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Comment Re:Nice to see we'll be in better hands (Score 1) 313

The media will run an uninterrupted series of negative opinion pieces disguised as news for the next 4 years.

Opinions that all turn out to be true, as even the most hardened republicans realised Bush was a useless fool? Or wait you weren't talking about the BW presidency...

Comment Re:Another possibility (Score 1) 297

Supposedly there is a 7% difference between the machine tally and the paper tally. They ascribe this to voting machines being hacked. I suggest it might as well be thought that the machines are correct and that the traditional ways of "hacking" paper ballot totals are responsible for the difference.

One requires one bad person working alone, and the other requires thousands of bad people working coordinated without being detected though their emails were hacked and publicised... Yeah...

Comment Re:The real question is about rights (Score 1) 106

Do individuals have the right to pick up people and offer them a ride for a fee

Do you have the right to perform tax-evading work and willfully break government safety regulations? Sure I repair your electric outlets for a "shared repair-work" fee, and I don't need to stick to housing or education regulation because I am selling my service through an App!

Comment Re:If this is the case, beward companies. (Score 1) 106

Anyhow, if the EU wants more e-commerce, why not start with something straightforward like selling of merchandise? Or even working on copyright and IP laws which would allow the sale of music, tv shows and movies throughout the EU without being country specific? That would seem to be the low-hanging fruit blocking EU-wide e-commerce.

Nothing is blocking of that, except companies don't want to do it. If the EU wants to fix this (and they do), then need to make restrictive laws making a lot of standard practices and long term country-specific distribution contracts illegal.

Anyway. Note the EU isn't targetting Uber, Uber is already illegal under existing rules, and just being sued for breaking the law. No laws were changed, unlike in the US where they intervened and legalized Uber's organized crime.

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

No,. empty taxis makes no profit. This one of the business that can self balance, too many drivers drives drivers out of business, naturally..

Comment Re:government regulations (Score 2) 333

For this exact case, regulation isn't necessary. You just need to make it illegal to describe a product as being a certain thing, and then it turns out it isn't that thing.

That IS illegal. But what does it help that it is illegal if no one enforces it.. But that would be regulators and big government?

Well, what do you want?

Comment Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 126

Is the human eye even capable of perceiving the difference between 1080p and 4k on a desktop/laptop monitor?

Yes easily, though most of the extra resolution 3K->4K is beyond what you can see unless you have a literal home cinema with projector and a hundred square yard canvas.

The full difference is only seen on sharp details like text (like on a computer monitor), and less so on moving pictures with natural gradients, such as movies. So yeah, the difference in resolution itself is not that visible. The HDR though is a much bigger upgrade.

Comment Re:How, indeed.. (Score 1) 540

You don't do it "on the highway"; you do it on some moral equivalent of a rest stop, parking lot, whatever that is conveniently situated... Convenient for the AI to get to, that is.

So like a train station? The thing is that trucks outperform trains when not going between major hubs but going A-B between millions of small As and small Bs.

Comment Re:Is this Soviet Russia? (Score 1) 171

Exactly. New Hampshire has no sales tax, and "scalping" is totally legal there. Some people evidently think it's wrong not to tax people or screw them out of the value of their property.

That is really stupid. Sales tax is one of most effective and least regressive taxes. Also it wouldn't apply to items bought for resale anyway, it only applies on the final sale.

Comment Re:Prediction (Score 1) 534

I've also wondered about Snowden's safety in Russia. That Putin and Trump are friendly to each other is no great secret. That Trump dislikes Snowden is no big secret. Trump is very much of the mind- if we can do it and it benefits the country- DO IT. I'm sure he doesn't sympathise with Snowden's opinion that "we shouldn't be doing it".

I wouldn't be surprised if Snowden is sent to the US by Putin OR if "Chechen rebels" kill Snowden shortly after Trump taking power in the US. Chechen rebels kill most of the people Putin wants dead.

Actually Chechen rebels have officially been crushed, it might be liberals or Ukrainian sympathisers, though journalists now also just die of natural causes such as poison in their food, or mysterous bullet wounds to the head right outside Putins office.

Comment Re:Is this Soviet Russia? (Score 1) 171

Since when was it OK to break the spirit of the law? Is this some post-Trump perspective where tax avoidance is a virtue?

I can see the problem with Google acting as a vigilante, but taking the side of those that attempt to circumvent US law seems almost anarchistic. Surely "because it's not *technically* illegal" is a childish defense.

What US law? No laws were broken. Everything was legal, it is just that Google didn't like it and considered it a breach of their terms of service.

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