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Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 4, Insightful) 124

The city is responsible for ALL of the traffic, including the snarls that force people off the main roads into the side roads.

If they fail to fund the improvements for the main roads, it becomes their responsibility to pay for the increased maintance for the side roads.

No different than if you personally refuse to pay for a sidewalk and then get upset when you have to re-seed your front lawn after people walk on it to the point of creating a path.

In other words, yes, the greedy, short sighted city planners have to pay one way or the other.

And they should be yelling at the home owners to stop making things worse.

Comment Re:Too low. (Score 2) 233

The following reasons.

1) 400 KM is still inside the atmosphere. It doesn't really become vacuum until you hit 500-600 km, which is the beginning of the exosphere. Which means if you want a good telescope, you have to launch it to MEO, rather than simply install it in the ISS

2) Because of the atmospheric drag, they have to keep adding energy to keep it in orbit This is not cheap.

3) 400 KM is well inside the Van Allen Belts (The nearer belt starts at 1000 KM) this means astronauts don't need as much radiation shielding from the sun, but it also means they can't use study radiation exposure above the Van Allen Belt. No study of the Solar Wind, Cosmic Rays, etc.

There are more, but that's the basics.

Comment Too low. (Score 0, Troll) 233

Because of the idiotic failure, the Space Shuttle, the ISS was put into orbit way too low to do real science. Usually it's less than 400 km, and rarely goes above 410 km. For comparison, the radius of the earth is over 6000 km. That is if the earth was 10% bigger, the ISS would be half as deep underground as it currently is above.

If they boosted it up from Low Earth Orbit to Medium Earth orbit (2,000 km -> 35,000 km) it would be far more useful.

Comment Re:Dedicated patent courts. (Score 2) 55

We effectively have that, you just dislike their methodology. The Texas court in question handles so many patent cases, that it is the defacto dedicated court.

But they got that way by illegally intentionally favoring a specific point of view, favoring patent holders no matter how ridiculous the patent or complaint. One major factor is their strong belief in jury trials, which slows things down, and raises trial costs significantly, and increases the risk of a ridiculous over the top jury award. All of these factors encourage people to settle.

Comment Re:Lack of originality did the deed. (Score 2) 307

You have a point, but missed my point, which is also correct.

Netflix (etc.) does do some remakes/reboots/sequels. - more than 10%. Hollywood always did some remakes. But modern Hollywood is 95% remake/reboot/etc. Hollywood used to be more balanced. Now, Hollywood insists on massive budgets for productions (superhero for example.) For this reason, they insist on a 'proven' subject, hence the remakes.

The remakes, etc. are the SYMPTOM, not the cause of my subject Lack of originality has destroyed Hollywood.. I should also throw in "cowardly refusal to take risks, as it is another cause.

Comment Lack of originality did the deed. (Score 3, Interesting) 307

Go look at Hollywood movies and try to find one that is not:

1) a Remake
2) a Sequel
3) Based on a book/videogame or similar items.

And traditional TV isn't much better - Riverdale, Lethal Weapon, Supergirl, etc. etc.

Now check out Netflix's stuff.

Yes, Netflix is pumping money into it - because they are making more money than Hollywood because they are MAKING GOOD, ORIGINAL SHOWS.

Don't blame the winner for earning more money and reinvesting it. Blame the loser for losing their market share.

Submission + - Google and Facebook Can't Just Make Fake News Disappear (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: It makes sense that people are pointing fingers at Google and Facebook, demanding that they come up with a silver bullet for fake news: The two companies have an effective monopoly on online information flows, and because centralized systems proved able to somewhat curb spam and SEO, it seems that they should be able to stop this problem, too. But fake news is a much bigger problem than something like spam, and no one company is going to be able to just write a program that "fixes" it. At Backchannel, danah boyd writes that "I don’t want to let companies off the hook, because they do have a responsibility in this ecosystem. But they’re not going to produce the silver bullet that they’re being asked to produce. And I think that most critics of these companies are really naive if they think that this is an easy problem for them to fix."

Comment Re:Not hard to fix... (Score 1, Interesting) 541

That will not work. You are misunderstanding the major issue - which is the same for low skilled workers as high skilled workers.
Employers do not want to pay the wage that americans demand for doing that work.

Their is a simple solution that WILL work. Create a new type of visa/ green card, called an A10 Visa (or whatever) The rules are simple for the A10.

1) The US will give out unlimited number of A10 visas to anyone that is legally allowed to visit the US. Anyone that wants one can get it

2) A10 Visas come with a number similar to a social security number, but starts with the letter A. When you get work with an A10 Visa, your employer is required to pay an additional 10% of your salary directly to the Federal government.

3) Any state may (or may not), pass a law adding a state tax equal to up to an additional 15% income tax on top of the Federal Tax.

4) Anyone, including foreign workers, can report someone hiring foreign workers but not paying the A10 taxes. Should the employer be found guilty, the reporting person (which can be the worker) gets a set fee of $10,000, and the employer goes to jail for a minimum of 2 years.

Note, currently H1 Visas tend to get paid about 10% less than Americans doing the same job.

End result - American workers do not need to worry about illegals costing the country money or stealing jobs - unless those jobs pay so little that an American won't agree to do them for 10% more than the foreign workers get.

If the state (I'm looking at you South West), thinks this isn't enough, they can up it to 25% - and suffer the resulting lack of foreign workers who head to California and other friendlier states.

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 1) 395

What you describe is the rational for the "Audience" score part of Rotten Tomatoes. It is assumed that people that like Superhero movies are more likely to see a Superhero movie, particularly early enough to rate it.

Otherwise there is no little reason to accept random people's review of a movie when the critics review is available (with the exception that proves the rule of movie that targets critics, i.e. that piece of crap "Hail Caeser" which was entirely devoted to in jokes about 1950's movies, hence the movie obsessed critics thought it was hilllarious while the rest of us said eh).

Comment How dare they tell people our movie sucked (Score 0) 395

Just because a movie sucked, doesn't mean the producer do not deserve massive amounts of money for it. They put a lot of work into it!

How dare those SOBS tell people what they thought about the movie. They have no right to freely talk about the movie - it's not like they are the President - not when BUSINESS is on the line.

End sarcasm

Comment Re:Sounds nice! (Score 2) 127

Your entire statement proves your are wrong or outright evil. You claim resource problems are a myth then say that scarce resources cause poverty and that means population expansion ceases. First of all poverty IS a resource problem. Poverty = not enough money = not enough resources.

Population expansion is caused by more births than deaths. Poverty does not reduce the birth rate, it increases it. But it does increase the death rate more than the birth rate.

Population up with scarce resources = poverty = deaths caused by: famine, disease, drought, war, crime, etc. (all symptoms of resource scarcity).

It is true that recently (in the past two hundred years) birth control and capitalism combined with a larger enough population for scientific research has led to far better resource management and expansion. That is a recent phenomena and NOT related to resource scarcity. That is, science ameliorates the problem you describe, but it is NOT an automatic solution.

It is true that population does expand to fit our current resources, but it is not true that = constant scarcity.

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