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Comment: Re:With Uber at least there is tracking and identi (Score 1) 82

by MooseTick (#49302045) Attached to: Taxi Companies Sue Uber For False Advertising On Safety

You say Uber " Drivers are NOT trained or licensed"

I'm not 100%, but I suspect "legitimate" taxi drivers don't have any special training either. If they do, what would it even entail? Providing customer service?

Also, you say with Uber "you don't know if that driver that picks you up isn't some serial killer looking for the next victim, just drank a 5th, or just is out looking for a few bucks"

Not to berate the average cab driver or service, but I just don't believe they are the cream of the crop of society. I don't think they are alcoholics or murderers, but neither are 99.9% of everyone else.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by MooseTick (#49301843) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"election day should be a national holiday"

You could have even less voter turnout if you did that. A lot of people take vacations around holidays and would purposely leave town if they had the day off and could make it a 4 day weekend.

"no for-profit business should be allowed to be open"

That can't ever work. You still need hotels, hospitals, and some other essential services open no matter what.

Comment: Re:Death traps. (Score 1) 451

by MooseTick (#49293425) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

"And who pays for the insurance? Why should I pay for it if the accident will not be caused by me, but by some programmer who forgot to take some variable into account when writing the software for my car?"

What if insurance for a SDC is 1/10th the cost of insurance for you driving the exact same car? Will you still complain, or just drive yourself (and pay more) because you don't trust the software?

Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 1) 406

by MooseTick (#49130515) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

I may be mistaken, but Congress passed the Patriot Act., not Bush or Obama. If blame is to be had, it should go to the people who voted for it, and the people who voted to keep and expand it.

This shows who has been in control since the Patriot Act was created - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...

I understand gridlock, but there were a solid 4 years after the Patriot Act being passed where the R's controlled both houses and the White House. The Democrats had 2 years of owning the whole show. Neither group seemed to care about limiting government powers.

Comment: Re:As in, Lung Cancer? (Score 1) 147

by MooseTick (#49118987) Attached to: Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You

That's true. If a friend or nephew committed suicide or has brain cancer, there is a good chance you may google info about those items. Someone looking at your searches could easily incorrectly assume you are contemplating suicide or have been diagnosed with some disease. Perhaps people need a startup file that does 10,000 random searches on diseases, terrorism, health foods, travel to Neptune, etc. That could hide any real searches and bury legitimate results.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"