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Comment Re:Never going to happen (Score 2, Interesting) 304

He's trying to fuck up public transportation by proposing "cheap" alternatives that, even if they work, will not be as cheap as he claims, and will on most metrics be horrible.

Maybe he believes in it, I don't know: I do know the CAHSR-killing original Hyperloop proposal was so bad it was impossible to assume it had been written in good faith. Just the fact this "replacement" only served two of the four cities CAHSR is aimed at, wasn't designed to cope with anything like as many passengers, and had end-points 50-100 miles away from the cities they served, was enough to draw that conclusion. That was before getting civil engineers in to dispute the costs.

So no, I don't give someone credit for merely "trying to do something". They have to be trying to do something worthwhile, not negative for me to support them.

Comment Re:Never going to happen (Score 5, Funny) 304

Hundreds of billions? You're forgetting that Musk has found ways to reduce the cost of tunneling from $1B/mile to 25c (and 10c at weekends.) His Hyperloop technology is revolutionary and won't be a barf ride, cramped, and ear splittingly loud so stop saying that - they've proven it works in NV or New Mexico by building a small test track where they totally proved that you can put things in pipes and make them move, which is the same thing yes it is.

This is an amazing technology, one of the variants Musk has been proposing is going to totally end the problems associated with roads and congestion by moving your car right to the centers of major metropolises like Chicago and New York City, which are both famous for having ample space to drive around and park.

Truly a visionary, and he's not just trying to cripple real public transportation projects politically by proposing "cheap", "private" alternatives in order to prop up his car company, so stop saying that.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 697

Those bus networks are heavily subsidized and lose money in every case, because (again) physics

I'm not sure which country you live in, but FWIW when I lived in Britain they privatized the buses in the late 1980s, eliminating subsidies for all but some country routes. The buses survived, and actually to a certain extent improved somewhat, largely because the municipal bus companies weren't terribly well managed, and the threat of competition (and sometimes the actual onset of competition - Oxford Bus Company vs Thames Transit was a great example) forced long needed changes.

In the US I can see profitable bus services being a possibility in many places as long as the local governments takes transit seriously. The problem is, for the most part, they have a car-first mentality even in places where cars are poison (Miami springs to mind...) which leads to a lack of dedicated bus lanes, a refusal to encourage higher density corridors and endpoints, and so on, crippling buses and other forms of transit.

Comment Re:Who gave them the money? (Score 1) 190

I'm not sure that "put something on the market, safety be damned" is going to get us there any faster although I do support the sentiment of less regulation.

It does make sense to me if the assumption is that the manufacturers will be on the hook 100% for safety (which, legally, I can't see how they couldn't be, and which is a model manufacturers have actively embraced.)

The issues I can see this solving are:

- Safety is currently oriented around driver driven cars. Driverless cars will need a different framework. That needs time to implement and it also needs experience, or trial and error, which isn't possible if you ban driverless cars (directly or indirectly)
- States working independently are likely to create incompatible safety frameworks which would make it difficult, if not impossible, to create vehicles that be sold everywhere and can drive everywhere.

I think it's a good idea, and I'm not a knee-jerk opponent of regulation.

Comment Re:So much for states' rights (Score 1) 190

Then you just create barriers to people moving from state to state. Unless two states have a reciprocity agreement, someone can't move from one state to another without losing health coverage, even if they have the exact same system.

And, TBH, from a purely practical perspective, there's no reason to treat healthcare as a state issue to begin with. Everyone needs it. The fact you're in Texas doesn't mean your requirement to have healthcare cover is different to that of someone in NY. Even the right recognizes this: they've been talking about trying to eliminate barriers to insurers that require they actually have an office in a state in order to sell insurance.

State control is increasingly an anachronism as the country becomes more cohesive. For the most part, with one exception (legalizing pot), state control is almost exclusively used to enforce injustices and the OP is right that it's mostly a cover for treating black people like shit. We almost certainly need to review the constitutional relationships between citizens and the various layers of governments that want control over us, but alas, in the current political climate, I suspect a constitutional convention would result in an even worse governmental system than we have already.

Comment Re:Imagine (Score 1) 193

So it's not about a compromise between truth and lies; it's about getting viewpoints from different perspectives

Well, it is a compromise between truth and lies if you choose to include news outlets that clearly and obviously have no regard for the truth and that's one of the problems here. (It's not as if the right doesn't have honest media either, why is it everyone says "Well, I read Brietbart and watch CNN to get a rounded picture"? Brietbart are liars. What about NewsMax? They're not perfect but I've yet to come across them actually lie about anything. I can understand not entirely trusting the Washington Times because of the Moonie connection but they're not Brietbart either.)

The other problem is the "both sides" narrative doesn't work with the current media. Right wingers keep claiming NBC, CNN, The Washington Post, et al, are "left wing". Those of us on the left just don't see it. When did any of those outlets support and campaign for, say, Single Payer healthcare? Weren't they all cheering for war after 9/11 or was that my imagination? Haven't all three spent most of the last few months doing thinkpieces on "What Trump supporters think about Trump", rather than trying to gauge the viewpoints of those most directly affected by his policies or rhetoric? For eight years, Meet the Press always made a point to include a major Republican on every show, and relatively rarely included a Democratic (let alone Liberal!) voice.

Sure, Trump is pissed at them, and they report a lot of news that's bad for Trump, but is that because they're "left wing", or is it because there's a lot of negative things about Trump right now?

I know, I know, people on the right think that the media is left wing, therefore ergo it must be and it must be that to get both sides you need to watch both. But, honestly, I don't recognize the morality and social awareness of the mainstream media. When the Washington Post starts arguing against wars, when it comes out as supporting single payer or government health care instead of half-witted hacks designed to not upset free market ideologues, when it comes out in favor of drugs legalization, when it admits that the forced suburbanization program of the 1950s onwards has been a financial and economic, moral, and ecological disaster and campaigns for urban renewal and improved transit, when it supports an expansion of welfare, when it supports the right to unionize across all industries, when it doesn't treat racial and sexual disparities as "He said, she said", THEN I and others on the left-of-center might reasonably think of it as a paper that's in touch with my views and my agenda.

Simply thinking the current President is terrible does not make you the counter to the right wing media. Hell, the intelligent side of the right thinks he's a moron too, they just don't say it in public.

Comment Re:It's the same as the stock market (Score 1) 64

A stock certificate has a tangible value, even if it's usually inflated several times that of the physical assets minus liabilities of the company divided by shares outstanding.

And while we're at it: a dollar? At minimum it's the recognized currency for paying your taxes in the US, which gives it value in that it's necessary.

A crypto-currency simply doesn't have anything backing it. Contrary to the assertions of advocates, it doesn't have energy, because I can't turn a Bitcoin back into the power that created it - indeed, Zimbabwe's currency has more legitimacy because the paper and ink that was used to create each bill can be converted back into paper, a useful commodity.

BTCs are like fiat currency, minus the actual fiat from a respected government. They're at best a social currency, and in the end, I suspect they'll fail for that reason.

If you need to escape fiat currency for some reason, ironically shares are a pretty good alternative, be they numbers in a computer or not.

Comment Re:PLease explain difference between QOS and fastl (Score 1) 223

I am not a damn ISP routing traffic for all and sundry, so net neutrality laws don't apply to me. Saying "Maybe in the future something bad will happen as a consequence" is not a good argument against trying to regulate bad behavior that actually exists now. Nobody has EVER been saying that you can't block or shape traffic on your own network, and no amount of fear mongering on your part will change that.

You just basically start from the premise that anything that we, the people choose to do through our government will always turn out bad. Then you argue backwards from your desired conclusion to reach a set of statements that support it. That's called self justification, not an argument.

Comment Slackers (Score 0) 181

Canada's Supreme Court has already ruled that Canadian Constitutional Rights apply worldwide.

Only slackers would do something less. Like the US, who can't even make their own stuff.

Expect the EU court to rule that the EU Right to be forgotten applies worldwide, including in China, Russia, and other third world countries like the USA.

(p.s. how's toddler Don doing today?)

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