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Comment So don't work for them? (Score 1) 218

I'm continually confused why these people work for Uber and then complain about what its like to work for Uber.... So, don't work there? If Uber is misleading people in the terms of the relationship or contract, that is something to sue over. But if Uber clearly lays out the offer for for someone to drive, and they accept, then that's a valid contract. What Uber drivers are struggling with, really, is that the barrier to entry for a new Uber driver is low. Thus Uber has a large supply of potential drivers. Thus Uber doesn't have to be very generous in its terms to the drivers. Low-skill labor gets low reward, this is not new.

Comment Re:Fine Tuning (Score 1) 158

Something is fundamentally wrong with modern capitalism if selling to only one vendor, instead of all vendors, is more profitable.

Suppose you can sell content X to distributors A, B and C. If that alone were all, then yes, selling A+B+C would be better than selling to only A.

However, if distributor A is willing to also buy "exclusivity rights" for a sum greater than the money from B+C....

Comment Re:Should we really be surprised this is legal? (Score 2) 86

I agree -- less than 20 times in 9 years is hardly "proliferation".

It sounds even better if you say it was only 20 times since 1997. That's only 20 times in 18 years and just as true a statement! I'm more interested in the trend year-over-year. Is it increasing, at what rate and why?

Comment Re:How can there be? (Score 1) 622

Humans have only a finite stomach volume. ISPs likewise are founded upon the assumption that if you promise unlimited data, most people can only sit through so many youtube videos in a month.

Not at all the same, but you reminded me of something from my youth. I remember when I saw the first AOL CD come in the mail that offered 800 free hours in the first month. That was amusing.

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312

They aren't carefully crafted or cherry picked. They are straight out of a public database that has been collecting standardized info for 40 years. And then corroborated by multiple other sources. It isn't about what should or shouldn't be legal, it is about a common misconception (urban myth) being actually looked at with data.

Comment Re:Investigating if laws were broken (Score 1) 312

Mens rea is a component fact of guilt. There are different kinds of mens rea. The law or statue will usually define it. Some laws might require a mens rea of willful, that is you knew or at least expected a certain result form your actions and they it was criminal. Others might simply be 'negligent' like vehicular manslaughter, you reasonably could have known or reasonably should have know driving at excessive speed might result in the injury of others. There are other possible mens rea types as well.

My point is that even with a mens rea component a law can written that still more or less outlaws acting foolishly and the 'reasonably could have known' element covers simple ignorance of the law.

Can we insist that the Youtuber "should have known" that his video would go viral, that such response would encourage copycats and that such moronic copycats would take less safety precautions and thus hold him liable for the outcomes of those future incidents? Am I stretching it too far? ;)

Comment Re: They're not going to arrest him! (Score 1) 312

Yes, because disarming law-abiding citizens is a well known and effective tactic to prevent street gangs and Mexican drug cartels who transport whatever they wish across the border from obtaining, possessing, and using guns against those same law-abiding citizens.

Bravo, Sir!

You have single-handedly solved all gun crime!

You win an internets!


I could refer you to this study as an example of the myth of the gun defense argument. Note that the article/study aren't advocating for gun control, just for a better understanding of the real data.

Comment Re:A laptop with almost no ports?! (Score 1) 529

That's like saying a sports car should have more luggage space for that price.

No... this would be like a sports car with the following ports:

- Doors (to get in and out), equivalent to a UI
- Trunk (for storage), equivalent to the HDD and accessible via USB-C
- Gas Door (for power)

However, you can no longer open the hood, access the engine, replace/upgrade components. In fact, you cannot even change the tires yourself anymore. If you really need them changed you need to go back to the dealer but more than likely by the time your tires need replacing you should just be buying a new sports car anyway.

We are a Mac household here but Android smartphone users. Never liked iOS vs. Android. Still don't prefer Windows to OSX. But from a hardware standpoint, we've had to suffer because of Apple's desire to slowly remove everything useful from their hardware.

I don't want to have to buy external accessories for everything that should be built into my machine.

Comment Re:Law of unintended consequences... (Score 1) 33

I agree in principal, but look at it from this angle...

Assume that information wants to be free. Furthermore, that it wants to be organized and easily searchable by anyone in the world. Or at the least, that there are sufficient forces at work to make that happen. This can be seen as a irreversible trend manifested by the very advances in technology that we love.

Now, if you start with that assumption, you can also assume that Bad People will have this wonderfully organized data and will do Bad Things with it.

If you make that leap, then you can, as a government, see why you would want All The Data on the Bad People so that when they inevitably do the Bad Things, you can catch them.

Now, assume all the above and figure out your place in this world that will manifest for our next generation.

For example, I generally assume that by the time my kids are my age, genetic sequencing will be common and cheap and probably also done without permission (think Gataca). It will be done by Bad People and will also be done on everyone by our government in the name of catching the Bad People. It isn't what I want, its just what I expect to happen...

Comment Re:customer-centric (Score 3, Insightful) 419

A judge is demanding a United States company to play by the rules of the United States? And you have a problem with that? US law is and should be the only law the judge needs to consider. If US laws are incompatible with other nation's laws, then don't blame it on the judge, complain to your legislators.

Another great reason for an inversion besides taxes.

Comment Re:This is Apple's iPad policy in motion (Score 1) 375

+1 to parent.

This is true. The only plus here was that you do know exactly which users did it. LAUSD stated that in the article too. They know exactly which devices had their MDM profiles deleted. The user is in control, but the MDM can notify what the user did.

At that point, it should be a disciplinary issue. Unfortunately, in this country, it becomes a legal/lawsuit/CIPA issue.

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