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Comment Re:You can have my Jolt Cola (Score 1) 193

You know that:
1. Caffeine is available from other sources.
2. If you don't take any caffeine, you are just as alert as a frequent caffeine user (after some acclimatization to the low/no caffeine diet). In fact, you average leverl of alertness will be higher than the frequent caffeine ingestor.

All yo are doing with your jolt Cola is wasting money.

Comment Re:What he should have done ... (Score 1) 258

What most people are missing is that they don't need a warrant because you're outside the U.S. wanting in. Supreme Court cases have established that U.S. Constitutional protections apply only to people (both citizens and non-citizens, including illegal immigrants) on U.S. soil.

If he surrenders the laptop, what right does immigration have to prevent a US citizen from entering the country? Surely, he has a presumtive right to entry when he is at the border.

That's why Bush built a prison in Guantanamo Bay - that's Cuban soil, not U.S., so prisoners there wouldn't be protected by that pesky Constitution.

Could I murder someone in an airport before going through immigration and not be prosecuted? After all, if it is not US soil, then US laws don't apply. There is a world of difference between Gitmo and an airport.

Comment Re:Any influential person who takes devices to Chi (Score 1) 258

surrenders them to Chinese authorities without a peep of complaint, and brings them back to the US and is surprised when federal spooks ....

None of which has anything to do with border security and customs. Do you really think that anyone cares enough to spy on the mayor of a small town in rural California?

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 5, Insightful) 187

Hate to be a dick, but you DID charge admission using another company's IP.

Whoever posted that is a dick. According to the Gofundme page, he only charged $2, which was intended to cover the cost of prizes for the cosplay contest. No huge profit involved.

To the parent poster: you also are a dick, for posting this drivel, which misrepresents the situation.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 202

Comment Re:Let industry self-regulate! (Score 1) 202

This is actually a perfect example on self regulation. The EPA didn't find this but a private clean air organization

I think that you have a strange notion of the concept of "self". As you point out, it wasn't a motor manufacturer who discovered the problem.

Since this went on for several years without being discovered, VW was just unlucky to not get away with the cheat. How many other cheats have happened and not been discovered.

So, yes, this is a perfect example of how self-regulation doesn't work.

Comment Re:it's not the retailers, it's the cards (Score 1) 315

US chip cards are set to "prefer signature". Many of them don't have PINs at all.

I have had a chip-and-signature card for over a year now. I don't think it is "prefer signature", I think that it is "signature only".

Shortly after I got the card, during a trip to the UK, it surprised a few people, when the card was inserted into the reader and the reader printed out a paper slip for signature, instead of waiting for a PIN to be entered. There was no option to enter a PIN. On a more recent trip, people in the UK were used to this type of card..

Comment 'sharing culture' (Score 1) 464

'sharing culture' is one of the most ridiculous terms used today. Uber drivers are not "sharing" their cars any more than a pizza delivery driver is "sharing" his/her car. Uber drivers are selling rides. They are selling their own time, and the running costs of their cars.

Comment Re:Yes. So? (Score 1) 161

I would still blame the test labs for not doing their jobs which would have been actually testing the thing's performance, rather than trusting the vehicle performs like in their rather unrealistic lab setting.

Exactly how do you propose to design a test that will give a consistent and "realistic" measurement of emissions, yet will defeat attempts to cheat on the test? What is "realistic"? Is it my stop-and-go commute, or your long straight steady-speed highway run? You can't just write a test spec that says "drive down a typical road and measure the emissions", because the road speed and the types of road will have a big impact on the emissions, so the test won't give reproducible results.

Guess what, tests are often not 100% realistic.

Comment Re:I'm going to try to avoid getting nauseous (Score 1) 233

A private hire limo is just a posh taxi.

No, in the USA and UK it's not. Private hire limos are regulated differently from taxis in those countries. This doesn't mean that Uber is following all the laws that are relevant to private hire/limo services. In other words, Uber isn't an illegal taxi service, but it may be an illegal private hire/limo service.

Comment Re:I'm going to try to avoid getting nauseous (Score 1) 233

You seem to be under the misapprehension that taxi == private hire. Instead, taxi == hackney carriage. For example, see this page.

Or how about what Wikipedia thinks

"In the United Kingdom, the name hackney carriage today refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office, local authority (non-metropolitan district councils, unitary authorities) or the Department of the Environment depending on region of the country.

Comment Re:I'm going to try to avoid getting nauseous (Score 2) 233

Private limos and vehicles that turn up after a phone call / app message / whatever, but can not pick people up from the street are covered by legislation that refers to taxis. In legal terminology, Uber is providing a taxi service, they just might not be in common usage terminology.

You can flag down an Uber car that drives past? Don't think so. That makes Uber a private hire system.

Uber cars turn up after an appointment is made to pick up a specific person. That's pretty much the definition of a private hire car in the UK. To be clear, in the UK, private hire cars can pick people up from the street -- it's just that the pickup must be arranged in advance.

Comment Re:I'm going to try to avoid getting nauseous (Score 1) 233

Private limos are regulated too in California. They have a PUC license to operate and rules they must follow.

Uber ignores those too.

I wasn't stating the Uber is obeying all the relevant laws. Just that the laws governing limos (private hire in other countries) are more relevant to Uber than laws governing taxis.

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