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Comment: Re:religious intolerance (Score 1) 265 265

Does "religious intolerance" include anything promoting religion?

Short answer, no. Longer answer. Promoting does nothing against other religions while intolerance does. Inviting people to service to hear a sermon is promoting. Not allowing a mosque to be built because you don't like the religion is intolerance. Sorry but promoting a religion is not an insult.

Or does this protection only apply to people who believe in deities?

I doubt it. I bet religions like Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism would qualify.

Comment: Re:What exactly is a "death camp"? (Score 1) 135 135


In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidary camps. 41.500 were murdered


Some 30,000 inmates died there from exhaustion, disease, malnutrition, pneumonia, etc. due to the poor living conditions.

There seems to have been a lot of death in both those camps.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 330 330

It doesn't matter what they agree with, I know two women who have been raped by licensed taxi drivers, taxi licenses don't prevent crime, stop repeating that idiocy.

Nothing is perfect. It is a good thing to prevent people who have demonstrated the propensity to harm other to be in charge of vulnerable people. If you are in the back of a moving taxi you are vulnerable.

No, no it isn't. Put a date and a number of miles on the sticker.

How will you see the mileage on the vehicle from outside the vehicle? Anyone standing outside a vehicle can see the date the vehicle was inspected and figure out if it is out of date. Checking mileage requirs seeing the odometer. That is much more difficult from outside the car.

The amazingly shitty experiences I've had in amazingly shitty taxis disagree

Again, nothing is perfect.

Comment: Re:Goodbye free speech (Score 1) 210 210

The difference between libel and slander is that libel is written and slander is spoken. The legal burden is the same for both. In this case all the plaintiff alleges that none of the transaction actually occurred. The defendant(s) have to show that they did have the transaction with the plaintiff and show evidence that the rest of the factual representations in the reviews are also true and the judgement will go against the plaintiff.

It does make review site look kinda dangerous and in the end does stifle speech.

Libellous speech needs to be stifled. How else does a company fight against people who try to ruin their business through posting on review sites?

Why risk getting a civil suite filed against you just for a review you didn't get payed for

Tell the truth and if it goes to court win and counter sue for costs.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 330 330

Uber has not been around very long. Wait till the drivers have become fed up with the idiots that get in their car and quit. Sure reviews help but for every isiot down reviewed there will be another idiot starting to use Uber. Wait till enough drivers get bad reviews and Uber does not have enough drivers. They will "normalize" the reviews to make everyone look better. Wait till there are no cabs around when you want one because there is little money to be made. Right now Uber is taking the gravy trips from cab drivers. If there are no licensed cabs around there will be few drivers around during low time. If you think it is hard now getting a now cab wait till there are only part time drivers who pick and chose when they drive and only drive when the fares are good.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 330 330

A problem that solves itself if you permit anyone to perform as a taxi.

Sometimes the free market fails. For example at 3AM on a Monday morning will be almost impossible to find a taxi.

That must be nice. No taxi I've ever been in has been clean.

Did you lodge a complaint?

False everywhere in the world.

Most countries have something similar to the Bill or Rights. If there is no licensing there is no way to pull a license for discrimination.

Basically worthless

So you think criminals should be able to drive people around? Sorry many don't agree.

Everyone should have these based on mileage

Most taxi inspections are based on months between inspections. It is very easy to see a sticker and ensure that the taxi has been properly inspected. It is very difficult to do that based on mileage.

A scam to produce revenues

Another opinion based on no experience in the industry. Professional licenses have a higher standard than standard licenses. They also require the training to do a proper daily pre-trip inspection. They are also another license that can be pulled if the driver breaks too many rules.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 330 330

I drove taxi and we had cleanliness standards. If the owner of the car got a complaint he was down my neck to clean. There have been several taxis pulled by the city for being dirty. We are a tourist town and the local business association is very sensitive to bad comments. Just because your city has low standards does not mean it happens everywhere.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 2) 330 330

Uber has to do these checks anyway before they are allowed to take the drivers.

Not all and they could drop them at any time.

The goal shouldn't be so that taxi drivers can make a living, but rather that people can get from A to B how they want.

Right now Uber is a new thing and many people are interested in it. Wait a few years when licensed taxis are out of business and there are no taxis on the road when you need them. Wait till there are few if any handicap accessible vehicles and few will pick up certain minorities. The problem with star ratings is that they can be misused. Give every "insert minority here" a negative rating and see what happens.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 3, Informative) 330 330

This assumes that all the laws regarding licensed taxis were instigated by taxi owners. That is patently not true. Many of the regulations were created in response to problems caused by unlicensed taxis. Here are some of the regulations that cost licensed taxis money.
- Minimum number of cars on the road/company.
- ratio of handicap accessible taxis.
- standards of cleanliness.
- language standards
- anti-discrimination
- driving record checks
- criminal record checks
  - frequent vehicle inspections
- professional driver's licenses

While it is not perfect there is a mechanism to pull bad taxis off the read. Without being able to pull a license that mechanism is gone.

The reason there is a limit on competition is to create an environment where owners can make a living and still follow the regulations imposed on them.

An upstart breaking that system means going back to the bad days when taxis were unregulated.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman