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Comment: Re:Money (Score 2) 353

by MikeKD (#49367133) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
I'll see your 10th Amendment and raise you the Supremacy Clause (Article Six, Clause 2):

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

Comment: Re:Kind of.. (Score 2) 481

by MikeKD (#48987273) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation
Wow, so many wrong details; it's like you're trying to be wrong.

and lets take San Francisco Bay as our example (since I live here and have first hand knowledge and experience). VTA handles "some" of the South Bay, but limited to North San Jose and Mountain View.

VTA Buses go from Palo Alto to Fremont to South SJ to Gilroy. The light rail, from Mt. View down to Los Gatos and east San Jose to the Alameden valley area of's the map: (VTA focuses on SJ because it--SJ--has grown like a cancer or ambeoba, absorbing smaller communites, until it's most of the urban South Bay).

Caltrain handles a single strip running North to south from North San Jose to South (not the city) San Francisco.

Wrong. It goes from from SF (right next to AT&T Park) down to downtown SJ regularly, extending to Gilroy (30 miles south of the downtown SJ station) during "traditional" commute times (ie, not the 10a-8pm Valley standard time). Here's their map:

Bart handles SF -> Oakland, and a straight line down to Fremont.

Wrong. BART goes to SFO and Millbrae (and where it shares a station with CalTrain) up through SF and into the East Bay, extending from Richmond down to Fremont and out to Dublin/Pleasanton and Pittsburg/Baypoint. Here's BART's map:

These systems don't connect, use different payment systems, have different rates, and are _MORE_ expensive than driving.

The one bit that's true, but due to the compound sentence ends up being wrong. Connections are a pain in the ass, but the Clipper card is accepted by BART, CalTrain, VTA, SamTrans (San Mateo's bus service), Almeda Transit, MUNI (SF's transit system), plus more. Oh, and both VTA and SamTrans have stops at or near (ie, a block or two) almost all CalTrain stations on the Peninsula (the Atherton station is at least one exception) and VTA has service up to Fremont's southernmost BART station (and VTA is in the process of extending BART into east San Jose--it's not their fault that in the 1950s & 60s San Mateo and Santa Clara residents opted out of the BART system). And add into that that we're talking about five counties (SF, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa) with all the territorialism and desire for control that brings with it (leading to different fare schedules, subsidies, etc.).

Taking our "cheap" (said with a hearty chuckle) mass transit is extremely expensive and time consuming.

Trip from Mt. View to Twitter's HQ (in SF): Leave around 8am. Car: 40-45 mines, $17.64 (31.5 mi at $.56 per mile); starting from Shoreline & 101 (hell, saving you driving from the CalTrain station to 101). (via Trulia's looks like Google maps will no longer let you specify the time for traffic projections and 1am is actually one of the times the freeways are relatively empty). Pub: 1:03, $9.50: Mt. View CalTrain station to end of line in SF, then 38X followed by 2 minutes of walking (per Oh, and you can read, sleep, etc. on the train. Plus, monthly passes and commute FSA will reduce that cost.

Yet instead of addressing the problems with mass transit, California is dumping many billions into a train from Fresno to Sacramento. Go figure..

True, but the train is also supose to go to SF, SJ, LA, and SD (PDF of rail projects). And it's not like anyone actually commutes from the Central Valley into the Bay Area or from the Inland Empire into LA.

Lets not bullshit anyone,

Yes, let's not....

Comment: Re:IMHO Copyright sucks but APIs are copyrightable (Score 1) 260

by MikeKD (#48342991) Attached to: Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

A lot of work goes into creating a good API.

The amount of work put it doesn't matter a single bit as "sweat of the brow" is not sufficient to grant copy right in the US since 1991 (since Feist_v._Rural ). The rest of your opinion, quite frankly, is tainted by that opening statement and it's implied relevance to the discussion.

Comment: Re:in other words... (Score 1) 341

by MikeKD (#45901655) Attached to: The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

"Blindly "tightening the purse strings" leads to those parts of government that are good and useful to be sacrificed first, while the partisan and corrupt parts better defend themselves and their budgets.....

There's no evidence for this, and a moment's thought will reveal that it flies in the face of common sense and historical evidence......


Comment: Re:Honor your screwups. (Score 2) 303

by MikeKD (#45808229) Attached to: Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

So why is Delta honoring the price? I think it is because of delivered product

Nope. It's because the Dept. of Transportation makes them honor the fare:

Delta's contract of carriage states that in the event of an "erroneous" fare, " Delta reserves the right to cancel the ticket purchase and refund all amounts paid by the purchaser or, at the purchaser's option, to reissue the ticket for the correct fare." But rules set forth by the Department of Transportation state otherwise, saying that an airline must honor a purchased ticket, mistake fare or not.

Comment: Re:Fucking rednecks (Score 1) 1030

by MikeKD (#45497219) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

Oil came into its own without a ton of federal help, so why can't alternative forms of energy?


A quick Google tells me that the oil industry has been receiving subsidies since essentially day one, by being allowed to write off the full cost of drilling new wells. Even to this day the oil industry in the US gets $4 billion per year in subsidies one way or another. =Smidge=

Don't forget all the money spent to build and maintain roads for cars (most of which use and burn petroleum products)!

Comment: Re:Hypocrites... (Score 1) 679

This. GMOs are just the next step in something we've been doing for thousands of years, just on a much smaller scale. Rather than blundering about with trial and error trying to make better plants, we finally have enough knowledge to tinker directly with their DNA to get what we want. Why is this a bad thing?

Because it's not true. Yes, we may have the knowledge to tinker directly with their DNA, but we lack the knowledge (and probably wisdom) to get only what we want.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.