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Comment: Re:Living Wage is mandated for, and desired by idi (Score 1) 81 81

driving parts of town they don't know, with random strangers as passengers. Great idea.

Actually it turns out is a pretty great idea, it's called Uber (and Lyft).

It's almost universally loved by customers, because in many cities TAXI DRIVERS don't know where anything is either. In the last several taxis I've been in even giving a well-known place name (like Long Beach in Los Angeles) was ignored as they typed in the exact address into a GPS...

Since an Uber driver will find a way to where I am going the same way a taxi driver would, except there's no chance of error because I enter the place on my own device instead of them typing it in through a shitty GPS UI, an Uber driver is vastly more likely to get me where I am trying to go, sooner.

And given the way most taxi drivers drive I frankly would in fact rather be driven by a teenager.

As for the "random stranger" thing that part simply shows your unending ignorance into how Uber and Lyft actually work. It's not strangers that meet, it's two vetted individuals.

Comment: No money in car pools (Score 3, Insightful) 81 81

Will they go after the car pools next?

No because those are free. It's the presence of money in any form or amount that triggers the primal instinct by the state (and taxi unions) to control or kill.

What would be nice is a kind of Tinder for car sharing, where you could put in a starting point, and ending point - people could read your profile and see a rough distance from their own starting and ending points, and swipe right if you seemed like someone they would want to ride with...

There would be no money in that (for the drivers anyway) so the taxis/state would lay off.

Comment: Living Wage is mandated for, and desired by idiots (Score 2) 81 81

By the way, you can't make a living wage driving full-time for Uber either

Hey guess what THAT DOESN'T MATTER.

The last Uber driver I had, was also a comedian/writer (Los Angeles). He didn't need a living wage, he wanted a part time job with a ton of flexibility to supplement income.

There are a LOT of people like this (including, perhaps you've heard of them, TEENAGERS). The next time someone says "that doesn't make a living wage" the correct response is to punch them in the mouth.

P.S. on a side note those claiming things like Uber cannot make a living wage are generally ALSO simply too lazy to work the amount required to live on what is offered. I have also met Uber drivers who DO live on uber income only, so your statement that Uber drivers do not make a living wage is false by example.

Comment: Reg the Unavoidable (Score 1) 81 81

If the restriction remains after the initial test, it could be a simple way to avoid pseudo-professional drivers, and all the taxi-related legal problems

You don't know much about taxi unions or city regulatory agencies, do you?

In no way does it avoid anything except making 100% a driver cannot make a living through this. So it's a lose-lose.

Comment: Bring them to Slashdot (Score 2) 292 292

Slashdot is the ultimate mecca for the "Harbingers of Doom", a site literally ripe with people who will vociferously back the worst of products that obviously have no future. In fact I use this very site myself to predict failure for some things, as there are a lot of repeat posters here that spend 24x7 backing future failed products.

Comment: Re:Turns out (Score 1) 658 658

If your kids knock plug out, you still have car next day, it is not necessary at 0% charge, why it should be?

Why should it be anywhere near enough to get you to work and back? For most consumer electric cars today that is the truth.

And what if your kids punch a hole in your gas tank and start playing with matches?

Or what if a velociraptor brought back by time travelers eats the children which prevents the problem to begin with!

Don't be an idiot. Knocking out a plug is several orders of magnitude easier than penetrating a car gasoline tank by accident.

Comment: Turns out (Score 1) 658 658

No, t turns out most people don't want an EV to be FUNCTIONALLY DIFFERENT than the cars they know. Plugging it in every night is fine- until the night you forget, or the kids knock the plug out. Then you have no car the next day.

A car, for most people, is not something that you can realistically be only one day away from not having the use of, which there is some risk of with an EV, much greater at any rate than a normal car. That's why hybrids sell OK while real EV cars generally have not.

I'll put a side chiding in for super funky dash boards of some EV cars I've been in that are vastly too large for the space the car has.

Comment: Re:Dice supplying stuff to make a resume look nice (Score 2) 65 65

Today's software engineering world is so averse to training people it rarely considers searching for a veteran software engineer and letting him come up to speed on random techs.

Not to put too fine a point on it but that's your own responsibility, not the company you work for.

If there is an aversion to companies training people. that' offset by the ease of learning any newer (or even older) technology, for free.

If you wait for the company to help you, you (and your career) will ossify. I have seen the result when I was younger, the result is not good for your freedom to choose favorable working conditions.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin