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Comment Re:How about the null alternative, no surges? (Score 1) 245

So instead, when those events that raise demand happen, you just can't find a cab instead

Really? That needs a massive [citation needed].

Same deal with tickets for events and expos. Instead of just raising prices, they make everyone spam their browsers for hours to try to get tickest (and if that fails, then scalpers do the "surge pricing" instead. Awesome!).

Go full Singapore and make it a royal PITA to transfer tickets in resale scenarios. That might not translate well to the "we're a taxi service when we want to be, a political interest when we don't" services like Uber, but it answers well to ticketing.

Comment Herbert's Dune comes to mind (Score 2) 312

For those eager to remove jobs with AI/tech, consider that all the bread, circuses, and such will not stop a critical mass of displaced individuals.

The result will be a large reversal of technological progress, most of which would have been avoided by reintegrating displaced individuals.

Comment Your faith in sports terms is misguided. (Score 2) 312

With a (redacted) marketshare we need to (redacted). Putting up more barriers will just have them ignore the US entirely.

It wouldn't be that bad of a disaster, as not all companies could afford to leave. Others would find themselves on the painfully wrong end of some products delivered by more US-friendly peers.

By leaving the US, they would be signing their own death warrants. Embracing the US and her citizens would preserve their existence and remove any reason for hostility.

Comment Nope, it is not, strongly deluded libertarian (Score 1) 245

[redacted econo-speak]

Just kill the variability model altogether. People want a ride, not the hassle of auctioneering-speak

Taxis do much better than either your model or Uber's existing surge model by providing a consistent price structure. In addition, they provide service regardless of rating.

Comment Surge pricing wasn't meant to exist, shill. (Score 1) 245

[bromide on surge pricing]

Zil Lanes, like those implemented in car-hostile Atlanta, they're a function of government policy catering to hippies. In the case of the "not a taxi service" Uber, they only survive by intimidating places like New York City, which should have taken the wiser route of Paris.

Comment Death by Diversity Candidates (Score 1) 183

It's still 60% white. White doesn't count anymore?

They detract from diversity candidate quotas, and thus must be reduced to some token number. They would rather have the non-diverse whites on a permatemp track that leads nowhere - or not employed at all.

Comment Except when that "fallacy" isn't. (Score 1) 414

It doesn't work that way. To address and preempt your lines of argument:

Skilled immigrating workers may bring capabilities that are not available in the native workforce

Realistically, they're not. Unless culturally-developed attitudes of non-objecting servitude is a capability, they're only bringing in warm bodies with a lack of citizenship status. Why else would a need exist to train them on non-trivial concepts, a la California Edison & Disney?

...immigration of young employable people tends to expand the economy by more than the number of jobs they take, creating net employment for the pre-existing workforce.

This needs a large [citation needed], since the only "extra" jobs relate to

  Legal services that only exist to defend the status quo, which is to replace citizens with non-citizens
  Jobs given to individuals closely related to said H1-b individuals.
  Statistically-generated "gains" that exist largely on paper.

Remove those and you will see a net loss on citizens and a net gain on non-citizen (guest worker) labor. The "net gain" jobs you (and other non-citizen labor force) suggest just simply doesn't exist.

Comment Skills like tolerance for low-freedom environments (Score 1) 414

They bring skills that couldn't be acquired by hiring an American into the company and cause that company to be more productive

Would skills include a culturally-developed high tolerance for indentured servitude? That's about the only thing they bring to the table, since US citizens cannot and will not acquire such willingness.

Never mind that the replacement and promotion rate is effectively nil, since US citizens are considered a problem in business.

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