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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Alomex Re:Gentrification? (352 comments)

Without adjusting for inflation gas prices under Bush second term average $2.7165 and so far under Obama they averaged $3.1728.

First this is a minor difference, second you fail to explain where exactly the president gets to set gasoline prices, which are controlled by worldwide demand.

I see a pattern here. You reach a conclusion and facts be damned.

2 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Alomex Re:Gentrification? (352 comments)

Your original post had an incorrect number. Your reply is wrong on two counts:

1) Gasoline prices for most of Obama's mandate have been lower than during GWB second term.

2) If you are going to add the price of gas, then you need to include the price of public transportation into your accounting which comes, in most cities to around $1.5-2K a year.

2 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Alomex Re:BS (352 comments)

This is unadulterated horseshit.

Median gross rent in Pitt is $674, in SF is $1362. source.

2 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Alomex Re:Gentrification? (352 comments)

A cheap car (like a Toyota Corolla or Honda Fit) costs about $5000+/year to own.

I call BS.

I owned a Honda Civic four door sedan for ten years, which I bought new around $13K, sold it for $3K and paid around $1K in insurance a year and $200 in maintenance.

Total cost of ownership a year: $2,200 which is quite a bit lower than your BS figure of $5K a year.

2 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Alomex Re:Simple problem, simple solution (352 comments)

Just to point out that the Parisian "five story" building will actually be described as 7 using the American count (ground floor+inhabited attic), but otherwise you are spot on. The SF housing crisis is all about height restrictions.

2 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Alomex Re:You get what you pay for.. (578 comments)

Do you propose that we pay everyone who runs for office too?

We do already. Look it up. If presidential candidates voluntarily sign up they get money from the state to run. In the last two elections both the republican and democratic candidates chose not to sign up, but had they had they would have gotten money.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Alomex Re:You get what you pay for.. (578 comments)

More than half of the politicians in DC are millionaires, so how might that play into the "incompetents" factor?

In several ways. First many of them are born in third base, like Mitt Romney and Al Gore. Second, this only supports my point. Competent poor people cannot afford to forego the income, so only milionaires end up being representatives of the "people".

Once they are there, they all learn pretty quickly how to get money from lobbyists,

This too also supports my comments, Since they are not paid proportionally the must resort to lobbyists to close the gap. Give them a secure source of income and they are much more likely to ignore the lobbyist entreaties.

Seriously, most people reflexively reject high salaries for politicians, without thinking of its implications. Would you suggest your favorite sports team pay substantially less than market rates? then why do you suggest the same for your city/district/state/country?

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Alomex You get what you pay for.. (578 comments)

If you pay politicians mediocre salaries (which we do) don't act all surprised when we end up with a bunch of incompetents. Any truly good manager/politician would make 10-100x more in the private sector than as a politician.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Alomex Re:Not malicious but not honest? (445 comments)

No decent programming language would read into a buffer without itself testing for a valid length. Such a test has negligible cost compared to actually reading the array, so there is no reason not to make it.

We could fix it and stop this billion dollar bugs or we can carry on "with tradition" and refuse to fix that basic mistake from the C designers.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Alomex Re:rape is *the* lowest category of violent crime (386 comments)

Women have been, and continue to be, a protected class in the US.

You got that right. I remember how we protected them from the vote, how we protected them from the work place, how we protected them when we declared that marital rape didn't exist, and how we continue to protect them by paying them at lower rates than equivalently trained and experienced males.

Them so lucky.

about a week ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Alomex Re:In the long run (392 comments)

[citation needed]

Or to be more precise. Some people claim it went down to 2000, but even the larger 100,000 figure is in dispute.

Secondly the few hundred is unadulterated BS. In fact this is one easy way to spot a fake claim of a "lost tribe". If it is below a thousand members with no contact with the outside world it will pretty soon die out from inbreeding.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Alomex Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

There have been times where the total number of humans was less than 40k with some speculation that there were as few as 2k for a while.

This is not yet fully settled, as the wikipedia article itself indicates. Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA diversity suggest this, other genes speak to the contrary.

about two weeks ago
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

Alomex Re:Meaningless statistic (97 comments)

You could say that of any category of death.

Precisely, which is why medical researchers tend to speak of person-years. They also readily volunteer that people dying of cancer or heart attack at age 55 is a completely different thing than people dying of the same illnesses at age 90, since the latter would have died of something else not much later anyhow.

Like politics for example.

The statistic, as I pointed out, is meaningless and it is not used by medical researchers. Who is playing politics you say?

about three weeks ago
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

Alomex Meaningless statistic (97 comments)

This is a meaningless statistic. Serious medical researchers report this in person-years lost, not in meaningless "millions of deaths". To illustrate, let's suppose those 57 million people were infirm and about to die, but pollution hastened their demise by one second. Then this is not a big deal. Personally I would happily shorten my life for exactly one second in exchange for the conveniences of modern life. On the other hand if these people had their lives substantially shortened then this is a veritable tragedy.

However such misleading headline doesn't surprise me: the UN is a master of over-hyped sky-is-falling chicken-little statistics.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Develop Solar Cell That Can Also Emit Light

Alomex Re: Heinlein? (79 comments)

And/ I can come up with a concept in a novel about a very clean, efficient family car that spits into four when needed and rejoins into one when going for vacation.

That took a minute of my time. Still the entire credit would go to whoever actually built such contraption.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tesla Model S Pedal Placement A Safety Hazard?

Alomex Re:Don't blame others for user error. (394 comments)

This shows how screwed up UI philosophy is among the nerd crowd. What alternative does the user have? Saw off the side of his foot?

Or perhaps you are going to suggest the standard OSF cop-out: well, it's open source, if it doesn't work for you, you can redesign the entire brake and pedal subsystem, since we are all obviously expert automotive engineers with scads of free time.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Alomex Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

While important evidence, it's hardly proof

Actually if this was a scientific paper it would be consider proven. Outside of high-school lab experiments most "scientific proof" is rather indirect and makes ample use of Occam razor's. Also indirect evidence is common place and readily used.

about three weeks ago
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French, Chinese Satellite Images May Show Malaysian Jet Debris

Alomex Re: Great Headline (103 comments)

This plane was lost in a much larger ocean and out of place to where it was supposed to be, so naturally it will take a bit longer to find the first remains. So I'm not sure what is your point.

about three weeks ago
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French, Chinese Satellite Images May Show Malaysian Jet Debris

Alomex Re:Great Headline (103 comments)

Well it already happened twice in the last three years, (AF447, MH370) so we know the answer that one: yes it may very well happen.

However you don't like a version of reality where one can lose planes in the middle of the ocean and reject the evidence, and other people bask in this self-comfort and give you a +4 insightful.

about three weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Alomex Not science (703 comments)

This is where the debate leaves the realm of science and enters the terrain of speculation. How fast can we replace crops to the new climate is not a scientific question in the same level as "do we have AGW or not?". This last one has been settled, the former is a lot more complicated, and frankly the UN doesn't have a very good record on predictions.

about three weeks ago

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