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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

martas Re:BS (347 comments)

It's kind of funny that you can be walking around here in a normal neighborhood, turn a corner, and suddenly see a house or row of houses that you're sure must cost a million $$ or more. And most of them are so breathtakingly beautiful....

yesterday
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

martas Re:BS (347 comments)

Eh, living in Pittsburgh currently I promise you there's still a lot of very cheap housing here within a bus ride of Pitt/CMU/Google. Hell, I know PhD students who bought houses/apartments. Sure, if you want to live within a few blocks of those places it can get a bit pricey, but that's true anywhere.

yesterday
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

martas Re:I May Not Agree (1109 comments)

But haven't you heard? Since there is no commonly accepted definition for what constitutes a "right", we can use it to mean whatever we want. Basically, if you really really want something, call it a right. Then your opposition will be left in the awkward position of either admitting that they're denying you "your rights", or trying to explain why what you're claiming to be a right really isn't (and those explanations typically don't fit in the 30 second intervals between commercials).

about a week ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

martas Re:trees have branches (1037 comments)

"Even science itself rests upon articles of faith." Only if you regard science as a search for Truth (with a capital T). I don't. I think most scientists don't, either. To me, science is a tool. A tool with a staggeringly good track record of getting things done. That's why I find it expedient to regard scientific consensus as truth (with a lower case t) for all practical intents and purposes. Similarly, I am not an atheist because I believe god doesn't exist. I am an atheist because there are no useful guiding principles which imply belief in god to be sane (let alone belief in a particular god).

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

martas Re:Something From Nothing. (392 comments)

"An object stays at rest unless acted on by an outside force" I find it amusing that you use pseudo-scientific language to "disprove" scientific claims.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

martas Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

its not politically useful to impeach a president unless you have a Senate willing to follow through with a conviction and removal from office.

That, or it's not politically useful to [try to] impeach a president for shit they know they're going to do themselves in 4, 8, 12, or 16 years

about 1 month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

martas Re:Test Also Measures Confidence (384 comments)

I was just thinking that. Perhaps part of the reason for the perceived difference in mathematical ability is that women are more willing to be honest about not understanding something? And being a PhD student in a highly mathematical field, let me assure you, most of the time none of us know what the fuck is going on, so pretending would make a big difference...

about a month ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

martas Re:Permenant Beta (295 comments)

Oh, well, it sounds like your experience is much more representative of things than mine. I've only had two PCs since 2006. Good to know that my impression was overly pessimistic.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

martas Re:Permenant Beta (295 comments)

Well I'm not surprised that you can configure a machine so that under linux you get good performance, but if you pick some decent and otherwise random hardware, chances are much higher that you will have slow/broken 3d performance if you slap on some reasonably popular distro, than if you go with windows. It is irrelevant to most of us that there exists at least 1 person on the planet who has managed to run minecraft well under linux, as long as most of us have a great sense of trepidation every time we run, well, virtually any graphics intensive application.

And before you accuse me of being a windows fanboy or something, I'm posting this from ubuntu.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

martas Re:Permenant Beta (295 comments)

Yeah but none of them work well in linux. Half crash, the other half are slow or glitchy. Let's face it, we're not going to get good 3D on linux until a) someone makes some decent drivers, and b) X dies.

about a month and a half ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

martas Re:Teenagers will do stupid things? (387 comments)

And then people have the audacity to be surprised when teenagers "rebel" and go off the deep end by resorting to drugs, petty crime, and general disobedience. Here you have a human being whose brain is telling them "you are grown up; time to start doing shit on your own, so you're not a burden to the tribe; your mom has about 8 kids younger than you to feed and look after", but everything around them is designed to deprive them of responsibility and autonomy. School is run by fascists armed with zero tolerance policies, parents are no better because cable news has convinced them that giving a teenager an inch of freedom will result in them doing vodka enemas, and popular culture feeds them the image of the typical teen as an infantile, bumbling idiot, whose greatest possible accomplishment is successfully sneaking out of the house to go to a pool party where they can drink to the point of throwing up and touch a few genitals.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

martas Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

The poorly dressed/shirtless analogy doesn't really work. Businesses that enforce a dress code do so for practical reasons. Legally speaking, it's only discrimination if [you can convince a judge that] the criteria used by the business to refuse service have no direct relevance to their interests as a business.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

martas Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Unless their actions have a direct negative impact on your business.

That leaves the door wide open for a lot of arguments. "If I let a black person join my club, all the white people will leave" wouldn't be a very outlandish statement, especially not 50 years ago. Today, same goes for "if I allow a gay marriage to be performed in my establishment, I'll lose a lot of straight couples" in a lot of places.

about 2 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

martas Re:It's crap like this .... (289 comments)

We're talking about the TSA, not the NSA. Do try to keep up.

The TSA is (typically) not the one putting people on no-fly lists or "requires additional probing" lists, that's the intelligence agencies. Keep up yourself.

Here's a clue: we Americans hate the federal government, too. If you set your prejudices aside you might just find friendly, like-minded people.

A lot of good it does him when he ends up with all his possessions confiscated, sitting in some detention area for days praying that they'll let him go back home soon. If you weren't so hyper-sensitive (the reasons for which I can only speculate on), you may have noticed OP wasn't saying anything about Americans, only your government.

about 2 months ago
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On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

martas Re:Production cost (121 comments)

reduced income from places that run 'wishing wells' which tend to be another dumping ground for pennies

Eh, I highly doubt there would be a significant decrease in charitable giving if the penny was murdered (as it no doubt should be). In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there was an increase -- psychologically, people might be more willing to give up nickels, dimes, and quarters if the penny no longer the smallest denomination.

about 2 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

martas Re:Early Posts Win With Beta (299 comments)

For what it's worth, there were aspects to beta that I really liked upon briefly looking at it, like a cleaner interface and more obvious "submission" link. If you reduce the whitespace and make commenting more robust, I'd be glad to switch. Also for what it's worth, I hope you guys aren't letting all the venomous hatred get to you. With the recent "Flappy Bird" mess, I've come to appreciate how much devs can be affected by unabashed user rage.

about 2 months ago
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T-Mobile Jumping Into the Check-Cashing Industry

martas Re:No surprise, again (211 comments)

Yeah, tell me about it. When my sister, who lives in Sweden, whipped out her chip and pin card system while visiting me, I must have looked like a caveman seeing a ferrari.

about 3 months ago

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WHO issues Europe measles warning

martas martas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

martas (1439879) writes "Are we seeing the results of the anti-vaccine movement? From the BBC: 'European countries need to act now to tackle measles outbreaks, the World Health Organization warns. The WHO report says there were over 26,000 measles cases in 36 European countries from January to October 2011. ... In England and Wales, there were just under 1,000 confirmed measles cases in that period — compared with just 374 in the whole of 2010. ... Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said: "The increase in measles in European countries reveals a serious challenge to achieving the regional measles elimination goal by 2015."'"
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Website age ratings 'an option'

martas martas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

martas (1439879) writes "'Film-style age ratings could be applied to websites to protect children from harmful and offensive material, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has said. ... He said some content, such as clips of beheadings, was unacceptable and new standards of decency were needed.' The only reason I think this will never happen, even in the UK, is that it seems practically impossible to implement and enforce on the Internet."
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