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Comment: Seattle has "no zoning" to prohibit this? (Score 3, Informative) 296 296

Seattle has zoning out the ying-yang, and the streets specifically need to be zoned to townhouse height to build the townhouses. That designation has been spreading over the last decade+.

As far as aesthetics, just go to a neighborhood Design Review Board meeting, where the dozen or so busybodies in each neighborhood go and throw rotten vegetables at developers for hours, ruthlessly hounding them to get their designs more in line with the aesthetics of the busybody junta.

(A sufficiently small townhouse project can evade the board, much to the chagrin of the busybodies).

The problem with the townhouses is not that they're ugly or don't "fit in" but that too many of them get build without parking, as the anti-car elements on design boards and in the gummint browbeat developers into not offering parking.

I looked at a lot of the new Ballard construction when house shopping in 2013, before buying a condo in another 'hood, they're not bad, the kitchens especially are generally being done very nicely, but you can't please everyone with how they look from the outside, I guess.

Comment: lead to over-applying and under-applying (Score 4, Interesting) 292 292

I have found (while reading through resumes trying to find candidates) that the response of most applicants to this phenomenon is to just apply for jobs for which they aren't really qualified at all, because no one is completely qualified. Which leads to probably the exact situation employers are trying to avoid (having tons of unqualified people apply) And for me personally, when I'm looking for work, it has the opposite effect - I try to not apply for something unless I really look like a fit, but with these Les Miserables-sized qualification lists, I'm not qualified for anything at all. So I think I end up under-applying for jobs.

Comment: Yahoo! started sending me a daily headlines email (Score 1) 222 222

The only changes I've noticed in my Yahoo! stuff since Mayer took over is that they started sending a daily "stories" email to all my Yahoo! accounts (which I promptly turned off). If ramping up a daily headlines email was a key component of strategy.... yeesh... this is 2014 not 1995

Comment: it's that tech people don't want to be in LA (Score 1) 506 506

Free your mind. The thing here is probably that it's tougher for tech companies in LA to recruit. I live in Seattle and you'd probably have to pay me 50% more to live in LA. Lots of people'd like to live in Seattle, for the reasons you describe, so there's plenty of job candidates.

Comment: All critics assume bill will not go down (Score 1) 447 447

It seems like the fundamental assumption of all the critics of this is that there's *no way in hell* that the base price being paid is going to go down. Of course it will go down. The cable companies may be crazy, but they're not that crazy. I haven't had cable in six years, but if this all ends up in me being able to get enough stuff I want at say a $20-25/month price point I may just hop back on board. ESPN sucks so much blood from the cable bill - just ditching their stuff should result in a nice savings.

Comment: Re:Not new and Not good (Score 1) 1173 1173

This (from wikipedia) would make the things I grew up with in New Jersey traffic circles, not roundabouts:

Although the term roundabout is sometimes used for a traffic circle even in the United States, U.S. traffic engineers now make the distinction that in a roundabout entering traffic must always yield to traffic already in the circle, whereas in a traffic circle entering traffic is controlled by Stop signs, or is not formally controlled.

You needed local knowledge to know what the hell to do in those circles - the Hamilton circle (removed a long long time ago for the Hamilton Mall) and the more recently removed Cardiff circle near the Shore Mall.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.