In Soviet Russia, insensitive clods BETA you mother!
+1 This is the most concise argument I've seen yet for why the current commenting system is so loved:
"... because the design permits unfettered chaos while providing the means for users to wade through it quickly and efficiently, so they can easily promote the best content to the top!"
OMG...focus your efforts on making this feature of the site more awesome and forget the rest of the window dressing.
You're wasting your breath frinsore. Many of us who had early access to the beta complained about the exact list of things that has the general
You had your constructive feedback Soulskill and you pissed on it. Please stop coming here pretending to want feedback.
If you actually give a shit stop talking and prove it. Fix the stuff you've broken in beta.
You are in fact not listening.
1) Vast wastelands of wasted white space in the margins? Still there.
2) Comment moderation slider? No.
3) UID Friends/Foes in the headers? No.
4) Ability to quickly link back to threads I'm commenting in? No
WE ARE YOUR REVENUE. We are the eyeballs you sell and the creators of your content; content (comments) that keeps people coming back. We are telling you that you're fucking up.
If you were listening we wouldn't still be having this discussion.
This is actually a very interesting question. For pure software you're licensing, not purchasing, and so the doctrine of first sale doesn't apply unless the license allows it. For a durable good like a car or a washing machine, clearly a second hand purchaser wouldn't be party to the original license contract and the software must convey with the vehicle (or appliance) as the software is integral to the function of the device. Generally speaking though, I thought contracts of adhesion were prohibited by law, so the second hand buyer might in fact be in the clear.
I wonder (not enough to look it up) if there's any established precedent on the question?
Their enterprise security and controls are better than either DropBox or Google.
Burn the witch!
Thought I'd look it up since not going every flipping year would be nice. Per the tx.gov site: all cars must be inspected annually but brand new cars can go two years before their first one.
"perhaps a similar approach would be to meter charging stations and tax on that?"
Also a simple and perfectly rational way to do it.
Huh..and to think I've been wasting my time getting an annual inspection in Texas every year. I do get that nice window decal though, so I guess it's not all bad.
Interstate commerce. Normally I'm all for state's rights, but this is one area where there's actually a Constitutional basis to tell the State to get bent.
Because it's not worth the time or expense to NOT tax you for driving on them when in the vast majority of cases private roads are going to be the exception rather than the rule. Ditto for out-of-state driving except in border counties in which case maybe you give them a % break as compared to someone on the interior.
I think meerling's comment that there currently is no state inspection in Oregon is a higher hurdle to jump; in that case, trade-off's aren't so clear.
I still think you come down on the side of simplicity as much as possible. Cover your 80% use cases at the least cost and complexity and simply accept that you'll have some sort of dead weight loss whatever you choose. I think it's vastly preferable to granting your state government an official license to track all your movements.
why we're trying to over-complicate this? Take the odometer reading at annual inspection and be done with it.
Will there be corner cases where someone gets screwed under this system? Sure.
Is it worth all the trouble, expense, and privacy violations of being 100% perfect when 80% is good enough? No. Not even a little.