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Comment: Re:what I found most surprising (Score 1) 620

by Shados (#49775705) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

There's no such thing as air tight walls, even if you seal the joists, shoot insulting foam and sheets of loaded vinyl in between.

Some are just better built than others. And every country in the world, even Sweden, has shady inspectors. If it wasn't this, like you said, it would be sipping through the windows from downstairs. You're breathing it wether you like it or not.

The one thing you may not have as much of, is asshole neighbors.

And you think Canada's climate is nicer than Sweden? :)

Comment: Re:The cab drivers... (Score 4, Interesting) 201

by Shados (#49775597) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

I don't know about this case, but on this side of the world, it wasn't that simple.

These Uber and Lyfts didn't go and bully themselves in the taxi industry. They originally operated differently: You never needed a medallion to run a car service. -You needed a medallion to pick up people hailing you in the street.-

That is very different. What these new startups did, was use technology to remove the need to hail a cab. I could always just go and call a non-taxi car service with a phone. No one needed a medallion to pick me up after i called them.

Since hailing a cab is now obsolete, medallions are obsolete.

If your engineer needed to pay 100k to do work that isn't pre-arranged.....blah, the analogy falls apart so hard I can't even fix it.

Comment: Re:what I found most surprising (Score 1) 620

by Shados (#49775483) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

There's filters in between. If you're in a modern and well maintained building, that's okay (you'll get the smell though, but you won't get smoke or contact highs, lol)

Unfortunately, modern and well maintained buildings aren't the norm in a large part of the world. I lived in a "super luxury" 3 years old building right on the steps of MIT for a few years and they had to make the building smoke-free because of the way the heat loop had been built (there was filters for the A/C and air in-take, but for the heat, things were connected).

The actual air that was being pushed around was filtered and purified, but weed smoke would go through the system backward when they were off.

And even if you're not talking about that, only the most well built places are completely sealed from each other. Walls often don't have sealed joists, and in warmer areas won't have insulation in between (aside for noise insulation), so air and smell will slowly go through, if strong enough.

Its also a pretty big problem in older wood properties in cities where bribing the inspector is common.

Comment: Re:what I found most surprising (Score 1) 620

by Shados (#49774043) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

How did you think forced air central system worked in multi-hundred unit buildings? The kind that doesn't have 1 duct-less per unit (like hotels often have).

They're not the most common thing in the world, don't get me wrong, but I've seen them in Canada, in the US, France, UK, Japan and Hong Kong.

Which leads me to think you can find linked loop systems everywhere.

Comment: Re:Mixed Result (Score 1) 241

by Shados (#49763347) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

Its pretty common for people in those countries to complain about price differences. "With the exchange rate, this thing should be 20 pounds! but they charge 25! We're getting ripped off!", not considering the price of doing business in the area.

After you hired people to deal with local laws, local marketing practices and culture, additional taxes and all the red tape...often you don't have a choice but to charge more. Even for digital goods!

Comment: Re:what I found most surprising (Score 1) 620

by Shados (#49760405) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Its not too surprising though. Its all fun and games to say people can do whatever the fuck they want when you don't see any effect.

I mean, why would I care what people do with their own body in the comfort of their own home?

Oh right, their own home is linked to another via the vents and heat loop, and your kids are getting contact highs in the city park.

I don't want the laws reversed, but do expect some knee jerk reactions as users become more and more visible and the downsides actually start affecting people.

Comment: Re:So.. Sales are up then? (Score 1) 224

Even if they're not, it could still help in other ways.

Right now a lot of multimedia content, like music, is complete garbage. But its still "popular", because its "free".

If people end up only consuming good stuff, and ignore all the bad stuff (because now they have to pay for 100% of the content they consume), it would force the industry to actually pump out content people want to pay for.

This is true of almost everything where people can just sidestep rules. It puts a lot of noise on the signal, for those responsible to actually do what people want. ie: as long as people cheat the food stamp systems, you don't really know how much you're helping those who really need it.

Same deal here. As long as people can just pirate music, you don't know how much stuff you pump out people actually want.

Comment: Re:Men's rights and reverse racism (Score 1) 776

These things aren't rare: we're just not allowed to talk about them as a society, because "white male privilege", is my point.

The reverse of all of those things SJW go after, happen every day. They're a tiny fractions of all discrimination, but what makes them worse IMO, is that not only they happen, but when talked about, even in the news, people will be like "Err...whats wrong with it?"

As of today, its really not that bad. But we're definately going in a direction where instead of having equality, we're just flipping the table. "Ha!, its your turn to suffer!" kind of deal. And again, its happening with a round of applause.

Comment: Re:Men's rights and reverse racism (Score 2) 776

This case is ridiculous, no one sane will argue with that. However, the whole "white men can get and do anything" means the ones that don't fit in the over-generalization are fucked.

ie: the kids who are raped before age of consent (let say a teacher or something), the offender gets pregnant, and then can go and sue the kid for child support, and is almost garenteed to win. Those are uncommon, but because we're no in a cuture of "the majority is never right", we're VERY quickly flipping the table 180, and it won't take long until we're in a big mess all over again. Except this new mess is gonna come with a round of applause.

Comment: Re:Two sided coin (Score 1) 529

by Shados (#49709141) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Did you even read? I said "there's a few things they're not allowed to discriminate against, such as gender and races".

So there are SOME categories of things that they're not allowed to discriminate against. Gender. Races. CERTAIN age groups. Etc.

There's a lot you CAN discriminate against, like other age groups as you mentioned. You probably could refuse to do business with anyone coming in with an orange t-shirt, or World of Warcraft players. They're not protected group.

Then you have the affirmative action mess, and shit like Lady's nights. Those...are just messed up.

Comment: Re:They don't want to be Chinatown College (Score 1) 529

by Shados (#49709073) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

To be fair, considering the amount of rich mainland chinese who come to the US to give birth...a lot of those "american citizens" are citizens in paper only.

Source: I'm white canadian, but half of my in-laws are "american citizens" even though they've never set foot in the US beyond the couple of weeks around the days of their birth, and have been in Taiwan or mainland China since then. They were born here purely for these reasons.

Comment: Re:Alteryx (Score 1) 94

by Shados (#49708191) Attached to: In-Database R Coming To SQL Server 2016

The line is so thin between data warehouse and transactional dbs. Heck, in this case the only difference is how data is stored and which type of query is fast and which is slow. You can insert, run SQL (we use Postgres as a mock to run persistance layer tests, because its so close to Vertica), all in real time. Close enough.

And even the biggest of big data giants sometimes end up with issues where you need help. When you need to write a patch for your RDBMS, its nice to be able to have a vendor to do it, open source or not. Not many companies keep Postgres core developers in house (ironically, my wife has been a postgres contributor in the past, but not everyone has them handy =P).

Comment: Re:Alteryx (Score 1) 94

by Shados (#49708077) Attached to: In-Database R Coming To SQL Server 2016

Vertica says HELLO! Even though its -absurdly- expensive, it runs circle around anything open source.

Though in general, large (really large) databases is an area where you actually want commercial support, because things can go wrong in the most fucked up ways.

Open source dbs have companies doing that support, but few have the kind of manpower I'd want when things go very sour.

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce