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Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 146

MOND is dumb anyways. What we call gravity arises from spacetime. When matter is condensed from energy, what is left is spacetime. There is more spacetime near matter which causes a pressure towards matter. This is what we call gravity.

Why is this important? Because there are areas of the universe where the universe has already ended. The concept of time moves faster the further away it is from the matter that it is part of (e=mc^2 simplified).

In summary, galactic rotation curves are flat because time is faster and space is smaller where there is less matter.

Comment Re:the usual suspects (Score 1) 260

Short term housing and long term housing are indeed in competition for housing units; but based on what do you prefer one to the other? Why is it better to arbitrarily force property owners to allocate more resources to long term housing and fewer to short term housing?

Because otherwise you make having a home impossible for a larger segment of society. How would you feel about making 6 figures and having to move from a nice 2 bedroom into a crappy studio to keep living where you do? The problem with too many armchair politicians is they don't consider the real world impact of policies like this. It means families needing to move and trying to find a job in a new city because they can't afford to live in their homes anymore. It means people getting out of college, and if they are lucky enough to find a job STILL not being able to find housing.

Comment Re:the usual suspects (Score 1) 260

So airbnb demand is going up, and it lets property owners charge far more than long term renters pay, and you somehow think it isn't responsible at all for the housing prices and shortage problem? Not even a bit? That's totally unconvincing. Zoning laws and rent control are part of it, but clearly they need to be updated to state where airbnb locations can happen. Or better yet, let's allow for reasonable airbnb use. Going out of town for a month and want to rent? Using airbnb to meet new people and rent out a spare room? That's all fine. Want to buy 10 properties and treat them like a hotel? No. Use your money elsewhere, or BUY A HOTEL. Zoning laws won't cover this distinction. And I want to be able to keep airbnb and shut down the people abusing the system.

Comment Re:A preview of President Trump's upcoming win. (Score 1) 693

the third-worlder isn't all that much better off than before, and may actually be much worse off if they went from an agricultural job they had some control over their destiny to a dismal factory job where they have no control at all

Why did they switch from the former to the latter then? (And if it wasn't their own choice, what forced them to do it? Honest question, not rhetorical).

In England, back in the old days, it was done by kicking the peasants off of the land that the peasant did not own. Either starve or go to work in the new factories.

Comment Re:FrAgile (Score 1) 145

I am a software dev of many years too. "Deadlines don't apply". The problem is - over and over - business assumes code is instant. So requirements slip through the cracks. And deadlines remain in place. Would you rather ship a broken product on time, or delay so the developers have what they need? Don't call it agile if you don't want to - but to ignore the reality of software development is bone headed.

Comment Re:those who dont use these sites (Score 1) 189

It's not so cut and dry. When friends and family use the site to organize events, and post photos of you, saying "I just won't use it" isn't practical. If "no one makes you use it" was a sufficient argument or approach to corporate misbehavior we would live in a much nicer world. The reality is when corporations abuse their power - we move to regulate them or as we are able boycott them. (And if a boycott is not realistic, then at the moment turning to public outrage or legal recourse through the courts or the legislature is our best option).

Comment Other Map Software (Score 4, Insightful) 149

It depends on how intrusive or useful this is. Featured ads when I am searching generally (for food for instance) that are appealing would be fine, and fit in with what you see on other search pages (amazon, yelp, other companies do this). If it shows up in a way that it makes my search longer however - less welcome. If I'm searching for an address and have to dismiss an ad to get to it, google maps on my phone will have for many situations become unusable. It already takes ages to load.

So what other apps are out there worth using? Android Central - Alternatives (Click "view all").

Comment Exploitation as Aspiration (Score 1) 192

You see this when you go in for a job interview and they want to know, on top of your full time job, if you contribute to open source, or go to meetups, or otherwise pour your whole life into programming. Don't get me wrong, I love programming. And when I'm not doing 50 hours a week (the new 40) I like to do some for fun. But this culture of exploitation has to stop. It's what leads to 80 hour work weeks, not taking vacation, and burn out. It's exploitation pure and simple. And it doesn't work. People who are overworked underperform. And until the MBA's running the show understand that, they will have high turnover and poorer code quality than the companies that do understand it.

Comment Re:What CNN didn't say (Score 1) 323

The FBI agents refused to deal with her lawyer, and intimated that they would pick her up off the street to interrogate her without a lawyer present.

That is... scary. Terrifying really. Being forced, by "agents of the law", into a situation with severe legal ramifications without access to a lawyer? Seems like it violates a Constitutional Amendment of some sort...

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