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Comment: Re:Urban legend? (Score 4, Interesting) 308

Well, considering the armed insurrection at Ferguson, and the raft of armed "activists" ready to confront law enforcement while using peaceful protesters as human shields while burning the property of completely innocent people to the ground, it would be extremely bizarre if they weren't running training exercises. One could say that they would be negligent if they weren't...

Comment: End Medallion-based Artificial Scarcity! (Score 2) 216

All medallions do is create taxi cartels, barriers to entry for others wishing to participate in the market, a complete lack of competition, and insane profits for the medallion owners (not the drivers). It is a system that just begs for abuse and it's disgusting that this type of situation is not only condoned, but advocated by our municipal governments. It is only because of the ride share apps that these dinosaurs are finally being wiped out by their own well-deserved asteroid.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 5, Interesting) 216

So, what's to stop an insurance company from working with the ride share companies to offer up commercial coverage to anyone driving using the company's ride share app? Some smart insurer is going to go down this path and make a lot of money. Certainly, with almost a million drivers, someone like Uber would have the clout to negotiate the lowest commercial rates on the planet. That would be absolutely no different than what taxi unions have been doing for decades, just at a larger scale. The only difference in this case, apparently, is that it's OK when a union working under a gov't sanctioned artificial scarcity (medallions) does it, and absolutely horrific and unfair when an evil corp like Uber does it.

Comment: Re:The genie is out of the bottle (Score 3, Interesting) 216

Purely anecdotal . . . search the Net and you'll find many more stories attesting to the exact opposite. And good for her . . . that's her choice. My choice (and the choice of many others) is to never take a taxi again. The insane growth of the ride share industry, however, is proof positive that people are readily embracing any alternative to the gov't-sanctioned artificial scarcity known as medallion-based traditional taxi services.

Comment: The genie is out of the bottle (Score 2) 216

Do I understand the need for insurance and regulation? Sure. But the people have very clearly spoken on this one. They *love* ride share services. They love everything about them -- the convenience, the cost (surge pricing notwithstanding), the experience, you name it. Ride shares are superior to and more efficient than traditional taxis in every way. Gov't needs to quit playing the fear mongering "Uber drivers will rape you" card and figure out how to facilitate what the people want rather than cow-towing to medallion-sanctioned monopolies. Scream all you want but the genie is out of the bottle and he ain't going back in.

Comment: 35mm full frame sensors? Puny. :-) (Score 1) 192

by PeeAitchPee (#48855143) Attached to: Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

Interesting that there's no mention of Nikon's top 36MP chip in their new D810.

However, even that's wimpy. Take look at any of Phase One's medium format digital backs in 50, 60, or 80 megapixels, with the world's highest resolution and widest dynamic range in any commercially available camera system. They're generally used with the world's best German lenses, like Schneider and Rodenstock This is what pro fashion, product, landscape, and repro shooters use when money is no object.

Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 4, Insightful) 479

by PeeAitchPee (#48831935) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

you are going to get burned by the orgs that know they can do better.

Better how? Fewer errors per million lines of code better? Higher sales per employee better? Show me a metric besides diversity itself that proves these other orgs you describe are inherently "better." Because unless this quality increase you describe can be defined and measured, and directly attributed to having a diverse workforce, you're going to have a hard time selling this idea to those who might be a bit skeptical.

+ - Smithsonian Museum Digitizes Entire Collection, Plans Release on New Year's Day

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An anonymous reader writes "The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. The Freer and Sackler galleries are the first Smithsonian and the only Asian art museums to digitize and release their entire collections, and in so doing join just a handful of museums in the U.S. The release is the result of a massive staff effort to photograph and create digital records for its objects, requiring almost 6,000 staff hours in the past year alone and resulting in more than 10 terabytes of data and 50,000 images. The galleries also hosted the Smithsonian’s Rapid Capture Pilot Project, an emerging method of quickly and efficiently digitizing vast numbers of smaller objects."

Comment: Re:nice stats (Score 2) 334

by PeeAitchPee (#48344731) Attached to: Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

When you spike consumption in response to lower prices, the prices just go back up.

As with any commodity, this is only true if supply is static or falling while demand rises. The reason gas prices are currently falling is because supply of available oil is rising, largely due to new sources being made available.

or even simply returned to the public in the form of a rebate

Can you provide any evidence of when this has ever happened with a tax was applied to a commodity? In reality, any surplus will be retained by Big Oil. Lefties need to quit trying to hurt the middle class and working poor with all of these proposed "progressive" taxes that are actually completely regressive, disproportionately affecting those who can least afford to absorb them. How about stripping Big Oil of their subsidies for starters? The Democrats could have easily done this during the first half of Obama's first term, when they held the House, Senate, *and* Presidency, yet they chose to leave those surpluses intact.

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