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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

johncandale What the goverment gives it can take away (295 comments)

The government gave the monopolies to help the citizens because when taxis first came around they crowded the streets. Now the government can remove the monopoly because the taxi companies been abusing it. Again, to help the citizens. There is no duplicity here. They don't owe anything to the taxis that bought into their protected industry

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

johncandale Re:Misguided (295 comments)

"There are ALWAYS a queue of 20+ cabs" That only happens in airports and maybe the 2 blocks where the bars are. Most of the world it is impossible to get a cabbie at a reasonable time.

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

johncandale Re:Fuck them. (295 comments)

Agreed. Taxi's let uber enter the market simply by being terrible. Ever need a pick up in any city besides Manhattan from a taxi? Forget it. Uber got to my suburban Southern California house in 2 minutes. With just a few clicks. Not an hour which what happens when you call a taxi.

2 days ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

johncandale it is still cheaper to pay overtime (545 comments)

In general it will still be cheaper to pay overtime than hire more workers. Especially in areas where overtime only comes during certain times of the year. It is still a good thing thou because we don't need to pity-the-poor-billionaires and a little wealth adjustment is fine, it will also help the economy as a whole by making more people have the ability to spend more.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

johncandale Useless math reminder (334 comments)

This is your reminder all these formulas are useless because they rely on assumptions in the math. You can just as easily "proof" the opposite.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

johncandale Only what sony employees deserve (528 comments)

I still have not forgiven them for the rootkit and other more recent sins. And no, employees are not innocent. You work for a corrupt company, you are complacent. Just like NSA employees, you don't get a free pass because you are following orders. If 60% of NSA employees quit, it would have forced change a lot faster then anything going on now.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

johncandale Re:save the childern (115 comments)

I can cover that. Ban drones because predator use them to tract kids and see when they are alone. Anyways it is a legit concern. Wait till you are on a flight that is downed due to a hobby drone

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

johncandale Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

Taxi drivers need a app. The biggest problem with taxi's anywhere besides New York is it takes forever to get one anywhere besides that 3 block area near the bar. How about getting /to/ the bar. Or to work from home? You have to call or website and it takes forever to arrive and sometimes they never come after waiting 30 minutes because taxi drivers go where the fuck they want. If taxi drivers had some accountability and had a decent app already you never would have been able to let uber undercut you. Also why don't you get a real padded seat already instead of that plastic beach copcar seat? uber isn't just cheaper, it is also just better.

about three weeks ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

johncandale You can already do this (79 comments)

They can already read your email. Besides you shouldn't be discussing anything non-professional on work networks anyways. And if you are on a office computer they could read your notepad.txt if they wanted.

about three weeks ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

johncandale 40% are subsistence farmers (45 comments)

Considering that 30%~ of the world are subsistence farmers, and 40~%+ are involved in farming I am not surprised. I highly doubt that Sub-Saharan Africa should be worrying about the myth of the digital divide for most of the people there. Or the people that don't use money in central America. I mean 50% of the world eats with their hands. 1st world People have weird priorities sometimes. I hope this group isn't getting any donated money.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

johncandale Re:what a real guard does vs a robot (140 comments)

You are confusing retail security guards with corporate security with ID checks and such, who will most certainly be proactive in locking down doors and calling cops.

about three weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

johncandale Re:Lock-em down (698 comments)

Well of course it includes a non lethal take down system for anyone in the room. Most likely that sticky foam used on rioters or maybe stun guns. Give it a few years, the system will be good enough to target only the shooter, give it a few more years and you will see the system in every public place, and a few years after that, every business and home. Creepy but hey No violent crime is a good thing right citizen? BTW we now decide what is a crime. Smile for the bi-directional telescreens! Hey you in house 486, you don't seem too cheerful today!

about a month ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

johncandale Re:Oh no (297 comments)

It is thou. The difference in the amount people burn or their Bactria burn is trivial compared to the difference in the amount they eat + they amount they exercise properly. Over and over again, overweight people say they don't eat that much but then when you monitor them, you see they eat way more. Skinny people trying to bulk up do the same thing. "I eat so much" but when you look at it, it is not that much.

In any case if you do keep more, that just means you get to eat less. So even if is your genes fault, it is still your job to adjust

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

johncandale low morals (438 comments)

People with low morals usually assume everyone else is like them too. This has been shown over and over. I never cheated, lots of people never cheated. Also I never stole as a kid either. I hear that alot too. "Oh everyone stole a candy or money as a young kid" Nope. Wrong. Deal with it.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

johncandale I hoped you failed them (438 comments)

I hoped you failed them and turned them into the disciplinary committee. They should fail the whole homework not just the two questions. People only change due to consequences. Again. People really really ONLY CHANGE DUE TO consequences. Back in my day plagiarism and cheating were grounds for expulsion. At least they should be put on academia probation. You don't do this just to show how dangerous their behavior was, but as a lesson to others that it won't be tolerated at the school. You are not doing anyone any favors by letting it slide. Not the students, not the school, not the honest students, not other teachers and certainly not society.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

johncandale Can I claim discrimination because I am a US citiz (459 comments)

As Parent pointed out. Can I claim discrimination because I am a US citizen yet? Also the article is nonsense. If anything a company would be falling over themselves to hire a qualified black man, for many reasons. it is just a classic 'the first time it got hard they quit and later blamed it on racism' shtick.

about a month ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

johncandale HAHA, you think Google votes are publicly traded (89 comments)

...how can a publicly traded company possibly justify such investments to stockholders?

Most of google voting stock is owned by company insiders. I hear 3 people basically control the voting rights to the company. Modern stock issues are a scam.

The new Class C shares have no voting rights. The Class A shares have one vote each, but collectively those votes are dwarfed by the 10-votes-per-share Class B shares. Those shares, which do not trade in the public market, are owned by Google insiders, who will also get Class C shares in the distribution ...----... The split was first proposed nearly two years ago as part of a plan to "preserve the corporate structure that has allowed Google to remain focused on the long term." ...---.... As originally proposed by the company, the move would have made it easy for Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, to cash in a large part of their holdings without giving up their voting control. But that ability has been limited after the company settled a class action suit filed by angry (Class A) shareholders, and reached agreements with the three top officials to limit their sales.

Basically they want the benefits of a public corp without the responsibilities. So yeah, they don't have to justify jack to stock holders. Remember, if you don't know who the sucker in the room is after 5 hands, the sucker is you.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/03/investing/google-stock-split/ http://economix.blogs.nytimes.... http://www.businessweek.com/ar... http://investorplace.com/2014/...

about a month ago
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Earth's Oxygen History Could Explain "Darwin's Dilemma" In Evolution

johncandale Re:A matter of perspective and dice rolling (78 comments)

It all helps each other. Creationists always hold that the chance is too small for evolution to happen by chance. Others like to point out that over a long enough time span, if you get to keep the winning dice rolls (advantages) it is inevitable. I always think of these gaps like that. Long enough time spans. Thou it does seem that evolution when it starts to happen happens in relatively fast spans. Usually do to a change. Also maybe there was a lifeform, bacteria that produced oxygen as waste.

about a month ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

johncandale Reading too much into adcopy is our hobby (183 comments)

Game director Jeffrey Kaplan (a.k.a. Tigole) said one of their big goals is to make it an approachable game in a way shooters often aren't

This is likely just meanless talk for the stockholders. But I highly doubt that is a good idea. The problem with modern shooters, especially consoles, is the skill ceiling is so low that it becomes random chance for anyone over the few months of play mark. This just won't work well for PC gamers who still play CS in large numbers everyday. Even Team Fortress was not really casual. Only casual relatively and it inherited a lot of people from the older smaller video game crowds and it's player base can not be called casual compared to a Halo or Call of Duty 'press F to pay respects' crowd.

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

johncandale Bad study. Pointless data (250 comments)

All they did was match international video game sales to violent crime rates? Get real. Violent crime has been falling for a long time now, and there are many structural reasons why.

You might as well say soda does not cause violent crime because soda sales are up and Crime is down. Both have way too many factors linked to be useful

about a month ago

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