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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

jayveekay Re:Communism (404 comments)

The free market would charge market rates for the parking spot. The only way this App can make money is if a person has a financial incentive to hold onto a spot longer than they need it.

Put another way: If the city charged the market rate for every minute that someone was using a parking spot, then that user would have the proper incentive to vacate the spot as soon as they were done using it.

about a month ago

Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

jayveekay Re:prices (192 comments)

None of the top-100 off-contract smartphones on are more than $250. I'm sure there are off-contract phones that cost $650+, but not a lot of people are buying them on Amazon.

about a month ago

US Navy Wants Smart Robots With Morals, Ethics

jayveekay Game of Thrones quote (165 comments)

”So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. What if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent?” - Jaime Lannister

about 2 months ago

Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

jayveekay Good games give players interesting choices (111 comments)

Games are about interactive gameplay, not hi-def graphics.
Good games challenge the player with interesting choices, and do not attempt to cover up a void of interesting choices with reams of meaningless dialog in very pretty non-interactive cutscenes and the like.

about 2 months ago

Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

jayveekay Re:Aaaaaaannd..... (566 comments)

I don't think that same sex marriage requires that one or both spouses be homosexual. Two heterosexual people of the same gender can choose to get married.

The government does not force married couples to have sex with each other, nor does it require that they have offspring.

about 3 months ago

How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

jayveekay Re:Incomplete (338 comments)

If you tax at 100% interest rate, you'll get no tax revenue, because people will have no incentive to work and/or people will move out of the country to avoid taxes.

I don't want to appear to be arguing in favor of 100% taxes, but I think your statement is not correct. Suppose you had a communal society in which the government confiscated (aka taxed) 100% of your income, but then spent all the money it took in providing you (and your fellow citizens) food, clothing, shelter, etc. In that case you would have an incentive to work even at 100% taxation, because if nobody did anything then everyone would starve and/or freeze to death. Of course something like this was tried by the USSR, it required walls to keep people in, and it eventually failed against better economic systems in place elsewhere in the world.

Anyway, with 100% taxation I think you would still get revenue if all the tax revenue was perceived to be being spent wisely on the taxed.

about 3 months ago

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

jayveekay Re:Texas needs water, not oil (206 comments)

Any Canadian politician who wants to lose an election just has to propose piping precious Canadian water down to those Yanks.

about 3 months ago

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

jayveekay Re:Tax Gift for Oil - ND Needs the Pipeline (206 comments)

Keystone Excel will have no effect on US fuel prices because it's not designed to sell fuel on the US market.

Oil is a global commodity. Increasing the supply or decreasing the demand anywhere will affect prices worldwide.

about 3 months ago

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

jayveekay Re:Obama = Coward (206 comments)

Worst president of my lifetime. Not even close.

Let me be the first to commend you on your excellent writing skills for someone who is under the age of 6!

One day in your elementary school history class you will learn about the presidents from before you were born, including "The Decider".

about 3 months ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

jayveekay Re:Bullshit (551 comments)

During the War of 1812, more than 50 years before the country of Canada was created, British forces raided Washington DC.

Britain at the time was the naval superpower and had just helped defeat Napoleon so had some free troops to play with which made this attack possible. To say that "Canada" burnt down the White House is silly.

about 3 months ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

jayveekay Spend it on buy^H^H^Hlobbying politicians instead (712 comments)

50 billion dollars spent buy^H^H^Hlobbying politicians would allow you to get many laws passed imposing big carbon taxes on coal, making it uneconomical compared to alternative energy sources like natural gas.

about 4 months ago

Volkswagen Chairman: Cars Must Not Become 'Data Monsters'

jayveekay I call BS on Farley (89 comments)

"'We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing."

What a grandiose statement. Aside from the fact that their data is limited to the car, so they can't possibly know who is mugging someone in a dark alley (which is a law-breaking act), they can't possibly even know who is doing what illegal act within the car. For example:
1. How do they know who is driving the car?
2. How do they know what the state of a traffic signal is at the point in time the car enters an intersection?
3. How do they know that the car failed to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk or an intersection?

Oh, Farley is the VP of *marketing*? I understand now. An engineer wouldn't say anything so dumb.

about 4 months ago

Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

jayveekay Rock Paper Nuke (498 comments)

Assume "Paper" is a treaty guaranteeing "Territorial Integrity". Then:

Rock beats Paper
Nuke beats Paper
Nuke beats Rock
Nuke loses to Nuke (MAD)

Who would ever play Paper?

about 4 months ago

Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

jayveekay X-Prize (132 comments)

All the states developing their own websites, and the feds, should have pooled their money and offered an X-Prize worth $100 million to whatever individual or group could first create an open-source health insurance purchasing web service meeting the requirements. That would have saved money and produced a better result.

about 5 months ago

Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

jayveekay Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (253 comments)

If you've played WoW for any time, you'll know that the game only really "begins" once you hit the level cap.

The most interesting aspect of MMORPG gaming is interacting with other players and attempting to influence the direction of the game by conversing with the game designers. That can occur at any level.

Genuine pay-to-win would be the sale of any kind of advantage, be it gear, increased access to instances (such as a waiver on weekly lock-outs) or any kind of character power-boost or income-boost once at the level cap.

In WoW, the power of a character increases with the time spent playing the game. The power comes primarily through leveling to the cap and once at the cap it's from getting better gear. If you're able to start at the cap, then all the time that would have been spent leveling can be spent getting better gear, for a net increase in character power given the same time investment as a character that starts at level 1. However, for a serious raider, the time spent leveling to the cap is miniscule compared to the time spent playing at the cap, so the level skip does not make a difference in the long run, so I'm in agreement that there isn't a substantial pay-to-win aspect to this.

about 5 months ago

A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

jayveekay Canadian Prime Minister would say... (189 comments)

"A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven."

Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister of Canada

about 5 months ago

South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

jayveekay Re:Ah... you don't know what you are talking about (467 comments)

The extra cost for a rental copy is not for the disc (or tape) itself, but rather for the right to rent out the movie to consecutive users. Should the original disc/tape be lost or damaged, then the replacement for the disc/tape would be the cost of the physical media. The privilege of renting out the disc/tape transfers from the lost/damaged disc to the new disc. The number of licenses to rent discs that the rental company has is unchanged.

In a rational world, anyway.

about 5 months ago

South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

jayveekay Economically Inefficient (467 comments)

Arresting someone for theft under $10 ("Monster-In-Law" on DVD retails for about $5) seems to be a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. A more efficient punishment would be to seize wages/tax refunds/etc. in the amount of the theft + some additional punitive amount.

about 5 months ago


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