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Comment: Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (Score 4, Interesting) 334

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: Re:Upgrade, don't update. (Score 2) 565

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) 565

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) 565

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) 182

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.

Comment: Re:Just use headlights (Score 3, Interesting) 182

by Mashiki (#46744907) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Those of us who don't live in cities have been driving fine at night without streetlights forever. No special paint needed. Cars have headlights.

I'm guessing you don't actually live anywhere that has serious wear and tear on their roads, otherwise you'd know that by the time half the winter is over that the paint is already worn down to the point where it's useless. And of course, if it's raining good luck on seeing those lines at all. Luckily HID lamps have helped with this, but don't get stuck driving on any Canadian highway anywhere between the months of: January(sometimes if it's really bad, this can hit as early as early November) through June when there is: Snow, rain, slush, mud, slop, dirt, or less than 50% sunlight.

And don't count on the shoulders to be a guide, because we don't really use them in most cases. Though if you're driving on a major highway like the 400 series(401,402,403,etc), some parts of the Trans-Canada, and a few other busy highways, we do have rumble strips.

Comment: Re:The Real Solution (Score 1) 423

by Mashiki (#46743717) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

So linking to a newspaper article qualifies now as 'drawing a picture', I guess you are not good at drawing?
Well, continue to practice and you will improve!

Oh I see. It's a classic case of, it doesn't fit my tidy little view of the world therefore I won't read it. After all it might shatter my fragile ego and endanger my strongly held viewpoint that an environmental organization is responsible for killing people by starving them to death.

Comment: Re:The Real Solution (Score 0) 423

by Mashiki (#46742671) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Cut the population from ~7 billion to ~3 billion. Start with ebola and work up a good one. That eliminates the problem of selection. Random chance will take care of it.

Scratch a leftist, find a malthusian. I'll bet you're against GE crops and the green revolution too, not to mention golden rice. And are more than happy that greenpeace let millions of people in Africa die, over a lie.

Comment: Re:Five hundred years? (Score 1) 844

Sure, then again that really doesn't mean too much does it. Especially considering the large scale taint of many of the stations over a 30+ year period now does it? And you're just happy to bring up "Koch brothers" because as we all know, one group is all that matters. Never mind Soros, or MM, or OFA, or one of the dozen other left leaning groups.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.

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