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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 869 869

This has been somewhat well known for a long time. 25 years ago I had family members, and my bank financial guy tell me "The single worst thing a "young person" can buy is a new car". It is a rapidly depreciating asset, usually financed at high rates, and sucks up any savings for 4 or 5 years. Much better to save that money for a down payment on a home.

Comment IT Degree Better than Most (Score 1) 67 67

We love to mock people who spend 4 years and rack up $120k in student loans to get a degree in Art History and end up flipping burgers for a living. We should have a certain amount of sympathy for people who (quite sensibly) get degrees in fields that at the time had good employment prospects, and then got blindsided by boom-and-bust industry cycles.

Comment Re:New rule (Score 1) 113 113

This is why i hate playing certain games with Normals. They make up their own rules, assume that everybody plays that way and don't tell you about the made up rules till half way through the game. Typically these rules are supposed to make the game more "fun" (i.e. easy for people who don't really understand the game). I challenged somebodies word "lazer? I think you mean laser" and they didn't know what a challenge was, were surprised when their strange spelling wasn't in the dictionary, and didn't want to pick up their tiles or lose their next turn. Ok fine play how you, but don't call it scrabble. The other one that annoys no end is Monopoly when they put money on free parking. Not in the rules, and it makes the game last twice as long.

Comment Re:It's even worse than I thought! (Score 1) 192 192

How amazing that your entire country is lit up by streetlights. Such marvels you have! Here in the colonies we sometimes have roads that are not in cities. Some of these roads have no street lights at all. When you start driving you might find that the first time you come upon a cyclist with no lights, no reflectors, and dressed from head to toe in black, in the rain, at night, riding on the wrong side of the road, you may be somewhat startled. It is only by the grace of the Almighty and a very quick twitch of my steering wheel that said cyclist didn't end up broken and bleeding in the ditch.

Comment Holy Knee Jerk Reaction (Score -1) 368 368

No new law required, just some common sense. Ignore the drones, and don't worry if they are accidentally damaged by the helicopters.
Its not likely that the drones can actually hurt a helicopter. Short of ingesting one in an engine, which would be near miraculous considering the rotor downwash will blow the drone into the next county, I don't see what harm a drone can possibly inflict on a helicopter? It's not like they wait till the sky is clear of birds before they begin operations.

Comment Depends on where I'm working (Score 1) 654 654

Where I live there is very good public transit from the suburbs to downtown. The buses have HOV lanes to bypass the traffic jams, and once I hit a train I am 25 minutes from downtown. If I drive I get there in 40 minutes and pay $15 for parking and about $8 for gas. If I take transit I get there in 55 minutes and I pay about $8 round trip. Very competitive when you consider price and trip time.
The problem is when you live in one suburb and work in another. The hub and spoke layout of the transit system sucks for getting across town. The trip that I drive in 40 minutes, with free parking at the office, becomes a 2 hour nightmare with two bus trips and a train ride in between.

Comment Utter Lack of Forethought and Responsibilty (Score 2) 1032 1032

When buddy chose to sign up for the student loans, he obviously didn't spend 1 second thinking about how he was going to pay them back. His strategy was to study whatever made him happy, borrow as much money as that required, and hope that when he graduated he would land a high paying job in his chosen field. I see no sign that he ever asked himself what the starting salary in that field was, how long it would take to get to his high paying job, and based on those facts determine how long he would take to pay his loans. Now he wants to walk away from his bad decision, (which he could likely have figured out was a bad decision before he took on a penny of debt), he wants you and me to pay for it instead, and he wants to justify it to himself so that he doesn't have to feel guilty. He gets zero sympathy from me.

Comment Re:WoW? (Score 2) 277 277

Are you going for a "Reverse No True Scotsman"? Only nerds play pac-man, so anyone who played pac-man had to be a nerd. That is just flat out wrong. Back in the early 80's games like Pac-man and Frogger and Centipede were everywhere, every bar, every bowling alley, every pizza joint, every 7-11 had a few arcade games. All sorts of people played them, some were nerds, but a whole lot of them were not.

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. -- John Kenneth Galbraith