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Comment: Re:Take the responsibility onto yourself (Score 1) 393

by Nidi62 (#49629801) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

And if he was to prescribe a standard antibiotic, you can buy them yourself at a pet supply. The same antibiotics used for fish are the same that you are given. Exactly the same, just different labels and no prescription required.

I used my dead dog's prescription for a sciatic disk in my back when my prescription ran out and I had a flare-up. She was prescribed the exact same medicine and dose as I was (hers was for torn ligaments in her legs I believe), and we just never threw out the medication after she died.

Comment: Re:Teamsters (Score 2) 190

by Nidi62 (#49628625) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Teamsters? Are you serious? They have already ruined the work force in AMERICA! Because of teamsters company's are leaving the US to go other places! Myself and my family have lost a good paying job because of unions and teamsters are nothing but GREED! Don't get me wrong in the early days we needed them but of late teamsters are nothing but greedy lazy groups of people!!!

Now, I'm not a union man either, but how exactly do you offshore domestic freight transportation? Is there a room in India somewhere where people are driving big rigs around like drones?

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 232

by Nidi62 (#49628601) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas
There's a public health concern for food fixed in private residences too. Hear about the incident a few weeks ago where people got botulism at a church potluck?

And the idea is a commercial vehicle (especially one operating as a taxi) is going to spend more time on the road, meaning it is going to need more maintenance sooner than a private vehicle driving possibly well over 100 miles a day compared to 40-50 for a private vehicle. As such regular vehicle inspections are a very good idea.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by Nidi62 (#49628189) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

If you think vehicles need safety inspections, there's no reason whatsoever to restrict that to taxis. It should be for all vehicles or for no vehicles.

So because the Department of HEalth doesn't inspet your home kitchen they don't need to inspect restaurants? If something is being used to provide a commercial service to the public it should be held to a minimal standard of safety.

Comment: Re:Aw shit! (Score 2) 134

by Nidi62 (#49621469) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

The worst one was where they advertised a guy who took out a loan to fill up his car. Yes, the car he probably just hocked the title to. I actually yelled "Are you fucking kidding me?!?" at my TV.

My favorite is the title loan one (it may even have been title loan restructuring, now that I think about it) of the guy with 2 young kids in a 2500+ sq ft house washing a car that is at most 1-2 years old. You might want to try downsizing before you enter into a predatory title loan with near userious interest rates.

I also love the radio and tv commercials advertising "low" rates of $200-350 a month on car leases, while I am driving a brand new car for $125 a month that I will have paid off less than 1.5 years after I bought it. Of course, instead of living beyond my means I actually live below my means so I am not stressed out at the end of every month waiting on a pacheck to pay bills. I just don't have to drive a Lexus/BMW/Mercedes or own my own McMansion.

Comment: Re:Not the point (Score 1) 345

I don't agree. The panel is pointless without investingating the scientists they claim to have bias and determining the validity of the accusation.

I never said the panel had merit. I'm simply saying these panels are designed to be soapboxes for those on the panel, nothing more.

Comment: Not the point (Score 2) 345

Why would they invite scientists to this panel? That's not what these are for. THe whole point of panels/investigations/committees is for those sitting on them to make public statements about whatever the issue is. If they even bring people in the Senators/Reps hardly ever ask questions, they use their floor time to read prepared statements or make comments. When they say "Senate Panel on X", it doesn't mean they are going to be asking experts about X. It just means you can expect soundbites about X from the politicians to be played back or reported on in their home districts.

Comment: Re:Compared to GoT (Score 1) 178

by Nidi62 (#49614521) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Whose primary fans are bored housewives looking for a bodice-ripper novel, or LARP geeks who giggle at the idea of "smallclothes" or "moons blood". And tits. Can't have an HBO miniseries w/o tits.

"From the Earth to the Moon" and "Band of Brothers" suggest you can have an HBO mini-series with little, or no, exposure.

Band of Brothers had one scene of toplessness. I think The Pacific had maybe 3-4.

Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 1) 178

by Nidi62 (#49613407) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'
I always assumed that they were just as corruptible as any other race (besides Hobbits I guess) so Gandalf didn't trust them. They also would be susceptible to being shot down with arrows/ballista/etc as well as interception from the Nazgul flying mounts. The hobbits were the only ones who could actually get into Mordor undetected. The eagles were certainly overused in the movies though and made the plot hole much more glaring.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 1) 175

One thing is for sure, some poor Uber driver's life will be destroyed the first time there is an accident causing injury with another uninsured driver. Uber won't be standing behind them.

So? It's not like someone put a gun to their head and said "you will drive for Uber or else!"

For crying out loud folks...grow the fuck up and take some responsibility for your own actions. If you don't want the risk, don't take the job.

No, but if you work for a company (and these drivers are working for Uber, as much as they try to claim otherwise) that company should be liable for any injuries that occur to their employee (workers comp) as well and any injuries and damages caused to a third party by their employee (insurance). If they want to claim the drivers are contractors, then they have a duty to ensure their contractors are fully certified and insured(that is, commercial car insurance with higher liability) before they pick up a single passenger.

Comment: Re:Money talks.... (Score 1) 175

So where do you draw the line then? Let's say I drive to work - 60+mi each way (I really do, sometimes). If I give someone a lift from their place ... say 2 streets away from my house, to where I'm working, and they walk another 300 yards to work - should that be banned? Why? What if they offer to chuck in $10 to cover some fuel every week (with my weekly fuel bill at $100)? What if we agree they'll pay for every second tank? Now, what is the fundamental difference between chucking in half the cost by paying fuel and by giving me $15 each time?

Because you and he are going the same direction, and you aren't making a profit from them, just something to offset the cost of driving you were mostly going to be doing anyway. Uber drivers are sitting around until they are effectively dispatched by the app(they can pick who they want to pick up, but it's the same idea) to a person to take them to a place that the driver was not (in all likelihood) already going to, and getting paid to do it. If you can't see a clear distinction in that you are either rather dense or going through some major cognitive dissonance.

Comment: Re:No matter what Uber says ... (Score 3, Insightful) 175

If an airline was touting the fact thay they use uncertified mechanics, pilots without commercial ratings, and insuring 737s like they were single engine Pipers and that it makes them the cheapest and most competitive people would be all over them yelling for them to be shut down. That is essentially what Uber is doing. It's a lot easier to be cheap and convenient when you are ignoring laws and regulations that are put in for very good reasons.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"