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Comment: Re:Yelp is so full of shit sometimes (Score 1) 77

by neminem (#49069491) Attached to: Company Promises Positive Yelp Reviews For a Price; Yelp Sues

While annoying that the default isn't sorting chronologically (I agree completely that this is the only sort that is actually useful), and that you have to re-sort every time you visit the page for a new place, it *is* only a single extra click, next to the default "yelp sort", the "date" link.

Comment: Re:Lemme get this straight (Score 1) 65

by neminem (#49067643) Attached to: California Floats Conditional Approval For Comcast/TWC Merger

Yes. I'd be all in favor of his "conditional" approval. The *problem* with both of these companies is that already, neither of them has much/any competition. If the merger goes through, they still don't. If the merger *doesn't* go through, they *also* still don't.

Much of this lack of competition is legislated. If part of the deal for them to be approved to merge is that they are *forced* to stop blocking any competition, either public or private, from existing, then yes, I'm all for it. What we really need is some actual competition, I don't care who by. I have an amazingly cheap phone bill from a company with amazingly good service, because that market actually has decent competition.

Comment: Re:Guy refused to do the math for break even (Score 1) 480

by neminem (#49038449) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

Alternatively, just don't be an idiot, put it all in (diversified) investments, then live pretty much indefinitely off the dividends, even if you live moderately lavishly. I don't understand how people *don't* understand this. (But yes, it does seem like the biggest mistake people have is not realizing that if you give out jillions of dollars to hundreds of your "friends", your money will disappear hundreds of times more quickly. The key there is just don't have friends.)

Comment: Re:It changes every week (Score 1) 305

by neminem (#49030311) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

At this point, it's pretty much conclusively determined that pretty much everything except for literal poison is both good for you in some way, and bad for you in some other way. And that's probably not even wrong - everything probably really *is* both good and bad for you. So screw it, eat what you like. (Unless it's literal poison.)

Comment: Really do hope Elon Musk succeeds (Score 1) 23

by neminem (#49030049) Attached to: West To East Coast: SpaceX Ready For Extreme Multitasking

I'm reading a great near-future series from the 90s right now (so it actually takes place in what was then the future, the mid-2000s) that hypothesizes that NASA is never going to be the powerhouse it once was, and that if we ever want to really get space travel going, what we need is an eccentric bajillionaire who *really* wants space travel to succeed. Sadly, Elon Musk is a bit too much of a dabbler compared to the extremely-driven Mariesa of the book's world (I wish we had a Mariesa), but he's what we have, so I wish him luck.

He should read the series I'm reading now, though; might motivate him. ;)

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