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Comment: Re:Did he read it? (Score 1) 249

by taustin (#49072113) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

Freeman Dyson wouldn't be bombastic and exaggerate, would he?

Statistically speaking, the odds are about a hundred billion to one that the person who wrote the article didn't understand what they were told, probably third or fourth hand, by someone who also didn't understand the paper, written by a physicist and a computer geek who don't understand biology or evolution.

Comment: Evolution isn't about personal survival (Score 3, Informative) 249

by taustin (#49072107) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

It's about procreation and the survival of the genetic line. Individual survival is irrelevant, especially once one has procreated. (Though even those who don't contribute to the survival of the genetic line of their family - the person who has a sibling willing to sacrifice themselves to save the family enhances the chances the family will procreate.)

This kind of confusion is what happens when people try to do research outside of their expertise. If you want to understand biology, ask a biologist, not a physicist or a computer geek. (Though a lot of biologists make the same mistake, of course.)

Comment: Re:I wonder how long (Score 1) 265

by taustin (#48977365) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

Last night's big news story here in LA was an alleged sexual assault - by and Uber driver.

What's your point?

My point would be the part about background checks that you snipped out so that you wouldn't have to answer it.

A quarter of California drivers have no insurance.

Well there's your problem right there. Good luck with that.

Not a problem for me. I have uninsured motorist coverage, which you cannot by auto insurance without in California. It's only a problem for people who get in an accident with an uninsured driver under circumstances where their insurance won't cover them. Like, say, while driving for an illegal limousine service without commercial insurance (and driving without insurance is a criminal offense in California).

Comment: Re:I wonder how long (Score 1) 265

by taustin (#48971205) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

Last night's big news story here in LA was an alleged sexual assault - by and Uber driver. Because Uber's idea of a "background check" consists of an automated check on whether or not the driver's license put in to the web sore is valid. (Not whether or not it's the person putting it in, of course.)

The big issue is the insurance one, and that's a bigger issue to drivers than passengers, but it's a problem for both. A quarter of California drivers have no insurance. If you are in an accident that is the other guys' fault, Uber's insurance doesn't cover you, nor will your own driver's (since he doesn't have commercial insurance). Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:I wonder how long (Score 1) 265

by taustin (#48966317) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

No, and I never will, so long as their entire business model is based on running an illegal, uninsured (and it is, for both driver and passenger, if the other driver is at fault, as several lawsuits have shown) limousine service (which is, legally, what they are in California). Too many horror stories (and lawsuits) already. I have no desire to become one of their victims.

Comment: I wonder how long (Score 5, Insightful) 265

by taustin (#48961411) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

I can't help but wonder how long it will take the less savory drivers to develop code words for the following:

"Too black."
"Too Jewish."
"Lives in a neighborhood that's too black."
"Too black, and was rude when I called him a nigger and accused him of trying to carjack me because he wouldn't give me a tip of ten times the fare."
Uber is about a hundred different kinds of lawsuits that have found a place to happen.

Now, it's 101.

Comment: Re:Can't DRM or Root Kit Vinyl (Score 1) 278

by taustin (#48721233) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

The fine print on the record sleeve outlines your license agreement (that you agreed to by opening the sleeve), which says that you will not make unauthorized copies or sell the record to anyone who will.

You are apparently unfamiliar with the first sale doctrine. Such "license agreements" date back at least a century (when book publishers tried similar things to keep people from selling used books), and have been shot down by the courts pretty much every single time.

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