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Comment: Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (Score 1) 17

Uber and Lyft may be a hobby for some people, but they are a job for others. The commercial auto license, like the commercial driver's license, is a binary distinction

And one which California in particular already applies unfairly so as to steal money from the citizenry. Any pickup truck over a fairly low weight has to be registered as a commercial vehicle. You don't need a commercial license to drive a commercial vehicle unless you use it for a commercial purpose, but you still have to pay more for the registration because California. There are many legitimate non-commercial uses to which a person might put a pickup truck heavy enough to trigger this fraudulent surcharge, which is actually way down somewhere below 5,500 lb. That's not very much for a truck, especially these days since truck weights have climbed ever upwards save for the 2015 F-150, which has an Aluminum body.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 17

I don't have a problem with the driver not having commercial insurance. However, in that case the company needs to insure the driver when "on duty".

Well, Uber at least already does this. However, your normal insurance company might refuse to cover you at all, defining the activity as commercial and thus outside of your policy. Then you won't have the legally mandated-and-approved minimum required insurance, and you'll be driving uninsured and thus illegally. Technically, probably pretty much all of this activity is illegal because of restrictions on commercial activity in personal liability insurance policies.

Whether the insurance companies should be allowed to do that to you is the real root question which we need to answer. My argument is that if someone isn't safe enough to drive people around for money, then they're not really safe enough to drive at all. If we need more stringent driving tests and vehicle inspections before we permit anyone to drive for any purpose, then okay, let's have those. But there's nothing transformative about accepting money for an activity: the activity remains the same. You are basically required to make some money to not be a criminal — homelessness is more or less illegal, and having a home requires some money due to taxes at the minimum. In that light, any restraint of trade which is not absolutely necessary is abhorrent, since it interferes with the citizen's ability not just to exist at all, but also to exist within the law.

Comment: Flea markets, yard sales, and eBay (Score 1) 339

by drinkypoo (#48898663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Obviously, what you want is a really old mouse. There's loads of them out there. Lots of the ball mice were perfectly useful. Get a 3M precision mousing surface to go with your mouse, they lay very flat and they grip very well. Every time I go to a flea market I see dozens of old PS2/Serial Logitech mice with three buttons.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 0) 17

Why, exactly, should Uber drivers get to drive passengers using regular non-commercial drivers' insurance?

Because commercial licenses are handled unfairly.

If you're letting them drive on non-commercial licenses than that means that regular drivers are subsidizing Uber-drivers.

You've got these things completely backwards. It's why should Uber drivers get to drive using non-commercial licenses, and if you're letting them drive on non-commercial insurance.

The big problem with commercial licenses is that we hold commercial drivers to a higher standard even when they're not driving on a commercial basis. It's abusive when considered in combination with ride-sharing.

Ride-sharing cars can't use taxi stops or taxi lanes, so they're not really using more road resources than would the person they're hauling around if they could afford a car, if it made sense for them to drive their own car, whatever. But they help relieve parking pressure, so they're still a positive force. You shouldn't try to prevent them. Taxi companies aren't serving the needs of the public, which is why these services even exist.

Comment: Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#48898313) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

Why does industrial control still use DOS?

Because of all the stuff that's still working. A lot of it could be replaced for not too much money, if it goes right the first time...

Can you even boot a modern computer into DOS

DOS compatibility is still a listed feature of many new PC motherboards.

I guess it doesn't matter. Practically every tool ever invented by man is still in use somewhere, for something.

Yeah, I scrape something with a rock every so often...

Comment: Re: Nope (Score 1) 268

by drinkypoo (#48897785) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Anyone who claims otherwise obviously hasn't seen real UHD content on a display whose pixel density to viewing distance ratio actually benefits from the resolution bump

Probably true, but since most content won't be available in UHD for a long long time, most people won't be seeing it any time soon anyway. If they're lucky, the demo video in the store will be in UHD, and not just interpolated.

or is declining past their 40s and has deteriorating vision (in which case understandably, you don't see much difference I presume)

I'm far-sighted, you insentitive clod! And, I think, gradually becoming moreso. I think I'm losing a little bit of fine resolution close-up. I can still count pixels in a stipple on my 25.5" 1920x1200 IPS, though.

Comment: Re:Uh...no (Score 1) 268

by drinkypoo (#48897775) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

So we should use 48 Hz, rather than 50 or 60 for the TV? Interpolate, or double-expose for the frame-doubling?

No, television makes sense at either 50 or 60 Hz because television programs are shot on video, at 50 or 60 Hz. Ideally the material would always be presented in whatever is closest to the source format, therefore the same refresh rate.

I have one of the expensive de-interlacers. Comes "free" in any reasonable receiver.

I've looked at a lot of receivers, and you typically have to spend over $500 just to get downscaling, let alone deinterlacing. I spent $20 on my DTS receiver (only 5.1, though) and repaired a bad solder connection to a relay. I would have to spend approximately 25 times what I spent on my receiver to even begin to get such functionality. And then, it still wouldn't be half as good as what XBMC can do while playing my media.

Comment: Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (Score 1) 125

by drinkypoo (#48897743) Attached to: NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

I can tell you from the top of my head what record label a rock song from 1970 was on, but I couldn't make an autoexec.bat or config.sys if you put a gun to my head without googling it.

Well, different people have different interests. I care more about IT than I do about music. Indeed, when I am working on IT projects, I rarely listen to music, as I find it distracting. But music often makes me think of IT projects. Born to do it. I can still remember a lot of the stuff I used to do with DOS, even though I am about 99.99% sure that I will never touch DOS again. Never know, I might get caught up in industrial control tomorrow.

Comment: Re:Left Hander Doesn't Care About Your Problem (Score 1) 339

by drinkypoo (#48897697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

you linked to a blog. GP linked to the manufacturers website, fucktard.

Yes, and the product he linked to didn't even exist when Logitech brought out the original Trackman Marble. I know what it was called because I was there and I bought several of them. I bought them both with and without scrolling wheels. You two kids are talking about something you know nothing about, and misinterpreting the data that you're seeing. But I can see why you were too afraid of me to log in. Typical coward.

Comment: Re:Left Hander Doesn't Care About Your Problem (Score 1) 339

by drinkypoo (#48896597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

this is it. This is the ORIGINAL Trackman Marble.

The original Logitech Trackman Marble was a thumb trackball which predates that mouse by so much it didn't even have the super-smooth, metallic-painted design. You have no idea what you're on about, perhaps because you're twelve. The device you linked to came years later, after they had discontinued the original marble and replaced it with the Logitech Trackman Wheel T-BB18. I went through about three of the original Marbles back when I was into a whole lotta FPS gaming, they would just die. The Trackman Wheel, on the other hand, just the microswitches die most of the time. It's a relatively easy job to replace them. I got the last replacements out of a T-BB18 that did just become unresponsive, though.

The "Marble" name made a whole lot more sense with the original device, because the ball was smaller. But don't take my word for it, educate yourself on logitech thumb-operated trackballs and then you can scroll down past the device I'm using now and see the original Trackman Marble. Hooray internet.

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