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Comment Re:Ask Slashdot - Why are Cities more Expense? (Score 1) 199

Competition and rent is a big part of it. Generally in the city you don't own your space, and rent is competitive. If I'm not willing to pay for my apartment, someone else is. If a restaurant wants to be a in a popular area, they are going to have to pay for it, and their prices reflect that. High rents mean high labor costs, meaning goods and services are more expensive. This compounds on itself in other ways as well: If everyone in an area makes $100,000 a year just to live there, then the goods available are going to be goods that appeal to that income group, and lower-quality goods are going to be less available.

Comment Re:CHEAP (Score 1) 183

I certainly won't disagree with you. I've read more than my share of research and I'm well aware of how counterproductive open-plan offices are, but they are what the market demands. Employers do not want to pay for floorspace. Especially now, when they use telecommuting as an excuse to shrink office space even further .

Comment Re:CHEAP (Score 5, Insightful) 183

Architect here, this is the correct answer. Open plan offices are far more space efficient than cubes, to say nothing of the enormous costs of actual separate rooms. The thing that people don't seem to realize is that this was almost always the case for peons, look at offices from the early part of the 20th century: They are just open rooms with desks. Cubicles were actually an upgrade.

Comment Consider the source. (Score 1) 283

When I remark that President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness, Mr. Thiel flips it, noting: “But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.”

Treat this as an ad hominem if you want, but anyone who espouses this view is not someone whose opinions will ever matter to me.


Google Deletes Artist's Blog and a Decade Of His Work Along With It ( 465

Ethan Chiel, writing for Fusion: Artist Dennis Cooper has a big problem on his hands: Most of his artwork from the past 14 years just disappeared. It's gone because it was kept entirely on his blog, which the experimental author and artist has maintained on the Google-owned platform Blogger since 2002 (Google bought the service in 2003). At the end of June, Cooper says he discovered he could no longer access his Blogger account and that his blog had been taken offline. Along with his blog, Google disabled Cooper's email address, through which most of his correspondence was conducted, he told me via Facebook message. He got no communication from Google about why it decided to kill his email address and blog. Cooper used the blog to post his fiction, research, and visual art, and as Artforum explains, it was also "a platform through which he engaged almost daily with a community of followers and fellow artists." His latest GIF novel (as the term suggests, a novel constructed with animated GIFs) was also mostly saved to the blog.WayBackMachine has some of the pages from his blog, but they are only screenshots. Google Cache is also of not much help. Slashdot readers, just out of curiosity, is there anything -- any service -- Mr. Cooper could use to get his artwork back?

Comment Mercenaries aren't new (Score 1) 74

Using mercenaries is not a new thing for the US military, especially in "non-combat" roles. Generally they prefer ones that previously had US military service. Dollars to donuts the drone pilots this company has are all ex-military, who mustered out and are now looking at doing their same job for twice the pay with half the oversight.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 294

Commercial speech and private speech have always been separate. As a citizen I can broadcast Chinese propaganda all I want, or pay others to do it, as a long as it's on my dime. That's my speech. However, when I take money from the Chinese to broadcast their content, I'm not protected by private speech laws. That's the government of China's speech, and they aren't guaranteed jack shit under the constitution.

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