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Comment Re:Is my time free too? (Score 1) 654 654

Build a dedicated line, from everybodies house to their work

That's a strawman argument. I simply suggested if we could commit to the cost, extending public transit options further into the suburbs is a nice thing to have. Whether this means more buses, or extending a metrorail further out like they have (successfully) in Virginia. It could also mean having more options between cities.

You understand the underlying economics?

No need to condescend. Other countries manage to have more frequent, reliable, and accessible public transit options (rail and bus) than we do, and they seem to make it work. I'm sure our brightest minds could figure out a way to do it. At the very least it is worth a try.

Comment Re:Is my time free too? (Score 4, Insightful) 654 654

Chiming in from NYC, you're right. It's cost, time, safety, convenience - all of these are factors. More often than not I take the subway. If I lived in suburbia though I'd LOVE to have better public transit as an option. And better public transit between cities would be great. If we had cheaper, more efficient and reliable rails in the US, that would be a game changer. Of course that would cost a lot of taxpayer money, which the US seems loathe to spend (on projects like this).

Comment Customers vs Patients (Score 4, Insightful) 204 204

Isn't the problem the exact opposite? That we struggle to find cures when treatments are so much more profitable? That medicine is viewed as a profit generator rather than an utterly essential aspect of a modern society? This article reads like it was written by a spokesperson, and turns a blind eye to every disease that once had no cure - but now does.

Comment Hardware Companies & Telecoms Have Too Much Po (Score 3, Interesting) 131 131

We should be able to get the latest software, and uninstall bloatware without having to root our device and invalidate our warranty. As it stands I have an old version of Android filled with Samsung crapware. Not surprised to learn LG is pulling crap also - just disappointed there aren't real alternatives for when I upgrade to a new phone.

Comment For the Needs and Pleasure of the Wealthy (Score 5, Interesting) 249 249

Its hard not to be cynical when this is how the wealthy use their influence in a society that actively caters to them. I'm glad Slashdot keeps reporting on these issues, and I hope we will support and punish as appropriate candidates who oppose H1B. I hope we will have our own movement and do our own work in as many different social avenues as we can to defeat attempts to make things harder for us for the sole reason of lining the pockets of the wealthy more than they already are.

Comment Re:Sociopath (Score 1) 170 170

Oh great internet warrior who doesn't know how to reply directly to a comment: Well done! Yes I and the AC are the same person! Your brilliance tricked me into replying to a comment thread and thus revealing my identity! Your valid arguments have further convinced me everything I have said simply must be mistaken. Retire your keyboard oh great one you can do no better than this glorious victory.

Comment Re:Sociopath (Score 1) 170 170

Domestic violence is under reported in general, but indeed it is more so for men. I didn't mean to imply they are not also victims of abuse. Simply that your statement that men who engage in an aggressive sport are less likely to commit domestic violence. That is bullshit. All you are offering is anecdotal evidence

You're putting words in my mouth, I did not say men are pigs. I also didn't say you said it is nonexistent. You did however HEAVILY imply it is rare BECAUSE of how aggressive ice hockey is. Which is silliness.

Comment Re:The customers will protest loud (Score 2) 198 198

Some developers do get all their money from ads, (and some school districts do as well) but thankfully they are far from the majority. Ads are awful, but in criticizing them we will win more allies if we also think of ways to support the people attempting to make a living in the work they do. Journalism, art, etc are important things for a society to have. Taking a confrontational attitude towards those people is counter productive.

Comment Re:The customers will protest loud (Score 1) 198 198

This line of logic is awful. I love free content as much as the next guy, but would you say that fire fighters, teachers, or software developers ought to forgo salaries entirely? I mean, according to your logic they would produce better work if they did it for free.

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.