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Comment Re:I won't attend the laying in state, but I appro (Score 4, Informative) 438

He did not believe the Constitution was a living document to be interpreted with the evolving standards of modern times. And he was wrong.

To the extent that he actually believed what you think he believed, he was right. If you can't muster support for a constitutional amendment, you have no business change the constitution in the name of reinterpretation.

Comment Re:Neglecting to care (Score 1) 65

For people whom I know but don't have an email address for (or their address might have changed)
To rediscover people I know but forgot about (plenty of those). I could ask for and save businesscards from every person I meet but LinkedIn is just that much handier.
To keep track of people; I don't have contact with every single person in my network on a regular basis, and it's handy to know if they change jobs or switch companies. That's one of the good things of social networks: you don't have to keep your contact list up to date, your contacts will do that for you.

Comment Re:Loss of Couch CoOp (Score 1) 49

The last POS I bought was Destiny. CoD, Resistance 3, Crisis, MoH, etc are ok games. But I just can't get the feeling out of my head that I had more fun 8 years ago. The last fun games I played were Lost Planet 2, Army of Two, and Gears of War.

I just replayed LP2 on PC because it was recently on sale, holy crap it's so much nicer playing with a mouse and keyboard, shock amazement. As it turns out, LP3 is pretty good too. Not as good as you would have expected a sequel to LP2 to be, but the production value is very very high.

Comment Re:Neglecting to care (Score 1) 65

In my last position I needed to find certain professionals in other companies from time to time, and "cold call" them (no, nothing to do with marketing or recruitment). LinkedIn actually made that very easy, certainly easier than going in through the front door and the receptionist, and no one minded being contacted in that way. Sometimes I found a mutual connection to introduce me to the other person. Similarly, several people from ther businesses found and contacted me through LinkedIn. It's a good tool for business networking if you treat it as a service for just that, and limit your connections to people whom you actually know.

I have the same mixed feelings about LinkedIn as I have for Apple: I don't like their corporate policy but I do use their products because I find them very useful. As for them selling on the data: all of my data on their service is a matter of public record anyway. And that's how you should treat any social network: everything you put on there and (not unimportantly) what you do in there is public, mined and/or sold.

Comment Re:testing frameworks (Score 1) 65

Meh. Some endorsements I got on LinkedIn make sense, others don't. The more useful ones are from people who took the trouble to write a short recommendation for me instead of treating endorsements as "like" buttons. And this has been my experience with my yearly appraisals as well, back when I was an employee. Most managers just tick a few boxes while only a few of them take it seriously.

Comment Re:Are there better uses for this technology? (Score 1) 113

As I recall compressing and storing hydrogen is a very expensive process. One problem is that hydrogen likes to destroy most metals. Any piping, compressor, or container must be made of expensive metals or lined with glass or something.

While this is true, the really expensive part is the high-pressure tank. It has to be fairly extreme to actually hold the hydrogen, let alone the issue of sealing it against the gas which is basically a solved problem. We already are using expensive alloys for common engines now that gasoline direct injection has become common. The big difference in practice now is that a gas tank is stamped out of sheet metal and costs basically nothing, and a hydrogen tank is made out of carbon fiber and titanium or aluminum and costs a bundle.

I might be mistaken but hydrocarbon liquids can store hydrogen in a much smaller space than any compressed gas.

It's true. The problem is, burning them produces undesirable emissions. When you burn hydrogen gas you get water vapor and heat out the other end; the emissions truly are cleaner than the intake air. When you burn gasoline you get soot and carbon monoxide. You can minimize the CO, you can reduce the soot, but you can't make them go away. When you burn diesel you get less of everything but NOx, but then you get NOx. So what do you burn? Probably the "best" thing would be methane. It has similar energy density problems to hydrogen, but it has dramatically lower pressure requirements and it doesn't require exotic alloys. Any gasoline engine can be converted to run on it fairly cheaply, at least in theory. (Doing it very cheaply requires automaker cooperation and a vehicle with a reprogrammable PCM, but you can do it "from scratch" without much cash outlay to carbureted vehicles as well — and basically turn them fuel-injected in the process, or you can just use a vacuum-controlled gas regulator which behaves like a carb. Both approaches are commonly used in propane conversions. Methane vs. propane means a very slightly different working pressure, and different injector timing or regulator adjustment.

Comment Re:But that would destroy the economy! (Score 2) 183

If people can store cash in their mattress, you can't jack up negative interest rates and force consumers to spend like they should! The flow of money to the 1% would decrease slightly! Won't anyone think of the 1%?

No, you just print more money, and hand it to the 1%. That keeps the money flowing that direction, and devalues the cash in mattresses.

Comment Re: Smart! (Score 2) 183

I can imagine many gov't entities that may choose to not accept 'cash', because accepting cash requires additional security that checks, CC, and money orders don't, requires you to keep sufficient change on-hand, make bank deposits, etc.

No, government agencies cannot refuse to accept cash for anything which is mandatory, and they can't refuse pennies either. On the other hand, if you think pissing off your local government with a shitstorm of pennies is a good idea, you've got another think coming. The definition of legal tender is that you can use it to settle a debt. If someone doesn't want your pennies, they have to tell you before you incur the debt that they won't accept them, same as how a gas station has to post a sign saying no 100s if they don't want those and they let you pump before paying.

Comment Re:'Reversable' (Score 2) 113

Or better yet just spill that forty of Old English 800 right on your keyboard

Eew. I'll have you know I drink quality microbrews, they match my neckbeard. Right now my favorite is Knee Deep, but I'm a hophead.

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