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Comment: Must be easy as possible (Score 1) 301

People are terrible drivers. Yes, there are exceptions, but in general humans aren't good at it. It's become too easy to drive, with too many distractions and too many safety features.

I think we need to go down path A or B.

A) Make it really difficult to get a driver's license, and have severe penalties for distracted driving (texting, drinking, etc...). This will never happen in the US.

B) Give up, and continue to let anybody with a pulse operate a car. If that's the case, we need to do everything possible to get them out from behind the wheel, including relaxed requirements for autonomous vehicle operators. Insurance still needs to be mandatory (and I would consider allowing a "no insurance, no motion" interlock on the car.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 190

by Skynyrd (#47012945) Attached to: Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Sac has a terrible reputation in California. It's always been the laughingstock of the area; like a bigger Fresno or Merced. I stayed for a few days a few years ago, and was *frequently* asked by locals, "why are you *here*?".

Oakland, on the other hand is 1/2 the price of SF and a 20 minute subway ride away.

Comment: Crack pipe dream (Score 1) 193

by Skynyrd (#47009609) Attached to: Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

Are you fucking kidding? Our infrastructure is close to third world status. We can't even fill the potholes, but we'll toss around the idea of solar powered glow in the dark bullshit?

New car headlights are better than ever. They are simply fantastic. Reflective paint on the side of the road is simple, cheap and works well.

Let's solve the real problems first, and teach people to pay attention when they drive.

Comment: Re:Why no under 18's? (Score 1) 35

You can sign anything, but you cannot sign away the rights of youth. If a kid gets hurt after a parent signs a waiver, it's meaningless. Even for adults a waiver isn't really a valid document, and at best it shows a jury that the adult knew the risks.

This certainly isn't the only maker space that allows kids. This article is so unrelated to slashdot, I can only assume that the person who approved it has a vested interest in this particular space.

Comment: It took a survey to figure that out? (Score 3, Interesting) 302

by Skynyrd (#46835405) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

For just under $2,500 you can buy a MB Replicator 2 or a Type A Series 1; both are decent quality, consumer ready 3D printers.

Both of them excel at slowly making 25 cent plastic parts in a number of hours for about a dime. There is no legit use for the consumer yet. It's still "look mom, I can print plastic spider I just downloaded from Thingiverse!"

Sure, there's designers, engineers and artists that use them. But for the average guy at home? No way.

Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 642

My bible history is sketchy at best; I'm not surprised I got some "facts" wrong.

So, Adam was the first human.
Eve was made from Adam's rib?
There are now two humans on the planet.
They had sons, who went out and got married.

Where did those women come from? How could the women be anything other than their own sisters - or at best, the daughter of their own brother and sister. Fucking creepy.

Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 3, Insightful) 642

The bible does not disagree with reality.

Let's start with talking snakes.
An apple filled with knowledge.
Everybody is related to Adam and Eve, and completely inbred.
Two of every animal fit into a single boat, and none of them ate each other.
All the animals are inbred, back to the ark.

The bible does not disagree with reality.


Comment: Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (Score 5, Informative) 319

by Skynyrd (#46689591) Attached to: SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

I wish I could mod you up.
As a landlord, I dislike rent control enough that I won't be a landlord in a rent controlled area.

The city enforces how much the rent can go up, but can't enforce how much property taxes go up. The city won't cover my losses when rent goes down of course. It's a one way street. I keep my places clean, and things in good order. I make repairs, with a licensed contractor, quickly. I have given people a break on many occasions (late rent, giving young renters without a credit history a chance to *start* a rent & credit history, etc).

My wife was a HUGE supporter of rent control, until we bought a house and she began to understand how much money it costs to keep a house in good condition, and how often the city or state raises some random tax on home owners.

Comment: So simple (Score 1) 794

by Skynyrd (#46385539) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

The Whole Foods fanatics don't come to my door and tell me I'm going to hell.
The Whole Foods fanatics don't vote to discriminate against people different from them.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't trying to change how text books are written.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't trying to own the government.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't claiming a "war on organic food".
The Whole Foods folks may be full of shit and misguided, but for the most part, they keep it to themselves. Just like a good Christian should.

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