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Comment Re:Good point, but Uber is a bad example (Score 1) 432

Uber is exposing a problem with how city agencies work. Dwight Waldo published a book called "The Administrative State" in 1948 that describes how this happens at the Federal level. But at the local level the legislature (town/city council) delegates making laws to the Taxi and Limousine commissions in these municipalities. These commissions, quite naturally, will tend make rules that keep out the competition. By creating rules that say things like Uber cannot stop for hails, they ensure medallion prices stay high. These rules are really laws that should be debated and enacted by the legislature with public input, not the taxi commission. The taxi commission has a conflict of interest.

Comment Re:If he actually did all that... (Score 1) 257

...then he deserves his punishment.

Nonsense. Apart from conspiracy to commit murder he should never have been on trial. The government's case that free trade is dangerous to society and must be made illegal is untenable. If you can't put what you want into your own body then you don't live in a free society and you're kidding yourself if you think you do.

We think we are free because we can say what we want but we cannot trade in general with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Think about it. We are not free. And remember the government once told us that homosexuality and marijuana were also a danger to society.

Comment What's the big deal? (Score 1) 484

If somone has a job and a place to live why shouldn't they be able to move about and work anywhere in the world? Just because a person is born on one side of a fence why should they be denied an equal opportunity? If labor is fluid the world will be a better place for it. I was born in the UK. I've lived and worked all over the world. Most people I know (here now in the US) would like the opportunity to travel and experience life abroad but silly imaginary lines prohibit them from doing so. Imagine if people in California were prohibited from working in Oregon. The whole idea of national borders is dumb. It's about time humanity started moving on to bigger things and living up to its true potential.

Comment He is not doing it out of vanity (Score 0) 171

This is a good thing if it brings awareness of what these guys have done. They uncoverred at lot of really very inappropriate behaviour by people in power. They have given us all a pretty good example of how power can corrpupt. They have reminded us of the importance of managing our own government more responsibly. If it wasn't for wikileaks we would all still be ignorant.

Comment Re:Spectrum auctions are anti-capitalism (Score 3, Insightful) 66

The spectrum is not a finite medium though. AFAIK there is nothing in physics that for a practical purpose puts a limit on information density in space. Interference is a problem because we choose to use an antiquated non-meshed infrastructue. The only reason our phones can't talk to each other directly is because of a bad network design that blocks it. There's no reason we couldn't use these long range phone frequencies so that every device could form an ipv6 semi non centrailzed meshed network that costs next to nothing to run. Why are we still doing it the old fashioned way? Let's open up the spectrum. It's not finite like the FCC says it is.

Comment Open up the spectrum to everyone (Score 0) 66

Why can we not open the spectrum up to competition? Why does only one carrier get to dominate a set of frequencies? AFAIK there is nothing in physics that for a practical purpose puts a limit on information density in space. Interference is a problem because they choose to use an antiquated non-meshed infrastructue. The only reason our phones can't talk to each other directly is because of a bad network design. There's no reason we couldn't use these long range phone frequencies so that every device could form an ipv6 semi non centrailzed meshed network that costs next to nothing to run. Why are we still doing it the old fashioned way? Let's open up the spectrum. It's not finite like the FCC says it is.

Comment Hobbesian Dsytopia (Score 0) 545

Wise people in power and authority always think they know what is best for everyone and how to plan everything out so the world is a better place. They like to tweak things here and there so they can fix stuff that is wrong. There is scant evidence this approach to controlling the economy by making it illegal for people to negotiate their own labor contracts actually works.

Comment Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (Score 1, Interesting) 93

Isn't this simple? You have two people. A driver. A passenger. The driver wants to drive the passenger from A to B and the passenenger wants to pay the driver. What moral right does anyone have to prevent them from entering into their own contract? The state claims safety yet the state doesn't seem to care if I climb mountains which is statistically far riskier. We live in a bizzar kafkaesque disytopia when people are regulating just for the sake of having regulation jobs. Even if Uber is not safe isn't it up to the consumer to decide how much risk to take?

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