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Comment Re:"borrow money to make it through the month" (Score 1) 457

The point is that the problem won't be corrected easily. At least not as easily as you find it to sling insults.

Maybe you don't give a shit. And that's fine too. But at least have the balls to come out and say: "I don't give a shit about anyone other than myself."

Comment Re:18:9 (Score 1) 48

The original iPhone was 27:18 (or 15:10 or 3:2).

We should probably approximate screen aspect ratios in decimal instead of as a fraction, it makes them easier for people to compare.

16:9 -> 1.77:1
16:10 & 8:5 -> 1.6:1
18:9 & 2:1 -> 2:1
21:9 & 7:3 -> 2.33:1
4:3 -> 1.33:1
5:4 -> 1.25
64:27 -> 2.37:1
CinemaScope -> 2.35:1 or 2.39:1
15:9 & 5:3 -> 1.66:1
IMAX -> 1.43:1
11:8 -> 1.375:1
CinemaScope 55 -> 2.55:1
24:9 -> 2.66:1

hopefully you take the longest over the shorted dimension (landscape) and not the portrait orientation that is the typical use case for phones. (people are as bad with reciprocals as fractions)

Comment we can't even be bothered to get that right.... (Score 3, Informative) 85

"The passengers will travel beyond the moon and loop back to Earth, spanning roughly 300,000 to 400,000 miles. "

The distance to the moon is 238,900 miles.
I'm going to go way out on a limb here and postulate that a trip AROUND the moon is going to be something more than 477,000 miles.

Comment Re:The benefits of Single Payer (Score 1) 100

I don't think you understand the difference between Single Payer, and Single Provider.

In theory there may well be a huge difference, in practice there will be none — the Payer's regulation will go into every nitty-gritty detail of Provision ensuring uniformity. And absence of choice — look at what has already happened with the public schools...

Comment Re:It's all out of whack... (Score 1) 457

A "bubble" implies it's going to pop. The place would just about have to burn down for property values to go down. As long as populations increase and jobs are available the demand will continue to push prices up.

I predict people will declare the bubble has popped when the rate of increase levels off and the prices go more flat, as is the case in a more normal market. That isn't really a popping of a bubble, but of hitting an equilibrium point. And I believe that point is above current prices.

Government intervention is probably the only way out of this. And we can't even agree on what the government could do, let alone what it should do.

Comment Re:"borrow money to make it through the month" (Score 1) 457

If getting paid slightly late forces you to take out a loan, you're a dumbass who doesn't know how to manage his money.

This is life for the majority of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck. If you're single or have no kids, there is probably no good reasons for living like that. For people with kids, it's way harder to get out of the hole.

Comment Re:$160.000 and a hole in your budget at monthend (Score 1) 457

$3k/mo for a small house seems pretty cheap to me for SF, really anywhere on the peninsula for that is probably an reasonable price. 2 bed townhouses near me (South Bay / SJ) are closer to me $3500, and 3 bed are $4k.

Assuming he could get a job in North Carolina, he could make half that and have more money left over at the end of the month. But there are a whole lot of tech jobs in the SF Bay Area, and you have to be pretty lucky to find an equivalent job in other parts of the country.

Comment Re:Change the laws together with English (Score 1) 1082

Scientific American disagrees with you.

OMG, appeal to authority is all you can do? Pathetic... BTW, the article you cited says nothing about the meaning of the word "race" changing. Even if it is a social construct, it must've been that in the 19th century as well — your claims remain wrong either way.

my local media don't care about your local news

The very point is, it is only "local news" here, because it is Black-against-White discrimination. Had it been the other way around, it would've been on the front pages of major newspapers — and foreign media would've reprinted it too.

Comment Re:SLA? (Score 1) 100

The Ottawa Citizen wrote a great article about where the problem lies, and came to the conclusion that Shared Services was doomed to fail before the project even started:

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/...

Basically, it was given a lofty mandate but was then starved of both the resources and authority required to actually accomplish what they were supposed to.

Comment Re:The benefits of Single Payer (Score 1, Insightful) 100

This has nothing to do with single payer anything.

Creating a monopoly, where the consumers/users not only can not switch to a different provider, they can not even point out at how things can be done differently, is certainly very similar to what the proponents of Single Payer wish to happen.

There are too many different ministries, agencies and departments with too many different data requirements and laws governing who can be provided with certain information.

Are there really more of such "ministries, agencies and departments", than there are patients?

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