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Comment Business As Usual Only Worse (Score 1) 280

And then you run into the high costs of all that needless parking; see e.g. the research by Donald Shoup, and yet you want *four* spots per apartment? That's going to needlessly jack up the rent, waste valuable urban land, or do both in spades. Maybe for a few fancy luxury condos where they've got swerving beamers coming out of the woodwork, and can afford such, but certainly not for every building. Why not instead of your mandated minimums (which is the present system in America, though thankfully not as bad as you propose), let the market decide how much parking there should be, and how much it should cost?

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 397

Yep. Grains, beans and (white) rice, millet, corn, etc. will keep unrefrigerated for a good year or two, toss in some sun-dried tomatoes for flavour (okay, I will admit to cheating and using store-bought ketchup). Ferment the beans or grains for extra flavour (e.g. some corn meal, water to cover, a bit of salt, wait a day or two, depending on ambient temperature). Dried kale also keeps well, mix it into various things. Or try Moroccan preserved lemons (yep, fermented) with rice or chickpeas (these are best sprouted). I am out of sauerkraut at the moment, but do have some fermented kohlrabi from some weeks ago that I should crack open...

I guess I should mention that I turned off the refrigerator at home years ago. It does a fine job holding up the sourdough starter.

> (Also, drinking nine of anything per day sounds horrible.)

Really? /me goes to check on how the huckleberry mead is doing.

(Mead, obviously, has a very poor glycemic index and a poor nutrient balance and is in all ways utterly unhealthy and thus unsuitable for consumption. Citizens should instead for their proper health only drink SteriBland(R) NutryDense(TM).)

Comment It's marketing (Score 1) 365

Err, no, programming still requires a goodly amount of study and understanding, regardless how the various complexities have been hidden. The margin for error remains rather low--how are those Andriods doing? Car entertainment systems? Browsers? And in the department of learning from history, I present, CVE-2013-4259 and CVE-2014-3563 for two shiny new configuration management softwares. How long have /tmp security problems been known? Two decades, at least? Now, marketing programming to folks that might be interested in beginning that journey is a different story, and probably more in line with what Apple is attempting here.

Comment Re:The optimists totally ignore history. (Score 1) 391

Mmm, no. One lesson from history would be the technological advance that is the analog computer, and the fact that this technology was lost for some number of centuries. In particular, the Antikythera mechanism (~205 BCE?) and subsequent reinvention of the analog computer (~14th century CE). Thus, technological advance is an insufficient guide, as it did nothing to prevent the Greek and Roman civilizations (and indeed every past civilization, ever) from faceplanting. Such faceplants probably had some impact on the jobs market--mead-maker for local warlord, assuming one survives?

Perhaps optimists would know these cycles of history if they were not so busy fitting straight lines to semi-log graph paper and calling things good?

Comment Re:Missing ingredient: consumers (Score 1) 391

Demand does not create wealth. Production does.

Yes, yes, everyone gets up and dances until the economy craters due to overproduction and a lack of consumers for said goods. But do let's forget the roaring twenties and associated rampant consumerism and stock market speculation, eh?

Never heard of luxury goods? Like $17K watches?

No, but I've helped shepherd a six-figure chunk of carbon or two through a small online retailer in my time. Rather uncommon, which I believe is just the point the original poster made. What was yours?

Comment Re:We'll take them (Score 1) 285

No, Washington could use fewer roads. Seattle in particular has blown the "bridging the gap" funds on mostly making the Mercer mess that much more a horrible stroad, and with WSDOT stuck in pave-like-it's-1959 mode despite construction costs increasing faster than inflation (yeah, maintenance, how about that?) car sitters have the enviable joy of higher taxes--at least they're hitting you with a gas tax increase, instead of the Federal method of pretending that all is well while stealing from the General fund to keep the utterly broken Highway Trust Fund seemingly solvent. Prediction: induced demand will destroy the short-term benefit of any new pavement they might slap down, leaving you once again stuck in congestion, though now with a higher maintenance bill due to all those new roads. Derp! The long future: look to Iowa.

Otherwise, you do sound bitter. Maybe try walking more, or taking the bus? All that stress from road rage really isn't healthy.

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. -- Errol Flynn Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure. -- Errol Flynn

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