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Comment Re: Google as an organization no champion of priva (Score 1) 291

And it would be fair to point out that people who share such privacy concerns do not gravitate to Google corporate management. For example they of course believe it is quite legitimate to scan people's emails so that advertising may be more accurately targeted.

You're conflating two completely different things.

Device encryption is one thing.

People using a free service _in exchange for advertisements_ is completely different.

Plus, isn't it true that corporate gmail DOESN'T do this type of scanning? I thought I had read that, or maybe it was only the educational version.

Comment Re:The leftist agenda (Score 1) 381

I'm not trying to defend DeBeers, but how "common" are they? You can't actually go find one big enough to easily go into jewelry (or be used in an industrial purpose) that's worth enough to make it worth your time, can you?

Plus, if they're being hoarded, they really _aren't_ common (as in commonly available)?

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 1) 337

What monumental earth shattering improvements have we made that have taken college from being a $5,000 a year investment to being instead a $25,000 a year investment in the last 20 years?

I have no idea if your numbers are correct, but even assuming they are, the cost has really "only" gone up 3.2x, not 5x as one would assume given those raw numbers.

Since, according to, $5000 inflation adjusted from 25 years ago is $7803.08.

Comment Re:NYC taxi system could DESTROY uber (Score 1) 210

In NYC, "private car" service is explicitly not a taxi. They don't have medallions, and don't follow the same rules. Uber, being a dispatch-only service, is explicitly not a taxi in NYC. Uber is banned by law from responding to on-street hails. So they aren't quacking like a duck.

Well, that's what I mean though. I understand that the laws obviously are not written from a layman's perspective. From a regular person's perspective, a taxi, Uber, and a "private car" service are all some way to get them from point A to point B in a car vs. some other method of transportation.

That's why it seems like they should be treated the same.

Comment Re:NYC taxi system could DESTROY uber (Score 1) 210

I don't use taxis nor Uber (I've been in a taxi once in my life).

It does seem somewhat unfair to me that the existing taxis have a government mandated "monopoly", but then anybody else can come in and undercut them. That is, taxis are being held to more strict (and thus expensive) regulations than Uber and the other companies are.

Either get rid of some of the regulations for the taxis or make these other taxi-like services ("if it quacks like a duck") meet the same requirements.

I do think the line can get somewhat blurrier regarding AirbnB (which I've never used) vs. hotels, though I admit I can't explain why. (In other words, the analogy in this case would seem to be the same, but Joe Schmoe's extra room shouldn't be held to exactly the same requirements that a real hotel room is.)

(I do love the TV show "Taxi" though.. heh)

Comment Re:The leftist agenda (Score 1) 381

Ron Swanson, I think when he was served a salad in a restaurant: This is what my food eats!

Then later, in the 'end tag' of an episode, after he was trying to "get healthy" for his new girlfriend and her kids.. You see him squirming when peeling a banana, and looking quizzically at it.. Then he's chomping on a big hamburger with the banana smooshed under the bun.

Comment Re:Easier to address aging than its symptoms. . . (Score 1) 101

No, I just literally meant the people working on/programming/debugging the computers that are doing the automation, not anything really "deep".

Also, I didn't really ignore the article. I don't think we're going to get to centuries of lifetime soon.

I almost responded to one of the articles about this issue, but many/most of the responses seemed to assume that all of the anti-aging work would essentially "stretch out" time evenly. (For example, the ones talking about the birth rate going down and implying that all of these anti-aging methods would by definition mean that women in their 60s could suddenly now be having children, if they had been on the anti-aging all along.)

Plus, seems to me like replacing us with technology (including backups, e.g. multiple hearts) AS WELL as slowing down aging, would be a better solution.

Comment Re:Not sincerely held (Score 2) 518

In the US, you would need to eliminate the tax breaks for all non-profits.

(I read the other response, and think that it reasonably disputes your claim.. but still...)


I'd willingly give up a lot of tax breaks (even the mortgage interest deduction), to make the tax code far far far far far far more simple and equal among all people. (I purposely avoided the term 'fair', since some people think it's fair to steal money from one group to give to another.)

Comment Re:Not sincerely held (Score 1) 518

I've just done much googling to figure this out, and I can't solve it. I've tried counting from sunset to sunset as was Jewish custom. I've tried counting potential tiny fractional days as whole days. It's not working.

This is only SLIGHTLY less of a stretch than you are doing, but if you're counting partial days as full days, and "time everything right", you can ALMOST get to 3 full days.

Friday 12:01AM: Jesus dies
That gives Friday, Saturday -- 2 days
Sunday 11:59PM: Jesus is resurrected
That gives almost all of Sunday.. another almost-full day.

Even if you go noon-noon Fri->Sun, you get two full days.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.