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Comment Re:What about the children!?!?! (Score 1) 140

You understand that it is an NGO thing, right? No government involved. No repression.

You understand that it is an NGO that lobbies the government to be more repressive? From the summary: "Brazil has laws prohibiting racial abuse, but this group doesn't think the government is doing enough to stop it."

Comment Re:Far more abundant than lithium? (Score 2) 102

$5000 electric cars, maybe?

Unlikely. Lithium is only a small fraction of the cost of lithium batteries, so switching to sodium won't save much, and sodium is much heavier and has lower power density (by mass or volume). A sodium battery may make sense for static applications where neither weight nor power density matter, but electric car batteries will continue to be based on lithium.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 213

Last June, I was in Sweden and Finland.

Neither Sweden nor Finland is socialist. They are both capitalist countries, and in many ways are more capitalist than America. For instance, in Sweden, the postal service is run by a private company (which also delivers mail in Denmark), and the primary education system is partly privatized, with vouchers available to all, and used by about 10% of students to attend privately run schools.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 1) 164

Who is going to hire someone out of prison with a record as a programmer.

Pro-tip: If you don't want a them to know you were in prison, then don't put it on your resume. Many companies don't do background checks, and often they don't do any fact checking at all. According to The Economist, a criminal record is not correlated with poor job performance for many jobs. You are better off filtering out people that use MSIE to complete their job application, or that write in all single case (either upper or lower). Those are both correlated with poor performance.

It is tough to get hired as a gardener with a record.

Gardeners have more opportunities to steal stuff.

Comment Re:What about the children!?!?! (Score 1) 140

At what point do people need to take responsibility for their actions or words?

For actions, it is when they cause specific identifiable harm to other individuals. For words, it is when they are a clear and credible threat to a specific individual, or a clear and immediate danger to other people (shouting fire in a theater). Otherwise people should be free to do most things, and free to say anything, including things that are offensive.

This campaign is shameful. Brazilians should be fighting to end censorship of opinions, not trying to get their government to be more repressive.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1, Insightful) 213

Why could that be? What has socialism done to give it such a horrible name? Go ahead and list a few items. You realize that the major victims of socialism were leftists just like yourself? You ended up in the gulag right along with the rightists you helped to put there.

Comment Re:Free Publicity For Amazon! Yay! (Score 1) 260

I'm guessing that Amazon plans to mail these out to customers when they sign up to a premium delivery service.

Or you could just print a QR code and staple or tape it down someplace. Maybe slip it into a plastic envelope. Then you could have one-time-markers that would help prevent spoofing.

Comment Re:Noise pollution (Score 1) 260

They may not even be using LiPos. The energy density of Li-Ions is very good these days. Lots of people are apparently powering their 250-size quads with LiIons, and maybe even some 450s. I aim to try powering my 450 with a 3S2P Li-Ion pack, but I haven't come up with a replacement for my USB power bank yet and there's where all my 18650s are right now. The ESCs will support it, and I think I can get enough current out of it. If I can come up with three more cells and two more servos I'll have everything I need to build another foam plane, too... save for the $11 motor/esc/prop combo

Comment Re:You are all hypocrites (Score 1) 121

when Uber greatly improves the taxi industry

For who? Certainly not the owner-drivers, for them it is an uninsured race to the bottom.

That is a problem that should be fixed. Insurance companies should not be able to deny you coverage while you are on your way to pick up a fare. Uber provides additional insurance while you are transporting them.

As for customers - Uber do not have any "taxis", they are a plain old (illegal) limo company "on a computer".

Oh, so it's better than taxis?

Taxi's can be hailed on the street,

Not in most cities.

taxi's have ranks and other infrastructure to manage street queues at popular locations,

Not in most cities, or at least, they don't function.

you can talk to a human to book a taxi or use an uber style booking app,

Most companies don't have a booking app, and it is not uber style in any case. It's just like making a phone call. It doesn't do any of the things that the Uber app does.

taxi's have appropriate insurance,

You said that already. Having trouble following your own conversation? Are you new?

taxis have regular mechanical inspections,

A problem best solved by demanding mechanical inspections at mileage checkpoints for all vehicles, taxis or not.

and yes, you can legally negotiate an up front price with a taxi driver.

In my experience, they always tell you that they can't do that in the USA. In other countries, I've had more luck.

Uber brings absolutely nothing to the taxi/limo industry that wasn't already illegal 30yrs ago.

having failed to make a valid logical argument you resort to the false idea that legality equals morality

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce