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Comment: Re:BS (Score 2) 359

by antifoidulus (#46764729) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
Yes, it is quite large, in relative terms. The city of Pittsburgh is only about 30,000 people, meaning the % of the population in those 2 centers alone accounts for roughly 1% of the population. And since almost all those people are outsiders, the demand for real estate has had a sudden, pronounced spike since although the employees at those 2 corporations only represent about 1% of the population, they represent a much larger % of the population looking for housing, since at any given moment most people are staying put. Staying put that is until their landlord does everything in his/her power to boot them so they can rent out to someone who is more profitable.

Comment: This makes my old man brain hurt (Score 3, Insightful) 102

by antifoidulus (#46764175) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24
Maybe someone can explain what they actually tested here(besides reaction time), the paper and the summary both state that they matched players of similar skill level but found the younger players were better....well then if that is really the case you didn't match players of similar skill levels did you? If they are at the same skill level then how is the younger player any "better"? They seem to be quantifying it by measuring reaction time, but is a faster reaction time always better, especially if the results are the same? Maybe the older players are taking slightly longer to consider their options rather than just clicking like mad.... I'm not sure what they are trying to say here.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 4, Interesting) 359

by antifoidulus (#46763565) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
Heh, actually SF-like phenomenons are happening pretty much anywhere these tech companies locate. As someone who was born and raised in Pittsburgh and now is living in Tokyo after a stint in Europe, I was just curious to see how condos in Pittsburgh compare to what there is in Tokyo...and I was shocked. I was expecting them to be much, much cheaper but the reality was quite different. Tokyo was more expensive, but not by that much. I was talking with a friend(another ex-Pittsburgher) and he reminded me that both Apple and Google have recently opened relatively large campuses in Pittsburgh. This is what probably sent housing prices sky-high, the owners of these housing complexes knew that a lot of money was going to come streaming in. I cannot imagine this is sitting well with a lot of the poorer residents of the city...

Comment: Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (Score 4, Interesting) 83

by antifoidulus (#46744503) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace
Um, you pretty much described EXACTLY what Barnes and Noble tried to do, and it didn't really work out all that well for them(the execution may have left something to be desired but). They aren't doing horrible, all things considered, but they aren't exactly booming either. If they don't have a book you want you can order it on line and have it sent to where you live, they have a loyalty program, they have added cafes and play areas to their stores etc.

It doesn't work largely because it's very difficult for them to compete on price, and the explosion of smart phones in the past half decade means that it's really easy for me to find the same book online, either e-book or dead tree. Before the smartphone explosion they weren't doing terrible in spite of the same disadvantages in terms of price and selection, largely because people did not want to go to a bookstore, note down which books they want then go home connect to the internet and order them. So people were more willing to just buy it there, and maybe grab a coffee at the cafe while they read. However with smartphones it doesn't matter how inviting you make the place, I can still order the same book online and be out of there in less time than it would take to wait in line at the register. It's going to be very difficult for brick and mortar stores to compete in the age of smartphones. Maybe if they could figure out how to adapt 3d printing to books, i.e. if there is a book you want to read in dead tree, you can order it on your phone, go grab a coffee and have a copy waiting for you when you leave. Then maybe the brick-and-mortar places could compete, since they wouldn't have to have nearly as much capital tied up in books, but until then they are doomed.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 3, Interesting) 64

by antifoidulus (#46722819) Attached to: Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps
The safety instructions are not there to help you survive a destructive crash, they're there to reduce the number of injuries you receive in a non-fatal crash.

Actually it's sort of both. If the plane crashes and everyone doesn't die instantly then your chances of survival are really high if you just make sure to get out of there as soon as possible, often times post-crash fires claim more lives than the initial crash does.

Also if you crash on water, get the hell out of there and don't inflate your life jacket till you've left the airplane

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 2) 386

by antifoidulus (#46721855) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country
Drug use rates in east Asia are pretty low, at least due in part to geographic isolation and/or really strict enforcement. The Singapore government probably puts more people to death for drug crimes than people actually die from drugs or drug related incidents there.

Japan being an island and South Korea for all intents and purposes being an island(their northern border isn't exactly what I would call "porous") has allowed them to strictly enforce drug imports because there are very very few places where an individual can get into the country. In addition to being paranoid about "organic" drugs(opium, cocaine etc) getting into the country, they also crack down on manufactured drugs like meth, to an almost draconian extent. For instance in Japan Nyquil and it's ilk are illegal simply because it can be used as an ingredient in meth, which sucks when you have a cold because Japanese cold medication sucks in my opinion....
The Internet

Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map 56

Posted by samzenpus
from the follow-the-lines dept.
First time accepted submitter Jahta (1141213) writes "The Oxford Internet Institute has created a schematic of the world's international fiber-optic links in the style of the famous London Tube map. The schematic also highlights nodes where censorship and surveillance are known to be in operation. The map uses data sourced from Each node has been assigned to a country, and all nodes located in the same country have been collapsed into a single node. The resulting network has been then abstracted."

Comment: Obligatory Fight Club (Score 5, Informative) 357

by antifoidulus (#46618233) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw
A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Pretty much par for the course for these companies....

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)