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Comment Re:Huh? I use these all the time. (Score 2) 204

I just select the tabs that I want to close in gang (either with shift or ctrl/cmd) and then close them either with ctrl/cmd-w or a right click. For me it would be very rare that I want to close all but a single tab.

But I admit that I'm weird. I still can't completely let go of Firefox because of Tree Style Tabs. Tabs on the top is madness! :)

Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 1) 267

We set up institutions up like this all the time when the goal is a level of detachment from popular politics or cooperation across jurisdictions. In local government, they are usually set up as "authorities", such as the entities which administer the bridges between states (e.g. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Delaware River Port Authority, etc.).

More broadly, every single corporation in the US gets its charter from a government. What we think of as "private" are actually entities that exist only at the whim of government.

At the end of the day, congress could dissolve the Fed with a single law, and that's what is important.

Comment Re:They won't come into my building (Score 2) 73

So far there are no good alternatives to make something else happen as you put it.

Singapore does a pretty nice job of it. The government "owns" something like 85% of the housing - but they offer 90-year leases. So the government has fine-grained control over pricing and distribution of rent, but since the people buy and sell leases just like property the human psychological mechanisms at play with property ownership and investment kick in. At first, you might balk at the idea of government-as-landlord... but in most of the West we have property taxes which amounts to pretty much the same thing.

Other cities have different methods - in NYC they famously require certain percentages of new developments to be low-income housing.

The point is that you need to keep the pot stirred and limit the ability of moneyed people to flee, rather than solve, problems.

Comment Re:Tough shit -- welcome to the real world (Score 1) 283

The problem in the US is we already have two giant government systems: Medicaid/Medicare ($1.1 trillion) and the VA (military - $182 billion). Medicaid/Medicare is single payer and VA is single-provider. Both systems are horrible in their own special way, and there is a huge credibility gap whenever someone advocates that the US government should provide healthcare. The last two presidents have the top two spots in the record books for Medicare/Medicaid expansion, and it still sucks.

Comment Re:Why the US army? For on-the-fly weapon printing (Score 1) 82

To get funding for the research.

I suppose if you needed to make an argument for this sort of thing, imagine a cargo container sent to the field that could 3d print weapons as needed rather than waiting for supplies to ship from a far-away depot. You just keep raw materials common to all weapons flowing to the battle front instead of worrying about x number of guns and x number of launchers. Even if the stuff isn't as good or as cheap as traditionally-manufactured weapons, at least it's there when you need it.

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