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Comment Re:Good or bad for customers? (Score 1) 63

And how is this different from people who live two streets apart, one rich, the other poor? They are forced to pay the same price. How far apart they live is only relevant if the online retailer uses distance as a means of creating separate market prices. And when they do this, it is done for their benefit, to maximize their profits, not to be fair to poor people. Making this illegal removes the distortion from the market and the genuine, uniform, market price is established. No-one benefits or suffers because of where they are geographically. Which is how it should be online.

Comment Re:FTFY (Score 3, Insightful) 113

Being, in your estimation, above other taxi companies does not change the fact that Uber is still a taxi company. Uber have obvious interests in claiming they are not a taxi company. But if you provide a service like a taxi company, in vehicles like a taxi company, with drivers like a taxi company, charging a fare like a taxi company, then there's no denying you are a taxi company. The addition of an app doesn't change that.

Comment Re:Just Asking For It (Score 1) 155

Cambridge English Dictionary ;
bubbly: - (especially of a woman or girl) attractively full of energy and enthusiasm

It could be argued that "bubbly personalities" is code for "young, pretty and female". So that's age, sex and attractiveness discrimination. Particularly when they are vetting applications based on a tiny video where very little can be determined apart from age, gender and appearance.

Of course, whether such discrimination is legal or not depends on where you are.

Comment Re:Regulation (Score 3, Funny) 168

But you don't understand! They have an app! People can call them up and track them on their phone! On their phone!

Any similarity with the old style industry is extremely tenuous, and only similar in that they also put people in the back of a car, drive them some place, then charge them. This is an entirely new industry, Industry v2.0 if you will. All the old rules don't apply and can be ignored because all those old fart legislators don't understand these new things that the youngsters have invented.

Comment Re:Wonderful (Score 2) 154

So you're asking for the security of devices to be validated by people who are "just curious" and as a "hobby"?

I think I'd prefer a full-time professional who has their livelihood at stake in doing a good job, and the time and resources to do it.

BTW, nice air quotes. They have a nice bias shine to them.

They're quotes. As in; quoting the exact words of the post you are replying to.

Comment Re:24/7 job (Score 4, Insightful) 513

Sounds like you gave up all chances of having a normal private life for 4 years to become a company drone. Fine for a short period, and if financially rewarding, but no way to spend a life.

If a company wants me to be available 24/7, in the office, in addition to usual office hours, they would have to pay me a small fortune and I'd be planning my exit from day 1. Employing me does not mean you own my life.

Comment Re:And then there are the sites. . . . (Score 2) 498

Or do tell you the password rule, but only once you've failed it.

And then they tell you next rule you've failed.

And then the next.

And then you find that in fixing rule fail 3, you've inadvertently breached rule 1 again.

Then you want to kill the designer of the website and can't bear the idea of going through the process yet again. So you put in the simplest password you can think of that can't possibly fail. Well done, designer, you've beaten all complexity out of my password and reduced it to the lowest common denominator.

Comment Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 1) 498

Aka, if the last letters the person typed in were "stapl", what do you think the next letter is going to be?

In what circumstances would I know what the last letters the person typed in were? Passwords don't work like that.
The only circumstances this may be known is with a key-logger, in which case all bets are off. I don't have to work out what the next letter might be. Just wait and I'll be told.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 5, Insightful) 920

His point was that it takes very little to get people to openly proclaim beliefs they don't hold.

And that needed to be proven, because.... ? Or is this just one of those bullshit "social experiments" where Youtubers get to act like assholes because they're holding a camera to record what happens?

Youtube is a cesspit of wannbes trying to outdo each other in shock value, while avoiding getting banned by Youtube, all for the views. PewDiePie was just another one playing the game, but he got burned. He paid people desperate for money to do something stupid, and then pretends to be shocked that they actually did it. That way he gets to claim he's not really responsible, while being the one who conceived it, paid for it, videoed it, uploaded it and collected the ad revenue.

Comment Huh? (Score 1) 73

"once they had accepted employment there, handed them resignation letters"

Isn't resignation something the employee hands to the employer, not the other way around? Am I missing something here, or is this just shoddy journalism?

Comment Re:The end is near? (Score 1) 481

Some people will have to move. Just like they've had to due to changing conditions since, oh, forever.

Except this time at a speed never seen before. And where are they going to move? Do you think that it's all going to happen and you're going to be living in happy isolation somewhere, untouched by the chaos around you?

Comment Re:Let's hope it's true! (Score 2) 481

You have a cute idea that raising sea levels will just mean property values of higher land goes up.

That is not what will happen. History shows us that people dispossessed of land (by, say, flooding) don't just roll over and disappear. They don't turn up on your street, decide it's too pricey and meekly head off somewhere else where they won't be a bother.

They are refugees. They need somewhere to live. If they can't buy property, they will squat. They will set up a tent in your front garden, and to hell with your property rights. If you have a problem with that they will fight you. To the death if so necessary. They have nothing to lose. They must live somewhere.

So your luxury property in warmer climes is much more likely either to become a densely packed slum, or a fortified encampment surrounded by dispossessed hoards. It won't matter who was there first, we will all be losers in the upheaval.

Comment Re: I feel that lone sysadmin's pain (Score 5, Insightful) 356

This seems like a good idea, but it gets you into the habit of thinking that "rm" is a safe command that you can easily recover from. Then one day you use it on a server where you have forgotten to, or haven't yet, done your "sweet script" trick. Or worse; on someone else's server.

Far better to treat the command "rm" with the full respect it deserves at all times and never assume it does anything but wipe data. Call your little script something like rm2 instead and get into the habit of always using that. That way the worst thing that can happen when it doesn't exist is "command not found".

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