Re: If only you knew...
As have I. As have I.
105 posts • joined 20 May 2014
I wonder how much this suit has to do with Danmore's conviction of the righteousness of his cause, versus Dhillon's political ambitions. My guess is the ratio is somewhere near a tad :: a whole lot.
I also don't see a path to him actually winning the case. Leaving aside the question of whether his arguments actually have any merit, he's facing Google's legal department and a Santa Clara County jury.
Why do official agencies in, say, California, communicate in Spanish? Because it's the first language of a significant number of people who live there. Where I live, there are large Portuguese and Brazilian populations, and you _do_ see government documents in Portuguese.
HTH, but I bet you already knew that somehow.
"One of the most important patterns of conservative message-making is projection. Projection is a psychological notion; it roughly means attacking someone by falsely claiming that they are attacking you. Conservative strategists engage in projection constantly."
--"What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?" http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/conservatism.html
I can see how you could mistake a Jack Daniels flag for a Daesh one, if you'd never seen the JD logo and also you couldn't tell Arabic writing from English and also you had a very tiny brain.
That said, I'm not sure I'd want to live next to someone so proud of drinking the stuff. I used to drink that brand too, but then I turned 16.
The interesting thing: we have here an item made by people with far more money and technical acumen than common sense, who don't have to worry about working hard enough to break a sweat, and who live in a place where it gets cool enough to wear a light jacket. If you didn't know Silicon Valley existed, you could now deduce its existence.
IANAML, but the law is very clear on this point: no it isn't. That point was, coincidentally, also established in Germany--specifically in the Nuremberg trials. Here in the USA, William Calley famously attempted an "only following orders" defense when tried for his part in the My Lai massacre. This also failed. Today, the UCMJ (the code of laws pertaining strictly to the military in the USA) makes it clear that members of the military only have a duty to obey _lawful_ orders.
Nice try though.
"The engineers obviously were deeply involved in this business, but surely it's the management who decided to 1) instruct engineers to develop cheating software and 2) deploy the cheating software, who are the real villains here."
Yes, but he, the engineer, had an ethical duty that he reneged on. This particular ethical duty is backed up by a law, which is why he's in jail today. In a just world he wouldn't be the last one to wind up a guest of the state, but "I was only following orders" is a weak-sauce excuse that couldn't and shouldn't have cleared him here.
"I also still wonder why we don't get discounts at the self service tills when we're saving the store money."
When a business finds a way to cut their costs, they have a choice between two courses of action:
(a) Pass the savings on to the customer
(b) Pocket the savings
Guess which alternative virtually every business since the dawn of time has elected for.
Will they be a market leader in self-driving cars? Almost certainly not. But they're hoping to have the best-known brand in the getting-to-where-you-need-to-go industry, and being as this era we live in is hot garbage, having a leading brand is arguably more important (business-success wise) than having good technology or a well-maintained fleet or a shred of character.
"Car makers have big brand awareness."
Well, I'd argue that that's exactly what Uber is driving at (pun slightly intended). Their hope is that, when this day comes, their brand will be well known and the first thing you think about when you want to go someplace. But you have a point as well, I wouldn't count out the big carmakers at all.
As I understand it--and I am privy to no special information here--the difference between the money-hemorrhaging Uber we all know, and a hypothetical profitable Uber, is the driver payroll. The whole company is basically a bet that self-driving cars will be practical and legal before they run out of money.
Does it strike anyone else as odd that Google can claim that Google Ireland, Google France, Google [name of country or region] are separate entities (which yes I understand they are legally) engaged in commerce with each other, when all of them presumably are ultimately accountable to Mountain View?
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