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Comment Re:Easy solution - COSTCO does it better (Score 1) 447

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:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 0) 80

I'm pretty sure I can post open and honest comments while not being anonymous.

If you're white, middle-class, cisgendered, belong to a mainstream religion, have political views within the mainstream, and live in a cosmopolitan community, yes.

If you're a closeted gay atheist anarcho-communist in a small town in "flyover country", maybe not so much.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 2) 239

I've torn down my S4 completely to replace a shattered screen. For an early large-screen smartphone it is remarkably slim. The new glued-together-to-render-unrepairable model hasn't really saved any space; it is only contributing to the e-waste problem. I hate that we have become such an irresponsible society where everything is becoming disposable.

Comment Re:Warning - Uber astroturf detected (Score 1) 110

And the taxis I see are 15 year[s] old

Unadulterated bullshit. I drove taxis for 3yrs, the oldest one I drove was 5yo, it had 1.2 MILLION kilometres on the clock.

Which country/city were we discussing? Because the only time I've heard a London cab driver say "kilometers" was when he was spouting racist bullshit about Poland.

The maximum age of a black cab in London is 15 years, so they are indeed often the oldest vehicles around. Before 2013, they could have been even older.

Comment Re:Just stop now (Score 1) 110

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) 110

(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.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles