in the rail transport system that's profiting hugely from transporting oil. As someone once said, "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

Comment Re:I'll take it. (Score 0) 372

Besides most crime happens in crime-ridden communities, and if people want to let their communities go to hell in a handbasket, it's their problem. If you're in one and don't like it, work harder and move, or just don't raise your kids to be criminals.

I think it's time /. instituted an "Anonymous Idiot" nametag.

Comment More likely from reversing effective policies (Score 0) 372

The move lately to release felons (ostensibly "nonviolent", but's that for just the latest, often plea-bargained-down, offense) from prison back onto the streets, and to prohibit police from stopping and questioning people who they have reason to believe are up to no good are more likely a larger contributing cause. Then there's California's new Proposition 47 law where a number of former drug and property-crime felonies have been reclassified as misdemeanors, even potentially retroactively for existing felons, so now habitual offenders know they can operate and just expect citations and not arrest. Then they don't show up in court and just keep going. Combine that with California shoving thousands of felons out of its prisons to local jails, where they end up being released because there's no room, and you have a crime wave in CA. Car breakins are up 47% in San Francisco, robberies up 28%, car theft up 17%, violent offenses up 21% in Los Angeles.

Comment Says who? (Score 1) 173

If the world is to avoid severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts (PDF), carbon emissions must decrease quickly.

Disregarding, arguendo, the issue of whether there's a problem or not, where is it engraved that reduced carbon emissions is the only solution? I've seen a number of other possibilities put forward, including carbon sequestration and increasing the Earth's albedo via induced cloud formation. Taking a solution as given is an approach that's as antithetical to problem solving as I can imagine.

Comment Re:So make sure they all get jailed for fraud (Score 1) 246

But are you ok with them submitting and getting paid for claims for that fictitious person?

Claims have to be submitted through a medical office, which checks your ID. Besides, if you want to submit false claims, you can do that as easily for a real person as a fictitious person. The only difference is that the real person will have much less difficulty cashing the checks. Banks also check IDs.

Sorry, but I just don't see the point in getting an insurance policy for a non-existent person.

If it isn't a problem, why do we (pretend to) check? Just to employ bureaucrats?

Comment Hmmm (Score 4, Interesting) 127

There's some significant holes in this story. According to the ajc.com article, he had last been seen 11pm Friday. Friends started looking for him "last night," presumably Sunday based on the article's date of Monday, Oct 19. That means he would have been lying unconscious for up to two days, yet later in the article we read, 'Atlanta police Lt. Charles Hampton described Hubert’s injuries as minor, adding that he was “not sure where those injuries came from.”' Also, what are these pings they're talking about? Pings like when the cops have the phone company tell them which towers his phone is hitting? Were the cops relaying that info to student searchers instead of searching themselves? It sounds like something else: "The students stayed out until midnight last night, putting out pamphlets and combing the area, anywhere they could possibly find [cell phone] pings along the route.” How do civilian student searchers "find pings"? I wish journalism wasn't such a realm of technical illiterates.

Comment "Should" == competition (Score 2) 385

though it comes with a long list of "shoulds": "[Cities] should be focusing on making their taxi services better," she writes. "Taxis should be more accessible to everyone. Taxi fares should be low, predictable, and uniform. Taxi geographies should be wide. Taxis should be clean, fuel-efficient, driven by trustworthy, well-trained drivers, and available for frictionless electronic hailing."

And competition is the way to achieve those ends. All those "shoulds" have existed for decades with no action taken. Suddenly Uber arrives on the scene and people are talking about how to address them.