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June 29th, 2010 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Jun. 29th, 2010

10:27 am - Cat Lassie

via youtube.com

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11:57 am - New York hotels try to outlaw AirBnB, short term rentals

This week, New York state senators vote on a bill that would make it illegal for any homeowner or renter to sublet for less than a month. The new law would be a blanket ban on short-term rentals -- no matter how ethical the renter is.
via techdirt.com

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12:05 pm - Plumber's Union blocks waterless urinal

Plumbing codes never contemplated a urinal without water. As a result, Falcon’s fixtures couldn’t be installed legally in most parts of the country. Krug assumed it would be a routine matter to amend the model codes on which most state and city codes are based, but Massey and other plumbers began to argue vehemently against it. The reason the urinal hadn’t changed in decades was because it worked, they argued. Urine could be dangerous, Massey said, and the urinal was not something to trifle with. As a result, in 2003 the organizations that administer the two dominant model codes in the US rejected Falcon’s request to permit installation of waterless urinals. “The plumbers blindsided us,” Krug says. “We didn’t understand what we were up against.
via wired.com

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