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Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 2) 248

by Mashiki (#46764045) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Let me make it simpler on you.

Rational choice + Social disorganization = Crime

Interestingly enough, when you break one or two of those two options, you're doing enough to break the classic situation which breeds criminal behavior. Reinforce it however, or do nothing, and it will continue to perpetuate itself.

Comment: San Francisco is just an extreme example... (Score 0, Flamebait) 248

by Nova Express (#46762691) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

...of California's high tax, high cost, high regulation, anti-growth, and radical environmental environment. It's a great place to live if you're rich, and virtually impossible to live if you're middle class or poor.

Critics have been noting these problems for at least two decades, and California becoming a single-party Democratic state with outsized input from public employee unions has only accelerated the trend...

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 1) 368

by jellomizer (#46760141) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

We all talk about simplifying the tax code but it won't happen, and not because of Intuit, or H&R Block.

The problem is are tax code is designed to help out the little guy... However it is so complex that the little guy cannot possibly take advantage of it.
But if you were to say, cut Interest deductions for your mortgage, or tax credit for charity, or even investment tasks. There are more then just the high income earners who are effected but the average Joe who is just trying to get ahead. So every tax detail will need to be debated and argued, and you will see stories from some parties super pack saying how horrible it will be for the average guy to get rid of it.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 2) 540

by Mashiki (#46754139) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

But there is. They broke the integrity of the core packaging system by marrying it so deeply to .NET that there are multiple people out there who have to reinstall the OS from scratch because the update broke the package registry irreversibly.

Funny, I didn't hear people bitching and moaning over that when they did the same thing with .net 3.5 in windows 7....which did exactly the same thing.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 2) 540

by Mashiki (#46754131) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Speak for yourself. I run both Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines, and my Windows 7 machines are demonstrably more stable and less buggy than my Windows 8 one.

So do I. I actually haven't run across an OS quite as stable as this since Win2k, probably my favorite version of windows. My follow up would be XPx64. If it's taking *that* long on a fresh install, you've got something else going on wrong on your system, either ram timings, spread spectrum, or something esoterically weird going on. I've seen exactly that type of issue before in Win7 and XP, and each case it was something different anything between windows itself trying to remotely grab a driver and getting "hung" on trying to install/update a NIC driver. Or something else.

Anecdotes are just those.

Comment: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 1) 540

by Mashiki (#46753709) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Since there's nothing inherently wrong with Windows 8.1 besides the awful UI, I can't figure why you'd downgrade to Windows 7. Or are you telling me that you can't install another UI and go on your way? I now await people to say that's it's worse than vista, when it's not. Especially when it's main negative feature is the UI.

Comment: Re:Just use headlights (Score 1) 179

by Mashiki (#46753145) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Uhh, we plow I-80 for 4 months of the year in Norcal, and we still have lane markings. Maybe you're doing it wrong.

Last time I looked, Norcal doesn't use on average of 1ton of salt per 10 miles per road either, we do. Unless of course it's too cold for it, then we use sand or gravel. Yep it really does get cold enough here in Canada that salt and chemical deicers stop working on road surfaces.

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