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  1. Comment on Uber's Path of Destruction in ~tech

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    Some taxi services were already moving towards this before Uber. When I was living in Chicago in 08-10, I would often "hail" a taxi from my phone via a web-based form, especially if I was at home....

    Some taxi services were already moving towards this before Uber. When I was living in Chicago in 08-10, I would often "hail" a taxi from my phone via a web-based form, especially if I was at home. I'd get text messages from dispatch letting me know the taxi number and the driver, how long it would take, and an estimated cost.

    There's also a service called zTrip that functions as both a traditional, street-hailable taxi service and pre-arranged service. I think Grab in SE Asia works the same way.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Recommendation - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy in ~games

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    I like the Professor Layton games, but yeah some of those puzzles are beyond me. At some point, I stop caring about the puzzles and grab a walkthrough because I just want to see the story.

    I like the Professor Layton games, but yeah some of those puzzles are beyond me. At some point, I stop caring about the puzzles and grab a walkthrough because I just want to see the story.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Ex-smokers, what did you do to help you stop? in ~life

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    My last cigarette was in like Nov or Dec of 2017, after smoking from like ages 22-30. Definitely on the older side to start, but I was going through some shit and I hung around smokers. I switched...

    My last cigarette was in like Nov or Dec of 2017, after smoking from like ages 22-30. Definitely on the older side to start, but I was going through some shit and I hung around smokers.

    I switched completely to vaping after that, having used both for like a year.

    I still vape; started at 6mg, but mostly down to 3mg for the last several months. I'd like to go to 1.5mg or 0mg later this year. But will I quit? Idk. Time will tell. Or my wallet.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Playdate. A New Handheld Gaming System. in ~games

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    Yeah, I was immediately reminded of those Pocket Operators when I saw this. Those, however, I get. And I want. This? It looks cool, but I'm not sure I understand it or the price point. But, it's...

    Yeah, I was immediately reminded of those Pocket Operators when I saw this. Those, however, I get. And I want.

    This? It looks cool, but I'm not sure I understand it or the price point. But, it's interesting enough to keep on my radar.

  5. Comment on Alabama Public Television refuses to air 'Arthur' episode with gay wedding in ~lgbt

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    When the government violates free speech to support their views and suppress others' views.

    when government violates free speech

    When the government violates free speech to support their views and suppress others' views.

    11 votes
  6. Comment on Westworld III - HBO 2020 in ~tv

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    I'm getting strong "Detroit: Become Human" vibes from this. Which makes sense, since they're both about robots, AI, and sentience/freedom.

    I'm getting strong "Detroit: Become Human" vibes from this. Which makes sense, since they're both about robots, AI, and sentience/freedom.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Oh He Dead "Lonely Sometimes" - 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Submission in ~music

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    Damn, I love her voice. Thanks for sharing!

    Damn, I love her voice. Thanks for sharing!

    2 votes
  8. Comment on What are your thoughts on Minecraft? in ~games

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    I love it still, though I don't play it nearly as much as I did in the beginning. My friend suggested it and I wasn't sure if it'd be worth it. But I bought it anyway. I played for 14hrs straight...

    I love it still, though I don't play it nearly as much as I did in the beginning. My friend suggested it and I wasn't sure if it'd be worth it. But I bought it anyway.

    I played for 14hrs straight on the first day.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on Uber’s plans include attacking public transit: documents filed for IPO reveal plans to privatize transportation, getting riders off public buses and trains and onto "Uber buses." in ~news

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    One of the things about public transportation in the US is that it's almost always publicly-owned and operated. Some special governmental entity runs and oversees it. Colloquially, we don't...

    One of the things about public transportation in the US is that it's almost always publicly-owned and operated. Some special governmental entity runs and oversees it. Colloquially, we don't consider privately-owned options like taxis and Uber to be public transportation. As such, I think this colors the perception of public transportation. "Oh it's the government doing it, no wonder it's so shitty." So in invites the typical thinking that a for-profit company or companies could do it better. But with your experience in Germany, the other commentor's experience in the UK, and my experiences in the Philippines, that's not necessarily true.

    In addition, a lot of people here don't know that older publicly-owned systems in the US generally evolved from the consolidation of for-profit companies. Those companies might have been going out of business and couldn't sustain operations, so the government stepped into continue these much needed routes and services. That's certainly true of Amtrak, the national passenger train service. It's a government-owned corporation that was created to ensure intercity train transportation remained.

    And that gets at my main point: Why would anyone want a company to come in and take over a public system with their for-profit motives? What happens when Uber or Lyft or whomever steps in and decides the bus route I take daily to and from work is unprofitable and cuts it or triples the price to make it profitable? The government exists to provide a service, even if it's not necessarily profitable, because that's not its main motivation. A for-profit has one motivation and there's no guarantees that it would be better or cheaper than what the government offered or can offer.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Uber’s plans include attacking public transit: documents filed for IPO reveal plans to privatize transportation, getting riders off public buses and trains and onto "Uber buses." in ~news

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    I could see both sides of the argument, largely depending on location. I lived in Chicago for a bit and still visit often. I think its public transportation system is one of the best I've seen, at...

    I could see both sides of the argument, largely depending on location.

    I lived in Chicago for a bit and still visit often. I think its public transportation system is one of the best I've seen, at least in the US and, IMO, it's cheap. Idk if I'd want Uber to mess it up. Edit: Toronto is another place I thought had excellent pub transit.

    Where I currently live in Kansas City, MO, however, it's pretty poor. But it's mitigated, for better or worse, by the fact that pretty much everyone has a car, traffic is nowhere near Los Angeles-levels, and parking space is cheap and plentiful. You can park in our downtown for free. Garage parking is often only a few bucks. Public transportation here suffers from a chicken-or-the-egg problem. If Uber wants to give it a try, good luck. No one will use it.

    The worst I've seen so far is in the Philippines, in Metro Manila. As one of the largest and most densely-packs cities in the world, their public transportation is severely lacking. From what I can tell, public transportation is provided by hundreds of private entities through tour buses, small vans, and of course Jeepneys. It's regulated, but it's not organized. The light rail system isn't as extensive as it needs to be and is overcrowded. That might be a place where a single entity - private or public - could improve it, just by putting everything under one "umbrella." Unfortunately, Uber left much of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Banning of users and the discussion of controversial subjects in ~tildes

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    This is an excellent analogy. I tend to use a similar argument. Though less pissing, more screaming at passersby ; ) I've never quite understood this notion that a website, specifically reddit, is...

    When an asshole walks into a supermarket and pisses on the floor, what does the staff at that supermarket do? Try to explain to him why that's a bad action, or kick him out, and if necessary call the cops? Why should an internet forum's etiquette be any different than a brick and mortar store? Will there be that many people sticking up for that guy's rights to piss in everyone else's corn flakes? I doubt it.

    This is an excellent analogy. I tend to use a similar argument. Though less pissing, more screaming at passersby ; )

    I've never quite understood this notion that a website, specifically reddit, is somehow a public square. And even in a public square, I don't think you'd get to scream at the top of your lungs, castigating and harassing anyone that happens to walk by, even if they did engage with you. I'm sure most places, even in the US, have laws and ordinances against that kind of behavior.

    Before reddit, and even after reddit, I've never seen such a massive community think they have 100% free speech on a publicly-accessible, privately-owned website (AKA any regular website). Maybe 4chan is the outlier. Even the creator of Voat had to start enforcing some things.

    I've been on forums and other types of social media since the mid 90s. There are always rules. And there are always mods/admins ready to enforce those rules. Only on reddit do people kick and scream at the smallest of enforcement action that's often necessary.

    Don't get me wrong; mods and admins are never super popular. But I feel like people elsewhere have tended to understand why they exist; why they have to exist.

    I enjoy reddit. I still use it daily. Far more than tildes at the moment. But reddit's dumbest decision was always their approach to "free speech" on the site. Look how many times they've had to walk that back in the face of various self-inflicted crises. Not only that, but their perceived selective application of it, as well.

    The worst part -- and perhaps this is a result all of social media, though reddit plays a big part -- is the spreading of the belief that somehow everyone gets to have a say AND people MUST listen. No. You can have your say, but I don't have to listen. And, as a mod, I don't have to make other people listen to you, either. I don't need people pissing in my community's aisles or in their corn flakes. Take that to Walmart or Voat.

    I'm glad to see many tildes users, and its creator, take this position. After years of taking a beating on the issue elsewhere, especially when moderating, it's a breath of fresh air.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on Elite Dangerous player stranded for three months has been rescued in ~games

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    This reminds of a group in EVE that helps rescue stranded players in Wormhole space. Signal Cartel, I believe. Very neat story!

    This reminds of a group in EVE that helps rescue stranded players in Wormhole space. Signal Cartel, I believe. Very neat story!

    3 votes
  13. Comment on When did you first start watching anime? in ~anime

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    One of the first animes I remember seeing as a kid was Sailor Moon. I wanna say it was part of the Saturday morning cartoons in the mid/late 90s. I didn't watch it regularly, but I watched it...

    One of the first animes I remember seeing as a kid was Sailor Moon. I wanna say it was part of the Saturday morning cartoons in the mid/late 90s. I didn't watch it regularly, but I watched it enough to understand the basic storyline. Oh and I think in middle school, some friends showed me some Hentai on VHS! WTF...

    Toonami (and then Adult Swim) definitely exposed me to a lot more. Cowboy Bebop was what got me hooked. And by the time I got to 8th/9th grade, several of my friends and I watched DBZ.

    These days, I actually don't watch all that much anime. I probably binge 2-4 shows/season of a show per year. I'm really into the more philosophical dystopian future shows like Ghost in the Shell (prob 2nd favorite series after Bebop) and Psychopass. I also like "political" shows like Code Geass, Aldnoah.Zero, and Last Exile. Though that doesn't mean I haven't seen - and enjoyed - shows like Attack on Titan, Ah My Goddess, and Ouran High School Host Club.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on MLS starts next week. Who do you support? in ~sports

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    Sporting KC. It's my hometeam!

    Sporting KC. It's my hometeam!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on A Case For Why Labels Should Be Removed in ~tildes

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    Somewhat in the same vein, I think Tildes needs to be careful of becoming an "anti-reddit." I tried Voat and Imzy and I noticed a similar mindset among users. I don't think you can build a product...

    Somewhat in the same vein, I think Tildes needs to be careful of becoming an "anti-reddit." I tried Voat and Imzy and I noticed a similar mindset among users. I don't think you can build a product or community simply by being the antithesis of that other thing. I'm sure many of us come from reddit so it's natural to compare and contrast the two. But for Tildes to be successful, it needs to be able to stand on its own.

    10 votes
  16. Comment on Trump Declares National Emergency To Help Fund Southern Border Wall in ~news

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    How popular was that decision? Were average citizens, at the time, OK with removing the Cherokee? I ask because the wall isn't popular. Even if Trump decided to ignore a possible slap-down by the...

    How popular was that decision? Were average citizens, at the time, OK with removing the Cherokee?

    I ask because the wall isn't popular. Even if Trump decided to ignore a possible slap-down by the courts, he'd still have to contend with an angry populace that's probably willing to take action. Toss in eminent domain fights (perhaps literal), and there's no way it's getting built.

  17. Comment on Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now lost to us in ~tech

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    Relevant XKCD. That would be awesome if Opportunity spontaneously started back up. But I wonder if we'll be listening anymore to even know.

    Relevant XKCD.

    That would be awesome if Opportunity spontaneously started back up. But I wonder if we'll be listening anymore to even know.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Jungle. The music is awesome, but the videos are even better. See: "Julia" Edit: And "Casio"

    Jungle. The music is awesome, but the videos are even better. See: "Julia"

    Edit: And "Casio"

    2 votes