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Comment Re:the laws may take 3-5 years to get rid of drive (Score 1) 110

Which is part of the problem. Away from Planet Uber, if your journey is undertaken for work purposes (which going to meet a customer clearly is) you are "at work", and should be covered by work-related insurance. That's why regular taxi drivers have to have commercial insurance; private car insurance doesn't cover operating as a driver-for-hire.

I've heard this argument before, but for me it doesn't wash specifically because the secret formula used to determine how much you will pay for auto insurance includes a location component and a mileage component. If you're putting on more miles, and they know you live in an urban area, they can just price your insurance payments to account for your use of the vehicle. The only time you really need more coverage than they ordinarily provide is when you are transporting a fare. They shouldn't be allowed to deny you coverage while you're en route to a destination, because traveling to destinations is an ordinary thing for drivers to do.

The fun part is that, despite the all the penny-pinching (and the hype), Uber is hemorrhaging money.

As far as I can tell they are scumbuckets, but I am still in favor of the legal changes they are attempting to work, because I am against the monopoly that the entrenched taxi industry possesses in those places where that is the case. Where I actually live, we don't have one big taxi company that runs everything. We have a number of individuals who run single-vehicle taxi services. Of course, if they become large and successful enough (and I don't mean by eating a lot of drive-through) they can add vehicles and drivers to their businesses, and eventually get enough money to lobby for protectionist laws that will cause the same problem here. And since here is in the sticks, the amount of money necessary for a bribe might be much less than it is in the city.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 127

Since I'm NOT worried about whether the Gods are going to punish me, not worried about whether I'll make a kill on the next hunt, or if the flint spear I have will be good enough for the job... I'd say our system's working out fairly well. There's always room for improvement, though.

If you know where your next paycheck is coming from, if your basic needs are met and you can sleep without economic anxiety at night, You are the eight percent.

Damned right there's room for improvement.

Comment Re:This is pretty obvious. (Score 1) 127

Who would bet on self-driving cars that work safely and reliably in the next 20 years right now? It's always easy to wheel out some dandy-looking prototype that works fairly well 99% of the time. But that remaining 1% is what hurts you.

The sad part is that we have had the technology for self-driving vehicles since the 1800s. It is called rail.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 127

Can we just hold progress back another 40 years or so?

Sure. Just fight MGI/UBI/COLA and mission accomplished.

In an efficient world, the most talented people would produce the best stuff, and we would use it. In this world, everyone produces a lot of shit and only a few people get to use the best stuff because it is buried under feces.

You don't have to worry about finding your place in the world if your place in the world isn't tied to your economic output. You can simply exist. There is more than enough to go around if we cut out the waste simply for the purpose of waste.

Comment Re:Tesla (not the car company) (Score 1) 88

quote>That's interesting, where did he come up with those kinds of thoughts? How did he learn to tap into the other dimension?

He was born that way. I don't know that it came from any other dimension or anything, but the schematic for the practical production of AC current came to him in a vision while walking on the beach.

Comment Let me just decode this for you (Score 1) 48

Tesla notes in its press release: "Our Model 3 program is on track to start limited vehicle production in July and to steadily ramp production to exceed 5,000 vehicles per week at some point in the fourth quarter and 10,000 vehicles per week at some point in 2018.

"Limited vehicle production in July" means that they will make a few vehicles by hand and put them in the hands of customers. This is precisely what they did with all prior models.

"At some point in the fourth quarter" means in December, if then, since Tesla has a perfect record of being late.

"some point in 2018" means Q4 2018, again, if then.

This of course assumes that history will repeat itself, but it's been reliable so far.

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 48

And, everything to this car is way more expensive than others. And body collision, even small will cost you $5K+ ~ $10K.

Well, no. You're just new. Honda made the first production car with body repair bills like that, the NSX. It was the first production vehicle with an all-aluminum unibody. I have an Audi A8, which is in exactly the same boat. It's from 1997. Get with the times, youngster.

Comment Re:First Ammendment (Score 1) 92

I understand that a stupid, young politician might make such an inane law but what really bothers me is that Jerry Brown (California Governor) actually signed the stupid law without any legal basis.

Jerry Brown is a piece of shit, and the starry-eyed idiots who supported him apparently forgot every way in which he proved it the first time he was in power. Arnie was actually a better gov because they wouldn't let him do anything big and bad, but they'll follow Moonbeam anywhere.

Comment Re:Cool? (Score 1) 92

I'm a pretty liberal dude - but this age-information-protection thing is the wrong role for any governance to be playing.

I'd go a step farther and say that the information-protection thing is the wrong role etc. I reject the notion that diplomacy can only be conducted by underhanded means. That might be true for tiny, powerless nations, but we are the world's big swinging dick, and that means we should be able to act scrupulously. With great power, great responsibility. Not just great opportunity to fuck everything.

It's just bad tactics too - objecting to information only spreads that information further (justly called the Streisand effect).

In short, any road which leads through suing your customers leads nowhere positive. Microsoft tried that, and look at where they are now: Waning.

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