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Comment Do the hard (and right thing) (Score 2) 394

Assume that tech money will come and go. Use the money coming in now to invest in future Seattle. Build subways, railways, etc. Beef-up the infrastructure of public transport with the money you have now. Whether or not tech stays, people will want to live in place where they can get around fast and will not need a car. Logistics and housing are the answers.

Comment Javon's Paradox (Score 1) 248

I do not have time to fully read the report, but doubt they address Javon's Paradox. From Wikipedia: "In economics, the Jevons paradox (sometimes Jevons effect) occurs when technological progress increases the efficiency with which a resource is used (reducing the amount necessary for any one use), but the rate of consumption of that resource rises because of increasing demand.[1] The Jevons paradox is perhaps the most widely known paradox in ecological economics.[2] However, governments and environmentalists generally assume that efficiency gains will lower resource consumption and are an effective policy for sustainability, ignoring the possibility of the paradox arising.[3]"

Comment Precedent (Score 1) 88

From the article, "Can they be forced to go along with the litigation anyway? Congress tackled this question with lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act a long time ago and in 1947 required plaintiffs to opt in to collective wage-and-hour suits.The idea was to prevent lawyers from pursuing litigation on behalf of employees who didn’t know about or consent to it." So, Uber, lawyers, and/or emplyees wanting a 3rd type of worker, not 1099 nor W2, has precedent of not being accepted by courts before.

Comment Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 278

It would also keep us from precious vitamin D. We are currently not meant to live in the dark, while evolution is slow and gradual. Are you proposing that they would evolve faster on Mars than we do here on Earth?

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.