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Comment: Re:Just (Score 4, Insightful) 154

by bws111 (#49149947) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

Oh, bullshit. The same number of kids thought they were going to be real musicians as thought they were going to be real race car drivers, assassins, airline pilots, or any of the other games you can get - zero.

Nobody played those games to 'get skills', they played the games because they were fun. There is nothing 'sad' about it at all.

Comment: Re:Why is this so hard to understand? (Score 2) 192

by bws111 (#49136599) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Cities consder taxis an important part of their transportation system. As such, they regulate with regard to things like rates, must-carry rules, equipment, driver qualification, etc. Because of those regulations, it is not possible to compete on price or service. If you can not compete on price or service, then the only ways to increase profits are by picking up more fares, or lowering your costs.

Before the 'artificial scarcity' that you decry was created cabs did extremely dangerous things to try to get fares (cutting off other cabs, picking up fares on the wrong side of the street, etc). This was a real, not imagined, problem. To solve the problem they created the artificial scarcity so that the cabs do not have to compete.

The artificial scarcity is not created to keep businesses from failing, it is to keep the citizens of the city safe from the actions of dangerous cab drivers (which the NYT called the 'Yellow Peril' back in the 1920's).

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 192

by bws111 (#49136419) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

You can not have regulated rates and must-carry rules without a limited number of licenses. Restaurants, etc, of course do not have regulated rates or must-serve rules (note that must -carry includes things not related to discrimination based on the person, but also discrimination based on the profitabilty of the trip).

If you have regulated rates, must-carry rules, and unlimited participants then there only two ways to be profitable: get more fares, and cut costs. Getting more fares means competing for fares, and since you can't do it on price that leads to things like drivers cutting off other drivers to get to a fare, fake fares (Uber would never stoop to that, would they?), stopping in dangerous places to pick up a fare, etc. These things actually occurred when the number of cabs was not limited (NYT called it the 'Yellow Peril' because the streets were so dangerous because of the antics of cabs competing for fares).

The other way to increase profit is to cut costs, which leads to shoddy equipment maintenance and over-worked, under-qualified drivers.

People like you always make it seem like these regulations just appeared out of nowhere, fully formed, exactly as they are now. They didn't. They were all in response to real problems. And, thanks to Uber, you can see exactly what would happen in the absense of regulations. 'Surge pricing', refused trips, scheduling fake trips with a competitor, uninsured drives, etc. In short, every one of the problems that the regulations are there for.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 192

by bws111 (#49136275) Attached to: Uber Offers Free Rides To Koreans, Hopes They Won't Report Illegal Drivers

Which is also by design, because adding more vehicles to already congested roads just means it takes much longer for anyone to get anywhere. When traffic is basically at a standstill (peak hours) it does not matter if you are in a cab or waiting for one, you are not really getting anywhere. The only difference is whether you are paying for the privilege of going nowhere.

This is another one of those things that Uber supporters just don't seem to get. Surge pricing? It's great, because it gets more drivers on the road. Exactly what we DON'T need.

Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 239

by bws111 (#49122171) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Ever hear of risk/benefit ratios? Some people are very risk-averse, even when there is a real benefit to doing something. That would be people that NEVER drive in a car, etc.

At the other end of the spectrum are people who take unnecessary risks, even when there is no benefit. We even have a name for those people - Darwin Award Candidates.

In the middle we have normal people, who are willing to accept risk if the risk is outweighed by the benefits. This is where 'most people' are - the ones who will let kids play, but still want them to be safe while doing so. Yes, you can cross the street. No, you can not jump off the roof.

Giving honey to an infant carries a small but real risk of severe injury, and zero benefits. Doing so puts you in the Darwin Award category, and is nothing to be proud of. You are certainly not in the 'the rest of us' category.

Comment: Re:"Obstruction of Business" (Score 1) 132

by bws111 (#49069455) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine

Your logic is 100% backwards. You are the one making the claim that the laws against fraud and racketeering don't seem to apply to companies over a certain size. In order to make that claim, you must have at least one example in mind. What is it? On the other hand, expecting a citation for someone being indicted implies that you know there is at least one case where someone should have been indicted, bringing us back to square one.

Comment: Re:"risks serious damage to the system" (Score 1) 138

by bws111 (#49067999) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series

My point is that EVERY legitimate warranty claim is the result of something happening that should not have happened. So here we have a proposal to deny someone's warranty claim based on the fact that an eFUSE or whatever said they overclocked the chip, when in fact the state of the eFUSE itself could be a defect. That makes no sense at all.

Comment: Re:"risks serious damage to the system" (Score 2, Insightful) 138

by bws111 (#49067223) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series

Then it is completely worthless. Instead of having to try to determine whether the problem was caused by overclocking, you instead get to try to determine why the fuse was blown. Unless, of course, you are planning on them just rejecting warranty claims because it is 'unlikely' that it is their fault. OIn which case they might as well not include such a charade and just claim that it is 'unlikely' any problem is their fault and reject all warranty claims.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1) 216

by bws111 (#49066223) Attached to: Valve Censoring Torrent References In Steam Chat

Can banks just decide not to do business with you? Yes. Can they keep your money? No, that would be theft. What does one have to do with the other?

Of course their are anti-discrimination laws, but what 'discrimination' they protect against is very narrowly defined (race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation).

What makes you think the Constitution applies to 'government regulated entities'? It certainly does not.

Comment: Re:a wasted effort. (Score 3, Informative) 76

by bws111 (#48989611) Attached to: The Algorithm That 'Sees' Beauty In Photographic Portraits

Did you actually read all the way through the summary? For that matter, did you even read the title? It finds beautiful PORTRAITS, not beautiful SUBJECTS. It does this by IGNORING age, sex, etc and concentrates on sharpness, contrast, and exposure. What exactly is the problem?

One person's error is another person's data.