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Matt the Engineer
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Jul 28 Matt the Engineer commented on Slog Poll: Are You Ready for Another Try at a Seattle Monorail? Because It's Gonna Be on Your Ballot This Fall.
This poll is mistaken.

We should have built it last time. If we were voting about turning back the clock and finishing what we started, it would be a resounding yes.

But we're well on the way towards a real subway for that corridor now. And this vote is to fund a (redundant) study for a monorail, not the monorail itself.

Hell no.
Jul 26 Matt the Engineer commented on A Win for Affordable Housing in the Central District.
I propose the only member on the committee be @Try it out for free.
Jul 23 Matt the Engineer commented on Twenty Palestinians Killed for Every One Israeli.
On one hand, that chart's pretty convincing.

On the other hand, remind me of the point of war? I believe they've launched roughly the same missiles at each other. If two gangs are in a gunfight do we hate the gang with better aim more?

(intentionally not touching the hospital issue, which is terrible. I probably believe Israel that Hamas was launching from hospitals, but it sure seems like bad choice to bomb them anyway)
Jul 21 Matt the Engineer commented on Guest Editorial: Seattle's Band-Aid Solution for Displaced Tenants Isn't Good Enough, and Here's Why.
Hey look, someone just paid me $3,000 for doing nothing. But I want more because they were charging too little for rent.
Jul 18 Matt the Engineer commented on Good News! Apples Are Finally More Convenient!.
@6 Actually not true. They are Prem 96, a non-GMO variety of Royal Gala apples, chosen for their consistent and small size, 5-month storage time, 90% harvest rate, and flavor, and can be grown in cooler climates than many large apples. PDF here.
Jul 16 Matt the Engineer commented on Amazon Wants to Launch a Netflix-Like Subscription Service for Books.
@13 Sure. But I assumed the same would be true for Amazon.
Jul 16 Matt the Engineer commented on Amazon Wants to Launch a Netflix-Like Subscription Service for Books.
That's more than I pay for Netflix. Which is strange, right? Take a look at the two models:

One person can sit down and spend a few months writing a book. Then maybe add another two people for a few months editing it and marketing it. And then I rent it through the Amazon service and read it for a month.

Compare that to Netflix. Someone sits down and spends a few months writing a storyline. A director reads it, gets a producer to find financing for it, and a cast of hundreds spend a few months making this movie. Then maybe 10 other groups of people do the same thing to satisfy my viewing needs for the month.

And the book thing costs more?!
Jul 11 Matt the Engineer commented on Sometimes It Seems as Though Humans Invent Technology Because We Hate Humans and Don't Want to Interact with Them.
@9 Who's going to pay you a decent wage if you're competing with machines? Jeremy Rifkin (End of Work) had it mostly right in the '90's. We're either going to need to go to a minimum guaranteed income model, or find a way for more people to share the jobs that computers can't do.

Take a step back, and it's a good thing that mankind is becoming more productive with less labor. That means if we can figure out the politics we should all end up with more leisure time and more money. We're far better off than the middle ages because of technology, and if we can keep all of the profits from funneling to the top we'll continue to head toward a better world.
Jul 11 Matt the Engineer commented on Dear Products: Please Stop Giving Me Unsolicited Pep Talks.
I see a market for novelty message tampons.
Jul 11 Matt the Engineer commented on Sometimes It Seems as Though Humans Invent Technology Because We Hate Humans and Don't Want to Interact with Them.
I have a feeling this has more to do with wasted time than a hatred of people. Why someone might find a checkout person "stupid" is likely because they have to have the type of mindless conversation you can fit into a 2 minute checkout, after standing behind 5 other people doing the same thing. The benefit of skipping this process is that you save those 10 minutes, potentially to have real interactions with real people.

I'm a little afraid your issue with people that want to skip this has to do with jobs. I've found that jobs you can automate aren't often worth saving. Human labor is a valuable thing, and I'd rather have minds and hands doing something creative that can't be done by a machine than driving around all day or putting items in bags. Of course, to keep full employment we might all need to work shorter hours to achieve this. Or push further into a service economy.
 
 

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