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Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 64

I use Lyft for two reasons: 1. They treat their drivers better, not necessarily with more money, but at least with more respect.

That's interesting.

What /How does Lyft treat their drivers 'better'? What do you mean by 'more respect'? I'm seriously curious.

I always ask the uber drivers I have here in town that I ride with, and ALL of them seem to like driving for Uber and none have told me a bad experience with the company. So, curious what you've heard is bad from Uber towards their employees.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 64

I've not tried Lyft yet, I'm assuming they're on par with Uber price wise?

But to me, Uber is priced just right....don't get me wrong, I love a good deal, but if the fares were any lower, I'd start to feel obliged to tip the driver every time...whereas the beauty of Uber is, I'm not expected to tip.

I have tipped before, especially if I was riding hammered...but also if the person was really cool, or maybe knew some good ways around traffic (and in New Orleans those special skills of drive-fu during Mardi Gras are VERY valuable)....I would gladly tip extra.

Comment Re:Numbers Are Easy (Score 1) 216

I dont trust the car manufacturers with any data at all, not just mileage claims and pollution ratings.

I was bitterly disappointed to find Ford Galaxies no longer look like aircraft carriers and have 7 litre engines, despite being "500" to compete with the Fiat 500, and the Fiat 500 is now 1300cc, and not 500cc.

The manufacturers are a dishonest as the salesmen.

For those who don't know, a Ford Galaxy is supposed to look like this:

Comment Does anyone really use these numbers? (Score 1, Interesting) 53

Does anyone out there really use these mileage numbers in the decision making part of buying a car? Really?

I mean, sure, they are there...everyone gives them a cursory glance, but do the numbers really play any meaningful role in most peoples' decision on which brand or model car to buy?

i buy cars that make me happy and will be fun to drive. All I'm looking for is what is the best can I can afford to enjoy driving for the money I can spend....gas mileage, I don't really even look at...

Comment Re:True by definition (Score 1) 132

But do you think the faceless bastards at Facebook/Google/LG/AT&T/whoever infected my phone with this crap will LET me uninstall it? Hell, no! That would be too sensible and respectful of the owner's choices!

Funny...I've never had a Facebook application on any of my iPhones I've ever owned....??

I've never had a Facebook account either....

Comment True by definition (Score 1) 132

When you define "productivity" to exclude any benefit from doing anything on your phone, then less time spent on your phone leads to more time available for "productivity".

The question is, why should anyone care? "Productivity" isn't the only thing that matters.

If you want to be more productive, keep your phone but delete the Facebook app.

Comment Re:Wow... that's pretty harsh. (Score 1) 463

I'm sometimes think that most of the vitriol on reddit is coming from non-native english speakers or austistic spectrum types who don't get nuance of language, playing the PC version.

They're mostly just assholes. A few people get stuff like this started, a mob of assholes get in on it and they hate-swarm someone. It's the online equivalent of a lynch mob.

Poor social skills and poor language understanding don't make people behave like assholes. They behave that way because they're assholes and because people keep tolerating and enabling them.

Comment Re:Moronic Subject for an Article (Score 1) 221

Java is the new COBOL

So your CFO and auditor can read it?

I don't think you understand the point of COBOL, which is "while it is very long-winded and a struggle to write, it is possible for lay people to read, and (at least the evidence suggests) maintain 50 year old code after the original author has died".

If you write COBOL, you probably spend two days reading the background info and requirements docs for every ten minutes you spend writing code anyway.

Good luck getting an accountant to understand 50 year old Java.

That's true, in theory. I've also seen COBOL code that's nearly as unreadable as the worst Perl crap I've seen, and I'm pretty sure the reason the original author died is suicide after the boss wanted him to make changes to the damn thing.

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 5, Informative) 635

Texas and ISIS are the only places in the world where you can just shoot down anybody who enters "your" property.

Depends how good you are at disposing of the body after.

In New Orleans, if you shoot an intruder in your home and he somehow makes it out the door....the cops will generally help drag the body back across the threshold for you, so that the court case doesn't get "messy" for the home owner.

Very nice of them!!


Comment Re: Next Phase (Score 2) 635

What? The penalty for burgling is death? And without due process? What king of fucked up view of "a polite society" do you have, anyway?

There is never a legitimate reason for someone to be breaking into your home. You should always assume they mean you harm (physcal damage, property damage/theft).

You are 101% justified in blowing away someone that breaks into your home illegally, ESPECIALLY if you and loved ones are in the home at the same time.

You should defend yourself, and this isn't the "Lone Ranger" tv show....when you pull a gun, you shoot to kill and eliminate the danger.

I have no problem with that....

Comment Re:All joking aside (Score 1) 279

I believe we started sending signals at or near 11GHz in about 1940, so the wait may be less than you think, although I wont be around personally to hear the reply, some of you may be.

My bet is its the collective leakage from all their microwave ovens when they all warmed their dinners in the break in the superbowl.

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