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Comment Re:Without government... (Score 1) 466

I don't think the Dutch police raiding Uber offices qualify as hippies. I think requiring drivers to have licenses is a good thing. The same with restaurant owners, and taxis. And if they don't play by rules their licenses get revoked.

In my state one of the requirements of getting a taxi license is that you have been driving (with a driver's license) more than 60 days and that you have a clean criminal record. Further you have to take a class that shows 1) you know how to read a map 2) you know are familiar with the region/geography 3) you know defensive driving techniques 4) you know how to provide emergency aid in an accident.

OMG this bureaucracy is hurting innovation!!! I want to be able to have criminals who don't know how to drive or read maps give me a ride! That will invariably work better, because when you have a surge of incompetent taxi drivers congesting your city streets, "the market" will cause people to leave your city and move some place where they have decent regulations.

Comment My Xperia Z1 woes (Score 1) 136

I bought an Xperia Z1 from swappa for $150 (to replace my aging Samsung Galaxy S) and it was a pretty good phone. Now I can barely use the thing without bluetooth as the microphones are wonky and 50% of the time I use the damn thing to call someone they can't hear me. I did put it under running water a couple of times (made sure all the little rubber gaskets were secure and rinsed it for 2 seconds in tape water). I'm not sure if that borked up the 2 microphones or not.

Le sigh.

Comment smart roads (Score 1) 183

I think this is a great idea, but we really need to make to lay the foundation for the next generation of computer controlled vehicles.

Do I know what that is? Nope, but I think it would be reasonable for computer systems on my car to be informed immediately if there is a problem ahead, whether it be damage to road detected by sensors in the plastic road itself or simply congestion to inform my vehicle to take an alternate route.

Perhap road sensors could detect the provide feedback to rooba-plows as well and make noises to scare deer off of country roads well in advance of cars :)

Comment Re:It really is (Score 1) 410

I'm a conservative male Indian ally. I definitely support equal rights for everyone and have very dear friends for whom marriage equality politics is quite personal.

Well.. I'm not socially conservative, and I'm not fiscally conservative either. Ok so I'm not really "conservative" at all, but my point is stereotyping is wrong.

I've never been to Seattle, but I love the pacific NW, and it seems like you have access to both city and nature in that area. It's too bad Amazon is not a great place to work. They seem much more Linux-friendly than the other big tech employer in the area (Microsoft)

Comment Re: In other words (Score 1) 305

It's sortof like clearcutting yellowstone national park (or some other place of natural treasure) for a large pork-barrel project which can be done anyplace else.


The fight is not just on sacred land grounds, but on the environmental impact assessments. Just because politicians want to ram a project through and bandy about the term "science", does not mean we should support it. It seems like this area is a treasure of biodiversity and preserving it benefits furthering of human knowledge possibly more than the telescope.

I'm curious why no alternative sites are considered. I suspect this is not because of advantages of the site, but because some organizationall well-placed scientists (not from hawaii) want to have their funding organizations send them to Hawaii regularly.

Comment Re:Who actually believes this stuff? (Score 1) 1097

Non-muslim religious extremists who kill abortion doctors (and/or gay people) are non-hypothetical. They are not a "pot-smoking delusion" but a sad reality. The original point is that there are a minority of crazies in every religion who will take to violence when something occurs that they consider offensive. This should not be used to broadly categorize all who share their religious/social/racial group.

Comment Re:Being a pedophile was Mohammad's example - FORE (Score 1) 1097

For instance, if I wanted to cite a verse about gambling and alcohol, I could say please see Chapter 2, verse 19 or (quran 2:19) on gambling and alcohol:

Of course many Muslim traditions interpret the text differently (I think sufis believe inner experience is more important), but what your crossdressing, necrophilia fantasies warrant proper source citing.

"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson