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Comment: Re:Free market (Score 1) 353

by magarity (#46627587) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

As long as the new services operate under the same constraints as taxi companies, I see no reason why they should't be allowed to operate since, as you say, that's a free market at work. But they shouldn't get to skip over all of the costs of business that taxi companies absorb -- things like driver background checks, driver training (in some cities), insurance requirements, car maintenance requirements, etc.

Because there's a special fee on top of all that just for a taxi license that's usually in the tens of thousands of $$ and all it does it keep out competition. If insurance, maintenance, background check and some small fee anyone with a car in the first place could pay to become a taxi under one of these apps then that would be great; instead the purpose of the taxi license is to prevent competition.

Comment: Talk about insulated (Score 2) 334

by magarity (#46498931) Attached to: Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

Wow, I get the strong impression the author has only lived and traveled in developed nations his entire life. Its fun to wish for the things he writes about but they're unrealistic given human history.
It's especially awkward how he keeps saying he's not espousing a libertarian view and then does just that.

Comment: Re:The Crichton Diet (Score 1) 187

I don't know. These things were basically hunted to extinction. So they may be pretty delicious or it might just be that a Mammoth hunt was a comparatively easy way to get the whole tribe fed all at once, with left overs to store.

For people who lived on the prehistoric tundra, anything they could get was pretty delicious.

Comment: Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (Score 1) 187

Would a nearby supernova that happened to sterilize Earth be evil?

Depends on whether your definition of "evil" requires malicious intent or is just anything that turns out really badly for you. A natural supernova would be extremely unfortunate. Aliens causing the supernova to wipe out competition would be evil.

Comment: As director he should have directed otherwise (Score 2) 172

What good is it to be director of the agency if he couldn't streamline their processes? Don't like frivilous reports? Give bad performance reviews to people who write them. Don't like meetings? Remove all the chairs from meeting rooms. Etc.

Comment: Re:Probably... (Score 1) 794

by magarity (#46371769) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

..because despite catering to psuedoscientists, Whole Foods tends to stock quality (if overpriced) food.

Overpriced, I'll agree with, but quality? Almost all the fresh produce has "conventially grown in Mexico" in very small print under the high price. The majority of the organic food there is in the packaged and preserved sections.

Comment: Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (Score 1) 357

by magarity (#46269733) Attached to: US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

This is a common misconception; reporters are free to report anything, but must face consequences if they choose to report state secrets and that includes who gave the reporter state secrets. Lately the whole question of what makes up a legit state secret comes into play and that's become a rather serious issue. But the reporters and their sources are not like Catholic confessional.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

by magarity (#46247823) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

If you can convert energy to matter and have a near limitless source of energy, where's your limitation?

Creating the energy in the first place is the limitation. Where do they get all that anti-matter? And while exploding anit-matter against matter releases a lot of energy,even if the energy to matter conversion process were lossless it would take whopping piles of it to make any noticable amount of matter.Create 5 pounds anti-matter by unknown process, convert it to heck a lot of energy, converted to 5 pounds normal matter seems like a lot of hoops to jump through.

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