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Comment: Re:Better late than never, Slashdot (Score 1) 377

by _Ludwig (#47539083) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Coastal towns which tend to be more liberal start conserving (except San Francisco, since they legally yet immorally own a water shed a hundred miles away)

Where are you getting that calumny from? I mean the part about not conserving, not owning Hetch Hetchy. San Francisco has reduced its water usage around 10% in the current drought (although the goal is 20%.)

The Los Angeles area has actually increased its usage by 8%. Go talk to them about morals.

Comment: What about the lunch ladies? (Score 1) 282

External staff is an umbrella term for individuals performing services for Microsoft on a non-permanent basis. Examples include consultants, temporary contract workers, vendor workers, freelancers, independent professionals and contractors, staff augmentation, and business guests.

Nothing in that language excludes cafeteria workers, janitors, HVAC repairmen, etc. Does MS really mean to restrict blue-collar workers to 18-month stints too? Their employers won’t necessarily have another gig available for them, and they’re far less likely than coders and managers to have a financial cushion.

Comment: Re:The Audio Scoop (Score 1) 240

+1 Informative if I had any mod points, but it's your last paragraph that's really the most salient.

Music listening is not measured only by fidelity to the original recording, there's a whole gestalt that makes taking an LP out of its sleeve, placing it on the turntable, putting the needle down, looking at the glowing bottles of outer space and the sleeve art, and actively paying attention a much different experience than having iTunes on shuffle while you code or do laundry or drive to work, even if your digital setup is instrument-measurably better-sounding.

Car analogy (SORRY): It's the difference between driving a beautiful but cranky old car that needs ignition points replaced every few months, and a brand-new, in-warranty, utterly reliable, utterly forgettable midrange sedan. If you just need to get to work and the grocery store you want the latter, but an overall interactive aesthetic experience is enhanced by the more intimate involvement with the former.

Comment: Re:Trust but verify (Score 1) 211

by _Ludwig (#47234301) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Promissory Estoppel
In the law of contracts, the doctrine that provides that if a party changes his or her position substantially either by acting or forbearing from acting in reliance upon a gratuitous promise, then that party can enforce the promise although the essential elements of a contract are not present.

Certain elements must be established to invoke promissory estoppel. A promisor—one who makes a promise—makes a gratuitous promise that he should reasonably have expected to induce action or forbearance of a definite and substantial character on the part of the promisee—one to whom a promise has been made. The promisee justifiably relies on the promise. A substantial detriment—that is, an economic loss—ensues to the promisee from action or forbearance. Injustice can be avoided only by enforcing the promise.

Comment: Re:If only Bill Waterson inspired other cartoonist (Score 1) 119

by _Ludwig (#47188359) Attached to: Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

Look how many papers are giving space to eternal Peanuts reruns. They're not even selected from the whole opus; I don't know if that's because Schulz didn't want older strips rerun or the syndicate doesn't want to introduce discontinuity by printing strips from when the characters looked different (Snoopy walking on all fours and not suffering macrocephaly, for instance.)

Comment: Re:Why are those fire hydrants dark? (Score 1) 286

by _Ludwig (#47168533) Attached to: How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

Yes. Back in the 70s you'd occasionally see them whimsically painted as robots or construction workers or whatever, but that was done by local residents. They put a stop to that for whatever reason and now they're all dark grey and silver. I don't know why. Hydrants in San Francisco are all white (except for this one.) The ones connected to cisterns instead of a water main used to have a different cap color but no longer.

Comment: Re:If people would fight their tickets... (Score 1) 286

by _Ludwig (#47168363) Attached to: How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

Reminds me of this Florida town, which annexed a tiny sliver of land connecting it to a quarter-mile stretch of highway so they could write speeding tickets.

at one point, the city's police force had grown from one officer up to 17, some of who were volunteers, some driving uninsured cars, and some who may not even been trained on using a radar detector

Ah, Florida.

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