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Comment Re:Best way to lose soul is to drive out source (Score 1) 353

The soul comes from many things, small shops being one of them. Another thing is a vibrant arts scene,

Who require supplies and are there because of the cool coffee shop around the corner....

something which is helped massively by increases in minimum wage.

Arts scene in Seattle is a ghost town in two years.

Comment It's the regulations that are a sham (Score 1) 266

If you look at air pollution statistics from any first-world country, you'll find they have been getting significantly better over the last decade.

The ONLY way forward from this "cheating" mess it to raise the standards to allow what cars are already emitting - because we know for a FACT that pollution has gone down with those levels of emissions actually allowed.

Comment For general use? Hell no. (Score 4, Insightful) 62

The summary is horrific because it paints the pulling of these apps as negative when in fact it's one of the better demonstrations as to why non-technical people need a curated app store.

Be honest, your mom or other family member is is not as technically knowledgeable tells you they installed an app that routes all mobile traffic through some VPN the developer runs (never mind how they knew enough to explain that to you!).

Would you SERIOUSLY let that stay installed, or would you run to un-install it?

This is nothing more than a giant security breach. If you really are STUPID enough to want to run all your traffic through some strangers VPN, you can do so easily with existing mobile VPN support on any platform. They can scrub ad blockers and run MITM attacks on your bank or what have you, but at least it would have required more effort on your part to get yourself into trouble.

Comment Best way to lose soul is to drive out source (Score 1) 353

Where does Seattle think the "soul" of a city comes from?

It comes somewhat from architecture, though that is just shape.

The main area where the soul of a place is from, lies in the businesses that are located there - and I'm specifically talking about the smaller local shops that provide maximum "flavor" to an area.

Those are EXACTLY the places driven to close by a minimum wage hike. They can no longer afford to pay workers, many of whom might have been teens - why should TEENS get $20/hour? They don't need to live on what they earn, they just need to earn a bit of money.

Seattle by passing the minimum wage hike has ensured they will become a soulless husk much faster than SF ever did (though one could argue the soul of SF is now embodied in urine, which will persist).

Many small quaint businesses in Seattle will close, replaced by Starbucks (the one place where I guess that is fine).

Comment Re:History says otherwise (Score 1) 415

The explanation for those "massive fields of dead turbines" is that they do not exist, and everything you posted above is a work of fiction.

Driving around southern California or the south tip of Hawaii shows they are vey real, despite your attempt at the worlds least believable RetCon.

I know about them because I have seen them myself, have driven right past them.

I assure you there is NO way these fields are in fact functional. They are big hulking husks. I was there with wind, where some still turn haphazardly but most have seized up - as they will without constant maintenance.

Did you forget to log out and post as AC?

I am here to bring reality to people, whatever that may actually be, however unpopular that may be. I know people like yourself seek to destroy others who engage in speaking against your foundation of faith, but I don't care.

Real data show the installed wind capacity, and actual annual wind production growing rapidly, year after year.

They probably showed the same thing back when theater wind farms were put in. As the old saying goes,, current performance is not a promise of future success... remember my post was about the future, and what the past has shown us about the real future, You (or someone other naive acolyte) said that Windmills have essentially very little cost to operate long term - which would mean older fields would still be in operation. Since they are not, the promise that they always will be is a lie. I look forward myself in 20 years to photographing the new sites of rusty hulks we are planting today...

(This is the only occasion when right-whiners show much concern for the environment - those 300,000 or so annual wind turbine bird kills,

I care for, and have done more for, the environment than you ever will. I am an avid hiker and photographer who appreciates and cares for nature far more than you ever will. I have seen these rotting wind farms because I enjoy nature all around the globe and travel back ways to enjoy it....

You should never pre-suppose you know where someone s coming from, because you will mostly be wrong and you will always look like an idiot for assuming.

Comment History says otherwise (Score 1) 415

Wind and solar have minuscule costs over the long term (just maintenance on the machines and lines).

Please then explain the massive fields of dead turbines in California and the southern tip of Hawaii.

Long term history teaches us that wind power plants shut down after just a decade or two. Why is that? If the long term cost is minuscule why would they have been decommissioned?

Of course there's tremendous cost to birds also but fuck wildlife, right?

Comment Yes and HNo (Score 1) 416

Exactly - people want to see all this data

Yes (well, some).

and have Google log/display it.


Why do you think we (or anyone) want Google to log it? That is not needed, if I want it logged I would GREATLY prefer that be done by a local app of some kind, where I control the data from it directly.

I can imagine future politicians, where it's leaked exactly how many times the driver of his car went over 75MPH... as just one example why not everyone wants Google to log it.

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 215

Because you're paying the fucking Uber driver.

When I've had friends drive me somewhere I offer to pay for gas, and usually pay more than the gas would cost.

Try again.

I really can't believe that people are still trying to pretend that Uber is just a ride-sharing service like giving your dear old mum a lift to the shops.

I can't believe you think that's what I am saying. I am not saying they ARE the same. I'm saying, legally, HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT.

Since you can't answer that why should the law be able to?

Comment Re:Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1) 215

I can't pay them to encourage them to ask.

Why do you think that makes sense?

It's just as poor an example, and badly worded at that.

In fact if you gave someone money without asking for sex, then they asked you for sex, that would in fact be quite legal... People do that every day in normal relationships.

Comment Monopoly on what exactly (Score 1, Insightful) 215

Can you be picked up after calling a friend to come get you? If yes, why not when you "call" an Uber?

Just saying "legal monopoly" doesn't mean much without details.

I've been to London a number of times. I think London is the only city I've ever been where I really liked the cab system (black cabs specifically that is) - the drivers are friendly, the cars in great shape and clean.

But even so, what if you can't find one? If you call (if you can call) you might be waiting a long time, or have to walk a while to where you pick one up.

London is I think a model city where the black cabs and Uber can co-exist really well - because the black cabs already set a high bar of service, they are actually worth what the charge. Uber would take away minimal business from the black cabs overall, basically people who were really cheap or couldn't find a cab.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 0) 920

Why should you not lose in any group of humans if you are not willing to go along with power dynamics? You can either try to find a group that does not contain humans or you can figure out how to work with it.

You call them out and make whatever happens work for you as best you can.

For those that think power dynamics only applies to men, HA!

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