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Comment: Re:Time to tear you apart point by point... apk (Score 1) 147

You have to love APK. Somehow he missed the point. Somewhere in 1980 or so? I could be wrong. Perhaps it was earlier.

Modifying the hosts file is useful but it is not a solution to all issues. Faster, Stronger, more secure! Well no, not really.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 322

by matfud (#49739509) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

I do not see how totally arbitrary insurance levels (decided on by you and the insurance company both of which do not need to tell the truth about their risks) would make it easier then a requirement for a minimum level of cover for specific usage.

It makes it simple for the police, the insurance companies and for you.

It is sort of like asking why 3rd party insurance is required at all. It is as others do not want to pay for your mistake. Now move that up so that the larger the vehicle the more coverage you need. Let insurance companies in and they will point out that if you have a larger liability then you pay a higher premium. And not at all oddly they will refuse payout if you breached the terms of your policy

Why do taxis pay more for insurance? The above is one of the reasons. Why should you be required to pay for this when you only behave like a cab hundreds of times a week?

Comment: Re:easier solution (Score 1) 98

That is debatable. Bumping the signals from the silicon to light seems to be quite slow (sort of time expensive as these things go). Almost enough to negate the transmission time overhead. Many people are working on this issue (lasing elements on the silicon substrate and various other good ideas)

But this seems to work. it avoids the large bus drivers it avoids the distance issues. It avoids the routing issues.
Note that I said "avoid" a lot there:)

Comment: Re:easier solution (Score 1) 98

Oh yes when you get to the hundreds of Mhz-Ghtz range the signaling properties and distance become very important. Electrical signals in copper do not travel at the speed of light. Even if they did you still would have timing issues due to different lengths of the copper traces. on the MB. It takes a lot of skill to negate this single effect. The wider the bus the harder it is to achieve

Unless you get Monster cables of course!.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 322

by matfud (#49733203) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

And the government requires certain levels of insurance coverage depending on what you do.

There are lots of policies available but there are certain limits of cover that are required. These are broken down into simple grouping rules that cover most situations. Private, Commercial, Taxi, LGV, HGV, motorbike etc.Each of which has a different required minimum level of cover.
Many require different licences. In the UK there are even different licences for driving a manual v's an automatic. If you can drive a manual shift you are allowed to drive an auto but not the other way around.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 322

by matfud (#49732385) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

The insurance companies can and do charge more depending on how you use your vehicle.
The government makes this simpler by requiring you to have a certain kind of insurance depending on how you use your vehicle. Private 3rd party up to taxi/livery. There are are a whole lot of options in between. But for various different kinds of use there are certain minimum requirements.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 322

by matfud (#49732033) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

Yep. It is not exactly odd is it?

  Used for commuting to work! It is one of those checkboxes on the insurance application forms that can significantly increase your premiums. Along with where you live. How old you are. What you do for a living. How many miles you drive per year. If you use it as a company car, who can drive it...etc. etc.

And none of that covers using it as a taxi.

Insurance companies do actually know how to make money. And they charge commercial taxis far more then privately owned cars as the risk for them is much much higher.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 322

by matfud (#49731807) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

That depends on where you are. Yes many insurance policies require you to say if you are using your vehicle for company business. The number of miles you do per year and if you use the car for commuting to work. And yet still do not cover being a taxi.

Insurance on a private car can run from low mileage 3rd party fire and theft up to up to large mileage fully comprehensive any licensed driver.
But it does not cover (in this country) commercial taxi services.

It is not hard to get but you pay a fuck load more for it. The insurance companies actuary tables determine the rate. Free market and all. The government requires insurance so they are not left with the bill.

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