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Comment Re:SJWs (Score 1) 546

Funny thing is - it DID just end in all the rest of the world. Only in the United States are the descendants of slaves still reviled by a significant portion of the former slave holders.

Only a small percentage of all the slaves transported from Africa to the New World were destined for the US. Brazil got far more slaves than the US did. Brazil has no serious race problem, do they? Maybe you can point to the history of SJW's in Brazil struggling to keep the black man on the plantations? No? Didn't think so.


Well you could blame US race relationions on a SJW phenomena that has only been around for 10-20 years, or you could blame it on a country which had to fight a civil war with the south to eliminate slavery, had another massive political fight with the south to eliminate institutional racism, and still has legislators and government officials actively trying to suppress minority voters.

Yeah, I guess it's totally the SJWs' fault*...

* Yes I realize you said "contribute" not "cause" but racism is heavily entrenched in US society (and many other societies). SJWs are guilty of suppressing some legitimate speech, but not of causing racism.

Comment They already have been limiting tethering (Score 1) 271

I have had an unlimited data plan on T-Mobile since May of this year (I called in advance of an upcoming conference and they said it would be about the same price for unlimited as the upgrade I wanted).

SO I get to the conference, and I'm streaming video and so forth and a few days later tethering stops working. Data on the phone works fine, I just can't tether... Then I get on a message on the phone that I've hit a 5GB tethering cap.

I call them up saying I'm at a conference and I really need more tethering data, and I'm happy to pay any amount to make that happen. The only thing they can do is to downgrade me to a non unlimited plan, which gives me 7GB of tethering data (which as an aside I run out of a few days later and have to limp along with no tethering after).

The point is that they seemed to already be addressing tethering users, so I wonder how they had some users able to have unlimited tethering to begin with...

I do think some cap on tethering is reasonable, though 5GB is too low and there should be some way to pay to extend just tethering ability if that is needed. At the time I frankly would have paid $100 for another 5GB, if that helps you have an incentive T-Mobile...

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 263

the long slow death of literacy could not possibly be harmed by more emjois.

I like the joke but think it might be wrong.

I use emojis for the same reason I use big words and complex syntax, it gives me the ability to communicate with more clarity, nuance, and fun.

Sometimes the emotion I'm trying to convey is properly captured using real words and proper sentences. But sometimes I'm simultaneously trying to imply a child-like state of mind, and emojis do that really really well.

Of course I don't know what they hell they're doing in unicode, not to mention the quixotic quest to make them gender neutral. Do they think they're going to make them race and culture neutral as well or is the standard just going to contain this big blog of largely Western references and the rest of the planet is unrepresented?

Comment The incentive is continuous (Score 1) 154

Because ten years down the road after Uber puts taxis out of business, there is no longer any incentive to remain clean or maintained.

Even a moment of thought would reveal how untrue that statement is, because cars with poor drivers or unsafe or unclean, would not get riders - who can see the cars rating quite plainly

Look over Fluffenmutter's history, a more obvious shill for the taxi industry I've never seen. Not once will admit a single flaw with taxis, while claiming that every flaw taxis suffer from Uber must suffer also - even though any user of Uber and Taxis knows there is simply no comparison - by ANY metric chosen, taxis are worse.

Comment Re:Honest question.. (Score 1) 154

Because some drivers prefer to drive around where the live, and also some drivers prefer to drive where there is less competition more occasional fares, but for longer distances.

The practical reality is that uber HAS gotten a car to me quickly in outlying areas of a city where a cab would have been 20-30 minutes away - if they every even came, which anyone who has ever really used cab services knows is questionable.

Again you refuse to acknowledge that whatever sins you paint Uber with, Taxis have far greater issues.

Comment Re:I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 210

The company was dead the moment it came out that all the female accounts were fake and paid for account deletions never happened.

It should be dead. I'm not convinced yet it will actually die. Even with the leak.

Depends what you mean by die. As one of the top cheat-on-your-spouse sites they should be done. As a widely known name and a pre-existing website that could be run with a skeleton staff for cheap it could go on indefinitely.

Comment Your ignorance is without bounds or reason (Score 0) 154

Commercial insurance, commercial licenses,

How does that improve SAFTEY you blithering moron? Rather than just helping pay medical bills after the fact?

BTW Uber provides that ANYWAY.

safety shields

You do realize what those do to passengers in a crash ? No ? Idiot.

fresh brakes,

Fresh brakes are worse than brakes that have been worn in, retard.

steering controls, suspension, and control arms

The 70's called and said under no circumstances are we to return you even though you plainly belong there....

You aren't very familiar with modern sealed systems in cars are you? When was the last time you greased a CV joint? Have you ever?

Does uber even control the time the car spends on the road and how often it is inspected?

The state does. Have you ever even driven in a cab which are usually in various states of utter disrepair?

Passenger vehicles just aren't made for that without very careful care.

Actually they ARE. Modern passengers vehicles are made for heavy abuse for at least the first few hundred thousand miles.

And as a side note, you think cabs are built better? Come on.

Money and denial are powerful motivators

Well denial anyway, as evidenced by your absurd post. I'll not respond further as I can't do much to help out your particular mix of ignorance and insanity that seems to affect all people with an irrational hate of Uber.

It's hilarious how all of the defects you list are so much worse for cabs, yet you try to tarnish Uber with the brush of disrepair.... Cabs have been utterly worse in terns of safety for some time than passenger cars, things like no working SEATBELTS for example. They don't have to do the same inspections passenger cars do.

Comment Where are you going in the U.S.? (Score 1) 142

I don't think it's possible to answer your question adequately without more information.

Where are you going in the U.S.? Is it large cities, or out of cities? Just where in the U.S.? Real world coverage is better in some places with some carriers than in others... The U.S. is huge.

Also if you are going to conventions be aware that some places have local repeaters from some companies but not others - AT&T or Verizon might have exclusive access to prove improved coverage at some particular location (especially conventions in hotels).

Outside of cities data server might be hit or miss no matter who you have...

I have T-Mobile and love them, mainly because I have the opposite problem - I travel outside the U.S. a lot, and I get free (slower) data just about world-wide with T-Mobile (and have an unlimited data plan). I'm a bit surprised you don't get the reverse effect from your carrier with T-Mobile, you may want to call them and ask because perhaps all they have to do is flip a switch in their system to let you roam in the U.S. for free.

Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 0, Troll) 734

make yourself a favour, migrate to Mac OS X directly

The minute that OS-X lets me put the minimize/maximize/close buttons on the correct corner of a window then I would consider it but thanks but no thanks. At my last job I had a work laptop that was a Mac but I could not get rid of it fast enough.

IMHO based on what I saw on my last job, competent Linux system admins run Linux and/or Windows and the ones using Macs were the Python-writing hipster trendroids who could not administer a Linux system if their life depended on it.

Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 2) 734

That's a bit rude... I think Poettering's main motivation has been to simply modernize Linux.

I can see that as being one of his goals but if you want to improve Linux why a new init system plus? I did not hear any system admins asking for this.

He would be considered a saint if he would do something useful like fix the desktop environments so the "Year of the Linux Desktop" finally gets here.

Comment Re:What's with all the awkward systemd command nam (Score 1) 734

On top of which why is "machinectl" a shell and not some sort of hardware function? They should have just named the bloody thing

Probably because userctl was too ominous sounding!

[aside] Wow, was still open so I grabbed it. Great name for a Web 4.0 computer technology social media site pushing tons of clickbait at users!

Comment I can tell you how the story ends (Score 2) 154

After the app is released, people will flock to the cab app during peak hours because of the cheaper pricing.

That also means there will be few cabs to be found... the cabs they do find will still be the same old foul NYC cabs we all know and .

So the end user experience for most people will be cheaper cabs they can't have, vs. Uber cars they can - with the unreliable access to cabs demonstrated, people will just go back to uber and ignore the cab app exists.

People forget that surge pricing exists not just for drivers, but also passengers. You may not like the pricing but you do like having a ride available on demand...

Comment Re: I suggest we confuse the primary Uber benefits (Score 2) 154

Or you could only pay for cosmetic improvement to your vehicle but never any safety improvement.

This sounds clever at first but is incredibly stupid once you mull over what you are saying.

What "safety improvements" would you pay for? Roll bars? Four point harnesses? Fir extinguishers in the main cabin? Come on.

Uber inspects the car to be used to see if it passes muster - any car made in the last ten years will already be really safe, with no improvements to be made that could improve safety.

The things that degrade on cars over time are mostly cosmetic - body wear, interior cleanliness. They are what are ESPECIALLY degraded in "real" cabs.

The few aspects of cars that do degrade over time (tires, brakes) are checked by the state in yearly safety inspections anyway so it's not like letting them go is an option - but you've forgotten the driver has a powerful motivator to keep the car safe, because they are the ones who are going to spend far more time in it than any one passenger.... why would a driver want to risk his own life to save a few $?

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang