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Comment Three million lockouts/year in NYC? (Score 2) 192

Really? TFA describes this as a Manhattan-based initiative, so I'm guessing that he's using the term New York City to refer to Manhattan, not Greater New York (all five boroughs). There are 1.6 million people in Manhattan. I don't believe the average person locks themselves out twice per year. Even if he does mean all five boroughs, that still means that one-third of the city locks themselves out each year. I have a very hard time believing this.

Also, virtually all Manhattan residents live in apartment buildings, so they need to get though two locked doors; the front door to the building and the door to their actual apartment. Pretty much all buildings use a lock/key that can't be (easily) copied (Mul-T-Lock or similar) for the front door, so unless you're going to break into your own lobby, you're still up the creek. And if you live in a building with a doorman or live-in superintendent, they frequently have access to a copy of your key.

I don't see this catching on in a big way.

Comment Re:Miranda (Score 1) 768

You said: "The US was founded not all that long after the Inquisition ended."

Actually, the Inquisition wasn't formally abolished until July 15, 1834, quite a while after the founding of the United States. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisition#End_of_the_Inquisition)

Comment Re:Class action lawsuits are a scam anyway (Score 1) 103

This is true. The (allegedly) wronged employees will likely end up doing much better as individual plaintiffs. Read John Grisham's "The King of Torts" for some insight into the world of class action litigation. It's clearly a work of fiction, but lawyer acquaintances have told me that it's a fair description of how such litigation works.

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 5, Informative) 992

You said: If there were no speedlimit people would, for the most part, drive INCREDIBLY riskily.

Research indicates that this is not the case. In areas where speed limits are not enforced, civil engineers find that 85% of motorists drive at what most would call a prudent speed. In fact, in many municipalities, speed limits for a given road are determined by observing traffic and determining the limit based on the 85 percentile speed (assuming, of course, that generating revenue from speeding fines is not part of the equation). Google "85 percentile traffic speed" if you're interested.

Comment Re:I don't want a combination fridge/TV set (Score 0) 163

Huh? I recently furnished my home with hand-made solid cherry furniture. Did I pay a lot? Yes I did, but I expect it to last for the rest of my life and quite a bit beyond. And except for the finishing and the metal fasteners and other hardware, it's entirely of made of wood, a renewable, easily disposed of resource. Compare this to buying and disposing of particleboard furniture every 5-10 years. Aside from the landfill issues, I'd bet there's a lot more exotic chemicals used in the manufacture of laminated particleboard that we don't want entering the environment. And don't get me started on the petroleum used in the manufacture of all the plastic parts used in that grade of furniture. I think we, as a species, do not have the space, time, resources or money to allow everyone to dispose of their furniture every few years.

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