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Comment Silly Putty was miraculous (Score 3) 13

I can still recall the day I learned that you could copy a frame from the Sunday comics by pressing silly putty onto it. I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Any time they want to mix it with graphene and inject it into my blood stream, I'm ready. I haven't seen a piece of Silly Putty in decades, but I can still recall its smell vividly. I loved that stuff. I think my childhood dog Smokey ate an entire Silly Putty once and crapped it out unchanged. I think it still had the image of Smokey Stover on it.

Comment Re:Or it might go up (Score 1) 454

Your citation shows higher poverty 2009-2015 than 2001-2008. More people have been impoverished under Obama than before.

Tell you what, Chris: People can look at the graph for themselves and see that poverty has been steadily declining since the end of the recession. And right now, poverty is lower than it was the year Obama took office.

The poverty rate today is also almost exactly where it was when Ronald Reagan left office.

Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 2) 157

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) 173

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) 173

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) 173

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) 246

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) 246

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) 246

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) 246

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 Who's to say? (Score 4, Insightful) 33

"How do we know this radiation isn't actually good for you? I mean, the Sun's heat is radiation, right?"

- Trump's new director of the Department of Energy.

[Note: If you think I'm somehow exaggerating, you might find tonight's story about Trump's new Department of Energy "enemies list" an interesting read:}

https://www.washingtonpost.com...

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