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Comment Under what authority? (Score 4, Insightful) 292 292

Perhaps someone who knows some law could explain under what authority the mayor or the cops can shut down a concert because they don't like one of the performers? Is this going to be the new normal? They'll shut down the next one because it "promotes terrorism"?

Comment Re:The edits aren't the problem (Score 1) 121 121

a. 99 percent of wikipedia users don't know there are audit logs let alone are willing or interested in wading through them. And audit logs don't tell you anything about prejudices or points of view. b. Wikipedia is pretty good for science stuff. The further you get away from science the worse it gets in terms of reliability.

Comment Very superficial (Score 3, Informative) 287 287

Too many differences to list. One, the cost of entry into the market for making automobiles is staggering, so there aren't going to be any new manufacturers. Quite different from the PC. Two, the cost to the buyer. PC's got cheaper but cars are getting more expensive. Three, you can live without a PC (you could back then, anyway) but very few cars are bought as luxury items. So, the vast majority of cars are going to continue to be sold as transportation devices and not as smartphone substitutes.

Comment Misleading headline (Score 1) 203 203

"'Critics' say"? I only read one name on the article. So it's one guy's opinion. I fly in and out of LGA a lot and I've never had a negative reaction any worse than at any other airport. The biggest problem isn't the airport, as others have noted, it's ground transportation, which is not exactly a difficult engineering problem to solve. It is an unsolvable political-economic problem.

Comment Chill, bitcoin-istas (Score 1) 253 253

This scheme works by buying dollars with bitcoins. How is that any different from buying dollars with pesos? The value of the bitcoin is pegged to the dollar. The value of the peso is pegged to the dollar. Until bitcoin replaces the dollar as the world's standard currency, all this scheme does is circumvent some government rules. It certainly doesn't disrupt anything, any more than not reporting income disrupts anything.

Comment No such thing (Score 2) 341 341

as a real secret any more, if there ever was. If the "secret" is based on scientific research, it's been published and is reproducible and all the relevant people already know about it. If it's engineering, anyone can figure it out. Probably the only thing that's "secret" any more is the Coca Cola formula.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay

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