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Comment Re:Wow, just... I mean, wow. (Score 1) 311

Except it's just a job. It your employer is mean to you, you go find another job. Sure, that might take a few weeks or even a few months, but there's no other reasonable choice.

That's only if it's a genuine problem. If it's a dramatic story used to manipulate people, then you should make it more interesting. How about if Uber is secretly run by vampires?

Comment Re:Public information? (Score 1) 90

a cop can stand there and listen to what you say, even record it if they want. It's a public place.

The difference is that it used to take some effort to track what one person was saying in those public places. With technology making it nearly free, we're all facing every public moment of our entire lives being stored forever in some law enforcement database.

I'm fine with the local police getting copies of business' surveillance tapes, interviewing people, and checking telco logs to piece together my actions, AFTER there has been some credible accusation that I've committed a felony. But doing it all day, every day, in minute detail, storing it forever, etc., is massively crossing a line into police-state territory.

Your argument is akin to peeping toms protesting their innocence because you don't have an expectation of privacy when absolutely anybody could have been standing on a ladder, with a high-powered scope, taking pictures through the crack between the curtains, so it's all your fault, not theirs.

Comment Re:'"We are looking into the matter" (Score 0) 127

I had to read this carefully before I realized that the US state of Georgia was complaining, rather than the country of Georgia.

The word "state" appears EIGHT times in the title and summary. You can read it quite carelessly, and it's still difficult to miss the context.

There's plenty of problems to complain about, here... This is not one of them.

Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 1) 311

No one sat down and said they wantd to make taxis more expensive 'just because'. There are reasons for that extra cost that protect the public

There's certainly some of that, but all too much of it is rent-seeking, lack of modern technology, and hanging onto depreciated business models.

The insane price of NYC taxi medallions for example. Technology allowing drivers to rate passengers, therefore allowing expensive trouble passengers to be left without a lift. Technology allowing passengers to get prices and comparison shop rather than being locked-in to the rates of whichever taxi pulls up, and depending on the route they take. Better utilization by telling drivers where passengers are. Technology that forces passengers to pay without cab drivers needing to tackle cheats. etc.

I have no love for Uber / Lyft abusing their employees, skirting innumerable laws, and throwing money around to try and get themselves exemptions, but it's easy to make the case that the traditional taxi system was incredibly inefficient and rather corrupt, for no good reason.

Comment Re:Um, so? (Score 1) 262

Because some people want to spend money other people earned. Apple earned a lot. So time to imply Apple "unfairly" keeps their own money. You should support ending this "unfairness" by taking away Apple's money -- so the anointed people can spend it on themselves without the inconvenience of working and earning it.

Comment Re:Banish cars from the city center (Score 1) 237

Allow service vehicles, public transportation, cabs and bicycles, and everyone will be happy.

Okay, sure. Just as soon as I figure out how to get my SUV registered as a "service vehicle"...

Don't even try to tell me it won't happen... There's widespread fraud just in handicapped placards, because parking a few feet away is too much hassle for some people. You think the ultra-wealthy will resign themselves to riding the bus with the peasants? Not a chance, they'll find any means to maintain their status, privilege and convenience.

Comment Re:Fake news? (Score 1) 410

No one is shouting anything. I just don't care to debate someone trying to redefine already poorly-defined, loose categorizations. I'm just happy now that absolutely anything can be described as "strongly right wing".

Perhaps we can all stop taking that nonsense seriously and talk about ideas rather than which box those ideas belong in -- they're all "strongly right wing" and "left wing" and probably also "moderate".

Comment Re:Fake news? (Score 0, Flamebait) 410

Thanks. This is proof that any time anyone says something is left wing, someone will post that it's "strongly right wing". I wasn't sure it would happen with this China post, but you came through. I can now confidently look forward to someday hearing how Che Guevara is strongly right wing.

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