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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

fightermagethief Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (274 comments)

Yes, death is a bit of an exaggeration, but southwest Texas in the summer with no shade in sight feels pretty close.

>As to being disgusted by the need to drive to get groceries, the local restaurants you frequent drive to get groceries... or things are delivered by truck. What does it >matter if you do some big shopping runs at weekly or even monthly intervals that keep you supplied? I have an aunt that uses a specialty butcher that has deals with >local cattle ranches. She gets the best beef you could imagine. She also gets fresh eggs, fresh produce, and locally made cheese.

This sounds expensive. I don't care if someone else wants to drive to get food in bulk and then sell it to me. It's all about convenience and price for me.

>As to it being cheaper for the very poor... only because they're subsidized. You take away the rent control, the EBT cards, and other crap and they could not afford to >live in the city. And without that, many of the economic systems that rely on their labor would collapse... and that would mean much of what keeps the modern city >viable would fall apart. Those same people would probably be a lot happier in small towns where they could at least feel like they are a part of a community rather >then just a number in a machine.

You can get the same subsidies wherever you are. Housing is only for families and they are being marginalized to the edges of cities everyday. There is project housing in rural areas. You could argue that a person might feel insignificant in the wilderness, but I think this is just a matter of preference/mood.

>I'm sorry, but that is 180 degrees off correct. Rural communities have the lowest crime anywhere. Suburban areas have slightly more crime and the cities have the >most crime. Typically the crime rate goes up with population. Think about it... more victims and more anonymity. If someone starts doing that in a small town... very >quickly everyone will simply know who you are and what you do. It doesn't work. The sort of criminal you get in small towns tends to be drifters... traveling criminals. >But they're not very common.

Yes, there is more crime in populous areas in general, but that wasn't my point. The safest parts of cities are often the most crowded. The parts that look similar to a suburban neighborhood are where the most violent crimes take place. Police response time, monitored cameras, plainclothes officers abound in a wealthy city and crime is pretty scarce in the nice parts of town when population density is taken into account. You have to worry about different things in different areas though. If I stay on the right streets, then San Diego is a very nice place to live and I don't feel the need to carry a weapon. People/criminals are more fearful of the police in the city. In the backwoods of Georgia, it might be a rarity to run upon a murderer, but there is no one within 10 miles to help you out and that is a whole new kind of situation. You could be kidnapped and sold into a human trafficking ring. In the city, at least you can be afforded the ignominious death of being gunned down on the sidewalk. Much quicker!

2 days ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

fightermagethief Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (274 comments)

What you say sounds reasonable, but I think it just depends on how you look at it. On the way into California, going through remote areas of Texas and New Mexico felt like hell on earth where running out of gas and losing your phone could mean death. I have always felt disgusted with any place where I was forced to own a car just to get to a grocery store. I don't necessarily talk to a large portion of the people around me, but it is nice to see signs of life. If you are comfortable, then that lush, verdant grove is going to be quite peaceful, but if you need a physical bank location, then it might piss you off how spread out everything is. People say it is more expensive to live in a big city, but at the bottom of the economic scale, it is much cheaper. Even crime has a population based trade-off, where in extremely populous/busy areas, crime is scarce because there is always someone around to call the cops. Crime is the worst in poor, urban neighborhoods where no one walks around. I don't see how anyone could prefer to live in rural areas, except perhaps the enthusiast.

3 days ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

fightermagethief Honorary Degree (70 comments)

Does anyone know of any programs at their university for independent research in 'weed science'?

about a week ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fightermagethief Re:Deja Vu (105 comments)

*learn them once = use them once

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fightermagethief Deja Vu (105 comments)

Hasn't this post been on here before?
All kidding aside, I hope some headway is made in this field. I have no problem remembering technical things that I learn and once I learn them once, it is very rare for me to forget. But I am finding myself, at 30, confusing the chronological order of events, repeating conversations, and thinking that I may or may not 'have already done this before'. It kind of feels like a mild cross of aphasia and alzheimer's.

about two weeks ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

fightermagethief Re:What a shocker! (256 comments)

I have thought this for a while. I am trying to find the right balance of sketchiness and integrity in order to allay all suspicion. Although, perhaps that is a SURE sign that I should be on that list. The rabbit hole is deep...

about two weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

fightermagethief Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

I think that is generally the way people operate in the real world anyway. You could look at a broad category like 'men' or 'women' who have their broad topics of appeal, from an advertising perspective. But when you get down to more specific cliques like Mormons or thrash-punks, they are so segregated as to not be aware of each others existence. They have their own systems that, if they perform well in, will keep them feeling like happy, productive members. As someone who refuses to define myself in terms of a group, I get to see the differences and flit from group to group to observe the overall scope of humanity. I would think many people here would feel similarly. I don't think we have to worry about the behavior of people who identify with narrow groups and who are motivated by advertising. Well, we don't have to worry about it any more than in the past.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

fightermagethief purl? (75 comments)

I thought it was spelled 'Perl'?

Sent from inside my bodySock

about three weeks ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

fightermagethief John Henry Scenario (125 comments)

I can see some sort of situation arising where a worker tries to outdo one of these things in a fight for his/her job and ends up working themselves to death. Or the machine keeps going with the deceased worker inside.

about three weeks ago
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How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

fightermagethief Re:dear facebook (114 comments)

I hear they also keep tigers away. You don't see any tigers around here, do you?

about three weeks ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

fightermagethief Re:Xposed (136 comments)

I might look into this, but this seems like Windows again. Sure you can tweak it to get it to a reasonable setting, but how much frustration and time are you willing to put in just to get your device usable?

about three weeks ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

fightermagethief Re:Easy As 1 (136 comments)

Yes, initially to put the ROM on I had to root first. But I mean now that I have a different Android device, I am hesitant to even root it. It's not like I am prompted for the password or can use sudo in a normal manner. After rooting, every app on the phone now has access to parts of the phone that it didn't before. I might be wrong about that. I am so averse to tiny touchscreens that I didn't mess around with it more than enough to do one phone and a couple kindle fires for other people.

about three weeks ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

fightermagethief Re:Easy As 1 (136 comments)

Yes, I haven't managed to write any custom ROMS, much less one that manages the battery better than the stock system. The same can be said for the folks at CyanogenMod because that is what screws the battery life, at least as of about a year ago. As far as just rooting, I am wary of doing that to the phone without full knowledge of what kind of new security issues this will open up. This shouldn't be necessary to having a usable device that would be fine if you took out the greed factor of what Android has become.

about three weeks ago
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Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

fightermagethief Re:Easy As 1 (136 comments)

What is the alternative? I own an Android device and it has gone to crap. Android is like the Windows of mobile OS's now. I have game apps that are single player rpg's that shouldn't need a network connection for anything that ask for generic permissions to access basically everything the phone can do. I would have to root my phone to get finer control over these permissions and to remove all the bloat crap. My last Android phone that I rooted and customized went to shit on battery life. Google voice search activates just by moving around when my phone is in my pocket and I have headphones on, and I can't uninstall it. I only have the option to uninstall the updates to all the bloat. What use is that! I am seriously considering trying an actual Windows phone.

about three weeks ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

fightermagethief Re:We need a better "press" 4 collective sensemaki (124 comments)

I wish there was a meta-mod-up so people beyond the site could see this. I find myself avoiding using words like 'socialism' just to not incite the fervor of the talk radio masses. I think crime would also be pretty negligible if people's basic needs were met. Of all the people I see on the street and sleeping under bridges, it is VERY rare to find someone outright willing to commit a crime when they have a pack of smokes and a full belly. The only crimes I see with any regularity are crimes of desperation and maybe opportunity. Where someone is so hungry that they say 'damn the consequences' and just run into some store and grab stuff, basically on their last thread of humanity.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

fightermagethief Re:Being a former drug addict, I think (47 comments)

Yeah, a real addict will just fake his/her way through the VR to get back outside the program and to the drugs again. Addicted people tend to spend all their energy manipulating their environment to be able to do drugs freely anyway. Someone has to find their own motivation and reasons for quitting.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

fightermagethief Re:One of these things is not like the others (47 comments)

Marijuana, for me at least, is harder to quit than meth, herioin, or cigarettes. All of those things have very noticeable downsides that you can't really avoid. They give you a lot of incentive to quit. Marijuana just makes you look a little tired and therefore unprofessional, or maybe not too serious about life. I get a nervous, sick feeling in my stomach even thinking about hard drug or alcohol use, but marijuana will probably always have a draw and many good associations. I think of it like coffee. It may not have negative effects, it may even be 'healthy' to use, but I feel like I shouldn't desire any sort of chemical to make myself feel 'good'.

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

fightermagethief Re: Considering his history... (144 comments)

I have never actually seen/read 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' or 'Forbidden Planet'. I will check those out. '2001' is one of my favorite movies ever, but I never read the book. AMAZING art direction/design, although the monkey suits are pretty laughable. It was like minimalist, avant-garde SF, and very open to interpretation, like all good art. Cool sig btw. It is a fine line between a devil-may-care rogue and an asshole, though. I feel like all the worthwhile people are chaotic good.

about three weeks ago

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