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Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 121 121

by Noah Haders (#50015449) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

I would have the slightest shred of sympathy if taxi unions hadn't used their protectionist racket to provide the nastiest most unpleasant rider experience. If taxi companies were really good at providing good service and uber came in with some sort of unlicensed fly by night business, then it would be clear. But even if uber were the same price as cabs, I would choose uber every_single_time. Maybe cabbies should think on why that is, and try to make an experience that is good for the customer so they win their business, rather than focusing on their entitlements and how they should be able to shut everybody else out of the market.

Comment: Re: Get rid of the fucking adverts completely (Score 2) 174 174

by Noah Haders (#50014601) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

they call them "TV time outs"

American football (NFL): The National Football League requires twenty commercial breaks per game, with ten in each half. (Exceptions to this are overtime periods, which have none.) These breaks run either a minute, or two minutes in length. Of the ten commercial breaks per half, two are mandatory: at the end of each quarter, and at the two-minute warning for the end of the half. The remaining eight breaks are optional.[1] The timeouts can be applied after field goal tries, conversion attempts for both one and two points following touchdowns, changes in possession either by punts or turnovers, and kickoffs (except for the ones that start each half, or are within the last five minutes). The breaks are also called during stoppages due to injury, instant replay challenges, when either of the participating teams uses one of its set of timeouts, and if the network needs to catch up on its commercial advertisement schedule. The arrangement for college football contests is the same, except for the absence of the two-minute warning.

NBA: "Mandatory timeouts" are called at the first dead ball after 6:00 and 3:00 in each quarter and after 9:00 in the second and fourth quarters. First mandatory timeout is charged to the home team and second TV timeout is charged to the away team (or whichever team has not been charged previously in that quarter), assuming no other full 1:40 timeouts have been called, which replace the mandatory TV timeouts. In addition, a timeout after 3:00 in the second and fourth quarters is called but not charged to either team, if neither team has called one prior to that point. If they do, then the "official's timeout" (as it is called) is given at the first minute mark in which it is not taken early by either team.[5]

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1) 202 202

by Noah Haders (#50014243) Attached to: How Uber Takes Over a City

nobody said anything about an environmental benefit. I'm arguing for a net benefit to society that we can all stop investing in really expensive machines then leaving them to rust in the driveway. it's an efficiency improvement and a productivity improvement. Even in your taxi example, the taxi would be sitting on the curb less often, because taxi prices would be lower and there would be more riders. So everybody wins.

Comment: Re: Get rid of the fucking adverts completely (Score 2) 174 174

by Noah Haders (#50013745) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

Agreed, $100/mo would be really steep. GP said he pays $150/yr.

I'll throw in another fact. American sports like (hand egg) football, baseball, and basketball are all structured in a way that supports TV advertising. There are TV time outs and delays between innings or football plays. so even if you watch sports with no ads, you're going to be twiddling your thumbs a lot because there is always downtime to accomodate ads.

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1) 202 202

by Noah Haders (#50012403) Attached to: How Uber Takes Over a City

it varies by person, but for me, uber is stealing jobs from car salesmen, because I have delayed buying a car because I don't really need one because it's cheaper for me to take uber when I really need it, combined with shopping local and transit.

The ultimate truth is that we as a society are wasting a lot of money by buying expensive machines and then parking them in a lot, or hiring expensive drivers but then they are only actually on the clock a small portion of time. think about it - you spent $30k for the car in your garage - what percent of the day is it actually used? 10%? less? wouldn't it make sense that instead of parking money in a spot it is used to provide service, so that one car can serve 5 people instead of there be 5 cars that are hardly used? this is the opportunity that uber provides.

Same with taxi drivers. yes, rates are much lower, but you can get more fares and spend a greater % of your day with a passenger.

the biggest opportunity for uber is to make cars be used a greater portion of the day. this is the benefit for everybody.

Comment: Re:It has this. (Score 0) 188 188

by Noah Haders (#50005019) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

And if you think that a random 'private detective' can't sideload shite on you iphone because it's an iphone, I have bad news for you - you're wrong, and it isn't all that hard or expensive.

Actually, yes it is hard. 8.4 has never been jail broken. How would you do your detective stuff on my phone?

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries