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Comment Insurance is not like music (Score 1) 231

Music by specific artists is a unique product -- another artist generally can't reproduce the same music in exactly the same way.

Insurance is the opposite. All auto insurance is essentially the same -- the differences have very little value. If one insurance company fails to update it's business model, 5 more insurance companies will swoop in and take the business.

Comment Re:Many gas stations to close? (Score 1) 889

An article with this level of simple insight would never get published on Slashdot.

You need to add a conspiracy:

Diesel is only available because ... big oil pushes diesel and bribes politicians to keep it available. Refining oil into gasoline without also producing diesel creates a byproduct with infinite energy per liter. If they stopped making diesel fuel, the oil companies would all go out of business.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 60

We could get rid of most traffic "laws" regardless of Teslas. We don't need a whole code of laws and penalties for everything everyone does. Change them from "laws" with penalties and police enforcement of every minute detail to "rules" with police enforcement reserved for recklessness and drunk driving.

People would drive more-or-less the same way they do now. No one wants to crash, and recklessness would still be punished by law. Police would be freed up to actually police bad guys instead of fundraising off of regular drivers.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 60

So, maybe [our driving actions] should be policed.

The justification for policing actions is "danger". When danger is less, there's less justification for policing actions.

Driving is safer due to little things like mandatory seatbelt laws.

Seatbelts help in crashes because of "actions" the same as they help in any other type of crashes. Danger is less.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 60

Just because driving is safer now than ever before does not justify someone txting on a phone while driving.

But it does justify less aggressive policing of driving in general. We shouldn't have to bear the burden of enforcing as many rules and having them enforced upon us when the dangers are low and dropping all the time.

Comment Of course (Score 2) 60

When the studies find out notifications aren't distracting, no one tells you about those studies.

These types of headlines tend to lead to suggestions of more driving restrictions. But driving has never been safer. We don't need our every minute policed by punitive government overseers. We need fewer citizen/police interactions -- those interactions can be very dangerous.

Comment Statistics need verifying (Score 2, Insightful) 212

every year there are close to 140,000 jobs requiring a CS degree, but only 40,000 U.S. college graduates major in CS, which means that 100,000 positions go unfilled by domestic talent

Is this statistic really true? Are those 140,000 net new jobs, or just job openings that exist for some period of time during the year?

The article cites but does not link to a source for this statistic.

Also, a CS degree is a long, tough slog through dull material that has dubious relevance to most jobs that require a CS degree.

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