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Comment: Re:Greasing Palms. (Score 1) 280

by kthejoker (#48556559) Attached to: Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

The idea that we need to regulate me paying one person to transport me from one spot to another is, frankly, ridiculous.

Voluntary certifications? Fraternal industrial associations? Basic safety inspections ? Fine.

What reason is there for regulating commerce in this manner besides cartelization of the transport industry?

Why is it a crime for me to charge someone $40 to take them to the airport in my car?

Comment: Re:Is it true... (Score 1) 355

by kthejoker (#48509129) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

Uhh, what?

In 1980, Namibia had a higher GDP per capita than Brazil. How'd you all increase your IQs so much in a single generation?

Your country has been saved my embracing open-market capitalist reforms in the late 1990s and an oil boom, and has nothing to do with how smart you are or the color of your collective skin.

Comment: Re:Now to understand what it means (Score 1) 2416

by kthejoker (#40483271) Attached to: Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

You already pick up that tab. People without insurance go to emergency rooms and medical clinics. They get treated and don't pay. Medicare and VA reimburse the hospitals for most of this "uncompensated coverage" (or "uncompensated care"); and most states have a fund that pays out to hospitals which provide a certain percentage of uncompensated coverage.

And of course if those payments are insufficient, doctors and hospitals just raise their rates, which is then passed onto insurance companies, which raise their premiums, which you pay.

Comment: Re:I think it's time (Score 5, Insightful) 468

by kthejoker (#35154582) Attached to: MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet

I love how you blithely limit the MPAA-members' financial clout to just their movie revnenue.

We're talking about Sony, Disney, GE, NBC Universal, Viacom, NewsCorp, and Time Warner here. They've got a lot more money than just the movie business, if they are so inclined to throw it around.

Censorship

Senators Bash ISP and Push Extensive Net Neutrality 427

Posted by samzenpus
from the there-good-enough-and-smart-enough dept.
eldavojohn writes "Remember when Verizon sued the FCC over net neutrality rules? Well, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Al Franken (D-MN) see it a bit differently and have authored a new working bill titled 'Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 (PDF).' The bill lays out some stark clarity on what is meant by Net Neutrality by outright banning ISPs from doing many things including '(6) charge[ing] a content, application, or service provider for access to the broadband Internet access service providers' end users based on differing levels of quality of service or prioritized delivery of Internet protocol packets; (7) prioritiz[ing] among or between content, applications, and services, or among or between different types of content, applications, and services unless the end user requests to have such prioritization... (9) refus[ing] to interconnect on just and reasonable terms and conditions.' And that doesn't count for packets sent over just the internet connections but also wireless, radio, cell phone or pigeon carrier. Franken has constantly reiterated that this is the free speech issue of our time and Cantwell said, 'If we let telecom oligarchs control access to the Internet, consumers will lose. The actions that the FCC and Congress take now will set the ground rules for competition on the broadband Internet, impacting innovation, investment, and jobs for years to come. My bill returns the broadband cop back to the beat, and creates the same set of obligations regardless of how consumers get their broadband.'"

Comment: Re:Paying straight people less, lawsuit? (Score 1) 1036

by kthejoker (#32755480) Attached to: Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays

I'm glad you brought the legal ramifications of this to Google's attention! Here they were just blithely going around instituting policies without any sort of labor attorneys providing counsel, so it's a good thing you showed up to set them straight (no pun intended.)

Seriously, though, as a straight guy, I would never complain about this. I'm not even sure you could win a discrimination lawsuit, since your net income is the same. But the tax is unfair, and I don't want to be the guy with "loves to take advantage of his privileged status" on his resume.

Comment: Re:Can only guess... (Score 5, Insightful) 375

by kthejoker (#32430984) Attached to: Google's Chrome OS To Launch In Fall

Since Google's entire business model revolves around advertising (and thus, customer targeting), while Microsoft, Apple (and Linux, in a fashion)'s business model revolves around selling OSes, I think it would be pretty easy for MS or Apple to simply say, "We will never collect any data about our OS users' application usage, browsing habits, or other personal information."

Google simply can't afford to say that. So no, not exactly the same thing at all.

Comment: Re:1 million (Score 1) 457

by kthejoker (#32156534) Attached to: iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

I will bet $100 that the iPad and all of its following generations will not push 50 million units within the next 5 years, starting from the point of first sale. They simply don't have the versatility required to break out that big.

1) Take the date 3 months after the iPad is fully available in Europe and Asia.
2) Count the sales from that date 1 year forward.

It won't be anywhere close to the number of netbooks sold during that period.

Using the iPad's first quarter as some kind of predictive benchmark is foolish.

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