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Comment Your ignorance is without bounds or reason (Score 1) 77

Commercial insurance, commercial licenses,

How does that improve SAFTEY you blithering moron? Rather than just helping pay medical bills after the fact?

BTW Uber provides that ANYWAY.

safety shields

You do realize what those do to passengers in a crash ? No ? Idiot.

fresh brakes,

Fresh brakes are worse than brakes that have been worn in, retard.

steering controls, suspension, and control arms

The 70's called and said under no circumstances are we to return you even though you plainly belong there....

You aren't very familiar with modern sealed systems in cars are you? When was the last time you greased a CV joint? Have you ever?

Does uber even control the time the car spends on the road and how often it is inspected?

The state does. Have you ever even driven in a cab which are usually in various states of utter disrepair?

Passenger vehicles just aren't made for that without very careful care.

Actually they ARE. Modern passengers vehicles are made for heavy abuse for at least the first few hundred thousand miles.

And as a side note, you think cabs are built better? Come on.

Money and denial are powerful motivators

Well denial anyway, as evidenced by your absurd post. I'll not respond further as I can't do much to help out your particular mix of ignorance and insanity that seems to affect all people with an irrational hate of Uber.

It's hilarious how all of the defects you list are so much worse for cabs, yet you try to tarnish Uber with the brush of disrepair.... Cabs have been utterly worse in terns of safety for some time than passenger cars, things like no working SEATBELTS for example. They don't have to do the same inspections passenger cars do.

Comment Where are you going in the U.S.? (Score 1) 27

I don't think it's possible to answer your question adequately without more information.

Where are you going in the U.S.? Is it large cities, or out of cities? Just where in the U.S.? Real world coverage is better in some places with some carriers than in others... The U.S. is huge.

Also if you are going to conventions be aware that some places have local repeaters from some companies but not others - AT&T or Verizon might have exclusive access to prove improved coverage at some particular location (especially conventions in hotels).

Outside of cities data server might be hit or miss no matter who you have...

I have T-Mobile and love them, mainly because I have the opposite problem - I travel outside the U.S. a lot, and I get free (slower) data just about world-wide with T-Mobile (and have an unlimited data plan). I'm a bit surprised you don't get the reverse effect from your carrier with T-Mobile, you may want to call them and ask because perhaps all they have to do is flip a switch in their system to let you roam in the U.S. for free.

Comment And the monster is growing (Score 1) 136

As before by "fixing" more things that are not broken. It is really time to stop this abomination. Sure, there are some (few) things it does that actually have merit, but it doe them in the wrong way, and most of it is just plain bad for security, reliability and user choice. Why so much of the Linux infrastructure is handed willingly to this one bad actor is beyond me.

Comment Re:30 years (Score 1) 222

No, but Tip O'Neill was, and as Speaker of the House (you know, that Governmental body that actually writes the budget, I assume you paid attention to School House Rock?), he had a LOT of influence of what got funded and what didn't. The Tipster didn't like it - and so it wasn't funded. Not a lot that the Senate or the President could do, other than try to cajole, plead or threaten. But then again, it's the House's job to write the budget - not the Senate or the President.

Comment I can tell you how the story ends (Score 1) 77

After the app is released, people will flock to the cab app during peak hours because of the cheaper pricing.

That also means there will be few cabs to be found... the cabs they do find will still be the same old foul NYC cabs we all know and .

So the end user experience for most people will be cheaper cabs they can't have, vs. Uber cars they can - with the unreliable access to cabs demonstrated, people will just go back to uber and ignore the cab app exists.

People forget that surge pricing exists not just for drivers, but also passengers. You may not like the pricing but you do like having a ride available on demand...

Comment Re: I suggest we confuse the primary Uber benefits (Score 2) 77

Or you could only pay for cosmetic improvement to your vehicle but never any safety improvement.

This sounds clever at first but is incredibly stupid once you mull over what you are saying.

What "safety improvements" would you pay for? Roll bars? Four point harnesses? Fir extinguishers in the main cabin? Come on.

Uber inspects the car to be used to see if it passes muster - any car made in the last ten years will already be really safe, with no improvements to be made that could improve safety.

The things that degrade on cars over time are mostly cosmetic - body wear, interior cleanliness. They are what are ESPECIALLY degraded in "real" cabs.

The few aspects of cars that do degrade over time (tires, brakes) are checked by the state in yearly safety inspections anyway so it's not like letting them go is an option - but you've forgotten the driver has a powerful motivator to keep the car safe, because they are the ones who are going to spend far more time in it than any one passenger.... why would a driver want to risk his own life to save a few $?

Submission + - CenturyLink Takes $3 Billion in Government Subsidies -->

club77er writes:
CenturyLink has announced that the company intends to take $3 billion in government subsidies to shore up the company's broadband network gaps. According to the CenturyLink announcement, the telco will take $500 million a year for six years from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s Connect America Fund (CAF). In exchange, it will expand broadband to approximately 1.2 million rural households and businesses in 33 states.

While the FCC now defines broadband as 25 Mbps down, these subsidies require that the deployed services be able to provide speeds of at least 10 Mbps down.

"Our acceptance of the CAF II funding continues our commitment to further bridge the urban-rural digital divide by bringing high-speed broadband to households and businesses in many of CenturyLink's most rural markets," CenturyLink said.

CenturyLink also nabbed $75 million in phase one of CAF funding, which at the time required the telco to deploy speeds of at least 4 Mbps to under-served regions. The telco says its CAF II six-year build-out plan should be finalized over the next few months, and the expansion of DSL services is slated to begin in early 2016.
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Comment Re:I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 189

Except it wasn't about vigilantes taking down an illegal website because society hadn't stepped up to the task. They stole personal data and are now trying to blackmail people with it. Where are the vigilantes who watch over the vigilantes?

Except no such thing happened. Impact Team blackmailed AM - either shut down AM and EM (established men - a prostitution site), or the data will be released. If they wanted to blackmail people, they could've done it, but didn't. Now everyone else is.

And I don't really have much sympathy for users either - Impact Team made a big splash over a month ago when they said they had the data. That means all their users had a month to own up to their significant others. The fact is, they gave Avid Life Media (who own many dating sites besides AM and EM) plenty of time to either contact users that their information may be compromised (1 whole month!), but instead everyone hunkered down and hoped someone was either bluffing or lying.,

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 405

"That isn't ADD, it's being bored"

I think you miss the point. The point is that one task cannot take up his entire attention (the ability to focus).

I've never been DXd with ADD or ADHD -- but I am aspy. I similarly had the issue described above. However, I found my work-around was to have the TV playing in the background or listen to an audio book or music while I did homework. It needed to be something I was already familiar with so it wouldn't draw too much of my attention. That way, the part of me which WAS working on something that needed to get done wouldn't get bored or become easily distracted.

In class, I had a number of other "work arounds". I would "ignore" the teacher and work on another subject while they lectured (if it was material I could get from the book). Or I might find something mildly entertaining to think about (for me it was reciting Monty Python sketches in my head) if I needed to focus on the lecture. I found I could also focus better without distractions when taking notes if I used multi-colored pens and categorized sections by color.

My understanding is the ADD/ADHD crowd could NOT really adapt the way I could and as I've gotten older, I've been able to wrangle in the various "bubbles" of attention in to problem solving groups without needing to "trick" myself with outside diversions.

One of my earliest memories from elementary school (probably 2nd or 3rd grade) was when I was talking with a class mate and the teacher interrupted me and asked me to repeat what she had been saying. I went on to repeat everything she said for the last 5 mins. She was an awesome teacher -- She got me. She explained to me that while *I* could pay attention while doing other things others could not and I needed to find something else to do that wasn't distracting to THEM.

Comment Re:Walls will not solve the problem (Score 1) 71

The issue with the Mexican and most Central American economies is graft and corruption at the Governmental level.

As if those things don't exist in the US....

Not even CLOSE to the same level as in Mexico, or Guatemala. Or other Central American countries. The level of corruption we have is nowhere near the same. If that's central to your point - then there's nothing else to discuss.

As for encouraging the immigrants home countries to institute change is exactly what I suggested. You have to help them build their economies which in turn will spur changes. Right now the US trade policies are anything but helpful or friendly.

OK, so how do you propose to do that? We have completely free trade, should we pay them to export their products to us? You have a nice little sound-bite, but what do suggest as action to make it "work"?

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