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Comment: Re:Will we ever stop celebrating him? (Score 1) 157

That's just the benefit of the doubt you get when you're dead. Your paintings are worth more, your songwriting suddenly carries new weight (see: Kurt Cobain), the awful shit about you is quickly forgotten, and the virtue embellished. The only thing certain about a martyr is that they're dead. The rest of their reputation may bear no resemblance to real events.

Comment: Re:Good? (Score 1) 273

You seriously don't think this happens already? Taxis are "required" to do lots of things they don't (like take credit cards). See how many taxis will pick you up or drop you off in a shit neighborhood. Hell, I've been denied taxi service to good neighborhoods just because the cab driver didn't feel like going that direction. Oh, and taxis are not part of a public transportation system.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 118

Often times in socialist countries, there is a lot of back door and secret meetings where deals are made and the people are not aware of have no choice in the matter. Sometimes it works out in their benefit, but a lot of times it's nothing more then wealth redistribution to the rich and powerful. Often times the real cost of the deal is realized generations later...

Thank god that only happens in those socialist countries!

Comment: Re:Bubble bubble... (Score 1) 43

by un1nsp1red (#47231339) Attached to: Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion
Uber is not going anywhere any time soon. It's dramatically better than the alternative (taxi). There will be bitching and moaning and lobbying in some areas, but it's too late to stop the paradigm shift. Twitter and WhatsApp and OpenTable are easily imitable, so those are more susceptible to cultural shifts and trends.

Comment: Re:It's just sad... (Score 1) 164

by un1nsp1red (#47160279) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88
"Of all drug-related arrests, 82% are for possession, and more than half of those are for marijuana. Basically, the war on drugs winds up being focused on marijuana possession, despite the fact that it is less addictive than other illegal drugs and is not pharmacologically linked with violence or overdose the way alcohol is." Most of the busts are small-time end-users.

Comment: Re: Let police officers take care of it. (Score 1) 664

by un1nsp1red (#46941897) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
I almost referenced that song as well! :) Spend enough time on the north side, and you will absolutely have your car towed by Lincoln Towing. I've twice had my own car towed by them from spots I was paying to rent. Neither time would the company who leased me the space do anything on my behalf. There's a good reason those fuckers are behind bullet-proof glass.

Comment: Re:Blank Media (Score 1) 477

by un1nsp1red (#46924677) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected
MiniDisc was way ahead of its time. It filled a real gap for live recording enthusiasts as a portable solution before hard drive storage became portable/affordable. I had one with an Otter Box that had binaural microphones embedded in it. Was a great option for recording shows (band-permitted, not illicitly) in the late 90s/early 00s.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!