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Comment Re:My answer (Score 3, Interesting) 374

1 character names for types are not good

Says who?

All localized variables and types in my programs have 1-character names, and its for multiple good reasons including that because you can see that something is only 1 character at a glance, that therefore you know for sure that it doesnt have much if any outer scope with that very same glance.

Comment Let's play a game called "balanced viewpoint" (Score 1, Interesting) 256

I had never heard of the website liked, but you could be pretty sure it would be one of those left leaning Fake News sites - the "Trump's XXXXXX" title gave that away.

So I went and found a balanced article (the link that should have been provided by the rabid Trump-Hater to begin with).

From the article:

Supporters of Pai's plan discount concerns that prices will rise, saying there's already significant competition in the BDS market. Critics who see a lack of competition "subdivide this market and make all these distinctions" to reach their own conclusions,..In 2016, the FCC found that competing networks within a half mile of a location served by a single provider "had a competitive effect" on pricing, Banks noted.

One again Trump Haters ignore reality and will end up wondering why things didn't turn out like they thought. If only reality ACTUALLY had a liberal bias as claimed!

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

How about we just limit the number of properties/rooms someone can put up on ABnB and/or require the property be the primary residence of the property owner who must occupy it a minimum number of months per year to prevent commercial exploitation?

How about instead you just stop fucking with the liberties of other people?

Not only isnt what you offer a solution to the problem, its not even the actual problem.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

Isn't there a diminishing return on this? Some point where AirBnB inventory is saturated and the so-called investors are owning properties that mostly remain vacant, and eventually the market inventory for permanent housing faces a surge in available properties as speculators look to get out from under their under-performing rental properties?

Yes its self-balancing. However if the supply of housing isnt allowed to grow to meet demand, then one should look at why the supply of housing isn't growing to meet demand, because any "balance" achieved under artificial restrictions wont necessarily resemble the balance that you expected.

I believe in the San Fransisco area right now growth in both low density and high density housing is being greatly restricted by these zoning boards. Its ok tho, because people in California want a nanny.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

And why would they build more housing, lowering their profits, then?

The one guy who reads the fucking articles... and you dont even understand the simple things of economics?

Those that are allowed to build housing make money on each house that they build. There is no debate about this. Its the end of the discussion on the matter of the "they" economics you were hand waving your bullshit "lowering profits" crap at.

Once you are willing to accept that reality, and it is in fact reality, then you easily come to the conclusion that something must be preventing people from building housing... and there is something doing that... zoning boards. The fucking politicians. It is "they" who hold the keys to "the market" and have fucked it up. In many cases these scumbag politicians are complicit in working together with some private business... for campaign donations.. for favors... but it is not the private business that holds the keys.

Comment There is a part that is forever - bureaucracy (Score 4, Insightful) 262

Politicians come and go and ideas are forever.

The problem is that while politicians may go, the bureaucracy they create does not. That essentially lasts forever, and has a great impact on what ideas are possible, if for no other reason than it drains funds form making some other idea possible.

Rather than term limits we need the concept of department limits, where each arm of a large bureaucracy must be voted to continue every ten years or so after justifying what it has done.

Comment Re:American problem is American (Score 1) 435

I don't think it has anything to do with poverty. I live in a middle class neighborhood and people do hang their laundry out to dry and nobody thinks less of them for it. That sounds like some sort of external bias you have going on there.

Its called projection.
br. They talk a good game, while revealing what they are really like inside.

Comment Re:Only thing stupid is your hot take (Score 1) 96

Given the fact the battery doesn't last 5 years of normal use and isn't user replaceable it is reasonable to think that the phone will indeed be worthless.

They normally last at least three years and at that point you can replace them at any Apple store for $79 in about an hour.

How is that "worthless" again?

Now, how about computers? No such artificial limitation is imposed on them.

Funny you should mention that, because after about three years I had to replace the battery in my laptop also...

In fact the limitations are identical.

Also, nowadays, a 5 year old computer is on average just 30% slower than a brand new one.

And a five year old phone works just fine as well. So?

HMM..... (whatever it's supposed to mean)

*rolls eyes*

Comment "probably NEVER"?? (Score 2) 96

I guess that is no longer a concern, what I see Apple doing is - don't buy a Samsung since we have neat new stuff that will probably never come out.

Why would it not come out? At this point Apple has a proven track record of delivering new phones each year like clockwork. They've been reported to be working on edge to edge screens for years now. I see no reason to think they would not come out with new phones, and it's beyond obvious they would do something special for an anniversary phone.

and still use wired headphones so I'm not really on Apples radar anymore.

I only use wired headphones myself, which is why with my iPhone 7 I simply USE THE ADAPTOR THAT COMES WITH THE iPHONE FOR FREE IN THE BOX.

Your radar is broken, not Apples.

Comment Also allows ownership change (Score 2) 65

Something that just happened recently on a system update, was that it asked if I wanted to change ownership of my iMovie license - in the past I had installed iMove under a different user, so I could not update it when logged into the iTunes account I use for Mac apps...

So that has gotten better as well, probably part of the same change where they don't care if you switch the owner to be a different iCloud user as long as you are running on a Mac.

Comment Great point (Score 1) 144

That's really interesting, I had not heard that before and I'll admit it adds a lot of weight to the notion that a lawsuit would not get anywhere.

But I think the conclusion was incorrect and if a lawyer played it more as violation of copyright of non-facts, you could own a case today. Lastly, it also just adds more weight to the theory you should not sue for anything reasonable where the 9th circuit might be involved in the appeal...

Comment Only thing stupid is your hot take (Score 1) 96

so to celebrate the anniversary of smart phones people are going to buy some "special" $1000 phone that will be worthless in less than 5 years?

How much did you spend on your computer?

How much will it be worth in five years?

Then factor in that most people now use phones more often than computers...


Comment Aha, BUT (Score 2) 144

The collection of facts is not copyrightable, of course.

But it's not JUST a collection of facts. Recall he put in the names of friends with false details. Those are not FACTS, they are FICTION and therefore under copyright, which Google is now violating on a massive scale.

Furthermore facts may not be copyrightable but exact wording is. As the copying of his friends shows Google appears to have copied his database wholesale, and offers proof that wording being the same is not a coincidence.

It is in fact very simple, he has clear and absolute proof that Google stole work product from him without paying. You don't need to be Perry Mason to extract money from Google under these circumstances.

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