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Comment Re:Bias? Or reality? (Score 1) 444

It depends... Is it for love of learning or as babysitting? As much as I want to believe everyone has potential to be great, I do know that not everyone has the drive to be great *right now*.

I would expect a gifted program to have bias to children whose parents read to them, instill a priority on learning in school, and are available to stimulate curiosity. That is biased in directions that favors certain demographics, and requires truly exceptional outliers... whom may or may not be naturally "gifted."

Comment Re:Yes, they are employees (Score 1) 367

The only one I take issue with is premises argument; they are working in a region of service so I don't think that is applicable. Arguably, the equipment issue is more effect than cause, but I would take it as a sign of a contractor as well. Some of the financing deals that Uber made could cause issues though.

Comment Re:Is the gig economy a good thing? (Score 1) 367

Technically the companies are looking for a scalable workforce. Train staff for peak demand, and only pay them when demand exists, making them bid for a "market" pay.

We used to call it moonlighting. Difference being it was a supplement to a full time job, not a substitute. Moonlighters were usually better than temps because they were trained, but when you hit a certain threshold temps (via an agency) made more sense.

Gigs help compensate for underemployment rather than unemployment.

Comment Re:As someone who has been hit by cars.. (Score 3, Informative) 696

I have also been hit three times. One was a driver making an oncoming left turn into me, one passing right turn, and one with me stopped and a driver somehow managed to crush by rear wheel. Walked away from all three, I think the only one I had a helmet on was the last one. Last incident was 1998. I had another 5 years riding largely with the same risks (but with a helmet), but the last 10 years I have been much more conservative.

Everything we do has risks, some which can be controlled and some that can't. Avoiding road rage neighborhoods is important for safety (as is calling the cops when you experience road rage in these neighborhoods). Avoiding a peleton with inexperienced cyclists is another biggie. One of my theories though is that the weight-reduction strategies has made bike components more prone to failure when not properly maintained.

Daily commuter, but not a MAMiL.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 2, Informative) 696

Depending on where you live, cyclists have rights to a full lane, and cars need to maintain a minimum 6' clear space when passing; this is the rule in California.

But, I am starting to think that the arrogant fsck's like yourself here that are anti-bicycle are a major part of the problem.

The other major factors are likely an increase in lower income riders in the recession, increased penetration of road vs mountain bikes, and cyclists that don't know how to ride in traffic. Personally, I think that people that ride on sidewalks are also a high risk group.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -- Ernest Rutherford