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Comment: Re:Who is full of shit? (Score 1) 338

by radarskiy (#49525463) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Neither of the two pages you link to put any figure on fatalities caused by a vaccine that covers chicken pox. The second page mentions "4 per million" this this context:
"These include severe allergic reactions (fewer than 4 per million), and problems such as:

        Long-term seizures, coma, lowered consciousness.
        Permanent brain damage.

Because these problems occur so rarely, we can’t be sure whether they are caused by the vaccine or not."

Note where it says "fewer", where it says "can’t be sure whether they are caused by the vaccine or not", and the lack of any mention of death.

Comment: Re:This seems appropriate (Score 1) 163

"Because of Obamacare, a constitutional convention has been in the works for a balanced budget amendment"

Obamacare prompted state legislatures to start applying 4 years before Barack Obama was born? That's some foresight you don't often see from elected representatives!

Comment: Re:"Surge Pricing" (Score 1) 96

by radarskiy (#49505807) Attached to: How Uber Surge Pricing Really Works

I should be more precise and say "Does the supply of Uber drivers actually increase *relative to demand* with surge pricing?"

If the surge pricing does not increase supply but it does reduce demand, then it is still not price gouging. It is a pricing error by the supplier which they would correct once they realize they are making less money even though they are charging a higher price.

This is why price gouging laws are often associated with emergency situations: both supply and demand have shifted away from equilibrium due to the economic shock so would not respond quickly to prices.

Comment: Re:"Surge Pricing" (Score 1) 96

by radarskiy (#49505709) Attached to: How Uber Surge Pricing Really Works

The difference is that your claim that surge pricing is the same as price gouging is incorrect.

Price gouging occurs when you artificially raise the price away from the supply-demand equilibrium. Surge pricing occurs when you naturally raise the price toward the supply-demand equilibrium.

Does the supply of Uber drivers actually increase with surge pricing? If so then it is not price gouging.

Comment: Re:Of Course It Is (Score 1) 78

by radarskiy (#49480819) Attached to: GAO Warns FAA of Hacking Threat To Airliners

" They are not the ones the GAO is going after...

This is about the FAA and the regulations they enforce when certifying aircraft are safe to fly, not about Boeing's CEO making more money or shareholders getting their profits by cutting safety corners. "

The GAO is not going after the aircraft industry merely because their charter does not permit them to directly go after the aircraft industry.

Nothing is preventing the aircraft industry from meeting these safety concerns ahead of any regulation... except the CEO making more money or the shareholders getting their profits. An explicit claim that current regulation is insufficient is at least an implicit claim that the industry cannot manage without regulation.

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