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Comment Re:Redefining words so we can make a "discovery" (Score 1) 141

Not joking: My father was in high school in the 1940s - NYC Bronx High School of Science. One year he came back after summer break, and the chemistry teacher had everyone open the textbook to the page saying the atom was indestructible, and rip it out. The counter-example had blown up Hiroshima a month earlier.

Comment This was illegal long before the internet (Score 1) 267

Short-term rentals (less than a month) were defined as being in the "hotel" category a long time ago, and a "hotel" faces licensing and taxing and insurance and legal responsibilities and all sorts of things. You could rent rooms in your own home if you were living there - no different from having visitors - but renting out to people when the owner is NOT living there is a "hotel". This is not news. One could argue that a different category would be nice to have; I have rented apartments in Edinburgh and London, both of which were registered with the appropriate tourist boards, licensed and insured appropriately, and had a hefty deposit to dissuade misbehavior. But the various online services don't seek to change or expand the laws, just claim that everyone can bypass them.

Comment Re:Publicana (Score 1) 79

So these publicani came into being for one specific government-issued contract, and was disbanded immediately after it's completion... yes that's *just* like a corporation... oh wait, no, it's NOTHING like a corporation

Wrong again. This is exactly how Donald Trump has made money while the projects with his name on them go bankrupt one after another. Same is done for other buildings, condo complexes, shopping malls, and other projects. Each is set up as its own corporation as if it has no connection to anything else that the developer, producer, and constructor has ever done or will ever do, and the project originators are now hired as subcontractors (instead of being the bosses). The project is done to some point of completion, at which the individual units (apartments, town houses, stores) are sold off to end-buyers. Now the originators leave to do other things. Point is, when a problem appears a year or two down the road, and the buyers want to complain to the construction company, THERE ISN'T ONE - the "building construction" corporation has become an empty shell or withered completely. I know you're thinking of the megacorps that persist and engulf and devour, but the use of incorporating to isolate is even more prevalent.

Comment Re:My Wife does this (Score 1) 63

If you were talking about a business partner or office manager, nobody would assume you were being facetious. Choosing a partner should include such practical considerations along with the emotional ones. If you have chosen wisely, like an athlete choosing a good agent or a band choosing a good manager, then delegating decision authority may well be your best course of action.

Comment Re:conflicting theories? (Score 1) 63

A touch of OCD contributes to solving problems that require puzzling over details. A touch of ADD contributes to tracking prey through the underbrush while also noticing the snake to avoid stepping on. Our educational system has standardized on the facets of "civilization" and "technology" in which the OCD side has more potential usefulness, partly because of the self-fulfilling nature that a system tends to reinforce itself and partly because the OCD types are more likely to set up a "system" in the first place.

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