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Comment Re:This is a wise move (Score 1) 305

This is a slippery slope. Your hate speech may be another's holy scripture, and who are you to judge? Who is anyone? All speech should be legal.

The Germans, given their history, are a bit wiser than that. One man's freedom of speech can infringe on a million other people's freedom to survive. Speech can be dangerous.

Libel laws are also in place so that if someone ruins your life by calling you, say, a child molester for no reason, then you can sue and get some compensation.

Comment Re:turnabout (Score 1) 82

Uber may or may not have been guilty, but:

downloaded 14,000 files from a Google repository

I have a really hard time feeling sorry for a company whose entire business is to harvest as much data about every human being as they possibly can, in every domain they possibly can, even if you take serious measures to keep any info out of their hands.

Stealing trade secrets is not the same thing at all.

Comment Re:$2000 rebate on a $40000 electric vehicle (Score 1) 119

When the manufacturers ramp up production to the point that a new or used electric vehicle will be sub-$15,000, this would be great, albeit unnessecary at that point. At the current price of electric vehicles, this is just a rebate for the upper class.

And air travel used to be affordable to the upper class only.

Comment Re:cars bad, buses good. (Score 2, Insightful) 160

i hate when cars are in bus-only lanes. The purpose of the lanes is to allow buses to bypass traffic. it doesn't help when its' so clogged by cars that the lane moves at the same speed as the general purpose lane. thanks a lot, cars!

The railway line through Silicon Valley was originally used to carry canned fruit to the port of San Francisco. Now it's used by commuters. It's okay for transport infrastructure to be used for different purposes when the circumstances change.

Comment The value of clear communication (Score 2) 139

I once got into a taxi at an airport in Chicago. Before we set off the driver pointed at the meter talking in thick Pidgin English that I could barely understand. The only word I could pick out was "meter." I just nodded politely and said yes because I wanted to get to my hotel for a meeting. When I got to the hotel he started wrangling with me to about paying more than was on the meter, apparently he had turned it off at some stage of the journey for some unfathomable reason. He got really belligerent about it too. The hotel was reimbursing me for the trip and after about five minutes of him, the hotel concierge and me trying to discuss it I just asked the manager to reimburse him what he wanted because I hadn't a clue what was going on and it was only another $20 or so.

I know that some people like apps like Uber because they minimize human communication, but it's still a vital skill. As long as you're not asking drivers to write a book report on Ulysses by Joyce, expecting them to communicate clearly in the local language is not too much to ask for.

Comment Is market fragmentation really a bad thing? (Score 1) 203

Large scale display advertising is dwindling. Online advertising is much more precise, it gets sellers much closer to the holy grail of only spending money on advertising to the people who actually end up buying. So if radio is becoming more fragmented like social media, surely that just means that artists have a better chance of reaching their intended audience? Instead of your traditional Irish / Brazilian Zouk fusion tune being lost in the maelstrom of generic pop music, it now finds a place to play on a niche station that has listeners who are interested in that type of music.

I swear, every day I go onto LinkedIn and see pretentious articles with headlines like "Facebook is dead," "Social media is dead" and similar bullshit. It's nothing but clickbait and has no basis in fact. Radio might be an old medium but it's going strong, and will continue to do so as long as we have to drive cars manually. When all cars become self-driving then we'll reassess the situation, but until then...

Comment The value of speaking English (Score 3, Interesting) 354

I once got into a taxi at an airport in Chicago. Before we set off the driver pointed at the meter talking in thick Pidgin English that I could barely understand. The only word I could pick out was "meter." I just nodded politely and said yes because I wanted to get to my hotel for a meeting. When I got to the hotel he started wrangling with me to about paying more than was on the meter, apparently he had turned it off at some stage of the journey for some unfathomable reason. He got really belligerent about it too. The hotel was reimbursing me for the trip and after about five minutes of him, the hotel concierge and me trying to discuss it I just asked the manager to reimburse him what he wanted because I hadn't a clue what was going on and it was only another $20 or so.

I know that some people like apps like Uber because they minimize human communication, but it's still a vital skill. As long as you're not asking drivers to write a book report on Ulysses by Joyce, expecting them to communicate clearly in the local language is not too much to ask for.

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