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Comment Re:SF median 1-bed = $4225/mo ($975/week) in 2015 (Score 1) 253

>$4225/mo × 12mo/y ÷ 52w/y = $975/week.

Good gravy! Think of it this way - if you moved out of the tech bubble area into a normal place, you would effectively get a raise of $3,000/month ($36,000 / year) on housing savings alone. And have a bigger, better house. And no traffic. And cheaper cost of living on everything else you spend money on.

Conservatively, you're easily paying (losing) +45,000 / year just to say you live someplace cool. Hope it's worth it to you.

Comment Thanks, I'll pass on all of them (Score 4, Insightful) 253

I live in the mid-west, and until a recent job change, had a shorter commute than everything in that list - plus a 3 bed house for less than the vast majority of that list. My income is on par with national averages for my job title, yet I have a vastly below average cost of living.

For the life of me, I can't fathom why anyone would want to live in a big city. Every perk I hear touted, I can beat. It's quiet, I have a yard, and I have more spending money that the saps choking on smog.

Comment More =/= better (Score 4, Insightful) 331

My first thought was: how the heck are you going to keep this runway clear of snow? You've gone from a single (or dual) short strip to a (pi*2mi)= 6.28 mile loop. That's a lot of runway to plow.

Then there's the long taxi time from the outside to the terminal in the center. That's a 1 mile radius taxi. Lots of wasted time.

Then there's the poor saps living around the airport. Instead of a well-defined small number of houses with noise pollution, you've spread it all over a huge area. Lots more people to complain. I doubt people want to build houses *inside* that 2 mile loop of land, so the footprint of this beast will be impractical for an airport near anything existing at all.

And if there's a consistent level of wind (from any direction), that "3 at the some time" argument goes away, and you're back to a small strip of usable runway, at least until the wind dies down.

Comment Focus on the fundamentals (Score 1) 100

I've got a surface for work – and I really do not like it.

  It doesn't have enough CPU power to be a real laptop, the built-in keyboard is just awful, and the battery life is stunningly short.

  There's some basic functionality for the laptop/tablet arena that they just don't have down yet. Half the time I try to suspend, it stays awake. Once it finally does sleep or hibernate, I have trouble waking it up about 10% of the time. There's been a few times I would pound of the keyboard and the power button – with no signs of life – and about five minutes later it would magically turn itself on after I gave up.

  Hard to get excited about cool new features when you don't even have the basics down.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 416

It appears that the Big Bang came from nothing. EVERY SIMULATION always starts from nothing whenever the simulation program starts running, Our universe has a speed limit. It is the speed of light. That is a fact, but nobody knows the reason why the speed of light is any particular speed and not arbitrarily faster or slower. EVERY SIMULATION also has a speed limit. It is the maximum rate of execution of the program. Life and the various lifeforms appeared suddenly. In EVERY SIMULATION new things come into being, where nothing like them existed before.

You clearly haven't played very many simulation games. Any decent implementation of Conway's Game of Life has an exception to all of your absolute statements, for example.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 2) 416

Even if the simulation has bugs, we wouldn't know it - because there's nothing to compare to.
If properly sandboxed, there is no way we could ever have evidence.

If PI being irrational is a bug, we have no way to know that. We just day "that's the way it is, and we don't know why" and move on.

It's fun to think about, but no, we're not in a simulation. And even if we were, there's no way you'll ever prove it.

Comment Re:That's nice for dense cities (Score 1) 136

And that's why grocery delivery companies have the lifespan of a mayfly. It's been tried many, many times - and only works in wealthy high-density city centers.

It's basically the same model as the bicycle courier. You can probably count on one hand the number of places where that exists in the US.

The key to making this work is dropping the cost a *lot* (like less than a tenth of current costs), and some consistently good customer service in picking the food to deliver.

Comment Sealed for freshness (Score 5, Insightful) 223

Sounds like with the addition of wireless charging, lack of headphone jack, and removing the home button - they are on track to make a phone that is a totally sealed slab. Once the last remaining physical connector goes away, it would be trivial to make a waterproof, dust-proof device.

Side benefit for Apple - even harder to replace the battery.

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