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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Guillermito Re:Still joking? (179 comments)

It'a no more ridiculous a thought than you trying to create an arbitrary separation between me driving a friend across town and someone I don't know.

The separation is as arbitrary as any other taxing criteria. The criteria applied here has nothing to do with driving someone you don't know. It's about charging extra for vehicle registration to companies whose main purpose is to drive around goods or people for a profit. Your original question was "Why should I apply for a commercial license?". The answer was "You don't", because you don't meet the criteria. The discussion here is not about you. It's about uber, which apparently meets the criteria but somehow gets away not paying extra.

since their for-profit use of publicly-funded infrastructure

Which I and my rider pay for regardless of us knowing each other or not.

The question is not wether you pay for the infrastructure but rather how much you pay. You would pay considerably more if the companies that met the above criteria wouldn't have to pay extra. Is the criteria fair? Maybe not. Maybe all vehicles should pay the same regardless of their purpose, or pay based on mileage, but that's a completely different discussion.

12 hours ago

Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Guillermito Re:You have got to be kidding (179 comments)

All you are saying is that, under the current circumstances, driving is the most cost-effective means of transportation for you (and your competitors). If somehow the cost of driving went steeply up, you (and your competitors) can switch to an alternative means of transportation and still keep doing whatever you do for a living. In that sense, driving is not an absolute requirement for your business. That's not the case of uber, and since their for-profit use of publicly-funded infrastructure is so central to their business model, it's arguably fair for them to pay extra for it.


Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Guillermito Re:Making a profit off publicly-funded infrastruct (179 comments)

Maybe it's not fair that a startup paid as much as an stablished company. But maybe it's not fair that they used the publicly-funded infrastructure for free either.


Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Guillermito Re:Wrong (179 comments)

You could potentially walk, bike, take public transport or a cab to get to your clients. You drive because it's more efficient or convenient, but it's not an absolute requirement for your business. On the other hand, driving *is* what uber does. You take that out and they have no business. That's the key difference.


Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Guillermito Making a profit off publicly-funded infrastructure (179 comments)

I thought the general principle was that if you are making a profit off publicly-funded infrastructure (in this case, roads) you should be taxed more than the general public, hence the special license for commercial vehicles. I can't see why uber and the like should be exempted.


Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Guillermito Hardly a breakthrough (308 comments)

I'm sure these girl's work has some merit, but this is hardly a breakthrough. Rhizobial inoculation of soybean is a common agricultural practice around the world.

about 4 months ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Guillermito Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

So Communists believe in restricting economic freedom. Should we call for the boycott of companies that hire communist employees? Wait! That already happened. It was called McCarthyism.

You fight political ideas by convincing the majority of people that these ideas are wrong, not by trying to silence the proponents of the ideas you oppose.

about 10 months ago

US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions

Guillermito CMMI utterly useless in my opinion (228 comments)

I live in Argentina, where any software company getting a CMMI certification can apply for a tax cut. Because of that, CMMI was all the rage around eight years ago or so. Turns out CMMI was so utterly useless and cumbersome that at this point most companies prefer to forget about the tax cuts rather than bother with being CMMI certified. Only companies seeking government contracts continue doing so.

1 year,26 days

Medical Radioactive Material Truck Stolen In Mexico

Guillermito Goiânia Accident (98 comments)

Glad it was already found.

To understand the risks that this type of events involve check what happened in Brazil several years ago when radioactive medical material went missing and ended up killing several people


about a year ago

New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

Guillermito Take the test yourself (263 comments)



You can take a sample test yourself. See how basic the questions are and feel appalled to see the % of students in your country that managed to pass each level.

For example, only 11% of students in my country (Argentina) were able to reach level 3 (identify the smallest value in a table). Highest rank for that question was Shanghai-China (89%). USA was 48%.

about a year ago

Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon

Guillermito Re:If you can defend it .. it's yours (248 comments)

Well, he obviously can't. That's why he is asking the US government to do it for him.

about a year ago

X Server Now Available For Android

Guillermito NX (131 comments)

Hopefully this will enable the implementation of the NX technology ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NX_technology ) on Android, since using the X protocol directly over the public Internet is terribly slow.

more than 2 years ago

China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

Guillermito Re:Uh, yeah (218 comments)

A lot? For instance, I would say sending 3 probes past the orbit of Pluto is quite a feat.

about 3 years ago

Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent

Guillermito Re:very expensive to implement (253 comments)

And in (south american) Spanish it means "stupid", "idiot".

more than 3 years ago

Zeroing In On the Internet's 'Evil Cities'

Guillermito Wrong data for Buenos Aires (90 comments)

In the per capita list, Buenos Aires ranks 2nd, but the city population data they use are wrong. They say Buenos Aires population is 3 million, but that's only Buenos Aires city proper, the whole metro area has an estimated population of about 13 million. So Buenos Aires should rank lower than listed in that study.

more than 3 years ago

Saving the UK Games Industry

Guillermito Re:I love the way the corps play us off one anothe (128 comments)

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of a strong central government getting bad is China's "cultural revolution". If you don't mind a couple of million dead people, I guess, yes, you're right.

more than 3 years ago

Google Quashes 13 Chrome Bugs, Adds PDF Viewer

Guillermito Re:Adobe (177 comments)

Adobe makes money with PDF authoring tools, not with reader. Since PDF is marketed as a universal format, I guess it is in Adobe's best interest for end users to have a seamless experience accessing PDF content in every possible platform.

more than 4 years ago

Scalpers Bought Tickets With CAPTCHA-Busting Botnet

Guillermito Solution for this (301 comments)

As ohers have previously said, the problem here is that the tickets prices were not high enough (in a free market sense).

The solution would be to sell the tickets at the right price, that is, the price consumers are willing to pay.

I think a system like this would do the job

1. The day tickets go on sale, charge an outrageous amount (say, $100,000).
2. Then gradually decrease prices each day (or even every hour)
3. Last day the tickets would go on sale for $1

In that way, each person would decide which is the "right" price to pay. Do you *really* want to see this show? Would you risk missing it because you want to save a few bucks and wait until tomorrow? Do you think it would be a good deal to buy tickets now and resell them later for a profit? OK go ahead. How many tickets? At which price? Are you sure you will be able to sell them, considering that people willing to pay a higher price already had the opportunity to do so and refused?

more than 4 years ago



Conway's Game of Life Freed from the Pixel Grid

Guillermito Guillermito writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Guillermito (187510) writes "What happens when you take the well known Conway's Game of Life and modify the rules so they can be applied to a continuous world, instead of the original, pixel-based, discrete one? Well, that is the question the authors of the SmoothLife project are trying to answer: They have generalized Conway's Game of Life to a continuous domain. Rather than working with discrete square cell, the software works at the level of points in a continuous 2-D space. A cell lives or dies depending on how much of a small disk in its immediate neighbourhood is filled, and also the density of a ring surrounding the cell. You can see some amazing 2D and 3D animations created with this software that really resemble living cells under a microscope."
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