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Comment Re: Market failure (Score 1) 428

You have no idea what market failure or profiteering look like, do you?

This is not a "market failure". When supply is constricted, prices should go up so the rides go to those who need them most. There are two choices: higher prices, or some sort of rationing. The higher prices are always better for sellers, and usually better for buyers as well.

There is a long history, including in this country, of imposing rationing during and immediately after wide-spread emergencies, even if a form of congestion pricing has to be paid to induce enough people to work in the afflicted area.

Comment No magnetometer (Score 1) 106

that would require Pluto to have a magnetic field -- something that would have been detected during New Horizon's flyby, yet no evidence of one was found.

New Horizons didn't carry a magnetometer, and thus did not provide evidence for Pluto's magnetic field one way or the other.

Comment Doesn't scale. (Score 1) 290

It takes 10 minutes to listen to a 10 minute message, and it is hard to scan them like you can a 20 page report or email. In an 8 hour day, you have time to listen to 48 such messages. If you have to interact with more than 20 or 30 people (direct reports, peers and people you are managing) they simply can't all be sending you 10 minute voice messages once per day. Also, there is the search problem. Have you ever realized that something important was buried in some email, and you have to search through dozens of keywords to find the right one? Now, imagine doing that with a few hundred voice mail messages.

If I worked for her, I would suggest getting a good speech to text system to transcript and index all of the voice messages - that way you could search for things relevant to you.

Comment This needs to be abolished. (Score 1) 166

What you could call criminal civil forfeiture in the United States (specifically, civil forfeiture done by police agencies or prosecutors in response to alleged crimes but without a criminal conviction) is incredibly corrupt and corrrupting and should be abolished completely.

If the State wants to seize someone's assets in response to a crime, let them mount a case and get a criminal conviction. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. It boggles my mind that the judicial system in the United States pretends that this simple principle is somehow now obsolete.

Comment Re:They's right, probably (Score 1) 90

In most places 5G (in currently envisioned form) will not happen at all due to economics of it. Outside of Japan and such we simply do not have population density to justify putting a cell unit at every lamp post (because signal is short range and does not go through walls very well).

Why do you think Ka band can't go through walls?

What you want get much is diffraction, so the small bits of metal in a typical wall might cause small scale blockage (while at S band the wave would just diffract around the obstacle), but I think it'll go through plaster etc just fine.

Comment 5G is Ka band (Score 2) 90

All this talk of wobbles, but the real nut is here:

[the] high frequency spectrum that the FCC recently said it would open up for 5G purposes is all above 24 GHz.

Above 24 GHz is Ka band, now favored for deep space communication. It has one issue that the article doesn't mention - it is blocked by rain. Look for your 5G bandwidth to drop significantly in a downpour.

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