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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:I can see Vegas wanting to protect their revenu (93 comments)

Sorry I travel 2 sometimes 3 times a month to Vegas and I have to say outside of NYC it's the biggest taxi racket out there. Because of the terminal locations, it's a guaranteed $10 sometimes $15 bucks before you even get to the Strip because of the circuitous routing and roads. One time I had a driver "miss" the airport exit and then had to argue with him over the extra $13 bucks on the meter because of his mistake. So now I rent cars when I go there and again, Vegas leads this category in stupidity. Hike to the Rental Car Shuttle Bus, ride for 10 minutes, more lines, more hassle and oh yeah nice "Franchise" fees on top of "Airport Taxes" to pile onto the car. Still, it's better than a taxi there.

If you go the non-highway route, it's pretty direct. There's not much "circuitous routing" at all. And compare the airport-to-where-most-people-go fares to other cities' fares - it's quite low. I'm not defending anyone trying to make your ride longer and charging for it, I'm just saying Las Vegas is one of the best cities in the country for cabs if everything's honest. Next time you get in a cab in non-peak times, say "Take Tropicana" if you're going to the South side of the strip, and say, "Take Swenson" if you're going anywhere north of City Center/Planet Hollywood. The cabbie will think you know where you're going and won't take you out of the way.

As far as renting a car goes, it takes an extremely long time unless you go to Hertz or Avis, who invariably charge double or more what the discount places charge. I made the mistake of renting from Dollar one time, and I certainly got what I pad for. At least a dozen people in line and one agent. On subsequent rentals, I see the same thing at Dollar/Fox/etc... - hideous lines and one or maybe two agents. I'd rather spend $15-20 each way on cab fare and save an hour, but if your time is worth nothing, then the discount places may be worth it to you.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:Monorail (93 comments)

I've never seen a limo driver hawking is service there - I'm usually already in a cab, but they do like to negotiate, especially if they're idle (An aisde - always call for a limo and negotiate a free ride when taking multiple people to a strip club. The club pays the driver for each person that enters.) I guess in the case of six people it makes sense (plus, saving time). But six is an exception - usually it's two, or maybe four, people arriving at the same time.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:Monorail (93 comments)

Nor does it cost much more to just get a private limo instead. At least with either you don't have to be on the lookout for getting long-hauled.

A private limo (sedan, actually) is $50+ one-way, and the shuttle is $13 r/t. How is that not "much more"?

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Sometimes the highway is better (93 comments)

At certain times (generally Friday after rush hour to midnight and Saturday evenings/nights), it is faster and probably cheaper to take the highway to strip hotels on the west side of the strip (it's easier to get to the east side strip hotels going the back way). Anytime you cross (or God forbid have to travel on) the strip in traffic, it adds quite a bit of time/money to your journey. Some west side hotels are inconvenient from any route, though (Monte Carlo and Mirage, and to a slightly lesser extent, Caesar's, immediately come to mind).

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:Monorail (93 comments)

I go to Vegas quite a bit, and every taxi driver that I spoke with during the monorail era (when they were talking about or actually extending it) was for it going to the airport. They make more money the more time cabs are occupied, and just going back and forth between the strip and the airport meant waiting in one line or other a great deal of the time. It's much better to take one $50 fare in an hour than two $20 fares. I don't know if the various companies' bottom line would have been affected - probably so, but there would be more cabs available (and thus more revenue) from the strip hotels at peak times (some times it takes quite a while to get a cab) if the monorail extended to the airport.

about two weeks ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

edawstwin Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

It is an economic impossibility because everyone (well, enough people to make it matter) would just stop working and wait on their check.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Show me an alternative tax structure that doesn't lower the tax burden for corporations or high earners by passing it onto the middle class and I'll support it.

As I said, the poor would benefit.

And corporations do not pay taxes! Consumers already pay corporate taxes. Transferring how it's paid is a side-effect of a consumption tax. I'd argue that it's a beneficial side-effect, as it would be completely transparent, and there would be no more incentives for corporations to hide/shift income.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Inequality isn't a problem because rich people MAKE more than poor people. We should encourage people to create as much wealth as possible. This is a semantic misdirection I can't help commenting on when I hear it. Rich people don't "make" more money than poor people. Rich people "get their hands on" more money than poor people.

Talk abut semantics. Everyone gets/receives/makes money in various ways. If you're using "make" as a term for earning money through wages, then most rich people "make" money. They may also make more money by investing money wisely, whether it be stocks, starting businesses, etc... If you think that rich people "get their hands on" money by just stealing it from the poor, you're delusional.

How would you rank these in terms of a) actual creation of value, and b) income? 1. A CEO 2. A lawyer 3. An engineer 4. A scientist Now rank them in terms of income.

That list is in its correct order for value and income in a free market. Can a scientist/engineer/lawyer organize and run a huge company composed of lawyers, engineers, and scientists? There's a reason that top CEOs get paid what they do. Without them, there is no functioning company. Sure, some or even most get paid what we think of as more than they're actually worth, but those companies are in a position to pay them so much because of their CEO. If they're not good enough, they get fired - it happens all of the time. Sure, plenty get exorbitant severance, but usually because they've negotiated that into their employment agreement, which anyone in the U.S., rich or poor, CEO or engineer, is free to do.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

And that's not an argument for not taxing corporate profits, it's an argument for closing stupid loopholes.

So implement a consumption tax, repeal all others, and there will be no loopholes. Then it won't matter where corporations are based, where they sell, etc...

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

A better idea is to tax wealth.

That will just encourage people to have no assets at all and go into debt.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

The sticking point is the "moving away" part. Can anyone seriously think with as hooked on spending as the government is that any form of tax would actually go away? It's far, far more likely that a consumption tax would be an "also" and not an "instead of".

Just tie any consumption tax legislation to the repeal of the 16th Amendment (in the U.S., of course).

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

The Fair Tax solves this by giving everyone a subsidy equal to the amount of taxes that would be paid at a certain income level (directly related to the poverty line, I believe). Everyone essentially pays no taxes on necessary food/housing/etc... So it's actually better for the poor than the middle and upper classes. I'm sure that most consumption tax proposals do something similar.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Hopefully (probably?) what he means is that the only taxes are on consumption.

about 2 months ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

edawstwin Re:This doesn't add up (83 comments)

Going back repeatedly is much more profitable.

about 2 months ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

edawstwin Endings are hard (127 comments)

None of the three endings to that game (I assume that you mean the original Deus Ex?) were particularly satisfying, and I think it's the greatest game ever produced. Endings are hard, as evidenced by The Sopranos, LOST, countless other video games, etc...

about 3 months ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

edawstwin Re:Perhaps a more elaborate hoax than we think (590 comments)

Maybe it was an elaborate hoax to publicize 4chan by publicizing an elaborate hoax to attack 4cahn.

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

edawstwin Re:Solution (410 comments)

The Fair Tax (one sales tax proposal) fixes this by giving a stipend to everyone that's equivalent to taxes paid on necessities. So someone that makes at or below the poverty line will essentially pay no taxes (I don't remember what the exact number is, but I think the stipend was $5Kish, tied to inflation, of course), and someone who makes $200K will pay significantly more, but have the $5K they spent on necessities or so refunded.

Also, your percentage math is a bit off.

about 3 months ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

edawstwin Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Let's fix the corporate tax evasion first please.

Let's fix corporate taxes first, so that there is no evasion.

about 3 months ago

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edawstwin (242027) writes "Turner Broadcasting System announced last October plans to launch Super Deluxe, a website "boasting original shortform videos laced with edgy humor from professional comics and ambitious amateurs alike" this month. Super Deluxe is now live as scheduled. From the website: "Super Deluxe is the premier spot on the Internet for top-quality comedy videos". The "Featured Artists" are Dave Foley and Brad Neely."

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