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Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 2) 165

If self-driving vehicles can deal with the weather conditions there, they should be able to deal with them in the rest of the country, and most other countries as well. Sunny days in California don't expose the hazards posed by rain, snow, slush, and black ice.

Do you have any idea how many lines of latitude California crosses, or what range of elevations we have in this state? We have all of that stuff. I've literally dealt with all of it within fifteen minutes of Santa Cruz. You know nothing about California. Do you know anything about cars?

Comment Re:Irony is delicious (Score 1) 189

Cutting off someone's emergency comm makes Verizon liable.
Grow up, this is how the adult world works/quote>

The obvious thing to do to get the non-adults refusing to bring their phones in for replacement with something else to actually act like adults is to refuse to let their phone do anything but call Verizon service or 911.

Comment Re:Liability? (Score 1) 189

Samsung is legally liable by contracts with Verizon, that's SOP for any carrier reselling phones.

If I were Samsung, I'd certainly want to write into my contract that I become not-liable if I issue a general recall and they ignore it. It's not like Samsung has only recalled Verizon's phones.

Comment Re:What Verizon Meant to say: (Score 1) 189

While I agree that these people are idiots for hanging onto their defective phones despite all of the warnings, suggesting they deserve to die is a step too far.

They're putting the lives of others at risk. House fires commonly spread to other dwellings and take lives, to say nothing of the potential for property damage. This is not exactly fire season, but the phones only become more likely to start a fire as they age, with thermal cycling.

Comment Re:Eat Cake! [Re:The joy of contracting: don't do (Score 1) 408

Are you by chance related to Marie Antoinette?

Uber wouldn't even exist if the system weren't rigged in favor of the extremely wealthy, which is what results in there not being jobs for the plebes. Don't blame Uber for hiring people for whatever they legally can get work out of them for. Blame the system that permits them to hire people for less, because if it's not Uber, it will simply be someone else.

Sure, you can think Uber is sleazy for it, but it's a waste of time crying about how they're utilizing the letter of the law.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 408

So any source of income must guarantee a living wage?

Yes. Anything less is some percentage slavery, as defined as the percentage by which it falls short of providing a living wage. This problem can be solved by eliminating tax loopholes and cutting the defense budget, then using the money to implement minimum guaranteed income. We will also have to shitcan the ACA and implement a national single-payer health care scheme from which the wealthy can not simply opt out by having a superior plan. (They're free to buy more health care, but not to not pay their share of national health.) Under such a system, employers would never have to pay for employees' health care, nor would they have to pay a minimum wage. They would be free to pay any amount someone was willing to receive to do the job, or even charge someone to do the work for personal fulfillment or educational purposes.

If you have an alternate proposal which does not amount to slavery, I'm interested.

Comment Re:"Feel forced?" (Score 3, Insightful) 408

Would you eat at an unregulated restaurant if it meant you had a chance of getting food poisoning every time you ate there? No one sat down and said they wantd to make taxis more expensive 'just because'. There are reasons for that extra cost that protect the public over time (both customers and non-customers).

Those reasons are all bullshit. Half of the taxis I have been in were falling apart, usually in ways that actually made them unsafe. I know two women who have been raped by taxi drivers. Taxis already refuse to pick up fares in bad neighborhoods, or just never bother to show up. (And if you tell dispatch where you're going, and it's a bad neighborhood, they will also frequently just never show up.) Taxis are shit and the excuses for taxi licensing are shit. If you want Uber to be as safe as a taxi, you're going to have to make it substantially less safe than it is today.

Comment Re:Wow, just... I mean, wow. (Score 1) 408

Should a woman who gets beaten by her husband stick around because it's a "good economic move"? If you're answer is yes, then I suppose in that light, yeah, keep driving for Uber without complaint. Just ask your sugar daddy to buy you some nice sunglasses to cover up the bruises.

Your argument does not apply to Uber. It applies to the overall capitalist system without a safety net. If we had for example guaranteed minimum income then people could work for Uber for any amount of money greater than the fuel and maintenance cost on their vehicle and still make money. Further, only the people who really wanted to drive for Uber would do that, so you'd only have highly motivated people who really wanted to drive you around.

By all means, keep railing against Uber, and miss the point completely.

Comment Re:How is this different from arbitrage on the NYS (Score 1) 213

He has different cronies than the harridan. His aren't necessarily Wall Street Speculators.

It's early December. Maybe we should wait until his cabinet nominees are actually confirmed and in their jobs before talking about what kind of cronies he will or will not have working for him.

So far his pick for the Treasury (Mnuchin) is a Goldman Sachs partner and member of the management committee, like his father before him. After he earned a few tens of millions at GS, he left and started his own hedge fund. Then he and George Soros and another hedge fund manager bought a home loan bank out of bankruptcy, and Mnuchin became the chair of that. That bank was involved in several lawsuits over questionable foreclosures before they sold it for over twice as much as they bought it for. $1.8 billion for 6 years work isn't bad, even if their bank was responsible for 39% of all federally insured reverse mortgages during that time (even though they only serviced 17% of the market). They did get subpoenas from HUD though, but I guess that problem's going to go away, haha, right? I suppose he'll need to move out of his $26 million house in Bel Air, but I'm sure someone will keep it warm until he gets back.

His pick for Commerce (Ross) is a billionaire who spent 24 years working for Rothschild Inc where he advised clients about bankruptcy restructuring, including being the senior managing director. He's the guy who allowed Trump to keep his Atlantic City casinos and rebuild his business after one of his bankruptcies. He left Rothschild and formed his own company with $440 million to buy up failing companies and try to resell them, including steel and coal companies. Back in 2006 when the Sago mine exploded and killed 12 people, he was involved with the company who owned that, knew about the safety problems, and refused to shut down the mine. So maybe they really will bring back the coal industry, even if it kills people. He's also a former officer of the NY state Democratic Party and served under Clinton. Oh, and, as of 2012, he was the "Grand Swipe" (or leader) of the "secret Wall Street fraternity" Kappa Beta Phi.

His pick for Transport, Elaine Chao, is not only the wife of the owner of the single most-punchable face in the Senate, but she was also a VP at Bank of America and an international banker at Citicorp. She was also the secretary of Labor when the Sago mine blew up, so she can reminisce about that with Ross. After the Bush administration she served on several boards, including Wells Fargo and News Corp.

Oh, and when he's not busy running the entire country, Trump is going to continue to produce his reality show. I wonder if it's going to say "Executive Producer: President Donald J. Trump" or if he'll go a little more low-key. I don't think low-key is in his vocabulary though.

Also, kudos on "harridan", I had to look that one up. Nothing like going back to the 1600s for your insulting words for women.

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