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Comment: Re:So wait... what? (Score 1) 314

by davmoo (#47227523) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

>everyone in calif is required to have auto insurance, so THAT's a total non-argument about ride-sharing.

"Required to have auto insurance" is very different from "actually has auto insurance". The roads are filled with uninsured drivers. Also, just because they have personal insurance does not mean they have commercial insurance, and personal insurance will not cover your (or your friend's) ass if your friend is using his vehicle commercially.

So yes, contrary to your thinking, proper insurance is indeed an argument. And Uber, etc, are not offering a "ride sharing service". They are taking "Paid taxi service" and adding "ordered by phone app" to the description. If it quacks like a duck...

Comment: What uncertainty (Score 1) 410

by davmoo (#46262687) Attached to: Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

From the summary: "The prospects for the climate fund are uncertain in a Republican-controlled House".

There's no uncertainty about it. Anyone with five or more brain cells to rub together can tell you that this will never pass in the House. In fact, I doubt it will even get out of committee to be debated on the floor, much less come up for a House vote.

Comment: The 12th of Never (Score 3, Funny) 140

"when will the public finally demand that communications which pass encrypted through a third party still retain an reasonable expectation of privacy (rendering them pen register order-resistant)?"

As soon as NSA spying prevents them from watching "Dancing With the Stars" and "Honey Boo Boo".

Comment: Its fun to read comments on this kind of topics (Score 1) 524

by davmoo (#44836033) Attached to: Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

I hear a lot of tough talk in here. And in theory, I agree with a some of it. But in reality, I have to wonder how many of you would continue that tough talk if it were YOU being questioned or served with a secret warrant by the NSA or any other federal three-letter organization. I'd be willing to bet money that 90 percent of you would wilt like a daisy dropped in Death Valley.

Comment: Re:My opinion shifted also (Score 1) 658

by davmoo (#44209957) Attached to: According To YouGov Poll, Snowden Support Declining Among Americans

And I think what you mean is you were unaware that the United States was practicing espionage against other countries even before it was the "United States" during the Revolutionary War. There has never been a time that this country hasn't been spying on others. And the same goes for European countries.

And I would make the same statements regarding spying on its own citizens.

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." -- Mark Twain