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Comment Arizona just took the opposite approach (Score 1) 108

The state has banned its cities from banning AirBnB. This move is generally popular but has been controversial in some towns because of the possibility that, as is feared in NYC, that short-term rentals would cut into the supply of "affordable" housing. In AZ, we're not concerned about low-income housing - in fact we hate it when the feds ram Section 8 developments down our throats - but we do want rentals that our baristas and tour guides can afford.

My thought: if the AirBnB model works as an incentive for homeowners to rent nights to tourists, wouldn't there be an even bigger market for the same kind of startup to simplify renting by the month to service workers?

Comment Re:Uh oh (Score 1) 101

"It remains to be seen what will happen when these half ape and half reptilian children meet and reproduce and if they will have any special abilities."

In line with terrestrial cultural values they have accumulated much fame and the gold that goes with it, but as recent events in Paris have shown, they need special training in Earth security.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 464

"its probably true, its probably also not because apple is that much superior. its probably a combination between less virusses and crapware and available settings and people using the macs not being completely retarded when using pcs."

I see two reasons: OS X (now macOS) is Unix based, like Linux but not fragmented into a brazillion distros all pulling in different directions, and the small number of standard Apple hardware platforms. Each PC is, in contrast, a snowflake slightly different from the rest. Though Windows is written to do a tolerable job of supporting the myriad slightly different PC hardware configurations, it's going to bluescreen when it encounters some combination of an unfamiliar graphics card with an unfamiliar mouse.

Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 2) 464

I have never seen a company so good at breaking functional OS installs with updates.

After installing any new version of Windows, all PC users get used to having a small percentage of Windows Updates fail to install. As time goes on, 'update rot' causes an increasing percentage of updates to fail, always for some reason the user knows nothing about. Windows Update even has a 'hide this update' feature intended to prevent endless attempts to install a failed update.

Eventually, update rot on some PCs eventually turns into total update death, in which every boot of the system begins with the message "Installing Windows Updates..." You have to watch the machine grind through half an hour of installing the same series of updates that all fail, followed by restore from a pre-update restore point. This is generally when the user starts budgeting for a Mac to replace the cursed thing.

Comment Re:The Final Frontier! (Score 1) 87

Mineral resources on Earth are becoming increasingly difficult to reach on environmental grounds alone. At some point wil become cheaper to get our metals from asteroids than from ever-deeper, ever more environmentally problematic terrestrial mines. Here in Arizona, a multibillion dollar copper mine is on hold to protect the habitat of a single individual panther.

Comment Aha! An agenda emerges... (Score 1) 124

"Way and colleagues simulated the Venusian climate at various time points between 2.9 billion and 715 million years ago, employing similar models to those used to predict future climate change on Earth."

Finding a layer of golf clubs and municipal bonds on Venus would indicate the presence of primordial Republicans, marking the start of runaway greenhouse gas buildup.

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