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Comment: Re:Animal rights? (Score 1) 204

That's for sure. I also live in the country, and there are useless horses coming out everyone's ears. Folks who decry horse slaughter should perhaps volunteer the cost to keep a retired horse, which amounts to around $3000/year (plus the vet bills that accumulate more rapidly with an aging animal that, as a species, is already prone to a variety of ailments).

Funny how these same people who are against killing surplus or useless horses also scream about overgrazing... but they don't seem to have a problem with hay in SoCal hitting $600/ton this spring.

Comment: Re:next thing you know, police will have helicopte (Score 1) 188

by Reziac (#46816657) Attached to: Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

Doesn't even need to be that. Most public streets have municipal lampposts at convenient intervals, 30+ feet tall and fairly well immune to tampering (being too tall and too slick to climb easily), that can provide an excellent and permanent vantage point at minimal expense... and quite possibly without anyone noticing, if cameras are installed to look like part of the existing streetlight and as part of "routine maintenance".

Comment: It's part of your education. (Score 1) 389

by Reziac (#46800777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Learning to make do and do well enough on damned little is part of what you're supposed to learn in life. If you didn't learn it before, you'll learn it in college. Being thrifty all around, reusing and repurposing, cooking your own meals because it costs a fraction of what it does to eat out. These are valuable life lessons that will serve you in good stead when things don't go entirely swimmingly later on.

Comment: Re:Shame this happened (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#46795393) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

I knew someone in Los Angeles who had disposed of some tired storebought tomatoes by tossing them into the front yard for the birds to eat. The seeds volunteered all over the place and after a few years of benign neglect, their yard was one big self-renewing tomato patch -- producing perfectly edible tomatoes, all of the same variety. Apparently whatever they'd bought at the grocery were not hybrids.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 359

by Reziac (#46781683) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

The real reason is probably a lot simpler: Cost.

Before you break ground on a single-family home in Pleasanton CA, you must cough up in excess of $125,000 (yes, 125 grand) in fees and permits.

I expect said fees and permits are even more expensive in San Francisco proper.

[For comparison, in Los Angeles County a home building permit is $38,000. Here in Montana it's from $50 to $2000 depending where you are.]

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson