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Comment: How many years? (Score 1) 190

How many years have I been hearing this? The South Bay was too expensive. Everyone was moving to Vegas, or Austin, or Massachusetts. They moved all right - to the only place outside Manhattan that was more expensive. Like real estate prices you have to believe it can't go on forever, but it can go on a lot longer than you expected.

Comment: Re:"Contract is not up for competition" (Score 1) 176

by tsotha (#46846737) Attached to: SpaceX Files Suit Against US Air Force

Less cynically, Air Force brass have been burned over and over again by companies who lowballs bids and can't deliver. It's human nature to try to steer contracts to companies that have made good on promises in the past.

My was in the Air Force and worked on big contracted projects. You would not believe how often the AF has to deal with companies taking progress payments and then declaring bankruptcy.

Of course the really big contracting decisions are all made on Capitol Hill *cough*F-35*cough*.

Comment: Re:Frist pots (Score 1) 341

by tsotha (#46808049) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
That's what pisses me off about the way they raise the retirement age. Here in the US you always hear "yes, it's going up, but it's going up slowly - only five years (or whatever) over the next thirty". If I'm set to retire in thirty years it didn't go up slowly. It went up instantly. And since I'm going to have to work until age 67, the people who are fixing to retire at 62 this year can damn well work until 67.

Comment: Re:Wow, that was so full of stupid... (Score 1) 449

by tsotha (#46614039) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
In the actual real world (outside of your worker's paradise) having companies lay their own cable works better, because otherwise there's no incentive for the company that owns the cable to keep overhead expenses down. That's the way it was done in my town, and it works quite well.

Comment: Re:Any actual police work? (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by tsotha (#46590709) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges
Can you imagine a scenario where an FBI informant would be able to lead a principled gun control advocate down the path of importing machine guns and rocket launchers? Can you imagine a scenario where a clean politician is even associating with the head of the SF Chinese mafia?

APL hackers do it in the quad.