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Comment Re:Easy solution - COSTCO does it better (Score 1) 452

Real estate prices are ridiculous everywhere these days, unless you live in some backwater where there's no employment. Cheap real estate isn't of much use if you're unemployed, unless you're retired.

As for rain, you sound like you've never been to northern California. How do you think all those forests grow? The pictures I've seen of Florida only show palm trees, same as southern California.

Comment Re:Just stop now (Score 1) 111

Having a preset price is not how taxi regulations work.

So what? Ubers aren't taxis, that's why they're not subject to taxi regulations. They're limousines, so they operate under those laws. Limos have preset prices.

So they have to have technology in the cab to charge a credit card.

Sure, and then they refuse to use it.

Uber does not have to have equipment in the cab because they charge the card at the home base.

Right, but you still haven't explained how the taxis are "more advanced". They're clearly not. Charging a pre-set price is a superior method, and it's simpler, faster, and easier to do the transaction through a smartphone app rather than on a card reader in some car. This is a pretty good example of KISS. Uber has no need to pollute cars with unnecessary and extremely expensive payment terminals because they've come up with a superior alternative.

Comment Re:As a techie (Score 1) 111

(Actually, if any city tried to do THAT, I'd imagine the discussion here would be the opposite and it'd end up in "Your Rights Online" -- "How DARE they force us into a cashless economy! Today it's forcing businesses to accept credit, tomorrow it's no cash allowed! My right to anonymous transactions must be upheld!!!")

I'm sorry, this is BS.

Cabs accepting credit cards doesn't mean that cash-payers are stuck having to use a card. They can still pay cash. No one is proposing to change this. Uber doesn't take cash, but for the YRO people, that's not a problem because it's well-known up front. You just can't even use Uber without getting cashless payment set up through them. It's not like an Uber car is going to show up and drive you somewhere and then you need to figure out how to pay with a card.

The problem with these stupid cabs is that they'll say they take cards, but then when you try to actually pay with a card they tell you the card reader is "broken". It's a case of simple lying, and bait-and-switch. I can't image how any anti-cashless-economy or YRO people would be in defense of this; the libertarian crowd is all about people and businesses having maximum freedom within the law, not for them to lie and advertise one thing and do something else, which sounds a lot like fraud to me. I've never heard of any true libertarians being in favor of fraud.

If the cab companies want to advertise that they accept cards, then they need to do so, plain and simple. This is what people are complaining about: a cab shows up, it may or may not accept cards, they just don't know. You don't have that problem with Uber: you know up front how you have to pay, and you already have it set up to automatically charge you. Uber also gives you a close estimate how much it'll cost up front, whereas with a cab you have little idea, especially if the cabbie drives you in circles or some circuitous route to get a higher fare. In short, Uber's singlehandedly fixed everything wrong with the cab industry.

Comment Re:yet more engineer bashing (Score 1) 488

Well, a couple of points here:
1) Slashdot does not represent software engineers as a whole in the US. Many SW engineers I've met don't seem to be Slashdot users or care about it.
2) Slashdot seems to have an older crowd, since it started back in the 90s. A lot of SW engineers these days are younger, in the Millenial generation. They're not on Slashdot, they're on Reddit or something else I don't know about.
3) Even on Slashdot, there's a bunch of liberals. Remember the Brendan Eich incident? There were people on both sides of that one here. I do think the extreme right + libertarians outnumber them though.
4) Slashdot is not confined to SW engineers; there's a lot of other engineers here too, and in my experience they're frequently even worse than SW engineers.

I do think you're onto something with the libertarian angle; from what I can tell, it seems that the SW engineers tend to be more libertarian and not as religious, whereas the other engineers tend to be more old-school and religious conservative. However even the religious conservatives these days are worshiping the "free market"; the churches here have all bought into that stuff plus Prosperity Doctrine ("God loves rich people more than poor people, and if you're rich, it's because God has blessed you.").

Comment Re:Following a ruling from a Virginia federal cour (Score 1) 100

HOW MANY TIMES have I told all you FILESHARING IDIOTS that your days are numbered and you risk civil and criminal suit against you.

You, Mister Anonymous Coward, have told me MANY things MANY times! You've told me that we are all cows, you've told me I should use your APK hosts file. None of it makes sense. Just stop making a fool of yourself!

Comment Re:YEs, don't try to make it better (Score 1) 100

WTF? If you think Cox is worse than Comcast, you're a fucking moron. And if you think that bitching and complaining is going to improve the state of ISPs in this country, you're also a fucking moron. You sound like a naive idealist who complains if everything isn't up to some lofty, unrealistic standard. Maybe after you get past the age of 18 you'll see the real world isn't like that.

Comment Re: Private companies don't do exploration of fron (Score 1) 329

The thing is, you're not going to mine 500 lbs of platinum, it's quite possible you're going to mine millions of pounds of it, along with other valuable metals. Yes, you wouldn't be able to dump that on the market too fast, but you would put all the existing platinum mines out of business quickly. And with lower prices for platinum, more uses would be found for it, increasing the demand. More people would want it for jewelry and aesthetics probably, but also it's quite likely new industrial uses would be found for it which were previously unexplored due to its extremely high cost. You have to think more long-term about these things, which it doesn't look like you're doing with your analysis. An endeavor like this isn't going to be something small, it's going to be absolutely huge, and mining a single asteroid will span for decades most likely.

Finally, look at the environmental aspect: mining is terrible ecologically. Wouldn't it be better to do as much mining in space as we can, so we aren't digging giant holes in the ground, polluting groundwater and rivers, shearing the tops off mountains, etc.? We just had a bad incident with river pollution in one of the western states (CO I think), and mining always has problems with environmental opposition in advanced nations (and in backwards nations causes all kinds of problems, like fueling conflicts as with coltan). Environmentalists won't care if you break up asteroids for mineral resources.

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