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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

jklovanc Privacy (282 comments)

There needs to be a way to disable the cameras for a short period of time. I don't think we need to see police officers using the restroom. Then there are times when officers have private conversations that are not work related. Do you really think it is valid to have anyone monitored every second from start of shift to end of shift? Would you work under those conditions?

2 days ago
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

jklovanc Re:Two dimensional? (49 comments)

When metaphor gets into science then the science becomes inexact. Even if in most cases the material acts like a plane there might be other cases in which it does not act like a plane. If we always treat it like a plane then we assume things will work one way when they might not and we will come to incorrect conclusions.

Being pedantic is what science is all about. Close enough is not exact.

2 days ago
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

jklovanc Re:Two dimensional? (49 comments)

I think you need to have your humor unit recalibrated

Humor has nothing to do with the incorrect definition of the number of dimensions of an object. I don't see any references to humor in the article.

Let me draw you a diagram _________________

That is a two dimensional non-solid object since is has a height, one pixel, and a width, more than one pixel.

2 days ago
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

jklovanc Re:Two dimensional? (49 comments)

So, when you draw a line on paper, it's a line on a plane,...

No, it is a representation of a line on a plane using the tools we have. The ink has depth and width so it is only a representation of a one dimensional objects. We live in a 3 dimensional world any solid objects existing in this world has 3 dimensions.

Can the two dimensional sheet pass through a gap that is 2 atoms wide? No since it is 3 atoms thick and therefore three dimensional.

2 days ago
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

jklovanc Two dimensional? (49 comments)

If a 2 dimensional sheet has a thickness, in this case 3 atoms, does not that make it a very thin 3 dimensional object?

2 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

jklovanc Re:Not Sharing (181 comments)

How about this. If you are making a profit from taking someone where they want to go it is no longer sharing it is working.

3 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

jklovanc Not Sharing (181 comments)

The so-called sharing economy seems just as cutthroat

If more money than the partial cost of gas changes hands it is no longer sharing.

3 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

jklovanc Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (503 comments)

OK, so they are on the drawing board. Is there anything even close to viable yet? The last time autonomous motorcycles was in the news was in 2005 and I can not find anything after that.

3 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

jklovanc Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (503 comments)

The safest roads will be when ALL cars are autonomous.

Agreed, but having only autonomous cars on the road will not happen for decades to come. First there will need to be a viable autonomous car which has not happened yet and may not for up to 20 years. Then there will need to be at least ten years of testing. Then all manual cars will need to age off the road which will not happen for decades as people will want to keep classic cars on the road. Notice that there are cars built in the 30's that are still on the road. So your utopia of all autonomous cars will not happen for many decades to come. Also, autonomous motorcycles are not even on the drawing board.

3 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

So lets add to an already overcrowded situation by adding an unlicensed small hotel without parking to a residential area.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

There's plenty of brick and mortar stores that don't have any parking.

They are in commercial areas and adjacent residential areas usually have "residents only" parking or short term parking limits. Most patrons of "brick and mortar stores" do not park overnight. The problem is that commercial parking is very different than residential parking.

If people want a hotel with parking they'll verify that it has parking before they book a room there.

When the poster states there is parking on the street and causes parking issues in a residential area there is an issue.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

I'm pretty sure this is based on building size not the fact that you're a hotel.

Building age also makes a big difference. It may be impossible to bring older buildings up to code without destroying them.

Different jurisdictions also have different rules. An historic building in London may have different rules than a modern building in New York.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

It doesn't matter how they run their business..

I have a small craft business and I am required to have a local license to sell in some craft shows. I think that room renters need to as well.

If they want to limit their selection of tenants by not having parking then that's their business.

Who makes sure that they "limit their selection of tenants" if they are not licensed or regulated.

But hotels shouldn't be required to have parking for tenants, especially in a place like New York city, where nobody drives anyway.

Many tourists from the North East try to. They drive in and park their vehicles.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

One major difference is that long term tenants know the building and can get out faster. Second long term tenants have the choice of installing alarms and sprinklers. Do you think the lack of sprinklers would be advertised on the Airbnb listing?

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

If you are renting out your apartment short term like a hotel, you must maintain it. If you rent it out long term, like a flat, the tenant maintains it. But this is a separate issue, and in no instance is someone allowed an exception to the fire code.

If the short term rental is not licensed and regulated then what is there to guarantee that this maintenance is done? Also, many apartments are not required to have a sprinklers while almost all hotels are required to have them.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

There are some who rent out a room in their home occasionally. With proper regulation that should be allowed. There are others who rent apartments specifically to rent out as a short term rental. These are the ones that need to comply with the complete hotel rules. Registered bed and breakfasts have to comply with ruled why shouldn't Airbnb poster have to comply with those regulations as well?

You're saying that if I make arrangements with someone to allow them to stay in a spare room and they give me $30 a night, I need to adhere to all regulations a full fledged hotel would have to.

Are you paying taxes on the income? Do you have adequate parking for that tenant?
Will you say a different story when someone is burned to death because there was no fire alarm system which a hotel is required to have but a private residence is not?

There are two different scenarios we are talking about; spare room rental and short term apartment sublet. The former should be allowed with minimal regulation. The latter needs to be watched very closely.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

Do you think that a private arrangement between two individuals to allow someone to stay in a room or apartment or whatever belonging to another in exchange for some cash means that the room/apartment or whatever needs to abide by the same heavy regulations as a hotel?

As soon as money changes hands it is no longer a "private arrangement". When you charge for a place to stay you are now a hotel unless it is on a month to month basis then you have a roommate. If you are providing the same service as a hotel you are operating a hotel. It is not a "public safety" issue.

For example, someone renting an apartment but never living there and only renting short term through Airbnb is a bad actor. First, they are running a one room hotel with lower regulatory costs than a hotel. Second they are probably doing it against the lease. Third, they have little incentive to ensure that their tenants are following noise restrictions. Fourth, they are removing a rental apartment from a probably already tight rental market.

4 days ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

jklovanc Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (145 comments)

Just because you think a law is "silly" does not mean that it is. All you are doing is giving a newcomer a financial advantage over established businesses. So when the new business harms the old business and can not handle the additional taxes and regulations when they are imposed you have less supply not more.

4 days ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

jklovanc Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

It all depends on the numbers which we don't have. The problem is the use of relative terms like "wide range" and "higher humidity". For example, High humidity in the tropic is much different than high humidity in the desert. If BR media can handle a wider range of temperature and a higher humidity level there will be savings in HVAC.

So in five years, you may be able to get 20GB for what a 4GB HDD costs today.

That is an assumption and I bet that Facebook has looked at what is coming down the pipe. It is quite possible that these price decreases will slow. By the way HD prices have not come down as fast as you seem to think. In 2010 a 2TB Seagate drive sold for 0.0000550 $/MB. In 2014 a 3TB Seagate sold for 0.0000367 $/MB That is a 38% drop in four years. If it followed Moore's law (cut in half every 2 years) it should be 0.00001375 $/MB or a 75% drop.

PS. You probably meant TB not GB.

about a week ago

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