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Comment Re:All about Taxi Laws (Score 5, Insightful) 466

Personally i like the sharing culture Uber promotes.

Uber is "ride sharing" in the same way pizza delivery is "food sharing". Namely it is not. With Uber you hire a vehicle and driver to take you from one location to another. There is no "sharing" involved. Sharing would be if the driver planned to go from A to B and picked up someone else who happened to be going the same way. For example, many non-profit commuter services are ride sharing as do just that. That is not what Uber does.Being an Uber driver is a part time job and nothing else.

Comment Re:Uber is as safe as taxis (Score 5, Insightful) 466

How about these requirements that taxi companies have to adhere to.
- Availability of handicap accessible vehicles.
- Minimum number of cars on the road.
- Minimum wages for drivers.
- Vehicle inspections. I know safety may not be an issue now but give it a few years when Uber drivers wear out their current cars but can not afford a new one.
- The requirement to pick up anyone regardless of race, colour, gender, etc.
- A company responsible for the behavior of the driver. Uber is not as they say their review system will handle it. It may in the long run by there is no one to make drivers clean up their act.
Right now Uber is in a honeymoon state. Most of their drivers are happy and courteous. Wait about ten years when drivers have been jaded by low fares and bad customers. Then there will be even worse problems finding a cab. Today's regulations didn't just spring out of thin air. They were built up over years to deal with issues in the industry. Uber ignores those regulations and therefore their costs are lower.

For example, cleanliness of the ride, courtesy of the driver, and gypping the customer can be handled by the Uber feedback system.

It works until Uber gets too many complaints and they can not keep enough drivers on the road to service their customers. When making a choice between minor complaints and not enough drivers Uber will probably ignore the complaints.

Comment Re:Budget? (Score 1) 211

in the long term we get a Mars Outpost

Which has no economic benefit to Earth and in fact has a drain as it has to be maintained by future missions.

in the short term we get lots of science and the off-shoots of that science.

That science could also be obtained by spending much less money on direct funding of that science rather than as an offshoot. I also wonder how the science and design around many of the technologies needed in space will have application on Earth.

I would rather spend 10% of the Mars costs on direct research that waste the 90% on science for science sake.

Comment Re:Budget? (Score 1) 211

There isn't a limited tax fund from which different things must be picked.

On a year by year basis there is a limited amount of money that is received by the government through taxes. How can you say that is not a limited tax fund?

The taxes that are currently flowing in to government are currently flowing out of government and more. That is what is called a deficit. That deficit has to be paid back eventually and interest on the accumulated debt paid. Governments get in trouble when significant portions of the tax flow are diverted to pay interest on accumulated debt.

Comment Re:Budget? (Score 1) 211

Don't think of it as a fixed project cost, government agencies don't work that way. Rather, they have an annual budget that is approximately the same from year to year, and projects are spread out to fit within that budget.

You do need a project cost so you can figure out how many years the project will take. For example, if the plan calls for missions every 2 years but the cost divided by the budget can only afford a mission every four years then there is a problem. Missions to space only work on a schedule.

What of the project cost for the next 50 years would eat up the budget for the next 100 years? I don't know if that is true because I have not seen a full project cost.

Comment Re:Budget? (Score 1) 211

We need number so we can make a valid decision. Do we have enough tax money to divert to this project without crippling government services? Without numbers we have no idea.

The thing about paying scientists and engineers and then reaping taxes is that it is diminishing returns. The money is not gone from the economy but it is gone from government control. We may not have enough tax money to fund things like health care, roads, etc. Most things are built to further growth. Material sent to Mars just becomes something needing to be maintained.

Your argument sounds a lot like the broken window theory. The money spent on a Mars outpost could be better spent to make life better on Earth. A Mars outpost is a luxury not a necessity. The main issue is that the ultimate outcome from a manned Mars mission are the following;
1. Science that can be done much cheaper by robots.
2. Junk on Mars.

Notice I am saying "outpost" and not "colony"? A colony is self sufficient and an outpost on Mars will not be for many decades if ever. There are too many different high tech items that can not be built on Mars for a reasonable cost.

Comment Re:So, I actually don't understand this. (Score 4, Interesting) 143

Lets look at how a hedgerow is created. In medieval Europe fields were sectioned off into small areas with hedges between them. Every year due to frost action rocks are driven to the surface by frost action. Every year farmers go through their fields and throw these rocks into the hedges. Over the decades and centuries these hedgerows become very solid. In effect they were stone walls with hedges on top and there were a lot of them on Normandy. here is a better explanation of why hedgerows were a problem.

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion