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Comment Re:Surprising (Score 2) 240

At multiple times the cost of a bridge, for sure. Tunneling isn't cheap, and at that scale you're going to need ventilation, lighting, and drainage systems. In a fairly flat place, a tunnel is going to be the lowest point for miles around. This isn't like mountain tunneling where you can use a slight incline at the center of the tunnel or have one end higher than the other to ensure that you don't make a lake in the middle of it.

Comment Re:Incorrect! (Score 5, Informative) 382

...the main problem with most public transport is that it sucks...where it doesn't, everybody uses it, rich and poor...

I ride with everyone from poor moms with 2 kids in strollers and homeless folks to guys in 3 piece suits with $500 pairs of shoes. In between are everyone else from high school kids to college kids, and the breadth of the middle and upper-middle class workforce.
 
I bus about 35 minutes each way. I could drive that in 20-25 minutes, and there's an added 5-10 minute walk/wait on each end for the bus. End result is that I spend 80-90 minutes per day commuting on the bus for $50/month vs 40-50 minutes driving for ~$150/month (parking, gas, & wear and tear). The added advantage to busing is that I can do ~30 minutes of work each way, putting out fires before/after work, dropping an hour off my work day in the process.
 
So the end result is that I spend about as much time away from home busing as I would driving, for $100/month less. And that $100 can go straight into one of the bars or restaurants on the way home, an added perk of not having to drive.
 
Part of why I chose to live here was the investment in public transportation. When I consider moving jobs, I look at the commute possibilities as one factor. I'm generally not willing to give up my life and sanity driving in rush hour traffic. The year I did that I was far more stressed and angry than I ever was before or after. It's going to take a pretty significant pay raise to make me want to do that again.

Comment Re:Wastefulness (Score 1) 79

That's what caused me to give up my last one. Pushing 3 years and it was fine for a bit more, because I only used it lightly. But even a replaceable battery couldn't really save it once I could no longer charge it. Not really worth using an old phone to constantly charge a couple of batteries and then swap them once or twice every day. I did that for 2 days before I just gave up and bought a new phone. With wireless charging.

Comment Re:Is this the new definition of insanity? (Score 1) 130

Bees need habitat to live in. It turns out, massive fields of mono-culture crops are not bee-friendly habitat. So the farmers created this problem by designing their fields to be as productive as possible. Now, maybe they could remove plots of crops and make bee habitat there, allowing bees to flourish. But if that was a better financial idea, I'd guess that they'd have done that already.
 
I bet trucking bees in is the cheapest way to do it. So they'll keep doing it.

Comment Re:Even more fake news (Score 1) 335

What actually exists is a significant conflict of interest under which many scientists operate independently.

And your evidence for this is?
 
Right, political anti-science rants.
 
Look, if you've got evidence, post it. But after being asked repeatedly, you just BS your way around in a circle. You really use all credibility when you do that. We're not asking for something difficult here. If you think there is some global conspiracy or conflict of interest, provide some evidence of it.

I think they would get more funding if they provided mixed and inconclusive results, and arguing that more research was required.

Well, if you believe that there is a deep, dark, deliberate conspiracy among scientists to maximize money from government coffers, there are probably many things they could do. But that is obviously absurd.

No, that's not obviously absurd. Saying, "We can't really tell, but if we get more funding, we might be able to" is how you maximize money from the government. Do you have any idea what people in climate research are studying right now? (Obviously not.) Here's a sampling:
 
*Enhanced weathering and CO2 drawdown caused by latest Eocene strengthening of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation
*Depletion and response of deep groundwater to climate-induced pumping variability
*Centennial glacier retreat as categorical evidence of regional climate change
*Competitive fitness of a predominant pelagic calcifier impaired by ocean acidification
*Substantial global carbon uptake by cement carbonation
*Pacific carbon cycling constrained by organic matter size, age and composition relationships
*Climate, pCO2 and terrestrial carbon cycle linkages during late Palaeozoic glacial–interglacial cycles
 
What can you notice about all of these things? They are all climate related, and none of them are talking about uncertainty of climate change. But this is what climate scientists do. Maybe you don't see value in researching things like this, and that's ok. But calling it a some giant conspiracy is absurd. You seem to think that what you want scientists to study should be the Word of God, ignoring their own interests and that of the organizations that fund them.
 
Sorry that you're not able to control the world. Most of us have grown up and realized that by now. Good luck.

Comment Re:Automatically fired (Score 2) 106

The problem with a sales tax is that it's inherently regressive. If you live paycheck-to-paycheck, something like 50% of your money gets taxed. (Assuming the other 50% is rent, debt payments, utilities, etc.) If you make upper middle-class or higher income, and you can bank or invest half of that, with the same ratio for the rest of it, you're getting taxed on 25% of your money.

The more you make, the less you're proportionally taxed. So someone making $20k/year may be taxed on $10k of it, while someone making $200k (10x as much) may only be taxed on $50k of it. (5x the tax for 10x the income.)

This is why tax codes get so crazy. If you want people to pay a proportional amount of their income in tax, you need the tax code. But that usually means that you need to tax the poor to unreasonable levels to get the money you need. So then more laws are needed to shift collections from the poor to the rich, so that you're extracting a reasonable amount from both groups. And then the rich don't like that, so they bribe (or are) lawmakers and get loopholes put in to shelter money, and, that's where we are today.

Comment Re:Buzz off with your pseudo-money (Score 1) 80

Sure. I've bought some bitcoin. Nothing more than I can afford to lose, however. $20 worth every year or two. I send fractions to folks on the internet, couple bucks at a time. I find it worth $20 every year to know that I can send random people around the world $1-$5 on a whim. I occasionally Reddit, and they've got ChangeTipBot and DodgeBot, where you can automagically send a couple bucks to someone. I've tossed out a few "bullshit bitsy shekels" for great posts and useful information.
 
I'm well aware of the limitations of bitcoin, so I use it responsibly. Not everyone does, but millions of people around the world with $20 to burn adds up really quickly.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 313

I've definitely had my eye on System 76. The problem is that, while a couple hundred dollars less, the equivalent hardware of what I see in something like the XPS 13 comes in a big, clunky, plastic body machine. The XPS line is starting to look and feel like the older MBPs do - a little thinner, a little sleeker, overall just a little more polished than the System 76 laptops. The XPS 13 is 0.6" tall at the highest, compared to 0.9" for a Lemur. Lemur clocks in at 3.6 lbs vs the 2.7 of the XPS. It's really a big difference. While the System 76 laptops are far more configurable and likely far more user-modification-friendly, part of the draw of the MBP line was always the sleek looking and feeling hardware. If that wasn't a draw, I'd have been using Thinkpads running linux for the last decade.
 
Also, a System 76 laptop that starts to rival my old MBP in terms of functionality and ports has a minimum size of 15". I like the 13" form-factor. It's armchair sized for me, big enough to play some games on and get some work done, and small enough to not take up too much space in the living room.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 5, Interesting) 313

From my point of view or from Microsoft's?
 
From their point of view, I'm going to Windows, because I'll probably go with a Dell XPS 13. From my point of view, it will be Linux. The "problem" is that Microsoft still gets my money, and they still add it to their stats, despite me not wanting their product and not wanting to pay for it.
 
I have been a MBP user for a decade. My MBPs have been my main workhorses, and I loved them. I've been waiting 2-3 years for a refresh worth replacing my 2012 MBP with, and it's clear that it's not going to happen.
 
Apple has now merged the MBP and the Air, which I don't understand. I don't want an Air. I want a fucking MBP. 3/4" thick, a battery that goes a day, all my ports, and hardware that's not 5 years behind. 256gb solid state drive, 8gb of ram, and an i5 is the base configuration? Really? For $1500? Really? $1800 on the XPS 13 gives you double everything and an i7 in an aluminum body and all the ports.
 
I used to love OS X, but even that's starting to wear on me. For example, I'm required to sign into iCloud with the latest OS X update. I have not figured out how to turn this off. I have disabled everything syncing to iCloud, but every hour or so I get a popup telling me to log in. No way to turn it off. Why? See the tiny little hard drives that Apple now ships with, and the inability to upgrade them or add another. (I've got a 1Tb drive in my 2012 MBP for comparison.)
 
Two or three years ago, the alternatives were definitely shit. Now, I don't think so. The alternatives are better, and the current line of MBPs (and OS X) are so fucking terrible that I'm inclined to say that the pendulum has shifted to the alternatives.

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