87 posts • joined 14 Jan 2011
Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning
Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid
Re: "Damage and loss to the state of more than $5000"?
The feds only have jurisdiction if the loss over $5,000. It doesn't mean the loss was $5,000. The actual loss will be taken into account with his sentence, ie the higher the dollar loss, the longer the sentence. The feds have little charts for figuring out how long he'll serve.
Re: Good. Lyft, Uber & their ilk suck arse.
As a taxi driver, I rent the car from the company on a daily basis. My rent is a percentage of the amount I meter each day. The company pays for insurance and maintenance, I pay a fee to the city for my taxi license and an FBI fingerprint fee. The city sets the rates, I can't charge more than those set rates. However, our city is allowing Uber drivers to charge whatever they please up to the set rates. Of course they charge half what we do, but for the time being, our business is doing fine. The city requires Uber drivers to have a taxi permit, but the drivers I know know nothing about permits or fingerprinting, so the city is setting a double standard.
Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed
Black Market Guns
We have plenty of gun laws already which aren't enforced.
I have bipolar disorder, and probably could not legally buy a gun. However, for less than $100 I could buy a nice semiautomatic pistol anywhere here from a private owner, in fact, just last week a friend brought one to my home to show to me. And the idiot managed to shoot himself while showing me.
The point is, making guns less legal or illegal won't stop criminals or crazy people getting access to them. But if guns ARE illegal, the criminals WILL still have them, and the rest of us will be less able to protect ourselves.
Somewhere I lost my train of thought...
Re: @pip25 ... Oh, come on
Prosecutors have great discretion as to what charges the file for any particular crime. So one offender might get say a year in jail for a given crime, and another identical crime might be charged differently, and a lengthy sentence, in some cases, be mandatory.
As 90% of people that go to trial in US Federal courts are found guilty, one is almost forced to plead to something to avoid at least some prison time, even if not guilty. The government also has unlimited resources while defendants have to pay for an attorney with real money. Oh yeah, "if you can't afford an attorney, one will be provided for you." You get exactly what you pay for.
How long a sentence would he be facing in each country? The US is horrible about handing down rediculously long sentences for relatively minor crimes. I could easily imagine the US giving him a life sentence and putting him in a maximum security prison.
Although, if he is guilty, some prison time is warranted.
Yes, if the driver gives good service, like helping me with packages, I will certainly tip, and I want all of the tip to go to the driver. Hell, maybe I'm unusual, but I normally tip at least 20% as long as he's ontime, clean car, and doesn't take the long route.
Maybe my small city is unusual, our two taxi companies are pretty honest, they wash and vacuum the car each shift, no driver smokes, and the wait time can be as little as ten minutes from when you call, up to 30 minutes if they're busy. The trick is to call earlier and make a reservation. Then you've got a 99 out of 100 chance that the car will be there when you need it, and probably earlier.
I looked up several of my regular taxi rides on Ubers find your fare page, they were consistently a dollar or two more than I pay for a regular taxi. The booking and other fees alone add up to my home to work taxi fare before the mileage is added, making Uber the high cost provider. I want to study the pricing a littlemore, probably on longer trips Uber will be cheaper. There's got to be a sweet spot, because they charge only half the per mile taxi rate.
Here in Victoria Texas, the cities regulate the taxis. This included a yearly application process wherein you submit your police record and fingerprints and the chief of police either alloys or disallows each application.
Uber doesn't want this background check to be performed, especially if fingerprints are required, and has recently gotten the state legislature to change it so the state oversees taxi regulation. Suspiciously absent from this new rule is any mention of REAL background checks for driver applicants.