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Comment Re:They should really just UBI it for taxis. (Score 1) 440

Having too many taxis does, however, hurt the income of the taxi drivers, or at least of the companies that own all the medallions.

This should be a self-correcting problem.

What I don't fully understand is why taxi drivers themselves aren't Ubering in between regular fares.

My guess is that they can't. They have a certain rate that they have to charge which is required by law. That's the whole problem. Uber is based on supply/demand. If the fares get too cheap then drivers drop out. If it gets too expensive then passengers drop out. If they need more drivers, uber can pay the drivers more. If there are too many passengers wanting rides, uber can do surge pricing until passengers start removing themself from the pool.
Many taxis have none of these flexibilities and charge a fixed price 24/7. If taxis were allowed to set their own price, they might decide that a 2am cab ride should cost more than a 10am cab ride, or a million other factors. The current laws came about because taxis were making up the price on the fly and cheating customers. There are plenty of ways to make taxis fair without making them charge a fixed price.

Comment Re:They should really just UBI it for taxis. (Score 1) 440

They should really just UBI it for taxis.

Everyone with a hack medallion gets as much money as they would have gotten, had they actually done their job, and then whatever that costs, tax the ride sharing companies that. Then the taxi drivers won't have to work at all, instead of working only profitable areas, despite being called for an unprofitable pickup, which they just ignore anyway.

Then hack medallions can be like dividend paying stock investments, instead of licenses to work in a government granted monopoly market with enforced artificial scarcity.

If the government really wanted to help the taxi drivers, it should offer to buy the medallions back at the price they sold for 5 years ago and then throw them all in the trash. The whole medallion "lottery monopoly" is as stupid as it gets. In certain places this makes sense. For instance having a "lottery monopoly" for crab fishing where too many fishing boats can hurt the crab population makes a certain amount of sense but it's hard to make the same argument that too many taxis hurts the population of taxi riders.

Comment Re:And if you believe that... (Score 5, Insightful) 440

Instead, the tolls are one way: you pay them, if you are a nasty, low income person coming from Emeryville into San Francisco, but not if you are a wonderful, high income person going from San Francisco to Emeryville.

The tolls are one-way because they know that 99.99% of people travel back to where they came from so instead of making people stop twice to pay the toll, it's more convenient for *everyone* to just collect it once.

Comment Re:Too late. (Score 1) 189

Want to make fake meat a success? Make it better than real meat. And stop calling it "meat", when it isn't. It needs to be it's own thing, not an imitation of something else.

I agree completely with this but imitating the real thing first is a useful step. Once you know the "formula" for beef and how it differs from pork, it should give you the ability to tweak it to make it better than beef.
We've done this quite a bit where we imitated nature until we surpassed it. They even did that in the movie Nemo. First, they recreated a scene as realistically as possible then they backed up and made it less realistic but more fantastical.

Comment Re:Just stop raising cows (Score 2) 189

When humans stop eating meat and switch to whole-food plant based diets, the rates of all leading causes of death (obesity, cancer, heart disease, and pretty diseases of inflammation) drop

Many of those articles like "Prevalence of obesity is low in people who do not eat meat. " is like saying "people who don't watch tv are less violent". There is a huge selection bias going on. Most people who don't eat meat or eat "whole food based diets" or almost any fad diet, yeah, they might cut out fat, or bread, or some other random bad guy but they also almost all cut out processed sugar. It's the sugar not the meat and fat that is killing us.

Comment Re: Ignorant fools (Score 1) 189

More people should eat goat or lamb or chicken or rabbit. All of which ate many times more efficient at meat production than any amount of beef.

I've been eating a lot more pork and chicken lately partly because it is cheaper than beef. I would have no problem buying lamb, goat, or rabbit if I saw it in the store. I occasionally do see lamb but it's always considerably more expensive than even beef. If it's really more efficient, you would think you would see it more often and at a lower price point. I really like the taste of lamb and would gladly buy it if available. I've never had goat or chicken because I've never seen it. I've seen goat milk but it's always more expensive that cow milk and doesn't taste as good. There are plenty of consumers that would eat alternative meats especially if they were priced cheaper that beef and if they are truly more efficient then they should be able to be priced cheater than beef.

Comment Re:Ignorant fools (Score 2) 189

On the other hand . . . good old Jacob Bronowski taught us the eating meat was a very important step in the Ascent of Man. Meat is a more concentrated form of protein, and freed up time to work on other stuff, besides food collection in the stone ages.

Meat is great for the hunter/gatherer who has the scrounge for food because you can eat the bird that found and ate the berries without having to find the berries yourself. Per calorie, hunting meat gives you more calories per calorie expended than hunting berries. So yes, it gave us slightly more time but the real time saving was agriculture. Raising crops gave us ton more calories per time expended. Raising almost any type of edible crop is far more efficient that raising or hunting for meat. If you look at modern humans, most modern humans ate primarily grains and supplemented here and there with meat and they have been doing this 20k+ years. You would have to go back further than written history to get to primarily meat eating ancestors. There are obviously exceptions but these exceptions are not in the areas that grew into modern society. Modern society grew out of a stable, stay in one place agricultural society. It was the agricultural society that gave us the extra manpower to advance.

Comment Re: Do they really ignore them? (Score 1) 124

So, you "don't care if it's encrypted", why do you care about the warning?

I don't care about the warning. Most warnings are just an annoyance. There are plenty of sites that use encryption that really don't need to. If I'm connecting to a random untrusted site on the internet then what difference does it make that my connection to them is secure or even being intercepted by a second random untrusted site?

Comment Re:More proof (Score 4, Insightful) 414

More proof of systemic racism: even though the white recruiters were given an incentive to hire for diversity, their innate racist tendencies overrode that incentive and they continued to hire cisgender white males.
  - AmiMojo

Nice try but if you look at the actual numbers, facebook, google, etc.. are hiring a *higher* percentage of minorities than are graduating from college. You can't hire what doesn't exists. You either need to start much earlier in the process (high school, grade school) or you need to admit that people are different and their interests and abilities push them to different paths. You rarely hear anything about the lack of male nurses, male teachers, male social workers, etc... The one traditionally male profession that does attract a large percentage of females (doctors) has flipped to being more female. The truth is that most women don't want to code and the ones that do have no problem getting a job.

Comment Re:That's an easy one. (Score 2) 124

There are just way too many of them and they are simply too hard for a normal user to evaluate whether the risk is truly severe or just another attempt of somebody to fleece them.

This. Most users just click thru popups. The almost always just click "OK". If you want them to actually read the message then maybe "OK" should default to turning off the computer. Even adults do this but for kids it's even worse. Adults will typically pause if there is a dollar sign somewhere. Kids will happily click along and click buy on inapp purchases, etc... if it means they can get back to their game.

Comment Re: Do they really ignore them? (Score 1) 124

Oh, so you're manually inspecting the self signed certificate every time you visit your website? If not, then how do you know nobody is intercepting your communication, making your self signed certificate as useless as having no encryption at all.

99% of times when I get a signed certificate error, it's to a site where I don't care if it's encrypted. In the 1% of remaining cases, I do look at it and it's usually something like a slightly different domain owned by the same company, a company that forgot to renew their certificate, or some other mundane issue.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 986

Only very occasionally do I need to travel more distance than provided by an overnight charge.

But this is a huge problem for a huge number of people. On the average day I only drive 4-5 miles but 2-3 days a month I drive several hundred miles in a single day. There needs to be either battery swaps, quick charge stations, car swaps, or some other way for people to handle the extra surge. I like the idea of plug in hybrids but maybe even something as simple as dropping a small gas generator in the trunk could be a solution for the occasional splurge. Yes, gas generators are expensive to run but if it's only run for a few hours a couple times a month then you might still come out ahead.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 465

Phone numbers do help, the only down side is that it's one more bit of information for security services to demand and for mobile service providers to monitor. They can see the verification texts sent in the clear.

Oh, well, there is one other problem. Twitter allows bots and other non-human entities to have accounts. Pets, weather stations, organisations etc. It could be tricky if they all need a unique mobile number... I suppose numbers could be shared, even though it would mean banning multiple accounts if one crosses the line.

Phones numbers is just one part and might not be feasible for non-entities but blocking the entire group associated with a single phone still seems reasonable. Most of my post though dealt with trust networks. Just like google became a multibillion dollar company because of pagerank and discovering relationships between sites, twitter has the ability to analyze their web of users. The same way that warez dealers, drug dealers, terrorists, gangs, etc.. have a web of trust where person A trusts person B and person B vouches for person C therefore person A trusts person C. This chain of trust would be easy for twitter to create. You could then easily restrict people by their "trust score" and/or when a stranger spams your site see which friend let them in. My guess is that if I allowed 6 degrees of separation (supposably the whole world) post on my site that a majority of the spammers would still be coming from a select few weak links in the chain.

Comment Re:The last mile... (Score 1) 159

... and what kind of bandwidth does your dad get with that setup? Gigabit?

My dad is using a single channel so is only getting 54mbps but 802.11 supports a lot higher than that and 54mbps is faster than my current "broadband" at home. There is no reason though that google would have to use 802.11. There are plenty of wireless technologies that can reach the last mile. You can likely do line of sight for the last mile but even if you can't if you're talking only needing it for the last mile then there are plenty of high bandwidth "junk" frequencies that would be suitable for short range communication.

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