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Comment Re:Landlords (Score 1) 805

Rent control has been illegal in California since 1978. (Costa-Hawkings Act; It was not etroactive, so any building built before 1978 that was under rent control, would remain such)
Basically, landlords bought out the republican gov't. Made rent control illegal from that point onwards.
And we've been really screwed since. :|

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 660

As an american, in the tech sector - I am actively trying to drive down wages in the Tech sector.
I put myself, and others to take jobs at state median wages (So 55k for a Sr Software Engineer in California) .
It makes us more marketable. We can command any position we desire, (they get a $180k value for $55k).
It shows that Americans are willing to work for reasonable wages, rather than inflated "We're tech" wages. Suitable for longer term.
And, it allows us to start developing market forces, applications, automations, etc to further reduce the costs of hiring a programmer.
It is our vision to bring tech-workers as common and ubiquitous as seamstresses were. To ensure that to obtain an engineer should be a minimum wage job, that's readily available, where the majority of the population will have basic skills, and some will pursue it further.

This will then make it significantly easier for more entrepreneurs to start businesses as the labor costs will go towards zero.
Which is the ultimate goal. To reduce the cost of labor to near-zero acros the board; and allow businesses and persons to be freely creative with innovation, and providing practical services to global customer base; with the start-up risks being amortized across the global population, rtaher than with the indiivdual.

H1Bs are great for this goal.
Personal greed is not.

We need to push for lower wages across the board in lawyers, doctors, engineers, etc. Across the board.
People should enter these industries because they are passionate for it, not for a pay-check.

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 2) 660

Or just good people who want the job driving the wages down.

I personally just took a job last month, where I told them out right, I want the Software Engineering job they are offering, and in addition to everything I'll bring to the table, that I also offered to work for them for a less than market rate (Basically a 50% paycut from previous job and about 20% under median rates).

Needless to say, I got the job. And also encouraging friends to start doing the same.
If we want to compete with those that want to work for less, we need to be willing to work for less.
And I chose work for a lot less money, at a job I'll enjoy.

I suggest that others in the country also stop complaining about jobs being "stolen"; and make themselves more marketable: either by making themselves more in demand by having exclusive skills, relevant experiences, and willing to work for a lot less.

Be happy as a renter, save money
I would also like to see the government should stop subsidizing people who can't afford houses by getting rid of the Mortgage Interest "I can't afford my loan" Subsidy.
And corresondingly, to get rid of the Capital Losses "I gambled and lost" subsidy; also to get rid of the "I gambled and won" subsidy, and charge all capital gains at regular income tax rates.

Comment Re:Interesting, but I'm not sure I trust it (Score 5, Interesting) 180

I read once in the local paper an interview with a patient who had some sort of paralysis, (maybe coma?) that they unexpectedly recovered from.

The only thing I remember about the article was her description that:

It was just like dreaming when I was asleep. But when I woke up, I was originally scared, and afraid, and once I accepted it, my imagination started to take over. After a while, I was able to picture myself doing everything I wanted. Everything felt like a dream. And then one day, when I wasn't being busy, I was just relaxing, doing nothing, when I heard a faint ringing sound. And I just started to focus on my inner self. And then I realised that the body I identified with, wasn't my physical body, and that everything I was experiencing was inside my body, expanding and contracting, and like when you realise you're dreaming and you wake up; what I saw and felt around me started to dissolve, as I could feel parts of the world around me, my hearing waking up from it's own generations to taking the sounds of the world outside. And then, I slowly woke up. And like a dream, many bits I could remember simply started to disappear. And then I realised that that body I was used to the past few months, was in a lot better state than how this one's become.

From that account, it really pushed into me the notion that in such a state, like those good at visualizatoin, or meditation -- You basically just learn to re-create your own full reality. Hyper-real lucid dreaming. Better than reality, and more connected, as you realise that your perception of reality is all self-generated in your head, taking into advisement the pulses of electromagic radiation hitting our senses, make it into a pulse, and we create our own personal reality.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 537

Every deduction on your income tax is a government subsidy. (They really should be renamed from "Deduction" to "Government Subsidy"

Do you have a mortage? That income tax deduction should really be renamed: "I can't afford my mortgage government subsidy".
Capital Losses? "I gambled on the stock market and lost government subsidy"
Business Expenses? "My business isn't profitable government subsidy."

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 4, Informative) 277

I know for myself, and many others at the companies I have worked for -- THere are a signifcant number of people who use Macbooks, but run Windows on them. As I type here, It's a macbook Pro Running Windows 10.

The hardware runs Windows significantly better than any natively developed Windows notebook. Probably becasue drivers can be written to only a single known configuration and that can be optimized.

WHen running multiple VMs, and IDEs on Windows on Macbook Pro hardware -- it simply outclasses the same setup on alternatives.

But either way, at our office, more than half (500+ users) all run Windows as their primary OS on the Macbooks. Most workers don't know that they can even boot into Mac OSX (minimally sized partition, as even the Engineers don't even boot into OSX)

Once I installed Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro -- I never went back to Windows-first hardware.
1. Buy MacBook
2. Install Windows.
3. Have a kick ass windows box for development and gaming.-

Comment Re: This! Don't change my text without permission! (Score 1) 207

It's why I use a literary keyboard layout with dead-keys (Windows)
I haven't really explored it too fully, but the characters I enjoy most often are:
alt-gr, minus: hyphen
alt-gr, minus, m : m dash
alt-gr, minus, n : n dash
alt-gr, dbl-quote, 6 : low curly double quote
alt-gr, dbl-quote, 9 : high curly (9) double quote
alt-gr, dbl-quote, comma : low curly (9) double quote
alt-gr, dbl-quote, open bracket : left double guillement ...
and I tend to use combinig unicode, rather than pre-composed now:
alt-gr, dbl-quote, dbl-quote: combining double acute accent
alt-gr, single-quote, single quote: combining acute accent
alt-gr, single-quote, pipe : combining vertical line above

Windows supporting full unicode characters, and multiple chaining dead-key combinations in a simple keyboard map has really made international typing on one keyboard layout _really easy_.

Bias: I type and edit a lot in multiple european languages, and being able to type every character in all european latin-based languages in one layout is heaven. Particularly, all the oddities as well (sharp s, section symbol, pilcrow, etc)

Fun causing rendering issues on non Windows machines (and some windows software not using Uniscribe). Seeing as I have combining characters fully available, adding them to non-expected characters (cyrilling, arabic, hindi, etc) can cause many strange rendeing issues (or causing people phones to crash, OSX to crash) when using non-expected parings: see : for a description of one particular Apple font implementaiton fail.

Comment Re:This! Don't change my text without permission! (Score 1) 207

Swapping the comma and the closing quote would then make it grammatically (stylistically?) incorrect for American English;
American English requires terminal punctuation (comma, and period) inside the terminal quotation mark regardless of whether they are part of the quotation, or part of the containing sentence structure; other terminal punctuation (semi-colon, question mark), outside the terminal quotiation mark.

British English puts quotation terminal comma and period inside the terminal quotation mark, but sentence structure comma or periods, outside the quotation mark.

Comment Re:Hit & Run (Score 1) 383

That's assuming they even have insurance on the vehicle.
Anyone with a large fleet of vehicles, or has the money to -- will not have external insurance, and simply be financially liable.
For instance, enterprise rental here doesn't have any insurance policy for their cars, but have proof of the bare minimum liability ($10,000), which as a national company -- they do.

Comment Re:Ride share (Score 1) 383

It's illegal to hail a cab from the street in many cities (many in the bay area; utah, Las Vegas, Cincinatti, etc.), you need to call them (everywhere), or use the internet to book one (chicago cab companies)
They are metered, just not conveniently posted, and are subject to change (surge). But otherwise $2 + 1.15/mi + 20c/mi.
Uber is a glorified taxi dispatcher.
Uber-Pool is something unique -- maybe it can be expanded to uber public transit. Just start operating fixed routes in addition to their regular service; and get business on-board to support non-driving options to get more cars off the road.

Comment Re:good for the environement (Score 1) 250

The cost was non trivial for us.
When my roommate began working from home, the thermostat went from a progammed interval of 8am-6pm at 60F to 69F.
Our heating/cooling costs pretty much doubled from $35/mo to $70/mo. (700 sqft apartment).
It was a trivial amount in the apartment; but now that we live in a 3bdr household (1800sqft), shelling out $450/mo in gas/electricity usage is a bit more noticable.

Comment Re:good for the environement (Score 1) 250

"Cleansing the mind" means not thinking about anything not related to being in the moment, and putting 100% of your thought and attention to the act of driving.
Do not let yourself think about work.
Do not let yourself thingk about ideas.
Do not think commetary or emotional reactions to the traffice.
Focus on keeping your mind silent, and increasing your awareness of the act of driving.
Pay attention to your hands on the wheel, the amount of gas you are using.
Keeping your distance from the car in front.
Making your accelleration and breaking as smooth as possible with no sudden changes.
Making a conscious effort to check your mirrors regularly, not motivated by intention to change lanes. Simply to be aware.

The Cleansing of the mind happens because you are able to put 100% of yourself into the at of commutting, and to perform all your actions and awareness into the act of driving, without drifting into thoughts, judgements, or future/past.

It's really great to show up refreshed after the commute, and you tend to notice the lane splitting motorcyclists coming up from behind with plenty of time to calmly veer to the left to give them room in ample time. And leads to a less "stop-and-go" feeling in stop-and-go traffic (both mentally and literally)

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