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It's EASY to move a bus stop, it's HARD to move a park or school. This isn't rock science, you move the bus stop, you already live right next to the offender. You know where he lives, AVOID HIM.


If you're like DeKalb, you make a small scrap of land from a corner lot that used to be a gas station, and now mostly concrete/pavers into a "PARK". You get problems when prosecutors upgrade drug charges because someone was within 500ft of a "PARK".


We don't need MORE laws, we need to enforce the ones we have properly and sensibly, and get rid of the ones which are constitutionally questionable, or unreasonably vague, or simply distorted by prosecutors.

2 months ago on Our View: Keep sex offenders away from bus stops

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@MikeHammett Indeed the city will just get it's fair share, and frankly it shouldn't be at all hard for them to estimate how much of this incremental money they'll be getting to keep. What's their normal cut of the property tax burden as a percentage, apply that to the amount seen now via TIF. This crap is all surely in a database, and someone just needs to run a suitable query against it.


They've had years to address blight, and now the schools and the parks should get their cut back, none of this money is getting "lost", just redistributed more equitably and reducing the burden of other entities.

2 months, 1 week ago on DeKalb looks to spend tax revenue

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@snookasnoo Don't under estimate WalMart, they'll take your money whether you're an Apple geek or not. Apple is playing an NFC "me-too" game, they are hitching their wagon to existing payment hardware, being driven by all the breaches into a payment system refresh. They are not causing a basic redesign/requalification of payment hardware. The breaches just show what a farce "PCI Compliance" is, so it's not surprising the card issuers are going to get aggressive at pushing losses at the vendors who have permitted/caused those losses.

WalMart is a stealth player, they are doing more than anyone to get smart phones in the hands of the masses, their WalMart Family deal with T-Mobile has pushed Verizon to get more realistic in their non-contract phone plans, most recently a Moto-G for $100, and $45/month. They are grabbing land-line business via BasicTalk and StraightTalk, and streaming video via VUDU. They are pushing Samsung hard, phones and tablets. Now Samsung has end-caps, not just Apple. They are the biggest phone player in the US, they have already taken ALL of Radio Shack's business.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The hidden brilliance behind the timing of Apple’s adoption of NFC

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@mcq316 Retail has been going to Sycamore Road for decades, but hey keep dreaming...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Barnes & Noble plans to close DeKalb location

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@DeKalb Resident People seem to romanticize about the Junction Bookstore, but it really wasn't that good of a store, it had books that reflected the owners, and many of us had to go out of town to get the selection of books we were interested in. B&N, or Borders, can't be blamed here, and in fact the Borders in DeKalb was relatively lame when compare with the Borders in Rolling Meadows. The speed, price, and selection available on the Internet will knock all of them out. I'm surprised VCB hangs on, the market for new, used and student-to-student reselling on the internet surely should be the death-knell for the $100 text book business, and high margin return/used books.


A bunch of liberals sipping lattes and banging on their laptops all day is not a viable business model. Didn't work for Caribou or B&N. How's that "Hope and Change" working out for you all?


Hopkins better get busy looking for replacement tenants for Best Buy too.


Given all the vacant commercial space all over, you'd think a landlord would do whatever it takes to keep a quality tenant.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Barnes & Noble plans to close DeKalb location

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I'm confused by this, you need a bill for students and colleges to have a clue about what skills are in demand? This boosts value of qualifications in some way?


Skills for the 21st century? Where have we been for the last half century, the tech of today has been a logical progression of the tech of the space/nuclear race, computers have been at schools since the 1980's.


Illinois as a state is a total cluster for a lot of reasons, does legislating obvious educational goals really help?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/04/10/our-view-bipartisan-job-training-bill-has-potential/ajiwnre/

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@MikeHammett, both involved lethal projectiles, death and reckless behavior. Most of the disparity is in the outcome.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/04/03/olson-justice-system-not-ruled-by-popular-opinion/advp271/

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@thelibertarianProblem for you is that he just isn't theoretical.

Chaz Thrailkill gets 30 years for 2011 killing of senior at off-campus party

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/04/01/guilty-plea-in-niu-students-murder/ac1ub2d/

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/04/03/olson-justice-system-not-ruled-by-popular-opinion/advp271/

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Young black guy kills one gets 30 years, old white woman kills 2 and gets off, hardly justice served.


Should have added some other lesser charges, blowing a red light at 70 mph is reckless driving, sorry officer I blacked out doesn't begin to cut it. Hope the families get better treatment in the civil court as they take her, and her doctors to the cleaners. Hope the Secretary of State works to strip her of driving privileges.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/04/03/olson-justice-system-not-ruled-by-popular-opinion/advp271/

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And now has his name all over the newspapers and internets, ready for a potential employer to find with a simple Google search. There sir is some epic fail!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/03/13/dekalb-county-employee-fired-over-porn-seeks-benefits/ay3r2ti/

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Yeah, in the same way it's unfair that Chicago controls O'Hare and takes all the money/taxes that should belong to places like Rosemont and Bensenville? Ironic, isn't it?

Perhaps the taxes DeKalb County residents pay on their plane tickets, should come back to the community too? Why should Cook or Chicago get it? Why should we be funding a politically connected land grab in Peotone?

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/03/12/rta-sues-another-airline-over-sycamore-fuel-tax-agreement/aji5h9v/

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So apparently "Clean-Up" means different things to different people. TMI has not be cleaned up, go to the point where the accident occurred, you will die. TMI has be "Contained" within the building, and within the site. Brushing the dirt under the rug really doesn't get the room clean.

Fukushima has not been contained, the core material has burned through the reactor vessel and is now somewhere on the floor in what presumably was the dry well, or burned further into the ground below. But they've been pumping water into that space to keep it cool for THREE years, and that contaminated water is a) leaking directly into the environment, and b) being stored in large tanks, which c) themselves are leaking. So no real containment, no effective clean-up, perhaps some attempt at mitigation. Don't expect to visit a safe green field site any time in my life, or those of several generations, expect a bottomless pit of expenditure to deal with it. A bunch of people will get very rich working on cleaning things, many will die, and many with have cancer and birth defects, and need expensive treatment.

The US and UK have experience decommissioning and demolishing nuclear reactors, and fuel processing installations/plants, ones where the systems have NOT catastrophically malfunctioned. These places were designed to contain, they were not designed for disassembly, and demolition, rather an abandon-in-place mentality. What does clean-up in this context mean? Well it means taking the most contaminated stuff and DUMPING IT SOME PLACE ELSE.

The US has spent billions and billions on dealing with cold war nuclear waste, the Hanford Reservation in Washington State, and the WIPP facility in New Mexico both have serious problems with the containment of this waste material. Nevada's Yucca Mountain was supposed to be a potential dump site, perhaps some $100B there, and that appears to be wasted as there are forces pushing to abandon the project.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/03/09/japan-sees-future-business-in-fukushima-cleanup/a3mqmda/

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Cortland, decades of inept governance, the local officials should be really proud...

9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2014/02/14/cortland-paying-court-settlement-with-waste-management-money/aln675l/

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Ok, this sounds a lot like whining, men are turned off by whining. What will work is a demonstration that their beliefs/perceptions are actually incorrect. If you want the situation to change you're going to need to start your own VC, with your own investment philosophy and demonstrate it's a winning strategy. If you can't do that, then the market is simply demonstrating to you that you are in fact wrong, not the "men" who aren't giving you what you want, when you want it.

VC's are looking for winners, demonstrate your startup is a winner, and you'll get funded by those that recognize it. You might have to break one window at a time before you get to the ceiling. What's abundantly clear is that politicians and community agitators aren't good at picking winners, and should stop telling us we need to meet some arbitrary quota representing some equality in outcome.

1 year, 4 months ago on Listen to our PandoWeekly interview with Catherine Bracy about inequality in Silicon Valley

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Let me think, they fired half their staff, destroyed the revenue stream, made an odd statement which pushes tablet/mobile use cases under the bus. I'll pivot and rearrange the deck chairs.

1 year, 6 months ago on Condition One founder unexpectedly kills business model, lays off half of its staff

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@katherine susan The RAM was more of a defect of the Intel's Atom chips which don't do more than 2GB in the chipset. The AMD C50 and C60 chipped Acer's came with Win7 x64 and 2GB, will take 8GB SODIMM's no problem, if Acer had mounted the second SODIMM socket 16GB would have been simple.

1 year, 9 months ago on As ereaders and netbooks fall, “good enough” goes with them

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@libssd You focus on Intel Atom netbooks which typically came with XP or Win 7 (Non) Starter 32-bit, and were architectural limited to 1 or 2GB of RAM. Acer's AMD netbooks started at 2GB Win7 Home 64-bit and were all expandable to 8GB of RAM, and had 11" 1366x768 screens. And while not rockets, they sucked considerably less than the Intel ones. That they often cost $150-$299 represented utility over speed.

1 year, 10 months ago on Why are Chromebooks so popular on Amazon?

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@matthewcmoore Indeed, and WalMart and Target generally have more competitive pricing than BestBuy to start with, which also skews the results. I have a Target Red Card, so get 5% off purchases with that, and free shipping. Target's main problem is very thin stock levels, and lack of a Will-Call online ordering. WalMart's issues are ones of localized pricing, where different stores within say a 30-mile radius often have very different pricing, store managers have some control, and price differences with the online site pricing. Many of these can be resolved by talking to a CSM, or simply Will-Calling a product for in store pick up. This tends to be a "hey look at this pricing on my smart phone", and not some protracted argument with a blue shirted drone.

BestBuy has Will-Call, but it's not as slickly performed as WalMart. Stock levels, and site vs store pricing is a problem, I think they are using a system from the 60s or 80s, rather than the 21st Century. Pricing is generally competitive for On-Ad merchandise, the local WalMart has been aggressively down pricing CD/DVD release to match BestBuy pricing automatically.

1 year, 11 months ago on Showrooming is real, Best Buy is the big loser, and Amazon is eating everyone’s lunch

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 @JenniferSiegler Then again, I've need understood the vast sums wasted by Big Cola pushing brands that even those dwelling under rocks are familiar with. The ROI has to be below the noise floor of any measurement metric.

 

It's a product available everywhere, and when you want a choice the darn restaurant chain has already made the biggest one for you.

2 years ago on Resistance is futile. Yet, they resist: How Madison Ave. wastes clients’ money by denying reality

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 @dewaynelehman Enjoying my non-contract Galaxy S II, on T-Mobile's 4G, perhaps $40/m for unlimited talk/text/data, a fraction of what VZ has every offered me. I rarely miss the coverage VZ had, but I'm sure glad to be off their tinny voice channel. I'm not sure why everyone hates T-Mobile.

 

HSPA+42 works fine for me, VZ can keep their LTE, crapware and contracts, screw them.

2 years ago on The Nexus 4 is a warning: If you’re going Android, you’re following the carriers’ rules

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 @joewardpr Indeed. Absolutely no benefit to Amazon to buy NetFlix, I'm not sure the customer base has much value, a bunch of people have both, the players usually support both, if you can sign up for one you can figure out the others. If NetFlix went away, or hiked it prices tomorrow, I'd get the rest of the family switched over in a jiffy.

2 years, 1 month ago on Netflix must ponder its endgame strategy

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 @thegraphicmac It's frustrating that the content providers just don't get it, there is plenty of ways to monetize their wares, but the just keep whining about piracy and torrents.

 

A lot of things I want to watch are either unavailable, or via DVD only. Amazon Prime streaming gets a lot of that business, either via their free or rental content. I'd probably drop Netflix completely if my daughter didn't enjoy all the children's series and cartoons.

 

When I just can't get the streams I want I'll get the discs and share them with my extended family, I'm not paying for stuff in the cloud I can't share.

2 years, 1 month ago on Netflix must ponder its endgame strategy

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 @doubleotech I don't know Sarah's motives, but she's on the money on this one. Honestly I'm surprised no one reached out to her from the company last week based on the accuracy she landed that punch. It's got to be one of the most monumentally stupid moves ever, and is compounded by the lack of some "Yeah that was stupid, let's re-up your subscription now with some sweeteners" email to the customer base.

2 years, 1 month ago on Does $15 Change Your Mind? Brian Lee Starts to Woo ShoeDazzle Customers Back

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