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Comment Re:We're doomed (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Am I the only one who is scared about the fact that these clueless fuckwits have enough data on us to diagnose which of us has prostate cancer?

Diagnosing that someone has prostate cancer because they've googled "symptoms of prostate cancer" isn't rocket surgery.

Comment Re: Market failure (Score 1) 428

There are two choices: higher prices, or some sort of rationing. The higher prices are always better for sellers, and usually better for buyers as well.

What you mean is, higher prices are better for rich buyers.

It is self evident that if you're a billionaire you're likely to prefer to pay rather than wait your turn.

Comment Re:Volunteer and donate (Score 1) 428

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to not understand this?

There's not some sitting in Uber HQ with his hand on a knob that controls the surge amount. Surge pricing is based on an algorithm which is based on the ride data. It has no idea about terror attacks or other disasters.

Then perhaps the whole basis of Uber is flawed?

The fact that you can make money from something does not necessarily make it acceptable. Slavery made lots of people lots of profit until the "evil government" stepped in with anti-free market laws making it illegal.

Comment Re:yawn (Score 1) 428


I don't understand the problem myself. Without Uber you wouldn't have had a ride at all. If you don't like the pricing try waiting for a taxi or use another service.

Repeat after me: Uber is NOT run by the government... that's both what makes it good... AND what leads to scenarios like this. You can't have the good (low fares, clean cars, drivers that give a shit) without allowing them to work with the free market (supply / demand).

No, that is a false dichotomy, which is only logical if you start from the premise that anything to do with "government" is automatically bad.

It is perfectly normal to have constraints on pure free market business unless you are an ultra-libertarian who thinks for example that there should be no banking regulation, no environmental protection or consumer safety laws, and so on.

Comment Re:piracy? (Score 1) 88

I've often wondered what prevents (aside from stupendous cost) someone from launching up to one of these and taking it over while it's not occupied?

I'm just guessing, but what prevents someone from launching up to one of these and taking it over while it's not occupied is probably the stupendous cost.

Comment Re:Good Lord... (Score 1) 412

If I posted an old picture of a friend from college, and that friend said "hey, I'd rather not have that on the Internet," I'd immediately take it down.

Yes, but you wouldn't expect him to sue you if you refused, although it would presumably mean the end of your friendship. I think it is evident that the daughter and parents are well past the stage of being on friendly terms.

Comment Re:Childish... (Score 1) 412

>her attitude about how bad she thinks it will affect her isn't exactly brimming with a mature point of view.

She's 19. How mature do you think she's supposed to be ? How mature were you at 19 ? Because me ? I was a fucking idiot at that age.

Irrelevant: if you're legally an adult, you're an adult. There are mature 19 year olds and immature 59 year olds. They both get treated as adults.

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