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Comment Re:Uber caught lying? (Score 1) 63

That Uber should now be found guilty of duping people into believing they could make X dollars a year by driving for them (isn't that the way a cab driver works, they drive for a company?), or that Uber was deliberately fudging numbers on the costs involved to lease a vehicle from them...

These were huge mistakes by Uber IMO. By saying "You could make up to X or more annually!", they're abandoning their "get your side hustle on" mantra and acting more like an employer encouraging driving careers. If the drivers are indeed employees, Uber is in violation of all kinds of stuff.

Comment Re:Perhaps globalism might be in fear for once. (Score 5, Insightful) 1194

Even if one opposes him, one should be hoping for success.

Absolutely. Personally, he frightens me - I feel like he's too impulsive to wield that much power. But if he does poorly, we all lose. I wish him nothing but success (assuming that his definition of success is close enough to my own.)

Comment Re:So which version Twitter app does it run? (Score 1) 186

This is actually a great idea. A Twitter proxy for the POTUS. He might notice a 30 minute delay before his tweets get posted, but it would allow staffers a chance for a, "Mr President, are you sure about this?" moment.

It might even be enough for him to catch himself - "Do I really want to admit to SNL that I'm still watching?" or some such.

Comment Re:Blame China! (Score 1) 79

There's not even a chance that they have your best interest at heart.

If they didn't have our best interest at heart, why would they give us this application for free? Surely you don't mean to imply that even free apps are financially motivated!

TANSTAAFL. Some people miss this. If somebody's giving something away for free, find their angle.

Comment Re:who cares (Score 1) 55

just stop giving other people your private data

Trading. Trading away their private data. People may be trading their information away for a pittance - And they may feel like they're getting services for "free", but they do feel they're getting something out of it. I use FB at home, I use Google whenever I need to search, and I use Win10 at work. I know I'm being "tracked" by all of them. I limit (to the extent that's practical) the amount of information that I share beyond what's actually necessary for the service, but there's enough that I feel I'm getting back from those products to share enough information to make them usable.

Comment Re:Tweet less (Score 2) 186

I don't know what the security implications are of having Twitter installed on the phone, but I'd be shocked if DJT didn't demand it. I'm sure a lot of his supporters and staff would like to have Twitter taken away so he'll stop making "He said WHAT!?!" headlines, but I'd be surprised if the inauguration was the last we heard of @realDonaldTrump. I do hope that he maintains a strict line between his personal opinions and tweets as @POTUS - I'd be upset if those weren't vetted in some fashion before being shared with the world. The thought of a @POTUS tweet complaining about SNL disturbs me.

Comment Re:Trump's twitter (Score 0) 55

Trump seems to see his number of followers as a measure of support.

What Trump "seems to see" and what "is" seem to differ quite often. I've heard him brag about how many followers he has, but I think he's being selectively blind. He obviously reads at least some of the responses to his Tweets - He's re-Tweeted a few of his favorites. From what I've seen in the responses, there's a pretty healthy mix between fervent supporters and vicious critics. Mostly it's petty sniping back and forth (like here sometimes!), but it's inescapably obvious that many of his followers are not supporters.

Even he must see this - Even a 20 second glance makes it evident.

Comment Re:Trump's twitter (Score 2, Interesting) 55

(By the way, use @DJTCopier instead- follow Trump without following Trump)

What's wrong with following Trump? I installed Twitter and have exactly one person I'm following - I've never tweeted or had a desire to. It's a means of seeing what our president (in hours!) is announcing to the world and I don't mind if it's visible that I'm watching. I don't see why any American wouldn't be following him - More policy announcements come out over Twitter than over news conferences with this leader.

I follow him as a concerned citizen. Whether I'm a supporter or not is none of his business.

Comment Re:Why not name him? (Score 1) 122

If you assume an ex-prisoner will commit crimes again, your prison system isn't working.

At least in the U.S., it's a good bet that a criminal will re-commit. This may be a sign that the prison system isn't working, but it doesn't change the fact that we have a recidivism rate of over 50% in the first year after release alone.

That said, if we don't give "rehabilitated" convicts the benefit of the doubt after "paying their debt," we're pretty much guaranteeing that they'll have to return to crime. Convicts do need the ability to escape their criminal past.

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