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Comment Re:I want capsule apartments (Score 1) 163

Japan has 'capsule hotels'. I figured they could be cheap housing for the poor. However, crime, and other social problems can become important when lots of poor are concentrated..

The problem is that we don't have Japanese poor. I have seen public housing in Tokyo, same architecture as our own welfare housing, but it's all clean and well maintained.

Comment Arizona just took the opposite approach (Score 1) 157

The state has banned its cities from banning AirBnB. This move is generally popular but has been controversial in some towns because of the possibility that, as is feared in NYC, that short-term rentals would cut into the supply of "affordable" housing. In AZ, we're not concerned about low-income housing - in fact we hate it when the feds ram Section 8 developments down our throats - but we do want rentals that our baristas and tour guides can afford.

My thought: if the AirBnB model works as an incentive for homeowners to rent nights to tourists, wouldn't there be an even bigger market for the same kind of startup to simplify renting by the month to service workers?

Comment Re:My personal Mac anecdote (Score 1) 501

2003? The "Aluminum" era of Powerbooks had cases that were total crap. I owned three of them (one G4, two Intel) and the worst part was that the optical drive mount would go out of alignment and it couldn't eject disks. Also, the skin oils in the palms of my hands etched the surface of the case like crazy. They were just bad, but I had a "Pismo" G3 from 2000 that was even worse about falling apart inside.

I'm currently using a "Late 2011" 17" MacBook Pro that I got in 2012 when Apple announced that they would be discontinued. The "Unibody" cases are much more sturdy. Mine has been through a lot of bumps and scratches, and the worst thing that happened was I dropped it on the corner by the power plug and the video connector came loose and had to be re-seated. The second worst thing was after four years, gunk accumulated under the edges of the trackpad and it wouldn't click properly anymore. I fixed that too. (I'm aware that some of that series had GPU problems that were probably due to lead-free solder, but not mine.) Quad i7, full-HD 16:10 LED-backlight display, upgraded to 16GB RAM and SSD. It's been a fucking workhorse. I still feel like all the Retina models so far would be a downgrade.

So "Crappy model of Powerbook is crappy." Who'd have thunk it?

Comment Re:Uh oh (Score 1) 111

"It remains to be seen what will happen when these half ape and half reptilian children meet and reproduce and if they will have any special abilities."

In line with terrestrial cultural values they have accumulated much fame and the gold that goes with it, but as recent events in Paris have shown, they need special training in Earth security.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 501

"its probably true, its probably also not because apple is that much superior. its probably a combination between less virusses and crapware and available settings and people using the macs not being completely retarded when using pcs."

I see two reasons: OS X (now macOS) is Unix based, like Linux but not fragmented into a brazillion distros all pulling in different directions, and the small number of standard Apple hardware platforms. Each PC is, in contrast, a snowflake slightly different from the rest. Though Windows is written to do a tolerable job of supporting the myriad slightly different PC hardware configurations, it's going to bluescreen when it encounters some combination of an unfamiliar graphics card with an unfamiliar mouse.

Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 2) 501

I have never seen a company so good at breaking functional OS installs with updates.

After installing any new version of Windows, all PC users get used to having a small percentage of Windows Updates fail to install. As time goes on, 'update rot' causes an increasing percentage of updates to fail, always for some reason the user knows nothing about. Windows Update even has a 'hide this update' feature intended to prevent endless attempts to install a failed update.

Eventually, update rot on some PCs eventually turns into total update death, in which every boot of the system begins with the message "Installing Windows Updates..." You have to watch the machine grind through half an hour of installing the same series of updates that all fail, followed by restore from a pre-update restore point. This is generally when the user starts budgeting for a Mac to replace the cursed thing.

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