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Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 347

by doom (#46767597) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Google needs to find a way to move large numbers of people around, something to get the most of of the existing infrastructure.

Dirigibles! They need to invest in dirigible transit systems, and construct housing in floating geodesic spheres, then they could toe them around to venues with optimal tax policies.

And they could use Moffett Field as it was intended.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 347

by doom (#46767537) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Google builds offices where their employees want to live

It's hard to find people who want to live in Mountain View. [1]

Actually, it is a bit of a puzzle as to why Google can't figure out how to shake down Mountain View and get the zoning variations they want out of them. If they were a football team, they'd be making noises about moving the stadium to Fremont, but *nooo* they've got to come on with that "don't be evil" crap, so Mountain View just walks over them.

[1] Yeah, I know-- I like the Castro St area myself. If Silicon Valley could build some more of those I'd stop bitching about the place.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 347

by doom (#46767485) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

The only way to fix the Bay Area housing crisis is to build more fucking housing.

If you read the fucking article, you'd see that the author concludes the Bay Area needs some centralized regional planning and unified tax codes.

But hey, simple problems for simple minds. Back to you're regular scheduled "da guvvamint is da problem" rants.

Comment: better than I expected( (Score 1) 347

by doom (#46767433) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
To summarize where the article goes: the Bay Area needs regional planning and unified tax policies.

A respectable opinion at least, and better than I expected.

Like most such things, the author downplays esthetics and fashion-- why is New Urbanism winning? Demographics! Now me, I would say New Urbanism is winning because it's (1) it's right (2) it did a nerdy-to-sexy transistion.

This is the first I've seen of the Vida project, and that architech needs to be shot: "Everyone loves the wavy look of bay windows, I'll make the windows wavy in the *vertical* direction! I'm creative!"

No wonder no one wants to see any new construction.

One of the big reasons no one is excited about seeing big housing construction projects is that no one believes they're going to get it right: nearly everything in the US built since WWII is horrible.

Comment: Re:what happened here (Score 1) 89

by doom (#46370007) Attached to: Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

I don't subscribe to any conspiracy theory that Lessig baited a copyright holder.

It's hardly a "conspiracy theory", have you ever seen Lessig in action? The last time I saw him speak, he used a gratuitous clip from "Casablanca" to make a point.

Are you going to tell me that he wasn't waving a red cape in front of the MPAA's nose?

Comment: Re:So? (Score 2) 359

by doom (#46328485) Attached to: Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

We stopped using ReiserFS because its performance really wasn't very good compared to its modern competition.

Really? No numbers I've ever seen have ever tested file systems in the one case the ReiserFS targeted but no one else seems to have: large numbers of small files.

But then, I haven't stopped using ReiserFS either. (And yes, it is being maintained, last I looked the Debian team was still doing bug fixes to Reiser 3.)

Comment: what is there to be nuanced about? (Score 1) 388

by doom (#46119829) Attached to: Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance
This is complete crap. You can't get the smear to work so you go for some sort of Very Serious line like "perhaps both sides are at fault here". Sometimes "nuance is dead" because there's nothing to be nuanced about: the US intelligence apparatus is a bunch of out-of-control criminals (they may be True Believers who think they're saving the world, but that just makes them messaianic and deluded, it doesn't change the fact that they're criminals). They operate with the collusion of the President of the US, but that doesn't provide any legal sanction, they're still a cancer on the side of democracy. I hope we can somehow find a way to crawl back from the edge of this abyss, but that remains an open question, and it's looking like a pretty slow crawl.

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