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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Brannon People are different, that's why. (276 comments)

You can't imagine why anyone would want to live in a big city, but apparently you think small cities are okay. Somebody else in this thread can't imagine why anyone would want to live anywhere other than suburbs. I'm sure somebody else is going to pipe up saying we should all live on farms, or on boats. Do you see the trend?

Part of me would love to counter your smug condescending critique of big cities by telling you all the ways that NYC is superior to whatever strip mall shit hole you live in; but the problem is I don't really believe that NYC is superior. Instead, I think that different people value things differently.

It's a big world, there are lots of different ways to live.

about a week ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Brannon That's an absurdly close-minded view (276 comments)

You think people only choose to live in cities because they haven't noticed the internet or television?

People attach different values to different things. People who love living in cities (I'm one of them) place a lot of value on "walking culture", "proximity to varied attractions", "interacting with a potpourri of people", "having a smaller environmental footprint", etc.--and less value on having a large home or a big car. I can totally understand someone else valuing those things differently and reaching a different conclusion. It's a big world and there are a lot of different ways to live.

> "cannot adjust to living any other way than like cattle"

What is it with suburbanites that they feel personally attacked (to the point of lashing out with childish hyperbole) by anybody anywhere choosing a different lifestyle than themselves?

Seriously dude, hop in your car and drive 35 minutes to your 'neighborhood' Applebee's, order some jalapeno poppers and relax.

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Brannon I don't understand your concern (249 comments)

1. There's nothing stopping someone from creating their own curated portal which links directly to the per-app download page within Apple's App store. These portals could have reviews & social media or whatever. Why haven't these sorts of portals emerged?

2. Android doesn't have the walled garden--are the Android app stores wildly easier to use or better at promoting good vs. bad content?

about two weeks ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

Brannon Good joke. (148 comments)

Well played.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Brannon Companies can't create a diversified talent pool (265 comments)

out of thin air. The internal demographics of these large companies reflect the demographics of graduates in the relevant fields. The right answer is to get a more diversified college population in computer engineering and computer science, which requires getting more K-12 interest in those fields amongst underrepresented groups. And that's exactly what the big companies are doing--investing in programs that will build a more diversified pipeline of future employees.

The comparison against MLB is outrageously stupid. African-Americans were already playing baseball in high numbers in separate leagues; MLB just started poaching players from those leagues. Are you claiming that there are some all-female or all-black companies full of millions of computer engineers that Facebook could start hiring from tomorrow?

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Brannon Re:You are critically wrong about two things: (659 comments)

> Other electric cars are catching up and there are emerging standards for DC quick charging.

You're an idiot.

about 3 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Brannon You are critically wrong about two things: (659 comments)

1. The Tesla recharges 180 miles in about 30 minutes, and getting better all the time. Other electric cars are catching up and there are emerging standards for DC quick charging.

2. Your driving pattern is not typical so it isn't at all predictive about the future of electric driving.

about 3 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

Brannon All indications point to battery electric. (659 comments)

Batteries halve in cost/kwh & kwh/kg about every 10 years. DC fast chargers are legit--Tesla can already charge at >5 miles/minute (120KW, planned increase to 135KW) with a rapidly growing charging infrastructure. Hydrogen refueling is just not enough of an improvement (neither is battery-swapping BTW--which always sounded ridiculous to me).

New economies of scale are starting to kick in, lots of new battery tech in the pipeline. Government regulations for 55mpg+ is only realistic with hybrid or full electric cars. It's already way cheaper to operate an electric car than a gas car--think about that. People who own electric cars love them. The Model S was named best car in the world by about a million publications.

We are just waiting for the gap in capital cost (vs. a gas car) to narrow and then it's game over for combustion driving. For those of you who haven't lived through a technology revolution before--this is what the beginning of it looks like. Maybe 20 years until >50% of all passenger miles driven in the US by new cars are driven under electric power.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

Brannon If only there was some way to figure out how (328 comments)

Tesla manages to service the tens of thousands existing Tesla cars scattered all over the country:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=tesla+model+s+service

about 4 months ago
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

Brannon iOS7 doesn't require iTunes 11 to run (201 comments)

It doesn't require a host computer at all.

The OSX 10.6 upgrade always costed $20, only the later upgrades have been made free. Apple isn't trying to trick you out of $20.

It seems like you just maybe had a bad day.

about 4 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Brannon I don't think you know what discrimination means. (673 comments)

You also seem confused on 'laws' and possibly on 'gender'.

Offering a girl-specific incentive is not the same thing as discriminating against boys. Discrimination implies some scarcity coupled with biased allocation (i.e., 50 available slots and 40 of them go to girls). There is no scarcity in programming knowledge--anyone is free to learn. I don't understand any argument for how this discourages boys from learning programming. If anything this is intended to partially offset existing institutionalized discrimination against girls.

Now, about 'laws'. Google is a private company which is free to offer a sex-specific charity. Ever heard of the 'Boy Scouts'?

about 5 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

Brannon Yawnnn (274 comments)

Blah blah blah, outrage, blah blah blah. Was Slashdot always this whiney?

about 5 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Brannon There are good days and bad days (405 comments)

and it is certainly worse in some parts of the city than others. Midtown is traditionally pretty bad and that's where tourists spend a lot of their time.

BTW: if you came in the summer you might have mistaken the smell of smog with that of hot garbage. You get used to it.

about 5 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Brannon NYC (405 comments)

My experience is that people who live outside of NYC think that NYC == "Manhattan" while people who live inside NYC think that NYC == {Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens}. The latter is the official definition, but apart from that all the boroughs are strongly connected by subway (or ferry/subway in the case of Staten Island), sNYC taxis & busses, NYC income tax, NYC schools, a single mayor and government, and a number of cultural factors (walking culture, bodegas, etc.).

Which isn't to say that we're all one big happy family--people have strong allegiances to their borough, but I think most people in NYC feel like we are one city.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

Brannon Words change meaning over time. (193 comments)

Irregardless of the origins of the phrase, it is perfectly reasonable to say "for all intensive purposes".

about 7 months ago
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Apple Macintosh Turns 30

Brannon In what way? (154 comments)

Especially with regards to the Mac platform I have no idea what you are talking about.

about 7 months ago

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