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Comment Yes He Can (Score 5, Informative) 534

Legal experts agree that the President can pardon someone even if there has been no charge; they need only specify in broad terms.
For example:

Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.

The reasons that Obama won't pardon Snowden are two: First, he doesn't want to. Second, it would beg the question of pardoning Hillary Clinton.

Comment Re:yawn (Score 1) 428

Actually the government can (and does) criminalize price gouging on certain items (like gas in case of an emergency or catastrophes.)

The result is simple: Without the extra incentive to get on the road and drive from Brooklyn or Long Island out to Manhattan and into a traffic nightmare with panicked people and possibly even bombs going off around you,...you won't get anyone coming to give you a ride. The Government cannot compel people to go to work. It can only arrange for you not to have any Ubers available, since the drivers are in their socks watching the Mets instead.

Comment Re:yawn (Score 1) 428

Except uber DOESN'T work with the free market. It ignores all of the laws and regulations for consumer protection and safety that other businesses have to follow, like adequate insurance.

Uber drivers do have insurance: they get it automatically from Uber.

(If the driver feels that Uber's insurance policy isn't adequate, because for example there is a high deductible for body damage, then the driver can purchase hybrid commercial-personal policies from the major insurance companies. Then that doesn't really have anything to do with public safety: the passengers were already fully covered by Uber.)

And of course the vehicles are subject to stringent safety inspections and standards (more than taxis are).

And Uber drivers are required to drive to any destination in the area (by law and by the company) do dont try to say that they are discriminating. Uber drivers don't even know what your destination will be, until you get all the way in the car.

And Uber drivers undergo a more stringent background check than taxi drivers in NYC.

I'm no fan of Uber, actually, but I don't see any "consumer protection and safety" issues. When you get into a cab, does the taxi company know exactly who you are, and where you are in real-time on the trip, and separately where the car is, and where you were dropped off? Uber is shitloads safer than a taxi.

Comment Re: yawn (Score 1) 428

If taxis are so much better than Uber in NYC, then how to Uber drivers make enough money to stay on the road?

It's always easy to make money if you ignore the law. There are costs involved in maintaining a civilised society.

What law is being ignored by Uber drivers?

Oh, only the "law" that says that only yellow cabs may operate.

Comment Re:Genuine question - Why Modal Text Editors? (Score 1) 131

You're asking two different question:

1) Why modal text editor (editor with modes)
Answer: Because writing text and editing text are two very different operations. Cutting, copying, pasting, replacing, overwriting, searching, etc are done often enough that constantly holding down a modifier key becomes questionable for some. IANAVU.

You seem to be suggesting that Emacs requires typing more commands (using modifier keys like Ctrl) than a modal editor like vi, but that is simply not true. In Emacs you are always in text-insert mode, and you never exit it; there is no mode. To do something other than text insertion in Emacs requires typing a command (which does not involve entering any "mode" first), which is a modified key (e.g. Ctrl-S for search, or Alt-F for forward word, or Alt-D for delete-word-backwards). Or you can use the mouse, if you just want to point at where to put the cursor.

Contrast with vi, where you have to constantly enter and exit command mode (and only then get to type your letter commands, albeit without the Ctrl key) in order to do anything besides insert text.

Comment Re:This thought just occured to me (Score 1) 104

What taxi company is a monopoly? I have never been to a city in America with only on taxi company in my life, and I seriously doubt you could come up with one.

The Washington D.C. area has had monopoly arrangements with taxi companies since at least the 1960s. For example, only one company was ever allowed to service Dulles airport. However, now Uber can service there too (and that monopoly is thereby somewhat broken). I hate Uber, by the way -- just stating some facts here.

Comment Google already does this (Score 1) 149

Google owns Waze, which does these sponsored pop-up ads. I tried using Waze as an in-vehicle navigator, but it constantly pops-up nearly-full-screen ads for every imaginable thing along the route. They totally obscure the map and are very difficult to dismiss (must pick up the phone and carefully click just-so to get rid of the ad; basically impossible to do safely while driving). This is why I don't use Waze, and have stuck with Google Maps.

1. Looks like it's time to buy (a) Garmin device that might not be as smart, but doesn't spam me. (b) NTS - buy GRMN
2. No longer need anything like my Note 5 (primary app was Google Maps and GasBuddy), maybe a tiny iPhone is better?

Since my flirtation with Waze, I have been wondering, "When will Google push this horrible lossage into Maps?"
Wait no more, the future is here.
And it is crap-tastic!

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