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Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 1) 135

Um...I don't think Uber charges less. Just sayin'.

They don't. I took two Uber rides on Friday afternoon and they charge just as much as taxis. The pickup time is much faster in the suburbs, so that's a nice advantage. But I suspect that at peak times on weekend nights, Uber will be much more expensive.

Comment Re:House loses most staunch Democrat (Score 1) 406

The President via the OMB basically drafts the federal budget.

And that budget immediately gets thrown in the trash, unread. Congress funds things against the Executive Branch's wishes all the time.

Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 1) 618

When someone three layers of food-chain above you tells you "do this", you don't get to refuse until you have it in writing

Of course you can. I have many times. You have to spin it as "I'm a good employee who loves to follow procedures, so let's do this by the book" and not in a defiant, overtly CYA way.

Comment Re:i8 or nothing baby (Score 1) 84

Because Tesla sacrifices aerodynamic drag for styling, because they have big expensive battery packs. When the Nissan Leaf was designed, every decision was based on minimizing drag, and thus maximizing range. It has big weird bug eye headlights, which create bubbles of low pressure around the side view mirrors at highway speeds.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 214

Or far more worryingly, the possibility that explosives might be dropped on public events or something similar.

The good news there is that the weight capacity of consumer class drones is still pretty low. A pound of heroin is a lot. A pound of explosives really isn't. You could kill a few people in a crowd. But if your goal is a large scale terrorist attack, that's not a very effective method.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison