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Comment Re: They are enabling criminals (Score 2) 471

Well, for one thing, taxis are required to give rides to everybody, even people of different faiths/colors/nationalities. They're required to provide services to handicapped passengers, for another. And they're required to go basically anywhere the passenger wants to go. The last two issues often increase costs, which are then leveled across all customers - making it "easy" to compete if you only take the juicy fares, leaving the other ones stranded. Additionally, there are penalties in place for drivers who take meandering paths, not just a changeable "company policy" against it.

We've tried deregulating taxis before. Almost everywhere has. Its a great idea, but in practice it never works - at least, it never has before now. Why should we expect this time to be any different?

Comment Re:What about cars? (Score 1) 147

If you actually look at it in a vacuum, instead of as the evolution that got us here, our current gas-station infrastructure is also ridiculous. Inch thick tubes with no safeties pumping volatile fuel anywhere someone wants, that has to be trucked in on a regular basis from refineries often located in different countries than the original oil is produced in, with highly polluting leakage possible at every stage of the game? Ridiculous. And yet we're so used to it we don't even blink. Most of the refueling station ideas are no more crazy, especially since you really only need them to be truckstop-scale since overnight "trickle charging" (relatively speaking) can work well for most people most of the time.

Comment Re:these questions irk me (Score 1) 128

There's probably a better way to solve the actual that some of you could come up with if I told you what I was really trying to do, or gave you any hints like a useful budget amount or how often each case came up, but I don't want to feel too silly so please just figure out this one piece in isolation.

Comment Re:Its all about goats and cabbage (Score 1) 128

Finding the correct answer (goat, nothing, wolf, goat, cabbage, nothing, goat) is far easier than figuring out what fiendishly complex business problem the OP is trying to solve here that wouldn't be more easily solved in a different way. Of course, since useful details are rarely provided, we'll probably never know.

Comment Re:In American cars' defense (Score 1) 181

I think a reasonable possibility is that if they cheat on one test, they might be cheating on other tests. Maybe American carmakers just aren't as good at gaming the test.

Admittedly, its a lot harder to reprogram your car to fare better when smashed into a wall during a test than it will in real life.

Comment Re: App slicing? (Score 2) 143

even if your app and another app use the same version of the same library both need their own copy and you can't upgrade just the library. (Delta updates? What are those?)

The cost of that approach is a relatively small amount of memory (after all, most applications don't share most non-system things with most other applications). The benefit of that approach is never, ever experiencing DLL conflicts, and having the capability to have single-package applications that don't even need to have an installer for the most part. It turns out to be a pretty good tradeoff.

Comment Re:Oh dear god no ... (Score 1) 143

Its making it easy for people like game manufacturers to have dynamic content.

Think about it like Netflix. Every couple of hours of using their app they have to download a few gigabytes of information, because keeping it around just in case you happened to need it would be silly. With some modern games, its basically the same problem with the same solution.

Its not a conspiracy. They're not out to get you. Relax.

Comment Re:If you hold it 1.3 mm in from of your face (Score 2) 117

The 2x24" 1080p screens on my desk are just fine thanks.

In fairness, there's a pretty spectacular improvement in moving to a "retina" class display on your using-it-all-the-time monitor. I can see no rational reason for having a higher resolution on my phone than I do on my 27" computer monitor though, even if I do hold it half the distance away.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.