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Comment: Re:The historical cycle (Score 1) 255

Step 4:

Prices are high and a de facto exclusive license exists. People notice this is bad and want deregulation.

Your Step 4 is the status quo in Australia (well, Sydney, at least).

Taxis have been a highly regulated monopoly for decades. No "historical cycle". No steps 1, 2 or 3.

Comment: Re:This is interesting (Score 1) 548

by ignavus (#46905655) Attached to: Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

I had no idea that this was the case in the soviet era. Can you cite your sources please?

Tsk. Don't you watch any movies?

The film "Enemy At The Gates" ( is all about a renowned Russian sniper during WW2 who learned to shoot accurately when he went wolf huinting with his father. Being Stalinist Russia, bullets were expensive and difficult to buy (as were most items) so you learned to shoot very well and not waste the ammo.

Comment: Re:Not for Nerds (Score 5, Interesting) 253

The show is popular with quite a few Aspies because it is one of the few almost reasonable attempts at portraying an Aspie-like character. Sheldon also displays signs of OCD and maybe Narcissistic personality disorder, but an Aspie without those other conditions can still recognise or even identify with many of his actions.

Comment: Re:Flying experience (Score 1) 239

What I get out of this story is that, if you're lucky enough to survive the trip in the wheel well, it's much more convenient to travel this way than doing it the regular way: no queuing, no overcharging from the airlines, no restrictions on the amounts of liquids you can carry, no getting your gonads showered with x-rays, no groping from TSA perverts... and of course, no arbitrary, secret no-fly list that prevents you from boarding the plane in the first place.

The airport security theater almost makes me want to risk my life as a stowaway.

And no waiting in the queue for the toilet either.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"