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Comment Re:Handy article on the Globe and Mail (Score 3, Insightful) 245 245

Same thing in Ottawa. Taxi plates are artificially scarce, which drives up the cost of obtaining them to stratospheric levels. Taxi drivers rent the plates from investors and they have to work like hell to make very little money because their expenses are so high, even though cab fares are high too.

The correct thing to do would be to eliminate the artificial scarcity. Let anyone who is willing and able to comply with the safety, insurance and knowledge regulations drive a cab. That will bring market forces back into play and taxi fares will settle down to something reasonable and sustainable, and Uber would no longer be necessary.

Unfortunately, the people lobbying against Uber are the plate-holding investors who would take a huge loss if the taxi industry were allowed to run like any normal industry, so they spend tons of bucks to protect their investments.

Comment Wrong solution (Score 4, Insightful) 267 267

Trying to solve HR problems with technology is doomed to futility.

At my company, I don't block web sites. If I walked by someone's desk and saw him[1] looking at porn, I'd say "don't do that." If it got out of hand, I'd discipline the person.

Sometimes I walk past the desks of the tech support guys and I see them on Facebook or playing solitaire. Well, what else are they supposed to be doing if there are no support tickets open or support calls coming in? I don't care if they take breaks every now and then as long as they get their work done.


[1] I suspect it's almost all guys who look at online porn.

Comment I believe it too, and also a pitch for Ghostery (Score 4, Informative) 327 327

AdBlock Plus is awesome. Another really useful tool is Ghostery. It might not reduce bandwidth dramatically, but by blocking beacons, trackers, etc. it junks tons of JavaScript content and makes web pages render far more quickly. This really improves the browsing experience.

Comment Trying now! (Score 1) 340 340

There's a guy at work who wanted one, so we set one up. Then someone else followed suit. I decided to give it a try; my desk is not adjustable so I hacked something together. Seems quite nice.

It was slightly too high, so I fixed it by taking a 1U rackmount server that's purely scrap metal at this point and standing on that. So far very comfy.

Comment Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 1) 172 172

Wow, are you off-base. I neither hate nor objectify women. And why do you assume "nudity" implies "female nudity"? What's wrong with nude guys?

I don't think nudity per se is a problem as long as it doesn't objectify or degrade anyone. It's perfectly harmless. Even depictions of sex, IMO, are quite harmless unless the depiction exploitative, degrading or violent.

Comment Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 4, Interesting) 172 172

Ummm... wtf? Actually, religiosity in the US is correlated with teen pregnancy rates.

Top 10 states by percentage identifying as "very religious" are Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Oklahoma.

Top 10 states by teen pregnancy rates are: New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada, Delaware, South Carolina and Hawaii.

So 5 of the top 10 religious states are also in the top 10 for teen pregnancy.

Now please cite studies showing that "bombarding children with sexuality" (whatever that means) causes teen pregnancy,

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