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Comment Re:Let the predatory pricing commence... (Score 1) 46

Curious how you think Google being predator by providing an app that allows commuters to share rides.

Google's interest is self driving cars. They've poured a ton of cash into it and aren't keen to see Uber beat them to the punch. They are putting a monkey wrench into Uber's business model. They won't make any money from this, but they will hurt Uber's profits. That's what happens when the core of your business is an app that a few good engineers could put together in a month.

Comment Re:How to make it cheaper? (Score 1) 46

My sister drives for Uber and averages about $18/hr. That is way more than minimum wage, and is pretty good for a no skill job with flexible hours. Like most Uber drivers, she does it part time, and it is not her main source of income.

$18 / hour. Minus gas. Minus car repairs. Minus car maintenance (oil changes, tires, breaks, etc). Minus insurance. Minus licensing fees. Minus depreciation on your car (you are putting miles on it reducing it's worth). Minus accidents (of course you'll have more if you are driving professionally). You are lucky if you break even.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 46

Uber abuses the hell out of their drivers all in the name of keeping fares low, riders happy, and their own profits up.

That's the problem with a job where 97% of the adult population meets the qualifications. Have a driver's license, a car, and insurance. Be able to follow turn-by-turn directions. All while listening to headphones sitting in your comfortable climate controlled car.

There's a large supply of potential Uber drivers. Of course the compensation is going to be minimal. Uber is going to pay exactly what's required to have driver coverage and not a cent more. The same thing any business would do.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 388

Well, it depends upon what the meaning of "is", is.

Intent is purely subjective and subject to the whims of whomever is currently interpreting the law. The letter of the law is much more concrete and harder to get around unless you want to actually redefine the meaning of words. The letter of the law is the guiding principle; if it was intent then you have kangaroo courts and decisions made based upon the current direction the wind is blowing.

Comment Re:I hate Apple, but no (Score 1) 388

So, to take that to the next level, does it mean that ANY differences in taxation levels must necessarily be the result of subsidies? In other words - if Germany taxes less than France, then Germany MUST be giving subsidies and therefore must force additional taxation? I mean, if lower tax rates are considered subsidies, then whoever has the highest tax is "right" and everyone else must be giving subsidies and should be penalized.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 1) 388

I read every word you wrote, did you? You want to Blame Apple for following the guidance they were given by the Irish Tax Authority, the only authority on the matter. You think because Apple is a big company they should be looking at the entire EU and evaluating how the EC commission might view such a deal years (more than 8 years) down the road even though the EC has NO authority over taxation which is a sovereign right of Ireland (as defined by the EU charter).

You are wrong, and your idea that Apple because they have lots of lawyers should have seen this coming is wrong. This is ex-post-facto taxation, everything about it is wrong. If there is a guilty party here it's the Irish government who sold out the other member EU states for a few jobs. YOU want to blame apple for that. I think you are fucking nuts. Stop blaming companies for the tax policies of member states. Ireland, Denmark and Lichtenstein created this.

You don't see the real problem here, the EU as constructed allows individual member states to do bad things to other member states. France can't sue Ireland because they are both Sovereign states. That is and has been a serious problem that has existed since the EU was constructed. And what has happened is exactly what the experts predicted. Greece (and possibly others) racked up billions in debt they couldn't pay and obligated Germany and the other member states to bail them out. Three EU member countries cut sweetheart tax deals that fucked everyone else over for a few jobs and euro's of taxes.

These things will continue to happen unless they tighten up EU policies and require the member states to cede some taxation authority and create a federal type court system where states can sue each other for stupid tax policies like the Irish and Dutch policies which robbed other member states of taxes. There is no negative for Ireland to tell the EC to go pound sand, the EC has no authority to punish Ireland. Though it probably won't go that way the situation is ripe to happen with a radical government in charge.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 388

Check out where we spend. Social insurance (Medicare/Medicaid, welfare, Social Security) costs and interest on the debt are 69% of all spending - which consumes 100% of Federal revenues. Everything else - defense, transportation, education, etc. - is paid for with borrowed money, and is just 31% of all spending. It's not defense spending - it's ALL spending, and you cannot solve it without cutting social insurance costs.

By the way, we've already passed $1.33 trillion in deficit spending this year, we'll probably hit $1.4 trillion. That's more than that 31% in total - meaning we're at the point where we can't even cover our social insurance and interest costs with tax revenues.

Comment Re:"Adult conversation next year?" (Score 4, Insightful) 152

In other news, the director of the Burgler's Association says that prolific door locks are hurting their business efforts. He was joined by the director of the Peeping Tom's Union announcing that prolific window coverings are hurting their ability to stay competitive.

Wow, that's weird that a technology designed specifically to protect against eavesdropping and unauthorized access makes a spy's job more difficult. You know what I want? I want a bunch of laws to get passed specifically to allow me to do my job with less effort and fewer skills, because my feelings get hurt when I have to actually work and use what I know. When I have an issue on a server that I'm having a hard time figuring out, I want someone to just call my phone with the solution. That would be fantastic, let's get right on that. In the meantime, I guess I'll just have to continue to do my damn job and get paid for the work that I actually do.

Comment Re:Washington State uses this fancy new method (Score 1) 158

You can require photo IDs all you want. But if you do, you have to ensure that everyone eligible to vote can get one without hurdles. This means not charging for them, not reducing the number of places that can issue them in areas where you don't like the way people vote, and not demanding ridiculous supporting documentation that few people would readily have to issue one.

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