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Comment Re:This is not a sign of demand for suburban life (Score 1) 207

Yes! We have an urbanist here! Love trolling you guys, but in this case I will just point out that only a subset of the population is interested in living in dense housing. Yes of course build more dense housing and get the govt out of the business of protecting NIMBY homeowners through absurd zoning. But stop pretending that this is the primary reason that 30%+ of the population doesn't live in an urban area.

Comment Re:No jobs, sit in traffic all day (Score 1) 207

Ok, well, that's just one data point. I lived in downtown Austin and it took me 50+ minutes to get from my office in West Austin to my downtown apartment (9.8mi away) in rush hour. I moved to the northeast boonies just off the toll road system here, and it's a consistent 35 minute commute @ 85 mph to the office, bypassing all the traffic. More gas guzzling, but the point is it's not quite as black and white from a commute perspective.

Comment Re:Millennials (Score 1) 207

Well, the biggest problem in education is actually the teachers unions. That used to be only something we right wing nutjobs would say, but then the left figured out this was mostly screwing over their voters and there is s growing consensus (DFER, KidsFirst, etc)

There is actually less of a correlation between well performing schools and well funded schools than you appear to believe. It's pretty weak in the raw data, and it gets a lot weaker when you pull out confounds like the education level of the students' parents.

Public school system needs reform, and for decades there has been only one ultimate source for resisting reform.

Comment Re:High Speed Rail (Score 1) 207

I'm afraid I must disagree strenuously, even though I am an urban-fleer myself (though I drove to the suburbs and kept going).

One of my favorite Twitters is urbanist Twitter. They are obsessed with urban living and think everyone would live in a city if it were car-less and properly zoned, etc. They are batshit insane, BUT they do have one very good point, which is we actually subsidize sprawl by building highways and interstates. This hides the true cost of moving to the suburbs or rural areas.

Now, I happen to be hopelessly pro-sprawl and believe it's a very important part of regulating housing costs. But I'm also a hopeless libertarian nutjob who thinks that I should have to pay for the infrastructure that allows me to live away from idiots while working with them in the city. They way I get urbanist Twitter to shut up is by saying I want roads to be user fee driven as much as possible.

To me markets are a good compromise. Rather than arguing over whether people would want to live in a city or suburb or rural area if we removed this subsidy or that subsidy, just stop subsidizing. Fewer people would live in the suburbs and rural areas, and those that decide to do it are paying the true cost of living out there. Meanwhile the people who for some reason want to live in a city don't have to pay for the infrastructure to support my daily commute.

Comment Yes! This is the problem with America (Score 1) 474

This article is spot on. I have long said the country is great except for one major flaw: TOO MUCH WORK ETHIC! And this new generation has just gotten so much work. I try to tell these millennials there is more to life than work work work. But they don't listen! All they want to do is select the most profitable college major and work 120+ hour weeks in an office until they die. This massive work ethic is really making the rest of us look terrible, not to mention drastically increasing the effective labor supply, this depressing wages.

So, millennials, I know all you want to do is work harder than your parents ever did, but take a breather, would ya?! I need to catch up to you.

Comment Re:This! (Score 4, Interesting) 126

I hear you. It's a tough subject. I am pretty paranoid (in the general spectrum, not the slashdot spectrum), and I used KeePass and resisted LastPass for a long time. And I kept my KeePass vault in a TrueCrypt volume. It was a pain in the rear, and useless on my mobile device, and I slowly slid back to password strategies I could remember, which were unique to each site but if one site was compromised an attacker could figure out the pattern.

I did move to LastPass after reviewing managers and reading about how LastPass decrypts your vault locally, and deciding I believe them well enough. Of course that doesn't matter too much, because if they ever wanted my passphrase they could get it and store it when I log in. But again, my point is that there is a balance, and my own behavior when convenience was low was to slide into poor practices. With LastPass, I have a single point of failure, but I'm comfortable with it and outside of that my password practices are much much better.

Comment Wrong about Austin (Score 5, Funny) 127

Article is wrong about Austin. It's very expensive. And there are no jobs for tech workers. And it's dirty. With marauding gangs of looters. Many reports of paranormal activity. High risk of pandemic or terrorist attack. No housing supply.

And no Uber!

No, no. You don't want to move to Austin. Don't even bother checking it out.

Comment This is not news to anyone but the nutjobs (Score 0) 279

BREAKING NEWS: The climate changes partly due to human activity and partly due to natural phenomena.

The only people who haven't always known this are wingbats on the internet. And even there, when you engage with the wingbats, once you get past the frothing mouth and projectile spittle while yelling about humans being the cause for climate change, you can generally walk them through the logic and leave agreeing that that's actually a linguistic shortcut and of course it would be silly to suggest human activity explains 100% of climate change.

Slightly more controversial is saying that nobody actually knows the % explained by human activity and the % explained by natural phenomena. But of course nobody does. And science will have a very difficult time getting insight into this question.

But it would be great if people would understand that "man creates climate change" doesn't really mean "man creates (all) climate change". And it would be great if people would understand that "man doesn't create climate change" doesn't really mean "man creates no climate change". Only a small minority of nutjobs believe either statement, and for everyone else they are essentially linguistic shortcuts of the debate over the %. But in this debate we like to think of the other side as stupid or holding ulterior motives, because it makes us feel better about our position.

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