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Comment Re:It's a common enough term (Score 1) 592

Except I'm not a technician. I'm an engineer. I hold a degree in engineering from an ABET acreditted university and I do engineering work: I make calculations, I design things, and all the good stuff. What I don't hold is a license to sell engineering services to the public or to government agencies as a Professional Engineer, and guess what: I don't introduce myself as a Professional Engineer, nor do I append the letters 'P.E." after my name in my correspondence.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 327

Who in his right mind would lay down that much for an apartment when he only makes 100k? Yeah. If all the rentals go for 5500/mo, then San Fran is unaffordable. But if that's only the cruelty-free artisanal apartments that go for that much while the normal ones are under 3k, then not so much. Same thing in Boston. The "really upmarket" rentals do go for that much. And then there's the ones that go for 3k. And then there's the ones that go for under 2k. All depends on how nice of a view you want and how long of a commute you're willing to tolerate.

Comment Re:More science (Score 1) 277

Yeah. That's my point. More of the same BS we have in our tax code already, except now "it's good for the environment" instead of "it's good for The Children." This right here is why I call bullshit on the entire global warming industry: it is the latest in a long line of excuses for more government and more control of people. And you are a willing participant. Shame. On. You.

Comment Re:More science (Score 1) 277

The regulatory infrastructure necessary to levy such a tax does not come for free any more than enforcement mechanisms for collection of sales or income taxes. The latter two are riddled with cutouts and loopholes for lobbyists with connections, and they're based on the simplest metric of economic activity there is: gross receipts. Do you honestly believe that taxing something as debatable as carbon dioxide emissions will not open up a much worse can of worms in terms of regulatory burden and opportunities for corruption?

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score 1, Insightful) 495

That's not a good thing. In fact, it's a form of theft that's much more dishonest than taxation. Taxes and budgets get voted on. Printing money is something that happens in smoke-filled back rooms by People Who Know Best. Disgusting. Wars have been fought over that sort of thing.

Comment Re:It has its uses (Score 1) 405

I personally like case or switch statements for my state machines. But that's just a prettified mess of goto spaghetti, especially if it looks like
while(1){
report_condition(condition);
switch(condition){
case CASE1:
condition = do_case1();
break;
...
}
Which it frequently will for complicated transition logic.

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