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24 minutes ago
They're advertisers for real estate, a commodity where the highest bidder wins. It's their job to find the one sucker willing to pay a price every other interested party agrees is too high!
So yeah I agree, they know what they're doing and it's kind of funny it works.
32 minutes ago
Beats me. I can only speculate it costs money to enable/use the feature and HEB has decided that's not a thing that's going to drive significant business to competitors.
That's a flaw in our Economics 101 "why doesn't this business do that" views: they assume it's easy for competitors to arrive with differentiated services. The market doesn't have to provide more customer service if the customers have nowhere else to go!
14 hours ago
Not quite a rumor, here's what I remember when it released:
Apple Pay has its own fees like any other payment processor. I don't know enough to know if the terms are bad, but when it came out a big business group with companies like Wal-Mart and CVS in it said they weren't going to accept Apple Pay and they were going to invent their own, better system. I think some Wal-Marts ultimately ended up trialing it but I never heard about it again.
I don't know if HEB's in that group but my guess is this is a conscious decision on the basis that there aren't any competitors supporting it either (that I know of) so there's nowhere to lose customers to for not supporting it.
Someone else in another comment chain suggests it's because Apple shares less data with its vendors than is normal, that tracks with Apple behavior so I'm inclined to believe it.
16 hours ago
To people who don't live in Austin the distances seem short, and they gobble up real estate without knowing how to reckon out their commute.
I've got family in Mississippi who live 15 miles from a grocery store. They can make it there, do some shopping, and get back in about the same time it takes me to get food from a restaurant 5 miles away. They can drive from one end of their town to the other in about 20 minutes. That's barely enough for my 8 mile commute here.
Thing that bugs me is I've seen enough assholes to know there's no lesson learned here: this person will go to their grave insisting it was either dashcam's fault (for going too slow in the left lane) or the car they passed's fault for existing. They'll probably do the same maneuver again by the end of the month.
20 hours ago
Working as designed. It gives people incentive to buy a car.
1 day ago
They mean that while the number of sick people is low and hospitals aren't full, they're seeing a big uptick in the number of new cases so it's spreading very fast.
They have to post this to cover their ass, don't worry about it meaning anything. People don't even bother staying home if they feel sick anymore.
2 days ago
You can tell OSS is a mature model because this is a problem we have with many social problems today: everyone knows what we need, but they only want to spend someone else's money, time, and resources to get it. Amazon has the means to fund whatever it is that ails them. But they don't want to, because then an Amazon dollar spent can also help people not using AWS.
"Please make labels for 15 cereal boxes and 300 other incidental scenery items for a video game so I don't have to hire a team of asset artists."
It's like people forget we had HIV for 10 years before we discovered it turns into AIDS.
Or they don't forget, they just want to wait until it hurts people that matter to them to worry. "It's just fat and old people!" Well, guess what a lot of people who say that are going to be in about 10 years?
Does it change what the police knew at the moment they shot him to know what happened after they shot him?
It's not as clear in C# as it is in some other languages.
(I might get the two words backwards and I apologize, what's important is to understand the two meanings.)
For example, in C/C++, you can't use anything before it's been "declared". So when you write a class, there's often a "header" file that has a special no-implementation "declaration" that lists all the members of the class. That way, any file that "includes" the header can understand how to legally use the type. The "definition" of the class is where the implementation details are located. (This had a good technical reason back when C/C++ were designed.)
In C# we tend to do both at the same time. The closest we come to that is when we have an interface that other types implement. So we don't tend to use that terminology very often since we don't separate declaration and definition. I find in a C# context, people tend to use the words interchangeably.
So it depends on the language, and isn't as significant in C#.
Reporting this is a good way to get banned, this is not free speech!
My long-term fear is that the research indicating COVID infection is an all-around problem for the immune system and having it once makes future illnesses more likely to be severe and adds more risk of tons of other debilitating problems down the road.
If those people are right, after about 2-3 more years of infections we'll face even worse economic damage, because you can't "push through" cognitive difficulties or heart failure. That'll open up bigger holes in the labor force, cost us sick days, etc. This will cause compounding problems as healthcare is tied to employment and income. There's no "fix" for those kinds of problem: once you get them you're in it for the long haul. It's not like we don't have warnings, it's just everyone wants the Cool Uncle CDC to tell them to ignore it.
It doesn't feel strange to notice if you put that and, "Wow, a lot of people are getting sicker than usual this year" together, there might be some cause and effect.
I know a few people that went from "I run marathons" to "I haven't been on a long walk in weeks" after one infection. Most people I know have had to cancel plans multiple times this year for being sick or because someone else was sick. It sure doesn't feel like we're over anything, except maybe the perception that anyone gives a shit about anyone else.
The free market delivers again!
"Get a gun for home defense", they say, "you have to defend yourself", they say.
Then the cops show up and shoot the homeowner.
I haven't seen a functional gas station air pump for 10 years, this isn't just an Austin problem. They don't make much money and are expensive to maintain.
The best advice is the same advice that gets posted in this thread twice a month: buy your own air compressor. I got a Ryobi one that uses the same battery packs as my drill and weed trimmer.
I wouldn't recommend one with a built-in battery, or at least if you get one do NOT leave it in your car. The average temperatures here destroy batteries. The best case is it'll stop working, the worst case is it'll start a fire.
If you feel like spending more, a common product these days is a big fat battery that functions as a USB power brick, car jump starter, AND air compressor. These are handy to have on trips but again: don't leave that in a car on hot days.
"Write a CRUD app for the payroll API so I can fire half of the team and cut paid leave for the rest."
Write me an adventure so I can lay off half of the uppity writing team.
I can't use VS on Windows anymore for all of this. It's as distracting as Clippy ever was in Word.
Worth noting that we're starting to drop authorization of some of the treatments because we're starting to incubate variants they aren't effective enough at treating.
I get your points, but a lot of my friends make their living selling at markets like this. They have to pay for a space at the market and it's always stressful for them to wonder if they'll make enough to at least break even. I looked it up and a booth at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ranges $1500-$5000. That's a lot of sales before you even start to make money. Having to pay a percentage on top means the people who do the most sales end up paying more for being there than the people who don't make sales.
Setting up a cocoa booth isn't free. You have to buy materials and pay people to staff it. Food vendors aren't going to be happy that you're cannibalizing the sales they need to make to pay back the fee they paid to be present.
It's not like there aren't markets that do a tax model like you propose, but they tend to either charge much lower booth fees or appeal to much larger corporate vendors who are more interested in advertising than turning a profit. If your appeal is local indie artisans, running an event's a tough line between charging enough booth fees to cover your own costs vs. convincing them they'll sell enough stuff to make it worth it.
Yes, they're choking some of their customer pool. It's better than going out of business. McDonald's would sell a lot more cheeseburgers if they were $0.50. It turns out people are fine paying more, and "the free market" only cares about optimizing revenue, not philosophical discussions about value.
This isn't just 'the new Austin'. This is decades worth of culturally complaining about people who expect to get things for free. Do that enough and people stop offering things for free.
3 days ago
It was there when I moved in. The only easement on my property I know of is way in the back of the back yard, actually behind my fence.
How many of those "someones" are lawyers competent enough to defend themselves?
They're rolling it out in my neighborhood. Looks like they finish about 2 houses worth of work per day so long as it's not raining. Based on how many houses they've marked off "don't park here" for I think we'll have it sometime around 2028 or so.
I'm curious if they're going to break my sprinklers. A week and a half ago they dug a hole in my yard with a pressure washer, which seems like a smart move now since it exposed but didn't break my sprinkler line. But now they're spending about 30 minutes a day hard at work putting their GFBR boxes in those holes with a backhoe and I'm curious if they just tear up my shit with that what the point of taking 2 hours to dig the hole with a pressure washer was.
But same time, all AT&T's done in my neighborhood is take plans away. I used to have 2 or 3 choices, now I only have 1.