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Comment Re: Who's to say? (Score 1) 92

Well, if you want to be pedantic (of course you do), heat isn't radiation. Black body radiation is a consequence of heat. And in point of fact the ionizing spectral components of the Sun's radiation generates over seventy-thousand cases of cancer in the US annually, and over ten thousand deaths. If there were an artificial radiation source that was that harmful we'd be right to be very concerned about it, that's substantially more than 3x the number of people who perished in 9/11 every single year.

The real issue here isn't people using linguistic short hand like "radiation" that Internet trolls can play "gotcha" with; it's people not understanding the difference between radiation per se, ionizing radiation, and radioactive fallout. Maybe you don't need to be a Nobel Prize-winning physicist to run the DoE, but you should at least be able to explain the difference between these things. And you'd certainly want anyone working in government to know the difference between preventable and non-preventable deaths.

Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 2) 162

If self-driving vehicles can deal with the weather conditions there, they should be able to deal with them in the rest of the country, and most other countries as well. Sunny days in California don't expose the hazards posed by rain, snow, slush, and black ice.

Do you have any idea how many lines of latitude California crosses, or what range of elevations we have in this state? We have all of that stuff. I've literally dealt with all of it within fifteen minutes of Santa Cruz. You know nothing about California. Do you know anything about cars?

Comment Re:Irony is delicious (Score 1) 187

Cutting off someone's emergency comm makes Verizon liable.
Grow up, this is how the adult world works/quote>

The obvious thing to do to get the non-adults refusing to bring their phones in for replacement with something else to actually act like adults is to refuse to let their phone do anything but call Verizon service or 911.

Comment Re:Liability? (Score 1) 187

Samsung is legally liable by contracts with Verizon, that's SOP for any carrier reselling phones.

If I were Samsung, I'd certainly want to write into my contract that I become not-liable if I issue a general recall and they ignore it. It's not like Samsung has only recalled Verizon's phones.

Comment Re:What Verizon Meant to say: (Score 1) 187

While I agree that these people are idiots for hanging onto their defective phones despite all of the warnings, suggesting they deserve to die is a step too far.

They're putting the lives of others at risk. House fires commonly spread to other dwellings and take lives, to say nothing of the potential for property damage. This is not exactly fire season, but the phones only become more likely to start a fire as they age, with thermal cycling.

Comment Re:Eat Cake! [Re:The joy of contracting: don't do (Score 1) 336

Are you by chance related to Marie Antoinette?

Uber wouldn't even exist if the system weren't rigged in favor of the extremely wealthy, which is what results in there not being jobs for the plebes. Don't blame Uber for hiring people for whatever they legally can get work out of them for. Blame the system that permits them to hire people for less, because if it's not Uber, it will simply be someone else.

Sure, you can think Uber is sleazy for it, but it's a waste of time crying about how they're utilizing the letter of the law.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 336

So any source of income must guarantee a living wage?

Yes. Anything less is some percentage slavery, as defined as the percentage by which it falls short of providing a living wage. This problem can be solved by eliminating tax loopholes and cutting the defense budget, then using the money to implement minimum guaranteed income. We will also have to shitcan the ACA and implement a national single-payer health care scheme from which the wealthy can not simply opt out by having a superior plan. (They're free to buy more health care, but not to not pay their share of national health.) Under such a system, employers would never have to pay for employees' health care, nor would they have to pay a minimum wage. They would be free to pay any amount someone was willing to receive to do the job, or even charge someone to do the work for personal fulfillment or educational purposes.

If you have an alternate proposal which does not amount to slavery, I'm interested.

Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 2) 336

Would you eat at an unregulated restaurant if it meant you had a chance of getting food poisoning every time you ate there? 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 over time (both customers and non-customers).

Those reasons are all bullshit. Half of the taxis I have been in were falling apart, usually in ways that actually made them unsafe. I know two women who have been raped by taxi drivers. Taxis already refuse to pick up fares in bad neighborhoods, or just never bother to show up. (And if you tell dispatch where you're going, and it's a bad neighborhood, they will also frequently just never show up.) Taxis are shit and the excuses for taxi licensing are shit. If you want Uber to be as safe as a taxi, you're going to have to make it substantially less safe than it is today.

Comment Re:Wow, just... I mean, wow. (Score 1) 336

Should a woman who gets beaten by her husband stick around because it's a "good economic move"? If you're answer is yes, then I suppose in that light, yeah, keep driving for Uber without complaint. Just ask your sugar daddy to buy you some nice sunglasses to cover up the bruises.

Your argument does not apply to Uber. It applies to the overall capitalist system without a safety net. If we had for example guaranteed minimum income then people could work for Uber for any amount of money greater than the fuel and maintenance cost on their vehicle and still make money. Further, only the people who really wanted to drive for Uber would do that, so you'd only have highly motivated people who really wanted to drive you around.

By all means, keep railing against Uber, and miss the point completely.

Comment Currency is a type of commodity (Score 2) 70

I like the idea of Bitcoin. It's fantastic.

Not if you actually understand finance and risk it isn't. Bitcoin is an interesting experiment in some ways but as a practical matter for real world use it's rather clumsy, risky and impractical. It's flawed in so many ways I barely know where to begin. The only thing about it that I really think might eventually prove valuable is the block chain technology which has applications far beyond bitcoin.

But in reality it's still trading more like a commodity than a currency.

Currencies ARE commodities. The term commodity is specifically used for an economic good or service when the demand for it has no qualitative differentiation across a market. A dollar is a dollar no matter where you trade it. Don't feel bad, a lot of people fail to understand this. Currencies in forex markets are traded very much like other commodities. They're just an abstract/intangible sort of commodity rather than bars of gold or barrels of oil. There is some nuance to the market just like every other commodity but they really are commodities all the same.

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