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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

Skynyrd Something isn't right with this (213 comments)

"it must be affordable, and its neighborhood must be walkable."
"Other top areas included... The Mission District, Lower Haight, and Russian Hill, San Francisco; "

The median 1 bedroom apartment in SF (in the Mission) is now over $3,000 per month.

It's walkable, but I wouldn't consider that to be affordable.

5 days ago

San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

Skynyrd So ironic (61 comments)

SFO is one of the worst offenders in the "poorly labeled airports" category. Even with good eyesight, it's a mess to navigate.

Perhaps they can learn something from this project, and use it on sighted users as well.

about three weeks ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Skynyrd Re:Disaster (127 comments)

They won't sell enough MakerBots to keep an MB employee in the store all the time. They will probably be there for the introduction and special events, but not on a daily basis.

about a month ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Skynyrd Disaster (127 comments)

People who are savvy will buy online, or from a trusted source. Only people who have no clue will but from Home Depot. If you're reading this, would you buy a MakerBot from HD? Of course not.

Most of the people who work there don't know a 2x4 from a hammer; this will just be a fucking disaster.

about a month ago

Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Skynyrd Re:So... (311 comments)

I sure hope it can, because a snow plow is going to destroy those pretty glass panels.

about 3 months ago

What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

Skynyrd Must be easy as possible (301 comments)

People are terrible drivers. Yes, there are exceptions, but in general humans aren't good at it. It's become too easy to drive, with too many distractions and too many safety features.

I think we need to go down path A or B.

A) Make it really difficult to get a driver's license, and have severe penalties for distracted driving (texting, drinking, etc...). This will never happen in the US.

B) Give up, and continue to let anybody with a pulse operate a car. If that's the case, we need to do everything possible to get them out from behind the wheel, including relaxed requirements for autonomous vehicle operators. Insurance still needs to be mandatory (and I would consider allowing a "no insurance, no motion" interlock on the car.

about 3 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Skynyrd No. (190 comments)

Sac has a terrible reputation in California. It's always been the laughingstock of the area; like a bigger Fresno or Merced. I stayed for a few days a few years ago, and was *frequently* asked by locals, "why are you *here*?".

Oakland, on the other hand is 1/2 the price of SF and a 20 minute subway ride away.

about 3 months ago

Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

Skynyrd Crack pipe dream (193 comments)

Are you fucking kidding? Our infrastructure is close to third world status. We can't even fill the potholes, but we'll toss around the idea of solar powered glow in the dark bullshit?

New car headlights are better than ever. They are simply fantastic. Reflective paint on the side of the road is simple, cheap and works well.

Let's solve the real problems first, and teach people to pay attention when they drive.

about 3 months ago

The Foundry Will Soon be a Makerspace in Bellingham, Washington (Video)

Skynyrd Re:Why no under 18's? (35 comments)

You can sue anybody you like. For any reason. You may not win, and you may even have a hard time finding an attorney to take the case, but you can sue.

Did your kid sign a waiver to light the fireworks?

about 3 months ago

The Foundry Will Soon be a Makerspace in Bellingham, Washington (Video)

Skynyrd Re:Why no under 18's? (35 comments)

You can sign anything, but you cannot sign away the rights of youth. If a kid gets hurt after a parent signs a waiver, it's meaningless. Even for adults a waiver isn't really a valid document, and at best it shows a jury that the adult knew the risks.

This certainly isn't the only maker space that allows kids. This article is so unrelated to slashdot, I can only assume that the person who approved it has a vested interest in this particular space.

about 3 months ago

Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Skynyrd Sarcasm? (664 comments)

Was the cop serious?
"Let police officers take care of it." Uh, yeah, we'll be right on that.

I can only dream of living in a city where the crime rate is low enough that cops will bother to talk to you about you stolen phone.

about 4 months ago

Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Skynyrd It took a survey to figure that out? (302 comments)

For just under $2,500 you can buy a MB Replicator 2 or a Type A Series 1; both are decent quality, consumer ready 3D printers.

Both of them excel at slowly making 25 cent plastic parts in a number of hours for about a dime. There is no legit use for the consumer yet. It's still "look mom, I can print plastic spider I just downloaded from Thingiverse!"

Sure, there's designers, engineers and artists that use them. But for the average guy at home? No way.

about 4 months ago

Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Skynyrd Re:wrong target (302 comments)

They just got one, but they've had it 3 years?
A top of the line 3D printer for "a few thousand"?

You have too many axis in you 19 axis magical wood carver, and not enough zeros on the end of the price of the printer. Neither of the objects you speak of actually exist.

about 4 months ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Skynyrd Re:where is the controversy? (642 comments)

My bible history is sketchy at best; I'm not surprised I got some "facts" wrong.

So, Adam was the first human.
Eve was made from Adam's rib?
There are now two humans on the planet.
They had sons, who went out and got married.

Where did those women come from? How could the women be anything other than their own sisters - or at best, the daughter of their own brother and sister. Fucking creepy.

about 4 months ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Skynyrd Re:where is the controversy? (642 comments)

The bible does not disagree with reality.

Let's start with talking snakes.
An apple filled with knowledge.
Everybody is related to Adam and Eve, and completely inbred.
Two of every animal fit into a single boat, and none of them ate each other.
All the animals are inbred, back to the ark.

The bible does not disagree with reality.


about 4 months ago

SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Skynyrd Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

I wish I could mod you up.
As a landlord, I dislike rent control enough that I won't be a landlord in a rent controlled area.

The city enforces how much the rent can go up, but can't enforce how much property taxes go up. The city won't cover my losses when rent goes down of course. It's a one way street. I keep my places clean, and things in good order. I make repairs, with a licensed contractor, quickly. I have given people a break on many occasions (late rent, giving young renters without a credit history a chance to *start* a rent & credit history, etc).

My wife was a HUGE supporter of rent control, until we bought a house and she began to understand how much money it costs to keep a house in good condition, and how often the city or state raises some random tax on home owners.

about 4 months ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Skynyrd Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

I'm thinking of a cloud backup for my music. Cheap, and I don't really care if they know I like The Clash.

Not so sure I'd want to store everything else there.

about 5 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Skynyrd Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

I think that's the whole point; he doesn't have the original media.

Do you think it was "lost in a fire" or "washed away in a flood"?

about 5 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Skynyrd So simple (794 comments)

The Whole Foods fanatics don't come to my door and tell me I'm going to hell.
The Whole Foods fanatics don't vote to discriminate against people different from them.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't trying to change how text books are written.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't trying to own the government.
The Whole Foods fanatics aren't claiming a "war on organic food".
The Whole Foods folks may be full of shit and misguided, but for the most part, they keep it to themselves. Just like a good Christian should.

about 6 months ago


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