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Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 2) 226

This is not exactly correct. The embassy is the sovereign territory of the country in which it is physically located (British Embassy in Peru is not British soil)...however the Vienna Convention states that the local government foreswears the right to enter an embassy, and provides diplomatic immunity for the diplomats inside.

If I live in Peru and I break into the British Embassy and commit a crime, I will be punished in Peru by the Peruvian police and law. It is not up to the brits to come and get me, and I get off scott-free once I walk out the front door without some kind of extradition treaty.

Comment Re:The reason they're doing better than others... (Score 2) 111

or maybe because Taxi cabs companies have never had competition before, have been slow to embrace new technology, and have never invested in improving service at any time in the past 50 years, while making drivers fork out a massive amount of pay for their medallions and leasing fees. Getting a cab is an unpleasant experience in my town (a very large metropolis in the US)...getting an Uber is anywhere from decent to pretty nice...getting a Lyft is usually even nicer.

Comment Re: Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing" (Score 1) 231

The government (at least where I am) is not going to crack-down on Uber in the way you describe. You left out one other option, which is that the passenger livery laws will become more lax in order to find a compromise that allows companies like Uber to exist and compete. The service is too popular to do away with, if you get rid of it, you look like you are abusing the wants and needs of the general populace.

I live in a notably large US city with very shitty public transportation options for a large number of neighborhoods and destinations. Cabs have always been extremely overpriced (not the drivers' fault, but due to the monopoloy on the medallions), and the ride was typically a crapshoot between being the most disgusting experience of your life, to being a basic ride somewhere. The presence of Uber fixed a lot of that. Not to mention helping dismantle some of a very old, very bribed, bought, and paid for power structure that did nothing to help the public, or the cab drivers, and never wanted to embrace any new technology.

While the system is not perfect, it would be extremely difficult for my town to get rid of uber at this point...especially in the wake of other online/phone-based services that purport to be 'free' that would simply crop up in its place. Fortunately my town understands this and has worked heavily with Uber and Lyft to make compromises.

Comment Re:Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing"? (Score 3, Informative) 231

Doesn't the driver who is working as an independent contractor for Uber have to pay these things? It is still income after all and subject to taxes. It's not like the drivers are being paid under the table

Also where I live not only is Uber 30% cheaper, but they have changed the attitude of our taxi drivers so as to no longer provide the worst service humanly possible while still legal in the US...Taxis in US metropolises have desperately needed competition for decades, and in many places have just been a borderline criminal enterprise grandfathered in to getting whatever they want.

Comment Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 2) 1032

That's because the US public only understands value as something that can be monetized, which is why there is so little support for art in this country...the lack of support results in a lack of education and personal development in art...which results in art related fields being stigmatized...yet people who live at the top of the monetized art forms are worshipped as Gods societally (Hollywood actors, directors, RIAA Musicians, etc...).

So what happens is we proclaim this handful of highly successful musicians and actors as the greatest thing in public society, laud them all over television and radio, then we tell anyone who actually goes to school to attempt to be in the field of those same worshipped people that they have wasted their money, deserve their $100,000 college debt, and can go fuck themselves off to McDonalds for a job...and don't you DARE try to raise the minimum wage...your problems are your fault, stupid fucking kids.