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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A US perspective

"I'm guessing the last is due to recent immigrants' being less able to navigate the odd requirements from establishing themselves as independent operators"

You're having a giraffe, ain't ya? NYC cabbies are all already independent operators (not employees) and Uber/Lyft wouldn't survive if recent immigrants weren't signing providing the labour - just as they have for the last three decades of taxi driving.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: What about the unlicensed ones?

Right - Uber says that there is an insurance policy in place, but there's no guarantee that the driver will actually claim on it. When an Uber driver rearended my friend's car (in which I was a passenger), the Uber driver called up and claimed on his domestic policy.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Where do I begin?

"I am familiar with rent control in New York City. This is a very expensive place to live...Rent control is the only way many can afford to live there."

Respectfully, you and the author of the article conflate "New York City" with "desirable parts of Manhattan". There are plenty of apartments in NYC that are affordable or even cheap, but they're in the outer suburbs or in undesirable parts of Manhattan.

Rent Control operates primarily in Manhattan to give a relatively small number of tenants cheaper accommodation. In my entirely anecdotal observation, many of those tenants are middle class desk workers who could afford market rent (although TBF that might just reflect the fact that I mostly hung out with other middle class desk workers). It also creates lucrative opportunities for rent controlled tenants to illegally sublet their apartments to people who pay more-or-less market rate - so the tenant gets the cream for free.

There might be an argument for preserving social diversity through intervention in the market like rent control - but I don't think that rent control in NYC really achieves that and I don't think there has been a real discussion about who pays the cost of that (coz nothing comes for free).

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Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"The former Federal Magistrates' Court, renamed the Federal Circuit Court in 2013, provides an appropriate template, since its purpose is to offer streamlined procedures as an alternative to the Family Court of Australia"

Did you mean that the Fed Circuit Court is supposed to be an alternative to the FEDERAL Court of Australia? I didn't think that the Fed Family Court and Fed Circuit Court both had jurisdiction to hear family law matters.

I don't think the comparison to the budget of the Fed Circuit Court bears much examination, frankly - it does far more than a Federal Pirating Court ever would. But in any case this government isn't going to be very interested in setting up new microcourts - they've only just finished amalgamating all the specialist admin tribunals into the AAT. (And it's a terrible idea to start with).

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: kmpl? WTF?

Surely the Reg-appropriate measure of fuel efficiency would be how many times a full tank could take you around the coastline of Wales?

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Tesla: YES – We'll build a network of free Superchargers in Oz

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Things in Australia can be very far part, but the population is very concentrated in a few small places.

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A fair cop

"The ATO has also made it hard to pay employees in Bitcoin..."

It's not hard, you just have to pay tax, just like you'd have to pay tax whenever you pay your employees, surely?

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Uggly

...and this is nothing like a civil war based on religion.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: The Alcosense Lite

"I can still see the point of a gadget that let’s you know where you stand viz-a-viz the long arm of the law."

The breathalyzer shoulda been used on the proofreader ;)

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"When you're not watching telly, the system can also turn the TV into a digital picture frame, showing photos stored on Google Drive or from the web in a continuously changing background mode."

Sounds tacky.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: 10% of Samsung global revenue

"It would be like the government taking your car if you park in front of a fire hydrant. "

It would be more like the courts taking two wheels off your car after you formed a conspiracy with other drivers to make sure all the hydrants in town were blocked by cars.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: We need a follow up story

There's an excellent post on Kalzumeus about the assumptions that programmers (and plenty of other people) make about names and how they're often wrong: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

You say "1 word made-up name" but plenty of people in the world only have one name - e.g. about 20%-ish of Indonesians.

http://www.ibtimes.com/sukarno-suharto-megawati-why-do-some-indonesians-have-only-one-name-1408204

You might think that that is a cultural oddity of no real significance but the Indonesian market is 245 million people and its economy grew 6-ish% last year. In my finest South Park ski instructor voice: if your social media can't handle the names of your new user base, you're gonna have a bad time.

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Google's mystery barge flounces out of San Fran, heads to Stockton

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Murders?

You're trying to be funny but it's callous and incorrect to suggest that murder victims brought their deaths upon themselves by engaging in illegal activity. (And it's not even what happens in The Wire).

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Decisions, decisions

if it had a built-in VPN client, it would be an AMAZING business travellers' tool - no more crappy overpriced hotel movies and local TV!

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Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Okay...

That's not so much contentious as incomprehensible.

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Joke no more: Comedy virty currency Dogecoin gets real in big Xmas heist

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Hmm...

"Hasn't happened for a long time (certainly not since we went off the "gold standard"). "

S/he knows that, which is why s/he wrote "AT ONE TIME if you took a fiver into Bank of England"...

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Boffin

"The Crown Estate, an arm of the British government,"

As a tedious pedant tosser, I want to point out that the Crown Estate is not an arm of the government, it's an arm of, err, the Crown. http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/about-us/faqs/

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Corruption cops warn on old-school project management

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: They forgot one bullet-point ...

Not a terribly useful comment - unless the state stops using IT entirely, it's going to have to procure IT.

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Two more counties to get gov-funded bumpkin broadband from... guess?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

no, no, no

they mean banoffee.

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Russia's post-Snowden spooks have not reverted to type

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Original Izvestia article

There is a hidden story but its not the Snowden one. Obscure product + weird supplier + remarkably high price paid = bent government procurement.

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Russian mobile operators say 'nyet!' to Apple, 'da!' to Samsung

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Woah! Hold on there!

"Other than Apple's online store, the rest of Russia's trade in Apple kit is through the black market,"

Black market is not the right phrase for the huge number of independent mobile phone shops and online retailers in Russia. Just because they're not official Apple distributors or whatever it doesn't mean they're engaged in any illegal or immoral activity. Grey importing is not a crime.

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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: +1 to Computercenter

You still don't get it. Whether or not Computercentre had "legal reason to assume" the offices were unoccupied (a legal principle which you appear to have invented) is irrelevant when they had actual knowledge that the offices were occupied.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: +1 to Computercenter

"Computercenter...had legal reason to assume the property was not occupied. As such, they have every right to do what they wanted to the property."

Assumptions had sod all to do with it. Computercenter knew that there were people living there - that's the whole reason they employed the "consultant". RTFA.

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A woman in IT is like a dog who speaks: Rare. A woman in IT security?

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Joke

Ma ütlen, ma ütlen, ma ütlen ...

...mul ei ole nina.

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Joke

Re: names

I woudn't bother putting too much thought into it, it's obviously vapourware.

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Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

Throatwobbler Mangrove
FAIL

Re: @Anon 2:38

"If you've passed through several countries willing to take you in and offer you safety, you realistically cease to be a refugee."

Go on then - name the countries between here and Sri Lanka or Afghanistan that offer safe refuge to Sri Lankan or Afghan asylum seekers. There's a reason why people go to so much trouble to arrive in Australia instead of staying in Thailand or Indonesia, and it's not the Air Miles.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: nothing like old fashioned racism

"The obsession with the boats is costing $3.2 BILLION!!! This is plain lunacy!!"

We all know that Labor couldn't manage a PUIAB but it's pretty impressive that the Coalition (who supposedly espouse small government and Australian jobs) are also so keen for a system which shovels quite so much Australian money outside Australia and provides quite so much employment for foreigners.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: @Mahatma Coat (Really?)

"I however chose to come here legally rather than arrive on a boat and claim refugee status"

Lucky you!

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Belarus becomes world's top country ... for SPAM

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Headmaster

"7.45 per cent from the Ukraine..."

No - not "the Ukraine", just "Ukraine". The definite article is not just redundant but wrong. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18233844

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Ban everything

Just to be clear: the bill text didn't prohibit or restrict anyone operating legit Internet cafes - just operating gambling and games of chance. http://legiscan.com/OH/text/HB7/id/852559

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Try WhatsApp - it's what my mates use across BB, Samsung, iPhone...

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NYC attorney seeks mobe-makers' help to curb muggings

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Is there a difference ...

Sure, but if the thief knows they're not going to get $20 for the phone, that makes it incrementally less worthwhile.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove
Flame

New York City is not New York State

This article contains errors:

- Schneiderman is not an "NYC attorney". He is the Attorney-General of New York State.

- Lookout isn't going to advise New York City; it's going to advise New York State.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Is it possible that they're less likely to be reported as stolen in NYC than in London? For example, is claiming on insurance in the UK require a police report whereas it doesn't in the US?

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Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: @Nicho

"could you perhaps give me a few examples of people who were randomly stopped and shot by New York Police?"

I can give you 685,000 examples of people who were randomly stopped and searched by the NYPD. Just have a look at the NY Civil Liberties Union website or follow the ongoing inquiries into Stop and Frisk: http://www.nyclu.org/node/1598

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How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

It's not a puff piece. It's a serialisation of the juiciest bits.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: Tyranny

"I don't really understand what's with the Anglo-Saxons and their hatred of the idea of government-issued proof of identity"

Because mind your own business, that's why.

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App gap flap: New York's e-cabbies FOILED AGAIN

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: De Ja Vu?

yeah, but that's not cab operators (neither drivers nor mediallion owners nor fleet companies) that is being referred to. It's black car/limo companies.

TBH this article is a bit of a dog's breakfast - trying to explain NYC licensing by comparison to London licensing is redundant and misleading.

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Oz sports discovers IPTV, just a little

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Flame

bah humbug

there's absolutely no justification for public money to be spent on putting more sports on the gogglebox (or gogglepad, I suppose). if the zillion commercial sports channels that exist in Australia aren't showing your sport enough, and if no enthusiastic amateurs have popped up to put it on YouTube or Vimeo, then that's probably a pretty strong sign that no-one cares enough to watch it.

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Where's the justice here?

"The fact is that law is designed to function in a morality, philosophy and science free vacuum, because this is more profitable for lawyers."

That's misplaced here, though. The whole point of penalising people who refuse to accept perfectly decent settlement offers is to stop them litigating everything to death and then demanding the other side cops the massive legal bills that they have run up. The rule /discourages/ the unnecessary use of lawyers.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Where's the justice here?

The decision on whether to litigate further beyond the offer was the client's. The plaintiff's lawyers should have explained very clearly to her the likely consequences of rejecting an offer. If they didn't, that was improper of them. If they did, they can't help that she ended up out of pocket.

Some people want their day in court no matter what the cost - some people want to be vindicated.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Headmaster

Re: I'm confused...

"1. You cannot get a court order unless a crime is shown to have been committed. Maybe in the US, never in EU."

This is nonsense. Stick to your knitting.

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Holmes

Are you suggesting that the entire Iranian military-theological-industrial complex is in fact a massive exercise in Scifi LARPing?

(Holmes, because Steampunk)

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Facepalm

Re: So what about if you drive into a different country

So...basically you're worried about what happens when Israel reaches a full and final settlement with Palestine and Lebanon and Syria, and when relations with Egypt and Jordan are normalised, and when international road travel is so intensive that Israeli drivers' biggest concern is that they will get charged for when they pop across the border for a pint of hummus?

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Australia IS NOT educating more personal trainers than IT pros

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Dear Mr Sharwood

Well, that's certainly fair enough to restrict the counting to domestic students, so thank you for the clarification.

But on the second item: well, you said now "I wasn't saying our teaching is awesome" but in the original article, you wrote "That’s surely a vote of confidence in the quality of IT teaching here". My point (such as it is...) is just that there are many reasons why foreign students come to Australia to study IT, and the quality of IT teaching is (an important) one of those. As a counterfactual: how do we know more students wouldn't be here if the teaching were better? In other words, we can't come to any real conclusion about the quality of IT teaching just by looking at enrolment numbers or fees earned.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

I'm favourable to the overall thrust of the article (don't just repeat numbers you heard off some bloke at the pub) but...:

- why discount entirely the non-Australian citizen IT university students? A great number of them will be available to local employers during and after their course either through followon visas or because they already have a long term visa status which means they are available to local employers.

- focussing on graduates alone might be misleading, but I don't see why plenty of personal training students wouldn't also be people who are already in the fitness industry looking to upgrade their skills or are returning to work

- the large number of foreign students enrolled in Australian IT courses might be a vote of confidence in the teaching, but it might also be partially connected with "flexible" learning practices (that leaves you time to work or do other stuff), the fact that it's taught in English (so students are really getting a language and technical experience together), the fact that there's a not-terrible pathway to permanent residence (which is nice because Australia is a nice place) or any number of other factors. And that's not a criticism of people who choose or give courses playing to those strengths, by any means. But to say "there are X students, that proves our teaching is awesome" is a bit simplistic.

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'I've read all the Harry Potters - and I'm proud to have done so for adverts'

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Trollface

Re: Well done, Andrew!

It's now very common to hear people say, "I am proud and that is evil", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I am proud and that is evil" Well, so fucking what?

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

Throatwobbler Mangrove
FAIL

"Which bit of "When two people are having a private conversation, it's rude to eavesdrop" is it you think she has trouble understanding?"

Which bit of "when you're listening to a presentation at a conference, it's rude to tell your *hilarious* smutty jokes so loud that people around you hear them" is it that you think those guys had trouble understanding?

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CCTV hack takes casino for $33 MILLION in poker losses

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Boffin

Re: No Laws Broken?

ss334-335 of The Gambling Act 2005 (E&W) changed that rule: gambling debts are now enforceable in England & Wales. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/ihtmanual/ihtm28130.htm

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eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Just 25 cents in extra revenue for each $1 spent.

No, it's more than that - only some of the 25% revenue will be profit.

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