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Comment Re:Ask Slashdot - Why are Cities more Expense? (Score 1) 201

Competition and rent is a big part of it. Generally in the city you don't own your space, and rent is competitive. If I'm not willing to pay for my apartment, someone else is. If a restaurant wants to be a in a popular area, they are going to have to pay for it, and their prices reflect that. High rents mean high labor costs, meaning goods and services are more expensive. This compounds on itself in other ways as well: If everyone in an area makes $100,000 a year just to live there, then the goods available are going to be goods that appeal to that income group, and lower-quality goods are going to be less available.

Comment Re:CHEAP (Score 1) 183

I certainly won't disagree with you. I've read more than my share of research and I'm well aware of how counterproductive open-plan offices are, but they are what the market demands. Employers do not want to pay for floorspace. Especially now, when they use telecommuting as an excuse to shrink office space even further .

Comment Re:CHEAP (Score 5, Insightful) 183

Architect here, this is the correct answer. Open plan offices are far more space efficient than cubes, to say nothing of the enormous costs of actual separate rooms. The thing that people don't seem to realize is that this was almost always the case for peons, look at offices from the early part of the 20th century: They are just open rooms with desks. Cubicles were actually an upgrade.

Comment Mercenaries aren't new (Score 1) 74

Using mercenaries is not a new thing for the US military, especially in "non-combat" roles. Generally they prefer ones that previously had US military service. Dollars to donuts the drone pilots this company has are all ex-military, who mustered out and are now looking at doing their same job for twice the pay with half the oversight.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 294

Commercial speech and private speech have always been separate. As a citizen I can broadcast Chinese propaganda all I want, or pay others to do it, as a long as it's on my dime. That's my speech. However, when I take money from the Chinese to broadcast their content, I'm not protected by private speech laws. That's the government of China's speech, and they aren't guaranteed jack shit under the constitution.

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