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@kpkpkp What about the cars and trucks that drive over the bus stop without stopping?  I would think they cause as much wear and tear as the buses, as there are more of them.


Also, the wear and tear doesn't add up to anywhere even near $1/stop.  Or are you kidding?

2 days, 3 hours ago on “Google Buses Pay $1 per stop, but it costs me $2 to ride MUNI”: Logical fallacy explained

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I think a shorter answer might be that it doesn't really cost anything to "operate" a bus stop, but it costs more than $1/passeneger to operate a bus.


2 days, 5 hours ago on “Google Buses Pay $1 per stop, but it costs me $2 to ride MUNI”: Logical fallacy explained

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@JVenator How do they get the new number?  I don't know of any service that hasn't contacted me to "update my payment method" after I get a new credit card.  Maybe you have to report it as stolen, not lost.  Although, I don't use AMEX, maybe they just continue to accept old numbers.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Dark Patterns: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Design

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This is what's great about one-time credit card numbers for subscriptions.  They can't continue to bill you, as the number expires after one use.


If you didn't have the ability to use such a device, I would suggest reporting your credit card as lost, get a new number, and let them cancel the subscription when they couldn't get paid.  Sure, it's a hassle, but on average, at least one of my credit card numbers gets replaced at least once a year by the bank due to fraud  (it's happened 3 times in the past 4 months), so I'm used to doing this anyway.


Your story sounds almost as bad as when I tried to cancel Verizon LTE service on a tablet I no longer used.  I was stuck paying for that for about 3 extra months, and wasted a few hours on the phone with them.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Dark Patterns: The Crimes and Misdemeanors of Design

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I could almost buy that argument that cloud companies like DropBox need someone who knows how to talk to governments, except that most western governments, and probably all those of developing nations, do not trust anyone from the Bush administration.  Bush's middle east wars were not received well by most of the rest of the world, and Rice was a leading sponsor of those wars.


Also, while other countries are mad at the U.S. for the NSA spying that was recently disclosed, a lot of it was initiated while Rice was national security adviser.  How much credibility will she have with these people?


They won't drop Rice from the board because the recent money (debt and equity) that has poured into Dropbox probably came with strings attached.

1 week ago on Why Dropbox won’t drop Condoleezza Rice from its board

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@worstall That's the ENTIRE Republican party that is against a carbon tax and maybe 5% of the other side (who have zero influence on the elected Democrats in Congress) who are insisting on the overthrow of global capitalism.  Not quite "just about everyone".  The blame for not adopting a carbon tax lies solely with the Republican party.  

1 week, 1 day ago on The boringly mainstream solution to climate change

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@worstall I'll give you that, congratulations on what may be your first post that doesn't sound like it was written by the Church of Ayn Rand, or any Republican in Congress.


But please don't get into the false equivalence.  The environmentalists are NOT against a carbon tax.  It's all on the Republicans and their campaign supporters.

1 week, 1 day ago on The boringly mainstream solution to climate change

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@worstall I didn't mean it literally, I was referring to your ideological brothers in arms in the U.S. House.  And I certainly don't expect you to have much influence on them, or any other politician, as you are their parrot, not their muse.

1 week, 2 days ago on The boringly mainstream solution to climate change

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"Why aren’t we simply doing this?"


Because all of the politicians that worship your economic religion are against it.  You try to spread the blame everywhere, saying that green activists are also to blame for not having a carbon tax, but I don't know a single one (and I know lots of them) who would be opposed to a carbon tax.  Go ahead, get your pals in the house to pass a $100/ton tax on carbon, or $1/gallon on gas, and see if the senate or the white house blocks it.


It's not mainstream opposition that is preventing the adoption of a carbon tax, it is the rank-and-file Republicans who are ideologically and economically opposed to it.

1 week, 2 days ago on The boringly mainstream solution to climate change

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@robertogreen Yeah, I have stopped commenting on his posts, as they seem to be a job application for fox make-up-the-facts news, but didn't want to let that absurd comment go.

1 week, 4 days ago on Ezra Klein’s Vox.com launches but it’s a bit undercooked

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@worstall  "On ocean acidification their first page (I can't be bothered to go further) doesn't even mention the fact that the oceans are currently alkaline."


So if someone tells you that the amount of carbon dioxide in the part of the atmosphere that we breathe is increasing, are you going to say they don't even mention that it's still more than 75% nitrogen?


Ocean acidification is a real problem.  That it is still alkaline is irrelevant,  if the life in the oceans can't live in a less alkaline environment than they have evolved to live in.  Let's pump up the CO2 level in your home to 5% and see how you like it, because it's still mostly nitrogen and oxygen.


While I don't totally disagree with you on the congressional productivity issue, repealing a bad law still requires legislation, which would be included in the calculation, and that's not happening, either.

1 week, 4 days ago on Ezra Klein’s Vox.com launches but it’s a bit undercooked

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What I don't understand is how any of the co-conspirators can be delusional enough to believe their actions didn't bring down engineers' salaries, especially when their emails essentially say they need to collude to keep engineers salaries from getting too expensive.


It's sad what happens to people's objectivity when they get to run big corporations.  And please, no lectures about fiduciary responsibility.  Those responsibilities do not give license to collude.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on UPDATED: Google begged Steve Jobs for permission to hire engineers for its new Paris office. Guess what happened next…

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@brfelix Fair enough, but I still feel Carr's use of the word is a bit disingenuous.  

3 weeks ago on Revealed: Visitor logs show full extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s cozy White House ties

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Wait a sec, you're quoting the Sunlight Foundation.  Their biggest financial supporter (not investor) is Pierre Omidyar.  Does Paul Carr know that?


I am worried that some deals will undercut net neutrality.  If, in fact, Comcast's deal with Apple is to get priority in the last mile, that would be equivalent to a large chain of stores paying mobsters for protection, rather than that store banding with other retailers to demand the government protect their stores.  However, this is an Apple rumor, and there are lots of Apple rumors that aren't true.  If the deal is rather that Apple wants to co-locate their servers at Comcast head-end, or pay for direct connections to Comcast networks, rather than have a high speed connection to the Internet nowhere near Comcast peering points, they can make an argument that they are just buying a high speed connection that is closer to their customers. If I wanted to supply streaming video to customers in Los Angeles, and my servers are in North Carolina, the service will not be as good as if the servers were located in Los Angeles.  There is latency and traffic on the Internet, and locating servers closer to customers minimizes or eliminates those issues.  I'm hoping that's the case.


Just as with First Look Media, I think we should wait and see exactly what deals are made.  And then, if they are as bad as feared, attack with the facts.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Why Comcast’s proposed Apple deal may be even worse for the Internet than its Netflix deal

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You really need to stop using "investing in" instead of "donating to".  The entities you mention (some of which aren't even entities, but just movements) are not businesses, but non-profits.  You seem to imply that theres profits to be made form Omidyar donating to these groups so they can earn a profit on them.  I know it's not a British thing, you guys know the difference between an NGO and a C-corp.  It sounds like you're trying to shape a story, maybe where there isn't one, by implying Omidyar is looking to cash in on his "investments" which are not investments.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Revealed: Visitor logs show full extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s cozy White House ties

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@worstall Sure, the NYT deserves criticism on this piece, but the bigger problem is what these states are doing to pervert the marketplace.


And saying these governors are "pro-business" while screwing over Tesla is absurd.  Last I checked, they are in business, so the governors aren't pro-business if they are taking sides.  

3 weeks, 6 days ago on The New York Times loses its mind over Tesla

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@romestamo I just checked, Tesla is a business with a market cap of about $29 billion.  


They all claim to want the market to decide who wins, not the government.  None of them will ever refute that belief.


But in any case, they all say the government should let the market decide the winners, except when the losers are regular campaign contributors.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The New York Times loses its mind over Tesla

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So instead of criticizing the governors and state legislatures of the three states (Texas, Arizona, and NJ) that have now banned Tesla stores, you go after a newspaper's poorly written article about it.  You are right to criticize the law, but you seem to be blaming the Times, instead of your brothers (and sister) in alleged free market arms, Governors Christie, Perry, and Brewer.  The Times doesn't have the power to change the law, but your fellow believers, who swear to the free market, do.  Why aren't you calling them out?

4 weeks, 1 day ago on The New York Times loses its mind over Tesla

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So, which one of PD's libertarian investors insisted that this guy be given a soapbox for his Randian kool-aid dispenser?  Or is this Pando's take on  fair and balanced?


If you insist on pushing the free-market-solves-everything fantasy, let Brian Goldberg do it, at least he's entertaining.

1 month ago on No, there isn’t a “great decoupling” between pay and production

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