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Comment Bingo (Score 1) 331

the San Francisco and Silicon Valley communities have gotten themselves into a trap where preservationists and local politics

The housing bubble in the bay area is a direct result of government interference in the housing market. Every local government around here is extremely hostile to new construction, especially to increasing housing density.

A plot of land with a five million dollar single-family house on it would be worth far more if you put a ten-story apartment building on it, and it would make homes available at far lower cost for far more people.


Comment Re:We are screwed. (Score 2) 35

I'm not worried. New equipment will be stamped out and installed into existing towers. Nothing new here as that's how it always happens. If the laws of physics become an impediment, so be it; the limitation will set expectation and thus the industry will adapt. Meaning, don't expect 8k or 16k video formats streaming over cellular service anytime soon.

The new hotness will be voice over WiFi anyways. Xfinity (Comcast) already has a large WiFi router install base already, each one broadcast the same public SSID. The idea is that you can roam between areas with Xfinity and route all traffic through their network and not my cellular provider. In fact, I do that already with my familiar places I often visit. No need for a 6GB monthly plan. And unless you're a road-warrior, there's no need for you to have one either.

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score -1) 432

Ontario has already announced that you will be unable to register your vehicle next year until you provide documentation showing you've had the work done.

Thankfully, I don't live in Canada.

And, thankfully...I've never lived anywhere where you had to have emissions checked. Some states don't even require car inspections at all...but the ones where I've lived that do, only check to see if your horn beeps, your lights light, turn signals work and windshield wipers run.

So, no problems in many states with such draconian rules as you speak of...

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 432

Considering I would expect a lot of people to do that and that only those cars are polluting more than the total of the other cars in circulation in north america, if I was working at any related government agency I would not renew the road worthiness of the cars and requires them to be certified repaired/upgraded before allowing them to be driven again.

Well, the NICE things is....not all states require emissions test, hell, not all states require auto inspections at all.

So, depends on where you live pal....thankfully, I've never lived in a state that requires me to get any emissions testing.

Sucks to live in CA tho...I hear that is hell for auto tuners out there.

Comment Re: Why would anyone be shocked? (Score 1) 204

You think the political philosophy of libertarianism does not favour a particular economic model and vice versa ?

Libertarianism aside, reality favors the capitalistic economic model. It's the only one that works for any group of significant size. And if you start from the Non-Aggression Principle, free markets and capitalism are sure to follow. That does not imply that libertarianism is based on capitalism in general or the Austrian school of economics in particular, which is what you claimed.

As an aside, you should know that personal attacks just make you look bad, and don't help your case.

Comment Re: Why would anyone be shocked? (Score 1) 204

Hell not only do they lack evidence they even use their own custom definition of inflation as "increased money supply". The proper definition is "decreased buying power".

That's because "decreased buying power" is a conflation of a huge number of possible factors, which makes any analysis of "inflation" by your definition meaningless. Regardless of whether you call it "inflation" or something else, the only factor that matters is the change in the money supply.

Comment Re:Why would anyone be shocked? (Score 1) 204

But the "Austrian School" denies the fundamental existence of SCIENCE.

Nonsense. The Austrian school doesn't deny the existence of science (obviously), just the applicability of the typical scientific process as a means of deriving economic models which can effectively predict human behavior, particularly when those models are (ab)used in an attempt to change how people behave. People always manage to come up with innovative and unpredictable solutions to get around whatever changes you're trying to force on them.

Effective economic predictions have more to do with the mathematical/logical domain of game theory than anything empirical. Austrian economics recognizes that, where other schools do not. You can, of course, measure the empirical results of specific economic policies and circumstances, but don't expect past performance to be a reliable predictor of future results.

Comment Re: Why would anyone be shocked? (Score 1) 204

including the Austrian model (which libertarianism is based on)

Libertarianism is a political philosophy based on the Non-Aggression Principle, not an economic model. You don't have to agree with Austrian economics, or even think that libertarian policies will be economically beneficial, to be a libertarian. It's a philosophy based on the principle of rights, not pragmatism—which is not to say that it isn't also the pragmatic choice for entirely different reasons.

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 1) 197

A vehicle won't be 100% autonomous, and least not for the foreseeable future. Meaning, there's still a steering wheel and peddles for human interaction. So until those are removed, expect to still pay insurance for the vehicle. Even still, you have other natural disasters that can total a vehicle while parked, hail, floords, landslides, theft...etc.

Most like these newer vehicles that employ autonomous driving will allow for auto insurance at a reduced rate for the owner. In fact, in the insurance business there's all sorts of factors that go into your rate such as the type of car, age of driver, location, and safety features based on make/model.

Comment Re:Why not just lock down the radio portion? (Score 1) 136

I suspect that what the parent stated would be the most likely path taken; two systems partitioned off the OSI layer stack. As such, we're taking about government mandates. Don't discount legislation forcing a two function/chip solution in the box. The question is how will existing hardware be grandfathered into the new rules. Meaning, can end-users resell back on the market again? Or would device ownership of these older units remained locked or disposed of at the end of life?

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 350

What would be nice is our representatives only being on committees where they could prove they were competant on the subject matter.

Prove to who, by what standards? Maybe a legislator should be good at understanding the constitution, the wheels of policy making, the nature of government finance, etc., and then do what committees do ... bring in experts to testify so they'll hear from experts who specialize in the subject matter. An elected representative is supposed to be an expert at being a legislator. Expecting them to be fully formed IT experts or doctorate level virologists or masters of manufacturing processes is completely missing the point.

"It's like deja vu all over again." -- Yogi Berra