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Comment Re: Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 211

That tends to be true no matter where you are.

There are plenty of places where a real estate bubble has pushed prices for buying up to nutty levels, while rents are low by comparison (but still high).

Basic rule of thumb: if you can buy for 100 months rent, that's a steal. If it's more than 200 month's rent, it's a rip-off (less than 200 if it's a condo with high fees). Somewhere in between is a matter of taste.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 299

Maybe a circular runway would have new and different visual cues?

For night/low visibility, you need a line of very bright lights leading up to the runway along the approach path - basically a bright arrow pointing to the start of the runway. That's not going to work if you must land at some arbitrary and varying point around the circle.

Comment Re:Can't blame NASA (Score 2) 153

NASA is a project management organization. They don't design rockets - they design requirements for rockets. The Major corporation that take NASA contracts design the rockets, from an engineering perspective.

This is really a comparison between having custom rockets farmed out to someone like Lockheed, vs just using "COTS" rockets from someone like SpaceX.

Comment Re:Only viable if all planes land themselves (Score 1) 299

The proposal is for a 2-mile diameter circle, so the curvature per se won't be that strong. You effectively get to have a runway aligned in the direction ideal for conditions. But what's not clear is how the heck you'd ever line up properly if you had an instrument problem. None of the normal visual cues would be there. Seems like a non-starter if it's effectively impossible to land with an instrument malfunction.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 294

Some better-quality anime has a formula that works quite well with a 10-13 hour series: the first third to half of the series is episodic, while they introduce the characters and establish what "normal" is - key in some SF or fantasy setting. The serialized story is then maybe 8 hours of content. That works well and doesn't get stale, and you know who the characters are and how the setting works before the real conflict begins.

I wish that formula would become more common - I really like it.

Comment Re:Would femdom be OK? (Score 3, Insightful) 586

It isn't about BDSM. It's about his beliefs in the hierarchy of men and women - i.e., that men are evolutionarily superior and predisposed to lead; women are happiest as slaves or at least subjugated to men. Nobody cares less about the whips and chains, we've all tried spanking.... things...

Is this going to be the D&D moral panic all over again? One can roleplay things one does not actually believe. Heck, whoever invented the AD&D take on Drow was doing both sorts of roleplaying simultaneously - how's that for efficiency.

Comment Re:So to sum up (Score 5, Funny) 586

If this guy had been talking about transsexual/gay/bi-sexual BDSM

Apparently the BDSM rejects such labels as too narrow and arbitrary. LGBTBBQ stuuf doesn't even register on the BSDM weird-o-meter. This has actually caused some bad blood between the communities.

"Why can't you support the gay cause? Don't you know how much we suffer?"
"Oh? You think you know suffering?"

Dibs on the popcorn franchise.

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 292

Anyone who talks about subjects the MSM wants to suppress is now a troll.

Hey, Kunedog, if by MSM you mean folks like CNN and the NYT, please stop describing them that way. They've fallen out of the mainstream - they're the old-school media now. Top-tier YouTubers and bloggers have more sibscribers and more views than the biggest newspapers or CNN. MSNBC and most newspapers have less reach than hundreds of second-tier bloggers and YouTubers.

Newspapers and Cable news channels are quickly becoming "something old people pay attention to", and the balance of power has already shifted to new media. In a generation the old-school media will be a quaint curiosity, like printed books.

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