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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

profplump Re:A critical need in disasters is housing (24 comments)

Demographic restrictions are doom for a plan like this. There's a reason we don't allow housing discrimination and I don't see why we'd want to suspend those rules in an emergency; if anything they seem more important when people are in desperate need.

1 hour ago

Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

profplump Re:Decentralizing FEMA one step at a time (24 comments)

Who told you they'd be doing this for months? We're talking about an alternative to emergency housing like the Superdome -- which was occupied for only 6 days during Katrina. Even if you added the Reliant Dome occupancy it's still only 18 days until the domes were clear and the vast majority of people were in permanent housing.

1 hour ago

Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

profplump Re:Many questions (24 comments)

Yes, landlords can restrict subleases. Though cities could probably override such contract requirements, and landlords could make exceptions. Plus that only applies to renters in the first place; AirBnB includes a lot of owner-occupied and investment properties.

In terms of safety, have some faith. Yes, it's possible that someone will wait for a natural disaster, sign up for emergency housing, head to a randomly selected AirBnB property, and commit a crime. But that's a fairly elaborate plan with lots of moving parts the planner cannot even influence; if their intent was to harm whatever non-specific household they were assigned they could do it without so much hassle. But more importantly, the vast majority of people won't seek to harm their hosts, and we should not choose to let them suffer just on the off chance that Bond villain is waiting to take advantage of the situation. You have a much, much, much greater risk of dying in an motor vehicle accident, but you probably never think twice about getting on the road; don't overestimate the risk here.

It's also not clear that this situation would require weeks of housing. In many evacuations people only couple of days of housing, and even if their particular residence is unavailable for weeks a city as a whole can generally organize longer-term housing for the small number of people who need it, once the short-term need recedes.

In terms of families, if you're worried about natural disasters you should first be appalled at homeless shelters. In most cities there are no shelters that will take entire families on an emergency basis -- they'll take women and children, or men, but not men and women (and sometimes not even men and children). Frequently males must continue to live on the street while the rest of their family is in a shelter until they can get enrolled as a family in a longer-term solution (thankfully many longer-term providers make a provision for entire families, though there are a more than a few women-and-children-only long-term shelters as well); I'm sure they'd rather the rest of their family get shelter than not, but the gender discrimination hurts everyone, including the women and children in the shelter. That happens every night; if you're okay with that you can probably get over the possibility of breaking up a family for a couple of days after a disaster.

1 hour ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

profplump Re:NO, all candy bar (516 comments)

So what interface would you suggest that allows me to run arbitrary commands on remote machines with less typing than the standard CLI?


Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

profplump Re:What is rbp anyway? (705 comments)

%rpb is the base pointer. The offset is negative because the local variables live below the base pointer (being in-scope only after the base pointer is moved to the current function); -X(%rbp) points to a local variable.

2 days ago

The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

profplump Re:Maybe it's just me ... (131 comments)

But you can just hard-reset the Chromecast and reconfigure it for the network you want it to use. If the article says otherwise it's wrong.

To quote the manual:
"There are two ways to Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast: Factory Data Reset your Chromecast from the Chromecast app. You will find the option to FDR under ‘Settings’ or ‘Menu’ or Physically hold down the button on your Chromecast for at least 25 seconds or until the solid light begins flashing."

about a week ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

profplump Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Eating vegetables prevents cancers? Or not eating vegetables causes cancer?

Is this information being withheld from us by some sort of anti-vegetable cabal? Wouldn't it be easier for the corn producers to let us learn this and just sell us raw corn instead of corn syrup?

about two weeks ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

profplump Re:Answer needed (390 comments)

Laws are one of the tools we use to align the interests of groups that are potentially in conflict. Why aren't they a valid option here?

about two weeks ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

profplump Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

It's not artificial because of the details of the technical implementation, it's artificial because it's a scarcity that would not be expensive or difficult to resolve. Drought is geographic scarcity that cannot be readily resolved; an undersized water treatment plant is systematic scarcity that can be resolved but would be expensive and slow; a faucet that's rusted half-closed is artificial scarcity.

about two weeks ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

profplump Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Why don't I want city-owned fibre? I'm a big fan of city-owned roads and city-owned sewer pipes.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

profplump Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

The assumption that some sort of special merchant status will be required to accept non-physical payment strikes me as unfounded. Even today it's fairly easy for individuals to send money via ACH -- or a paper check, like individuals have used for years -- and it's not hard to imagine ways to make a similar process even easier and less dependent on banks.

about two weeks ago

"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

profplump Re:Will we ever stop celebrating him? (157 comments)

Exactly which tools did he break, and in what way? Why didn't the people running those tools support charges against him? Also, what makes a "research tool" a "critical" system -- does someone die when the tool goes offline?

You don't have to venerate the guy if you don't want to, but please don't spread lies about the dead.

about two weeks ago

Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

profplump Re:Not just iPhone (143 comments)

Exactly. It's not the Chinese are opposed to phone tracking, it's that Apple hasn't agreed to let them access the data.

Which doesn't necessarily make Apple the good guy, but having the Chinese government dislike them doesn't make them the bad guy either

about two weeks ago

Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

profplump Re:On this 4th of July... (349 comments)

No. It's not sufficient to be "factually wrong" -- the claims must be "knowingly false". You can issue all the "accidental" takedown notices you want without any fear of being sued over it. Which is nothing like 100 year ago.

about three weeks ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

profplump Re:detroit vs SV? (236 comments)

First, the problems you describe exist in build HVAC systems as well. When you enter air conditioning from someplace hot it would often be nice to have a couple of minutes of cold air blasted at you. And there are lots of building spaces with very high throughput both in terms of people and airflow, but we don't just throw our hands up and say "thermostats can never work here".

Second, it sounds like you're asking for a smarter thermostat than the 20s technology in many homes. That's a perfectly reasonable request, but not nearly as exotic as you make it out to be. Even sub-$50 home thermostats do things like predictive pre-heating/pre-cooling to meet scheduled setpoints, control of multi-stage or multi-element systems (i.e. support for a single air handler with multiple heating or cooling elements, or a multi-speed air handler), and have the ability to override automated regulation with manual inputs when desired. It's all well within the realm of possibility for car, and has been for years, it's just poorly done which was the original complaint.

about a month ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

profplump Re:detroit vs SV? (236 comments)

A thermostat still provides a simple "I'm too hot" and "I'm too cold" control. It just means that variations in engine temperature don't require me to adjust the climate setting. Likewise cars could still provide multi-zone control, both with their own thermostats, to accommodate the scenario you note above.

about a month ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

profplump Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Guns make people more effective at suicide than many other tools. Eliminating guns wouldn't solve the underlying problem, but it would move some numbers from the "suicide" column to the "attempted suicide" column, and at least some people see that as desirable.

about a month ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

profplump Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

You are allowed to be offended. That's a perfectly valid feeling and anyone that tells you otherwise is probably wrong.

But society places all sorts of restrictions on individual freedom. The trade been individual freedom and the power of collective action is the basis of society -- we agree to protect you from murder, and you agree not to murder anyone. We've long since agreed not to socially acceptable to call people names they don't like, unless that label is itself contrary to societal values and factual (i.e. murder). It's literally one of the first things we teach children, and it's a more or less globally held value.

If you'd like to change that belief, or convince us that your beliefs are tolerable in society, feel free to try. No one will stop you -- you've already posted to the public Internet and I'm reasonable certain that no one broke down your door and arrested you for that post. But if you hope to convince us though, you might consider avoiding straw men. No one is preventing use of the term "redskin", demanding reparations for previous use thereof, or even suggesting that such things should happen in the future. No one is suggesting that hurt feelings are a reasonable basis for legal decisions.

about a month and a half ago


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