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Comment Re:Oh hell no (Score 4, Funny) 188

[W]hereas Clojure is dynamically typed, as many Lisp-like languages have been, Lux is statically typed to reduce bugs and enhance performance

"Kill it, kill it! Burn it with fire! Stop it before it breaches quarantine!"

Shoot it with silver bullets, drive a wooden stake through its heart, burn the body, sprinkle the ashes with salt and holy water, seal the ashes into an iron urn covered with runes, weld it shut and bury it at a crossroads under the full moon. Then dust off and nuke the site from orbit. Even after that, I'm going to have a hard time falling asleep.

Comment We need a new "Community Chest", too (Score 5, Insightful) 123

The new cards would say stuff like:

You fraudulently bundle thousands of worthless loans together and sell them as Grade AAA investments to the unsuspecting. Millions of hoi polloi lose their homes and retirements, and the country's economy is almost destroyed. Collect 10 Billion Dollars and stay out of jail.

And:

You purchase a thriving, cash-rich company with borrowed money. Use the company's cash to institute a stock-buyback plan to increase the value of the stock options you've given yourself. Ship most of the company's jobs to overseas sweat-shops, further increasing the short-term value of your stock. Sell at the peak, rinse, repeat.

And:

You inherit 20 billion dollars. Use your pocket change to buy a few U.S. Senators and get them to change the inheritance laws.

And:

You run a large corporation. Strong-arm local and state politicians with threats to move your facilities to another state or out of the country. Get out of taxes free.

I could (and might) go on...

Comment Re:Peak Slashdot (Score 1) 49

Not sure what you're talking about, OP was snarking that his washing machine hasn't exploded (yet) - as if it would simply because it's made by Samsung. This wasn't Apple saying "you're not holding it right", Samsung fessed up that their state-of-the-art engineering was a little too overoptimistic.

Comment Re:They are looking at it all wrong (Score 4, Informative) 121

Where I come from, cabs, and livery (airport limo) vehicles, i.e.: the vehicles themselves, have to undergo a state safety inspection every six months or N miles, whichever comes first, same as school buses and other commercial vehicles. Because without that, people and companies would cheat and cut corners: they'd be driving passengers around with bald tires, worn-out brakes, broken suspensions, etc., and the unsuspecting passengers would be put at risk by the operator's greed and laziness.
Also, the drivers themselves need to have a Public Chauffer's License, meaning (minimalist) special training, clean background (no DUIs, etc.) and periodic drug/health* testing. Again, without that, people (potential drivers) would cheat. What's the acceptable/allowable Blood Alcohal Content??

Uber seeks to outflank all of that: the vehicle condition is the subcontractor's responsibility, the drivers fitness is the subcontractor's responsibility, all Uber does is makes a profit.

My question is: how long before some front-page uber**-tragic wrongful death lawsuit drives them out of business?

* Think: diabetes and epilepsy
** OK, pun intended, mea culpa

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