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Comment If Canadian system is so great, why cross border? (Score 2) 65

What paywall? I read the whole thing without a subscription to anything.

I notice that you aren't even posting any links. Nice to have blind faith but I prefer facts.

And on top of that, you sound like an angry American who took the astroturf hook, line and sinker.

Not angry, just sad for the rest of the world, especially Canadians whom I am very fond of.

Signed, a Canadian who is quite happy with his single payer healthcare.

Signed, an American who is even happier with the U.S. system, especially once we bring back real insurance policies. There's a reason why Canadians cross the border for health care. Your system "works" because the unreasonably long delays your system offers for treatments can be worked around. If you didn't have the U.S. to receive pressure your system would die even sooner.

Comment Living Illegally beneath you (Score 5, Funny) 282

There are over 50 Starbucks(alone) in San Francisco. Where do all the baristas live and how do they get by?

Some have said that people live far away and commute for hours.

But that can't be true. Who would do that before moving within a year to someplace you could commute by bus within a half hour?

Quite obviously what is really going on, is that there is a large Demolition Man style underground city below SF, populated almost entirely by baristas and where no mans law applies. Only the "Law of the Bean" as the lower denizens refer to the code they live by. It is a stricter but simpler life.

If you look carefully the proof of this is obvious. Why would steam be coming from vents in the street in a place where it hardly ever rains? Obviously cooking fires from those who live below. Also of course there is the incredible pale skin that is the hallmark of the barista, in a state known for its generous sunshine.

Comment Single payer healthcare worse, not better (Score 1, Insightful) 65

Single payer in Canada costs about half as much than multiple payer healthcare in the US, while yielding better overall outcomes.

That is a lie.

The only way it's better is that everything is free. The way that it sucks is that everything being free means you have big delays in getting something, if you can get it at all...

It should be noted that the rich love single payer systems, because it makes them feel good. They don't ever have to use it, they fly to countries to pay for quality healthcare with no limits like the plebes face.

Single payer healthcare systems are in the process of collapsing across the world, it would be best if America remains an example of a working healthcare system to which all other countries can return once the systems are completely dysfunctional.

Comment Re:The sharing of table scraps economy not viable? (Score 1) 295

So your argument is that Uber is better than a taxi company that employs serial rapists? Does that also mean that Uber will lose that accolade if they ever employ (sorry, contract) a serial rapist?

Actually, my real argument is that while Uber may be shit, taxis are also often shit. Suggesting that Uber is worse than taxis is dumb. The women I know who have been raped by taxi drivers (two of them, now) use Uber because there is at least some accountability and it's convenient.

Comment Re:The sharing of table scraps economy not viable? (Score 1) 295

Aren't the batteries expensive to replace when they wear out?

They're not cheap, but they're getting cheaper every year.

I'm just saying driving for Uber under their original/current model is unsustainable. Their drivers are thinking "hey this is better than minimum wage!" but these are people who do not understand capital amortization.

Yeah, by the time you can buy a car with poly bushes (automakers hate them like that one simple trick, because they last forever... no, but really, they pretty much do) it'll probably be self-driving. It'll be the automakers' way of reducing fleet maintenance costs — because they will own the fleets.

Comment Re:The sharing of table scraps economy not viable? (Score 1) 295

Also the drivers who run their cars into the ground in exchange for rent/grocery money. They're basically eating their cars.

Just another great place for EVs. No ICE, no transmission. Replace all the suspension bushings with polyurethane when they wear out and they should last about forever.

Comment Re:Why is my car any different than my phone? (Score 3, Insightful) 73

I mean, this is going on during the afternoon commute, so it's an easy guess the drivers ahead of me aren't actually using their Map app on the familiar ride home, and yet Maps knows when there's traffic. So, we're being watched already.

It's not unusual to use one's navigation device to provide notifications of upcoming traffic congestion, so more people may well be using their devices than you imagine.

Comment Re: Cue Automakers (Score 1) 52

The automakers have to do that. The rest of us can sell auto hacking tools with impunity as long as they have substantial non-infringing use, and our right to develop them is actually explicitly protected by law (even through reverse engineering.) So the automakers might well be prohibited from giving us the information we need to tune the vehicle, but it's legal for us to sniff the bus while they do it.

Not in California. We have a fucking stupid huge bureaucracy dedicated to making upgrades unaffordable, because the 3000 people who actively race cars are a huge threat to the environment. Fucking stupidities nirvana here where you can't buy a race cam without asking mother may I.

While I do take offense at the CARB equipment restrictions, you can have basically any kind of car you want in California so long as you build it yourself. It smogs as the engine donor. You only have to do a certain percentage of the work yourself.

Comment Re:Maybe, but maybe not (Score 1) 295

My past experience says that someone got fired, and that person is having a very loud, career destroying tantrum.

And the statistics say that most such complaints are valid. But here you are, FUDding the other direction. I wonder why you're so invested in that?

I will call it as I see it.

You didn't see anything, but you're quick to judge anyway.

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