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Comment: Who pays? (Score 1) 819

Either the small people subsidize the large people ( large because of natural high/size, or large because of poor nutrition ), or people pay more proportionally to the actual costs the of carrying them ( weight of person + baggage ). This is like the difference between data rate or total data caps on ISPs

Comment: I worked at a year wrong elementary school (Score 1) 421

by coolsnowmen (#47644771) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
In grad school I got some funding by being a science assistant to a teacher in a school that was designated as "needs help". In this particular case it was because of shitty test score because of a large immigrant population. To address a couple of the big comments- The teachers loved it because it broke up when they were ALLOWED to take vacation. Basically 6 weeks from the large summer vacation were taken and 2 weeks were dispersed to winder, fall, and spring. Also, teachers optionally taught fun 'camps' during those weeks (parents paid $, teachers got more $ for teaching more), I personally assisted in a science camp one time which was pretty fun. Additionally, they did see positive results as far as the infamous, back-to-school knowledge loss. It seemed easier for kids to pick up where they left off after a few weeks as opposed to a few months. So, after that positive experience, I'm for it.

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

These two things are not at odds with each other. Most recently well documented in "A place at the table", it is quite possible to be obese and poor and malnurished in a 1st world country. In the united states, acquiring certain foods is pretty easy: refined grains, while aquiring healthy foods like vegetables can be almost impossible.

Comment: Re:If the editor really matters (Score 1) 359

I used to agree with you, and then came Java, and I got tired of writing a bunch of crap by hand just to prove I could.

Use the right tool for the job. You _can_ build that house with just a hammer, but, there are nice tools that save you a lot of time for specific jobs.

Comment: Re:Gotta agree with it being illegal (Score 1) 404

by coolsnowmen (#47338827) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

How long do you think such a service would last if all it did was sell "information" about where someone was leaving a parking spot?

As long as it wants. THAT'S. ALL. IT. DOES. The app doesn't hold parking spaces. It doesn't do anything illegal. If the people using it violate the law, that's their business. But as I understand the law, the app isn't doing anything illegal.

Ask napster how well that argument worked out

Comment: Re:Communism (Score 1) 404

by coolsnowmen (#47338821) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App
The only place I've lived that was parking permit on public [city] roads I did pay for my parking permit. It was dirt cheap for the first one (requiring proof of address), and pretty expensive for the second one. The point is when a city gets so popular that the people that live there can't park anywhere near their own rowhome, this is a common solution.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 142

Again, chip-an-pin would be less work that rolling out imprinting devices, and would be much more secure.

Except not by PFChangs. The whole point is to be able to get money from customers, but, PF Changs's US customers don't have a CC with chip&pin. It has to come from the credit card companies.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.