It's not very popular.

Feb 25 DavidG commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@17 Dodging the question AGAIN! Dominic Holden is a much better advocate for urbanism. Environmental, safety, and economic/social justice reasons are all good reasons for regulations. What's the reason here (besides "take my word for it")? I still haven't seen one.
Feb 25 DavidG commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
I think almost always, the burden of making the case lies on those advocating FOR regulation. In many instances, it's justified. But you've got to make the case. And I don't see any case here -just "trust me, I'm from the past" and "trust those council members, they know a lot [that they're not telling]". No case, just appeal to authority.
Dec 30, 2013 DavidG commented on Billionaires Are Full of Contradictions.
the Koch brothers have a combined net worth of $72 billion. Each of those billions is a thousand millions. So every million these guys spend is like a guy with $72,000 spending a single buck. If you had $72,000 in your bank account, how hard would you find it to spend six [or 50] dollars, especially if those six [or 50] dollars were almost certainly going to get you more?

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Dec 20, 2013 DavidG commented on Uber "Surge Pricing" Controversy Is a Cautionary Tale Against Taxi Deregulation.
@6 A ton of Uber drivers I've met have been of foreign extraction as well, a similar demographic to taxi drivers. And for the most part, when it's not surge pricing, it's both cheaper and faster than calling a cab. Nostalgia for the old ways doesn't mean the old ways actually worked better for the working class; that's just conservatism dressed up as populism.
Dec 20, 2013 DavidG commented on Uber "Surge Pricing" Controversy Is a Cautionary Tale Against Taxi Deregulation.
That must be why noted Objectivist Ezra Klein is such a fan of surge pricing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonk…

Sometimes, inevitably, there are more people looking for rides than there are drivers available. There are a few ways Uber could handle this. It could create a waiting list, such that requests are fulfilled in the order they are received, likely leaving people stranded for extended periods of time wherever they are. It could just ignore the extra requests and tell people to try again later. Or it could do what economists the world over tend to think is the sensible thing: Adjust the pricing of the service until demand matches supply.

The price in this case isn’t just a system of rationing; it also helps increase supply by getting more cars on the road. If you’re an Uber driver off the clock and learn that you’ll make three times normal if you go to work and start driving people around, you’re probably going to do it, even if the weather is lousy and you’d rather sit comfortably at home.

In my experience, the service makes amply clear when you order a car if this surge pricing applies, introducing an extra step into the car ordering process to ask whether you approve prices that are 2x normal, or whatever the precise surge price is at that moment. People who order a surge-priced car without knowing it in advance aren't paying very close attention.
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Jul 10, 2013 DavidG commented on Watch Someone Try to Hire a Hit Man to Kill Her Husband.
At least she didn't want him to suffer.
Jun 20, 2013 DavidG commented on If You Think NSA Snooping Is Bad Now, Wait Until We Can Upload Our Brains to Computers.
Kurzweil has been saying this for 20+ years now. No idea why Google hired him, he's a kook.
May 31, 2013 DavidG commented on Twin Peaks and Cherry Pie.
@23 - Ironic, given the vast number of Twin Peaks-influenced diners and bars across the country and especially in Seattle, such as Linda's and Lost Lake, that the Original Twin Peaks Diner is so far off the mark. Seems like it should be the flagship of northwest blue-collar noir!
May 31, 2013 DavidG commented on Twin Peaks and Cherry Pie.
@14 Somebody's got to do this. Just from a tourism standpoint Twede's is flushing a ton of money down the toilet by driving so many tourists away, who would flock if the atmosphere had any whiff of Twin Peaks to it.
May 9, 2013 DavidG commented on The 2013 Genius Awards Finalists Get Their Cakes!.
Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang have the 2 most accomplished resumes in music internationally right now. @10 Ben is an amazing and talented asset to Seattle's music scene, but don't oversell, this is a great batch (with the possible exception of Katie Kate, who will be much more interesting in 5-10 years' time)
 
 

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