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    This website is run by solar energy, so please, I urge you to visit one at a time to avoid a brownout
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    Technology isn't the issue.

    And technology wasn't actually the issue for the luddites either.

    It's about your quality of life. And technology can definitely improve the quality of your life, even when it's produced under capitalism.

    But improving your life isn't the priority, it's profit.

    Which means that other factors come into play, like super addictive interfaces that make you feel good in the short term and shit in the long term.

    And shiny things with a catastrophic environmental impact.

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    since a few weeks several companies have dumped thousands of these electric scooters on the streets. they have already put thousands of regular scooters, biycles and electronic bicycles out there. i can't stand them anymore and i'm sure people will kill them self using them. they serve nobody but the easyjet/airbnb tourist. i want it to stop. all of these companies, to withdraw from the city, to take with them their ugly trash. give me space to walk on the sidewalk again.

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    a test program for those scooter has been started in my neighborhood, surprisingly (to me, anyway) they get huge usage from the average folk. lots of people use them to get to and from the train station in their daily work commute, so definitely not a tourist thing here. the only issues have been riders who sometimes didn't follow the rules (rode on sidewalks, went through red lights, or underage riders [need to be 18+]) but those have been largely cleared up with local enforcement.

    haven't tried them myself, and I'm sure accidents will happen but none so far. seems nuts to ride them without a helmet but most riders don't.

    the only people who complain about the scooters tend to be older folks who are never going to use them anyway. kind of like bike lanes, lots of the oldies freaked out at first but now accept them.
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    where do you live then? because for such things there is already a solution proven to work: the subway and the bicycle. imo, all of these companies are a direct attack on public transport. why make yourself dependent on a private company? plus, they are only available to those who have a smartphone and some sort of online bank account.

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    NYC area. the scooters aren't a replacement for subways, they are for short trips like getting to and from the subway stations and home. and with a bike, you need a place to lock it up for the day (and maybe have it stolen) and then have to return to the same spot to pick it up, it's your responsibility. with scooters, you ride to your destination and leave them, anywhere, for the next person.

    don't get me wrong, I'm not a scooter user/fan and see the potential for problems. I just think there are pluses and minuses to developments like this and it's easy to become resistant to change.

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    Scooters are shit in many ways but infinitely preferable to cars and will become much more prominent in the near future as the most toxic, dangerous and damaging form of transport ever devised finally dies.

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    I saw an old man on a segway unicycle the other day. I noticed someone moving quickly and smoothly in my peripheral vision, did a double-take and it was this old bloke zipping up the road on a single wheel.

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    the question concerning technology

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    (another example where barbarism diverges from communism - barbarians do not have a technical or technological perspective, whereas communists obviously do)

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    It me
    Took a rest stop that wasn't on the schedule

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Love it.

    Bluetooth speakers, bluetooth headphones, smart lightbulbs, VR porn, Red Dead Redemption 2, IMAX, Avengers Assemble, Spotify, YouTube...

    It's amazing.

    Social media is satanic, the internet is a hellscape. That's a shame.

    There's never been a time in history when people WEREN'T complaining about technology ruining everything. Or complaining about something else. How fucking boring it is sitting in a hut warming your hands over a fire while your granddad recites Beowulf. Wish we had a fucking PS4.
    Corpsey in 30 years time.

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    Corpsey showing his mates ableton
    Took a rest stop that wasn't on the schedule

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    while we're being paranoid about big tech following our every online move, there's this:

    AMAZON WANTS TO GIVE USERS $10 IN EXCHANGE FOR TRACKING THEM ALL OVER THE WEB

    https://adage.com/article/digital/am...er-web/2184031

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    Bargain.

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