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Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 2) 23

The concept you're looking for is "Insurance"

Yes - that thing the human drivers of Uber don't have when they are working as Uber taxi drivers. It will be a step forward if Uber spends money on insurance for these things instead of cutting corners and imposing their costs on others.

Comment Re:Wealth inequality is a symptom, not the disease (Score 1) 271

Fascinating how you completely miss the problem. The problem is that in the US the fantastically rich get admired. There is no sane reason to do so. You can only get fantastically rich by inheriting (not your accomplishment) or reducing a lot of people from middle-class to poor.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 2) 271

The health care system in Germany is not owned by the government. There are hospitals that are owned by the respective town, district or state, but it's no requirement. No one forbids you in Germany to open your own hospital, employ your own physicians and make your own contracts with the health insurers. All practitioners are privately owned businesses, and most of them have contracts with all health insurers. The health insurers themselves are not necessarily governmentally owned either. There are health insurers which in fact are governmentally owned (the Ortskrankenkassen, municipal health insurers). But there are also cooperative health insurers, health insurers owned by private companies for their own employees (called Betriebskrankenkassen, corporate health insurers), and private health insurance companies.

The main difference is that there is a group of health insurers called Gesetzliche Krankenkassen (health insurers according to law), which are heavily regulated and whose service offerings are governmentally controlled. If you earn less than a specified amount of money as an employee, you are required to get coverage from such an institution. Which institution is up to you, it just has to offer you the contract according to law. There are about 100 different health insurers in Germany, which offer coverage according to law, and most of them operate through the whole of Germany. You are free to buy additional insurance if you want more or better services. If you are on social security, you are automatically insured by a Gesetzliche Krankenkasse. If you are self employed, operate your own business or earn more than the limit, you are completely free in your choice of health insurance.

Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 1) 271

Absolute equality is probably just as bad as extreme concentration. I don't think anybody is seriously proposing that we target perfect equality, except Marxist ideologues.

The problem with absolute equality is the enforcement mechanism and the way it tends to crush the spirit of anybody who desires to achieve.

The problem with wealth concentration in the upper tiers is that it leads to *power* concentration in the upper tiers--government by the wealthy, ie, oligarchy.

I think it's often the case that the optimal position is somewhere in the middle. When wealth is concentrated in the upper tiers, a move towards absolute equality seems appealing, but only in the way that moving towards a fire seems appealing when it's freezing.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 169

And there we have the core problem: Clueless language designers with big egos. A segfault is like scramming a reactor. It is an absolute least resort, it may do significant damage, it is always a sign of something having gone terribly wrong and it should never, ever happen in normal operation.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 169

Very much this. PHP is a language for idiots that have no clue they are idiots. It is designed by the same class of people, as it ignores most, if not all, principles of good language design.

Without a large group of people that consider themselves "coders", but are anything but (unless you include the lowest level of amateur-activity) a language like PHP would never have stood any chance. It is just too much of an insult to anybody with real skills in the area.

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