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I've met bus drivers who have a "thing" to keep the folks at front entertained. They don't go show biz about it, but it keeps their job fun and I think it keeps the ride a little safer because it makes it easier to deal with dramatic riders. One dude went on crazy party vacations and shared his photos. Some people are just about putting their personalities out there. So, it's not unique to Lyft.
3 months ago on The Prince of Lyft: How one micro entrepreneur is ridesharing his way to stardom
It sounds like the future stuff is more one-size-fits-all, or 50 sizes fit many. Today, it's not really one size. There are supplemental workbooks you can buy, video tutorials, hired tutors, some kids get time with the teacher, some kids have parents who are smart or well educated, some kids have decent access to a library at home, or access to the public library. The computer adds one more.I sense there's a great hope that software-based learning will fix everything, but my feeling is it will help a lot, but you'll reach the plateau quickly.The main thing it provides is immediate feedback, so you can know if you got the right answer, immediately. If you got it wrong, you can try again. So you can address misunderstandings quickly.It's still "mass production" but with more feedback. It's mass production with constant quality control.
3 months ago on iHave a Dream: The unanswered questions behind LA’s ed tech fiasco
The main thing the iOS environment brings is easy software installation. You click around, and it's installed. Installing software was a huge impediment for people, particularly Windows users. That's why many people feel they can't "do much" with computers - they aren't installing new software and trying it out.
Now, people install all kinds of software, and feel like they are in control of the system. Of course, the irony is that IOS is the most closed, most controlled, most "locked-down" operating systems out there (maybe the Kindle is worse). The user really has little control over the computer, but because their prior experiences were so constricted, they feel freed.
It's like driving stick versus driving automatic. Stick is harder, and requires more work, but people who drive stick feel more in control. Automatic makes driving more accessible to more people, so more people feel able to experience the freedom of driving.As noted above, I like Linux. Linux used to be like building a car from crates of parts. Today, it's more like a pre-built kit car... with this layer of magic to install software IOS-style. (Or maybe we should say IOS installs like RedHat Linux, because Linux really made simple installation an important feature of system administration.)
They could have gotten laptops for less, and loaded them with Linux. Then, with regard to software, they could contract that out to a company that would design the software.
@BethTerry It pops up if you use tax software. The one I use asks a question about buying a car - that's just the typical situation that triggers the deduction. Your total sales taxes have to exceed your deduction for state income taxes paid - my state income taxes are kind of high so it usually exceeds sales taxes. I believe that if your state doesn't collect income tax, you can deduct sales taxes. You should look it up.
1 year, 9 months ago on Get a Bag and a Receipt: When Social and Environmental Justice Collide
@Will Terry That's a totally different situation. You saw a crime and pursued. Zimmerman didn't see a crime and pursued.
@EcoCatLady The women's lib movement was about more than work, but it ended up being about work, and mainly about white middle class women's work issues - specifically access to white collar jobs. The number of white women working went up, but for women of color and white working class women, the numbers didn't change much, because they were already working. The issues facing women in blue-collar, manual labor jobs, still exist today and haven't been adequately addressed. You look in the construction trades, which are the best paid manual labor jobs, and there were and are few women, and the women who are there tend to be very thick-skinned about sexism, out of necessity. The split in pay between people who do "womens' work" and "mens' work" hasn't been fully addressed either.The real answer, which was pushed people both men and women considered wacky feminists, was to reduce the number of hours worked, and to pay women (and eventually men) for raising children. "Wages for Housework" was the call, and if we valued housework the way we value, say, used-car salespersons, we'd have more compensation for housework.
@BethTerry If you spend a lot of money one year, you can deduct sales taxes.
Well... look at where poor people live. That's where they site the most polluting industries. The people work all day, maybe two jobs, and don't have the political power or often the physical energy to resist these toxic developments. People with means can often resist - the community is usually educated, old people are retired and have time, and people have 40 hour per week jobs, and usually there are a couple people around who've "made it" and have time and money to spend. So their communities don't get industries that pollute, and aren't cut up by freeways. But, since they don't really expand their NIMBY fight to anywhere outside of their area, the businesses site themselves in poor communities that don't or can't fight back.
One other thing - one way to prepare hachiya persimmons is to hang them. Found this: http://thesecretyumiverse.wonderhowto.com/blog/make-hanging-dried-persimmons-hoshigaki-0131492/
1 year, 9 months ago on How To Store Produce Without Plastic
I do what my mom discovered - just wrap the food in newspaper. The paper gets moist in the crisper and helps to regulate the humidity.
@FG I think Singapore is a country that, like Saverin, realizes that freedom is purchased, not earned. He's buying additional freedom in a country that seems designed to benefit the wealthy. There's no need for democracy when the rich are kept happy, is there?
1 year, 10 months ago on What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)
@mscommerce What alternate reality are you in? You're talking about anarchism, not the United States. Haven't you read the original text of the Constitution?
@v_ferauge I think that's fair. I thought as much about the numerous Filipinos who staff our hospitals. Also, I think that people who move to the US should seek to become citizens and permanent residents. I'm ok with Saverin renouncing - I'm not okay with him dodging taxes. If anything, this and other tax-sheltering schemes should really motivate governments to harmoize their tax laws so companies can't avoid their responsibilities to the countries in which they do business.
@shaker cherukuri I believe there are taxes for people who expatriate, but it's the timing here that's at issue. If he expatriates later, he'll be taxed on the likely rise in stock prices after the IPO. If he does it now, he's going to pay taxes on the current value of the stock, which is based on some magic, perhaps somewhat made-up guess about the company's assets and value.
@JaimeAndresPretell There's also the entire middle part of the continent, which was invaded.
@sadfpoi This is so true. The scale of the US is something to consider. (Yes, China is larger... maybe that's why Saverin is moving to Asia) Europe is fairly close in wealth and size to the US, but there's no unifying language or legal system that enables a company like Facebook to operate at the scale it's operated. Also, American imperialism, like it or not, has helped shape the internet's spread in other countries, and before the internet, it pushed the English language into these countries. (Look at how many Japanese think they can speak English. It's because they've all been taught English in school.) Widespread use of English, globally, benefits all the companies that operate in the countries of the old Commonwealth and the US.
How about the rich don't pay any tax at all?
@bwin How about he renounces after the IPO?
@Gerson Paull He might try to give away a lot in Brazil, too. It would help the cause of his class (the super-wealthy) by perhaps discouraging kidnappings.