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Comment Re:It's Simple Economics (Score 1) 180

When I worked for AMZN, parking was like $200/mo after company reimbursement, so there are definitely financial incentives to living somewhere within walking distance. (I lived somewhere where busing would turn a 40 minute commute to a 70 minute one, and I value an hour a day not on the road.) Hell, it would be a pretty tough call on how much less space I'm willing to live in to trade for a ten minute walking commute. Back when I was single at least--not so much now.

Comment Re:Is it as treacherous as Ingress? (Score 1) 104

It sucks, because there are both ethical and seriously unethical uses for that kind of data collection. I don't necessarily want it in anyone's hands, but a "white hat" statistician could use it to really help urban planning / civil engineering / etc without hurting anyone in the process. Kind of like medical data that way.

You have to be seriously naive to think that people collecting this info are on your side, but I know I'd be annoyed if I worked with the data for good purposes and had no way to avoid this kind of stigma.

Comment Re:micropayments? (Score 2) 104

If you live in an area with a lot of pokestops (read: 'densely populated area'), free items flow like water, and if you're at all careful to keep some pokeballs around, you won't get caught needing more. If you live in an area without many of them, then you might run into pokemon a lot more often than you run into places to naturally recharge your items, and running into that rare critter you want might make you desperate enough to spend money for more pokeballs on the spot.

Much like Ingress though, it's helpful to go into it expecting that equipment shortages are just part of the game (because they are). Much like Ingress, if you're a heavy player, it's probably worth five bucks to buy extra item storage. And unlike Ingress, if you have powerful enough monsters, or live in an area where people slack off, you can hold onto a gym and get free in-game money to buy premium stuff without spending a cent.

In Ingress, aside from maxing out your storage capacity, the only time people usually spent real money was to boost portals for large groups to use, and not everyone did that (go out drinking with a dozen players, and one or two of them boost the portals the bar is sitting on). I expect the same thing to happen here, except that Lure modules have been really frequent in town, a lot more frequent than the Ingress equivalent. I'm not sure if that's because they are cheaper, or because the game is less viciously competitive (so you don't need to plan how to keep the enemy team from taking advantage). Either way I don't think money is going to be a huge thing...again, unless you live so far out in the boonies that you run into wild pokemon way more than you run into pokestops. Me, I'm constantly having to throw away pokeballs because my inventory gets too full.

I have a feeling that some businesses are going to try and monetize this game for their own purpose. It's like $15 to keep a portal boosted up with Lure modules for a whole day, and if you're lucky enough to control access to it (like, can only reach it from inside your restaurant), you could probably introduce some new customers who might otherwise go somewhere else? It's one form of advertising, at least.

Comment Re: The Naked Truth (Score 1) 1592

And as everyone predicted, the pound is tanking without the strength of the EU to prop it up.

Ah yes, I'm sure the reaction of traders within hours of the referendum accurately reflects the full realities of the markets after the UK leaves the EU, which won't happen for at least 2 years because it's a complicated process.

If the EU really wanted to have fun, they could probably make the UK economy collapse completely by refusing to trade with them. The impact on the rest of the EU would be small compared with the impact on the UK. Then in five years, they could offer to reluctantly let the UK back in with an exchange rate of two pounds to the Euro, but only if they actually started acting like real members of the EU. Some of the EU member nations might well decide to do that just out of spite.

That's actually a great idea, and it's probably something being seriously considered in the halls of EU's power. Need to teach a lesson to all those pesky voters what happens when you go against the wishes of globalist interests. There's already talk of some people in other countries calling for referendums, so the UK needs to be made an example of.

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