There is one point that has its merits and was raised in the article about their collective freak out: taxi drivers have to pay quite large sums of money to be allowed to provide such services. So while Uber may have its casual drivers there are those who are making a living out of it. Which isn't a problem at all. However when you have some people paying big to go into the business and others that aren't paying at all you do create a very unfair situation. What I'm saying is that years of regulatory capture will turn against cab drivers in a very ugly way. It's not Uber's fault nor its users but it does create a serious problem. The solution is simple but complex to apply: eliminate the steep fee to enter the cab business.
Maybe we should use this as an example of why regulatory capture is bad?
So yea, we know other nations are dirt bags too, but we are busy bagging on the US right now with the rest getting a pass.
Just because the US is the most prominent 'target' and self-professed 'bastion of freedom and justice'. But really, no. There's plenty of discussion on many, many, many other countries. You have a very narrow view of the world if you are drawing those conclusions based on Techdirt alone. It's an American site so it's only natural that it tends to focus on the western countries and the major players. TD is not obliged to talk about Zimbabwe or New Guinea or something (though sometimes you see some of these less known places over here). I read TD and I am interested in things in the US as what the country does still has a lot of influence in the west and in my country. And we know that bad ideas tend to be more contagious than good ones.
As for Russia, I'd say I couldn't care less because they have little influence here but it would be like not caring for Africa because I'm well and dandy here. I do care but I spend less time on Russia because of what I exposed above. And because time is limited so one has to focus on something or risk not producing anything.
...and the desire of those terrorists to poison others against our values and our way of life...
...on the grounds that I do not consider their presence in the UK to be conducive to the public good...
Notice how she is sociopath with a great megalomaniac tendency. It's about me, me, me. Our stuff, what I think it's right. Fuck you all who don't agree with the almighty ME. People like these are disgusting. And often are diagnosed psychopaths. So there's that, UK has some loon in charge of defense it seems. (Never mind the rest of the Government)
I want this partnership to reclaim that debate…. to defeat their poisonous ideology… and deny them the opportunity to spread messages of hate and division.
LOL. What the fuck is the message she's spreading about then? If anything it's hate, division AND insanity. She's doing the exact same as ISIS. Shameful.
I don't fear petty terrorists, I fear people like May.
are no longer in danger of entering the public domain
Great, we are no longer in danger of others being inspired by their work and producing great new things too! We may also make sure that songs that are stored somewhere far from the listeners have plenty of time to finish rotting and vanishing from history!
I'd ask how these people can't see the insanity of it but I'm convinced they can but they fail to care out of the top of their piles of cash grabbed via regulatory capture.
If the French government actually issues an asylum invitation to Snowden, I'll order a proper chapeau from some non-Amazonian online retailer and eat it.
I laughed at the image this produced in my head.
I was amazed at how France went down the censorious, Orwellian route so fast and so hard after those Charlie Hebdo shootings but really, in retrospect, it should be expected, the west is moving towards it in unison. They just needed a public commotion for a reason. I mean this is not a surprise if you think about it.
I'd like to bring this slightly off topic to highlight this:
Now, it's perhaps worth noting that we, the Techdirt staff, have had some discussions about this case previously and there's been some disagreement about it. Some of us think that the Kit Kat shape is indeed distinct enough to warrant a mark
This is one of the things that make this site great. You see, even the writers themselves may differ in opinions and regardless Tim could publish his line of thinking anyway. Never mind the numerous articles where different points of view are exposed and scrutinized even if the author himself can't decide if he agrees or not. And when things aren't what they seem they will come forth and admit they were wrong (Karl's 'apology' to Wheeler was the most recent epic example).
When I see things like these I find the occasional trolls to be even more amusing in their antics...
Re: How EXACTLY does the comment by " JustShutUpAndObey" get the "First Word" linkage above when that person has no visible profile?
Just so you know, I placed the comment there before it was marked insightful because I (as in, it is my own opinion) think that the comment summarizes pretty well the Uber experience. So, contrary to your lunatic need of seeing conspiracies everywhere, Mike has absolutely nothing to do with it nor I'm some ominous commercial entity with ulterior motives. Incidentally it seems some people agreed with me as it was marked insightful afterwards.
A little off-topic (or not), one of the criticisms directed towards Uber and greatly trumpeted by cab drivers is that Uber drivers don't have that innate knowledge about roads and places and often rely on GPS for reaching their destinations. I personally find this point rather amusing given there are plenty of stories of cab drivers taking longer routes or wrong ways just to increase the price of the run. I guess that phrase summarizes what most people think of this quite well:
"why, yes, I'd rather pay extra money and take a ride with these sociopaths?"
That. Have my insightful vote. Instead of spending that much energy in pointless actions like these they should be working to improve regular cab services so people will want to use them even if the competition offers lower prices.
Suddenly get everyone to think "why, yes, I'd rather pay extra money and take a ride with these sociopaths?"
I dunno in France but here the taxi drivers could start by maintaining their cars in better conditions and being less of lunatics while driving (ie: driving more safely).