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Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 4, Interesting) 306

Query: Why would those arguments even exist, considering that the vast majority of the levees, dams, and canals we have today were built during the Great Depression as jobs programs, viz the WPA. Last I checked, these programs was spawned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and LA's governor at the time (who happily agreed) was the infamous Huey Long... neither of whom were members of the party you seek to demonize.

Maybe it would benefit you to realize that the problems in TFA were caused by misguided engineering efforts held throughout the first half of the 20th century?

Comment Re: Louisiana is one big sinkhole (Score 1, Insightful) 306

A few problems with that...

1) So who sets the prices? Any governmental price controls on any commodity (which carbon credits are) means there is no free market involvement.

1a) If the government sets prices, it is nothing more than a de facto regulatory scheme dressed up as commodity.

2) Enforcement? Good luck with that.

3) What's to keep government from requiring individuals (in addition to businesses) to buy these things, as a form of consumption tax?

4) I thought we all got out of the business of selling indulgences back when Martin Luther showed up?

Comment Re:The Market at Work (Score 2) 144

You want your site indexed, or not?

Because people like sites to be indexed, but then they get indexed, and that index shown by Google search results. Catch-22 if you ask me.

I could think of a solution to the problem, but it would require anti-indexing the results.

Maybe the solution isn't an either/or (either full index, or no index). Maybe the solution is to allow indexing to a certain point (or depth, if you will), but allow it no further. It may require tossing up a not-very-well-traveled index in parallel for the bots to read, and it would take more than a little work, but it's doable.

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 122

Why shouldn't someone operating a hotel out of an apartment be expected to operate under the same rules?

...because the vast majority of those rules involve running an operation with many multiple temporary renters in one (or more) building(s)?

I perfectly understand the need for basic health/safety regulation - e.g. providing sufficient fire protection (smoke detectors, extinguishers, etc), having at least a basic usable map detailing the emergency exits, not having an apartment full of black mold (or worse), etc.

So what, above and beyond the basics, would be required for someone temporarily letting their apartment?

Comment Re:Nothing to do with Hollywood (Score 5, Insightful) 480

Pretty much this, right here.

Given the topic of the movie, how frickin' hard would it be for IMDb to dump anything with a Turk/Russian/{CDNs-common-to-VPNs}-IP-originate vote of less than 3 stars?

I'm guessing they'll wait for some SJW-centric production to get vote-bombed, and then decide to do something about it?

Comment Re:Piracy is not that big a deal (Score 1) 63

2) Piracy is a pain in the ass. Paying a few dollars for content is far easier, so that's what most people will do.

#2 has been the case for nearly two decades now, in spite of technology and bandwidth advancements. The only real difference between then and now is that getting legit content by way of streaming or for-purchase services (iTunes, Amazon, whatever) is drop-easy and dirt-cheap for most folks... so, as you said, most folks don't bother.

Then again, the MP/RIAA have to remain relevant *somehow*, no?

Comment Re:Too late (Score 2) 149

Depends - it's mega-cheaper for me to just have a limited data plan (2GB), since my home is way, way, way, *way* out in the sticks (one side of my property has a working data/cell connection, the other side of it has zero cell coverage). However, when I'm in town, I'll turn on wifi on the phone if I have to (or want to) do anything that uses streaming or a lot of phone data.

Usually though, I'm not actually moving anywhere, unless the train has wifi on it already, which makes the concept of handover moot.

Comment Re:Yes please (Score 5, Informative) 149

You should foresee the day the swat team kicks in your door at 3 am to shoot you for peddling kiddie porn.

Pretty sure Virgin is going to do the same thing that Comcast does now - separate IP range, separate SSID, separate MAC addys, separate bandwidth allocation/QoS... instead of logging into an open Comcast SSID with a Comcast account, you just do a quickie click-trhough EULA like any other open hotspot, and whoever is renting the router is completely isolated from the public SSID (unless the person is actually using the hotspot him/herself...)

Comment Re:I have to question how accurate these stats are (Score 2) 73

Besides, I'm not certain that biking actually equates less pressure on the roads.

Actually, thanks to the utopianists running Portland, OR, cyclists have actually put *more* pressure on the roads, by taking perfectly usable road space away from automotive traffic.

Comment Re:Working from home is career suicide (Score 1) 73

Yeah, what sibling said.

I get that office culture and politics practically requires face-time, but any environment where they put priority on the Good-Old-Boy network is one in which you do not want to be working. I've turned down job offers before due to the culture sucking (it's fairly easy to spot, even in interviews. If you're not sure, ask - what they don't tell you in return says more than what they do tell you.)

All that said, you can rig-up a hybrid arrangement, where you work from home 3-4 days a week, and drive into the office for one or two. When you do that, it turns out that you end up being far more productive overall. At home, you can put nose-to-grindstone, and crank out the work without interruption (so long as you have the discipline and isolation to do it). When you're in the office, you can go bother folks for the informal stuff, be available for people who want to bother you, and you get all the face-to-face meetings out of the way on the days you're in.

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