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Comment Re:Um... so what? (Score 1) 106

The right level is one that serves the needs of the city; enough for the passengers, not so many that they cause congestion; not so many that the drivers are impoverished. These problems happen in cities where there is no taxi regulation.

The random level that a free market finds doesn't serve anyone except possibly by chance.

Comment Re:These customers are stupid for buying impulsive (Score 2) 117

As both a developer and customer, I can assure you that apps are vetted. Despite this article claiming "scam" it doesn't appear to break any rules. It's just not worth the money. And Apple specifically don't set the prices.

I buy from the App Store if the App I want is available there because I'm guaranteed a refund if the app does not meet expectations. That is not true if you buy an app directly.

And because I can be pretty sure the app is not malware. The level of vetting, and the sandbox pretty much ensure that.

People aren't rubes because some asshole on Slashdot with no experience of the topic says they are.

Comment Re:These customers are stupid for buying impulsive (Score 1) 117

Vetting, yes. Curating, no. Well they curate a "featured" section, but needless to say this piece of shit isn't featured.

It's not malware. It explicitly says in the description that it's not produced by, endorsed by or affiliated with Microsoft. If someone wants to sell an app which consists of little more than a bundle of templates, they can. Nor does Apple set or approve prices.

However, there is a ratings and reviews section, and in the UK Store, this has 5 one-star ratings with reviews that advise not buying it. And if people miss that, Apple has a refunds policy. Explain that the app is not what you expected and you'll get a full refund.

Comment Re:Um... so what? (Score 2) 106

There's a reasonable argument that there's a right number of Taxis. Too few and people don't get a proper service. Too many and there's congestion. Too many empty taxis waiting round.

Free marketers would say that the market would find the right level. But that's religion, not reality. A free market finds A level, not necessarily the right level. A free market would normally end up with too many taxis, and poverty wages as they all compete for few jobs at low rates. You can see that happening in parts of the world where they are not regulated.

With regulation, you make sure there aren't too many taxis by limiting the badges. And you make sure there are not too few, by setting what the rates are.

Having said that I think the app based model offers a lot of advantages. But they should be accepted within the regulated system, not operate outside of it.

Comment Re:Apple Reality Distortion Field (tm) (Score 0) 259

Apple Reality Distortion Field? Funny, it used to be the Jobs Reality Distortion Field that was the theory used by people who don't know why Apple is so successful. It seems Jobs' death didn't kill the theory. You just changed the theory to cope with the fact that Apple hasn't failed after Jobs death as you thought it would.

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