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Comment: Re:How Much? (Score 1) 389 389

Are you kidding? Walk into just about any new car dealership in the country and they will take your trade-in and pay off your loan. Any balance over the trade-in value of your car gets rolled into the new loan.

A smart financial move for the customer? Only if your new loan is considerably cheaper (percentage wise) than your old one, but people do this hundreds (maybe thousands) of times a day, every damn day.

Comment: Re:Why isn't this illegal again? (Score 1) 614 614

> Ask yourself why the US has not flooded the market with foreign physicians?

Obviously I don't know where you live, but in my neck of the woods (in the US) the overwhelming majority of our MDs come from India. And I don't mean their parents immigrated here and raised children that were motivated and determined enough to become doctors, I mean born, raised, and educated in India. Got their medical degrees in India. Then they move here and set up practice.

My primary care physician is Indian, my dermatologist (and her husband, also a dermatologist) are Indian, my allergist is Indian, and my gastroenterologist is Indian. I haven't been to a non-Indian doctor for 11 years.

Obviously I believe they are capable, otherwise I would intentionally seek out non-Indian doctors, and I have no idea if they have had any impact on what a doctor is paid locally, just pointing out that being "organized" appears to have had no affect on the ability to bring in foreign doctors.

Comment: Re:If it sounds too good to be true (Score 2) 243 243

I feel like the best application, if this works as promised, is to raise NIMH cells from 1.2v to 1.5v. Sure, they work just fine in most applications, but for some they are borderline or don't work at all. I'm thinking specifically of my camera that will only work with Alkaline or NiCad.

Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 500 500

Congress critters already spend the majority of their time and attention on gathering funds and planning for their after-government service life.

Putting in a reasonable limit (I would say 3 terms) would allow them enough time to keep the status quo financially; meaning those inclined to do so will get rich from back room dealings and insider trading, as well as moving into lobbying positions post term.

However, what it will do is break up the dynasties. It will rotate the people at the heads of the various committees so that you don't get people who are too powerful to cross. It would also encourage a more open platform, as not everyone can campaign on the same issues.

And for the non-corrupt, the good guys, 3 terms gives them enough time to accomplish whatever it is they were going to accomplish, or to figure out that they will never get it done.

Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 500 500

The main problem with the basic income is that it pretends that tax payers are completely rational. Even if you lay out the argument in plain terms that explains how giving someone else $10 will in the end save them $1 from what they are spending now, they will balk at the idea.

If you institute basic income, a very good portion of the wealthy in this country, the people with true mobility, will either move their income out of the country or find more reasons to avoid contributing.

And the ever shrinking middle class cannot afford to pay for everything.

Comment: Re:The new definition of Diplomacy (Score 1) 164 164

I enjoyed your well reasoned and thorough argument, which I imagine was delivered in an even and temperate tone, with it's occasional turrets style invectives. I want to believe you use the same style when talking with your spouse, attending formal functions, at work, and at the PTA.

Comment: Re:If we're all going to take Adderall... (Score 1) 407 407

Vacations are mandatory, 30 days per year (6 weeks in US terms) +1 extra day for Christmas.

I see the argument for paid days off, but it never seems to be an apples to apples comparison. I would like to know how my shitty American job really stacks up against, say the typical German job that has these built in minimums.

How many sick days do you get? How many paid holidays (vs personal days).

Officially, I only get 20 days of leave a year (26 after I have been there another couple of years). So that's 4 weeks. But I also get 10 paid federal holidays, so technically that's 6 weeks. But I also get 13 days of paid sick leave per year that can be taken pretty liberally (like if I know I will have a hangover the Monday after the super bowl, I can schedule that sick day in advance).

So how does that stack up, does my 6 weeks equal your six weeks? Or do I actually have 8.5 weeks if you count the sick. In two years I will my 10 weeks of leave be a good number?

Comment: Re:No more ports! (Score 1) 450 450

Isn't this something that the higher frequency standards (like 50Ghz wireless) are supposed to help with?

The signal doesn't propagate very far, probably even through cube walls. The channels are tiny, so you could fit a ton of devices next to each other. And the speed is ridiculous, so you could dedicate a huge margin to redundancy and error correction without producing much latency.

Comment: Re:How can this work? Even with 4000 satellites? (Score 1) 115 115

I think leaving out the polar regions would account for more than 1/6th of the surface area if using equatorial orbit.

Of course, they may be using polar orbits and choose to leave out orbits over the ocean or land that doesn't have much population.

Or, they could use Tundra orbits and just drop the satellites on top of the areas they wish to provide coverage to.

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Comment: Re:Idle speculation (Score 1) 115 115

This may have more to do with the recent spectrum sale shenanigans. Small companies get a significant discount on the auction, so big companies make deals with small companies to buy the spectrum and split the savings difference.

If you disallow people that have zero intent to use the spectrum (like the small company that didn't exist a year ago and only owns stuff on paper), then you force the big company to compete directly.

This helps SpaceX because they can get the small company discount and not have to compete with large companies that use underhanded tricks to get the discount, and it also helps the taxpayer as the big boys have to pay the full rate if they win.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681 681

Your program should be discredited. The only thing an EE might have, understanding wise, over a CSCI would be basic electrical theory; which is covered in Physics and should have been part of your CSCI curriculum. As the only CSCI in an engineering firm almost entirely comprised of EE's, you might be surprised at just how little they actually understand.

My CSCI program covered everything from theory (basic logic, Karnaugh maps, finite state automata, etc.) to designing a simple computer (processor, memory, storage, etc.) using Verilog. We then modeled/emulated our computers and built compilers for them in a later course. Then, in another course, we built an OS with that compiler which ran on our emulator.

If you think knowing Kirchhoff's circuit laws somehow makes your understanding of a computer greater, then you are sadly misinformed.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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