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Comment: Re:Seems obvious now (Score 1) 210

Maybe I'm too hard on people but i don't worry one bit about a group of nuts committing suicide. Frankly some personalities are so mush like that suicide is justified for them. I also could care less that people misuse prescription drugs and over dose at rates higher than the yearly combat losses in Vietnam. If people are dumb enough to get high and perish from it so what? But for tax payers to be funding government officials who sit around and get big pay for worrying about people going nuts over popular TV shows and movies offends me. As far as conspiracies we really do suffer from some. I have no doubt that JFK's death was a government conspiracy. I don't like that. But it certainly should not cause people to have nervous breakdowns.

Comment: I Wonder (Score 1) 251

by Jim Sadler (#49734917) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
My area has frequent hurricanes. I do wonder how durable windmills are in a storm and how quickly they can be repaired and made to function after a storm. To me it seems like some way to fold the blades against the mast would be required. I've never seen any articles about high winds and windmills. Near me we need the type of strength that can survive near 200 mph. gusts and battering that can last for several days.

Comment: The Y of It All (Score 1) 150

Despite civil service protections public employees are well aware that pointing out anything unpleasant or defective to the chain of command can cost you your job. They will fire you not for what you do but create situations with which what you do will be unacceptable. After all some big shot selected the security system and he has friends in high places. Rock his canoe by reporting a security issue and you are dead meat. The only protections for workers rest in strong unions and a legal system willing to punish public institutions.

Comment: Bend The Kid (Score 1) 386

The issue is whether the kid should adapt or whether the school should adapt. The ability to print with a pen or pencil or even a finger in the mud can be crucial. The issue goes back at least 100 years when some people noticed that educated kids had far less memory ability than kids who did not learn to read and write. We have made certain mistakes and classes to simply increase memory as well as classes designed to require fixing on a topic with deep concentration have been severely lessened in the educational system. Even radical practices that have no place at all in modern life had some value. The great Samuel Johnson was asked about new laws (about 1630) that stopped teachers from torturing or even killing students. Dr. Johnson remarked that if one student is lost the entire school is lost. What he meant was that any student who displayed behavior problems or learning problems was like a rotten apple in a barrel of apples and would ruin the quality of the school for everyone. To that extent beatings and even killing should not be banned.

Comment: Schizo (Score 3, Informative) 316

by Jim Sadler (#49725683) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States
First the state sets up car pool lanes and asks people to share rides in the name of patriotism, monetary benefit and conservation. Then Uber comes along and creates a way to share a ride and the driver benefits a little bit as well. Then the state turns around and say oh no! This is rather like the politics of sex. Sex is sort of ok as long as one hides it away but God help anyone who charges money for sex. Going back to cars these laws have failed to take into account social media. Many people scour social media looking for people who commute to work and make deals to get a ride. I have a friend who goes to college about 100 miles from me. She takes classes three days a week. She slips the drivers $10 per day and she gets dropped off and picked up when they get off work. That is $30. a week for her and that $30. can help the driver pay for gas and enable the car pool lane use as well. And she has three different drivers just in case one is sick or on vacation or has a broken car. I see no moral difference between that and Uber and oddly where I live there is no way to travel county to county that is not massively inconvenient or expensive.

+ - Energy Source

Submitted by Jim Sadler
Jim Sadler writes: We just saw a report on the net about a new style of windmill that has no blades to injure birds. It is a wonderful invention as are other windmills. But there really is something missing. We see huge ocean towers with windmills at their tops. But below the water surface many areas have strong ocean or tidal currents that can provide even more energy than the air windmill above. These ocean platforms are expensive and the expense could be recovered far faster with water turbines below. There is a chance that research will prove that these same new bladeless turbines can harvest energy in the water and ocean currents tend to operate 24 hours a day whereas in many areas ocean winds die down at night.
                  We also see land energy farms using both wind and solar cells with large areas below. Could not a shrimp farm or catfish farm or some other form of income generator be installed below the collection or wind units. In my state a huge pond for water storage below a solar or wind farm would be to great public benefit.
                  Certainly many other people could see the benefit of doubling or even getting a third or fourth source of income for an energy farm would make a lot of sense. So just why are we failing to see this sort of thing?

Comment: Re: Markets, not people (Score 1) 612

by Jim Sadler (#49710589) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
Honda of China makes and sells a nice 125cc motorcycle there for $900. Here that bike would probably cost $3,000 but Honda won't even ship that bike to the US as it would screw up sales of other models. We have tons of riders in the US shelling out $25,000 or even more for a motorcycle. Oddly the creepy little 50cc bikes are the smartest deal of all right now. The weed eater like motors cost $100. so one need not worry much about a motor breaking. The transmission is the type with pulleys that swell and shrink and are super easy and cheap to replace. A new carb costs about $15. These engines have even been used to power a highly collectible mini car in decades past and at this time actually produce as much as 7.5 horsepower and that is more than twice what a Vespa 125 produced in 1960. Plus it is such a lite motor and transmission the bike needs less power than ever before. And we are talking greater than 100 mpg..

Comment: Re:Markets, not people (Score 1) 612

by Jim Sadler (#49710473) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
Sales people usually do not have to track down customers. Normally we have people who specialize in lead generation. Most tiny businesses either do not have time nor the money to hire lead generators. A simple example is that you go into a Pizza joint and pay a few bucks to the owner to put a prize box on the table offering free vacations. customers waiting for their meal to cook casually fill out the win a vacation form. A week later they get a phone call congratulating them for filling out the form. They are then told that the motel is free except for the taxes. The cruise ship is free except for tax and port charges and that the hotel in the Bahamas is free except for the taxes. It usually stacks up to about $350. which is a bargain and some people actually enjoy the vacation. They are required to attend a two hour presentation of a time share in the Bahamas. The cruise ships have casinos. the hotel in the Bahamas has some gaming as well. Both the cruise ships and the hotel pay the marketing firm and the sales person is the one on the phone that completes the deal. The sales person usually gets about $10. per hour and $100 per person sold. As these schemes are always on the edge of being illegal the sales room is not in the same state as the confirmation room which takes the charge card and finalizes and records the conversation. using two states confuses jurisdiction and creates a legal barrier to investigation. You could easily go out and put up a prize box with your cell number making a special offer for PC repairs. You'll need boxes and slips printed and you'll need to bribe a pizza joint a bit to display your box on every table. You could also go to hotels and motels and leave cards with front desk workers such that when a resident has an issue with hooking up from their room you can quickly come out and set up a better connection to the net for them. Offer the desk clerks $10 for each job you get from them.

Comment: Re: Markets, not people (Score 2) 612

by Jim Sadler (#49710401) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
Laissez faire has really never been actually tried. It is rather like capitalism which also has never been tried. If you think about it a bit some terms are absolute. It is like my sister being pregnant. She either is or is not. There is no in between. Free markets have never, ever existed. All kinds of taxes, rules, regulations and controls always exist to some degree. Even primitive tribes have taboos that restrict freedom of trade. The simple reason is that no group or nation has ever been dumb enough to allow a free market or trade. In the US we have a mixed economy and always have. We have social and religious customs regulating business or trade. We have taxation and we have laws designed to protect the public in place as well. Many of these controls are socialist in nature. We have no way to judge whether pushing more towards socialism or capitalism would be better for us. But due to technology beginning to eliminate human employment we have no choice but to shift towards socialism. But the worst of it is that society and government are not adjusting for what will soon be upon us. Rising seas in America will cause more social disruption in the next ten years than we ever saw in WW2. Your taxes are already being altered by planning for rising sea resistance.

Comment: Legacy (Score 1) 527

by Jim Sadler (#49708513) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
Harvard does give extra credit for children of Harvard graduates and they surely are also appreciative of wealthy graduates who donate large sums who have sons and daughters seeking admission. Also athletes may get some extra consideration and some areas of the world emphasize sports other than what we play in America. Factors like that may well completely explain the apparent disparity in admissions. There is also the matter of comparing grades when the quality of high schools in foreign nations may not be recognized or known. I would not want to be a lawyer attacking Harvard for discrimination based solely on the items in this complaint. I also wonder if Harvard reserves a certain number of seats for in state applicants.

Comment: It's My rant (Score 2, Insightful) 612

by Jim Sadler (#49706369) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
I have been hammering this point for at least a year and daily on Slashdot. Taxi drivers are also about to be eliminated. Fast food workers will rapidly almost vanish. School teachers are even more prone to no longer being employable. After all one Algebra 1 teacher can serve the entire nation. The challenge is not unemployment . Massive unemployment is a given. But as jobs vanish businesses will fold quickly. The REAL CHALLENGE is a complete change in social and economic policies so that people are well payed, not to work. Sales taxes will have to support the system as income taxes will be quite restrained except from the investment sector. If we do not do this quickly we are a dead nation. If we believe in survival of the fit over the weak then what we are seeing is that socialism is fit to survive under conditions that capitalism can not.

+ - Banks Conspire 2

Submitted by Jim Sadler
Jim Sadler writes: I'll keep it short. Why do banks, charge cards and others have such lousy password software? My bank allows twenty letters or numbers but not all combinations of letters and numbers. Then on top of that one can not use symbols or ASCI symbols in ones password. Needless to say pass phrases are also banned. For example "JackandJillwentupthehilltofetch1394pounds of worms." would be very hard to crack and very easy to recall.
              I can't imagine why such passwords would be so hard to handle for financial institutions and they have everything in the world to lose from sloppy security. So just why, considering that these institutions complain of mega money being lost, do they not have a better password system? Do they somehow gain when money goes missing?

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche