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Comment Re:Subsidizing Businesses.... (Score 1) 444

We don't even need a clever analogy. It's crony capitalism, and it's wrong.

The government is propping up the taxi companies, who paid inflated sums for their medallions due to the artificial scarcity created by the very government that issues them. For example, in Philadelphia, medallions that sold for half a million dollars a few years ago now appear to be selling for $50,000. This looks like a market crash, because it is. Allow the people to speak with their wallets, and it will resolve itself. I feel sorry for the folks who bought medallions at inflated prices, but that's the risk of doing business.

Submission + - Utahns launch mission to give Earth's moon a proper name (

Mr.Intel writes: The Earth's moon is named after its astronomical classification, unlike other planets' moons, which have names. Tawni Henderson of Fruit Heights, Utah wants to change that and has setup a website which has received more than 1,500 suggested names from 30 countries, totaling 4,100 responses.

“Other moons in the solar system have names like Ganymede, Titan, Bianca and Belinda, and they’re the same names in every language. The most beautiful moon in the solar system, our moon — which is currently named after its classification — also deserves one unique name," she said.

Comment My own test (Score 1) 618

I gave a family of four (two parents, two kids) a single payment of $2,700. They had SNAP and WIC available, so food was not an issue. That $2,700 was for a security deposit and the first month's rent. Parent A had a full time job, parent B worked at least 10-20 hours a week initially.

They paid their rent for the second month, then never paid again and were homeless again in four months. Might have had something to do with Parent A cheating on parent B, parent B cheating on parent A, and parent B buying stuff at the sporting goods store and getting fired from his job for insubordination. The lives and well being of their young children were held in the balance, and yet they couldn't be motivated to not bang other people, hold down a job or live frugally for a while.

Throwing money at ignorant people usually results in failure.

There's a lot more to this story, but this part is most on-topic.

Submission + - SPAM: Student embeds subway card in her fingernails

Mr.Intel writes: Design student Lucie Davis made these high tech nails for a university project. The Tube's Oyster Card comes with an RFID chip inside, which she embedded. ‘I took the RFID chip from an Oyster card and embedded it within a full set of acrylic nails to give commuters the ability to pay for their journeys with a single tap/touch,’ she told WAH Nails. ‘You can still top them up with money too. Now you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your card again!’ As long as you don’t lose the one with the chip in somewhere on the Circle Line, of course.
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Comment Re: O Rly? (Score 1) 158

Survivor bias. Cheap houses were made back in the day, too, but they've long fallen (or burned) down.

Do people take shortcuts now? Yes, but today's standards, whether set by the industry or governments, are far superior to those of the past. We don't run cotton-insulated wires across ceilings to bare bulbs with exposed brass terminals and no ground wires. We use advanced foam materials and fibreglass for insulation, instead of newspaper (or nothing). We don't use exposed wooden beams. We use double and triple-paned windows made of materials that don't rot. We use copper and PVC plumbing, not lead that poisons, clay that breaks and iron that rusts. We ventilate our roofs.

This is all coming from a guy who owns a 216 year old house. There are other stone houses that are only piles of rubble now because their beams rotted, the masonry work was poor, or they burned because of unsafe lighting. Wood houses? If they exist from over 200 years ago, it's because they were diligently maintained.

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