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Comment Re:New rule (Score 2) 113 113

I play (intermediate level) competitive scrabble and this is how my wife and friends handicap me if we want to play at home. Frankly I don't mind it -- as a mere mortal without Nigel's photographic memory, it helps me a lot to keep the funky words memorized if I actually learn what they mean. Plus, learning that something is a noun vs a verb makes it a lot easier to infer if you can stick an S or ING or whatever on it.

However, I've found that people still passive aggressively rage when you're beating them by 200 points and explain that AA is a type of lava or that ZA is just shitty slang for pizza that no one actually uses, so it is an imperfect solution....

Comment Re:The problem is GAN1/4 (Score 1) 82 82

"Gan" would never be used for "it's nice to talk to you." This hasn't been a problem with automatic Chinese translation for the last 10 years, and I only ever saw it with "dry" being translated to "fuck."

Also, we're talking conversation here, not characters. Sure the Chinese word for "fuck" has homophones, but that is just a normal part of the Chinese language. There's no more reason they'd be stuck over "fuck" than a million other homophones, like how "shi" can mean "ten" "is" "stone" "lion" or many other different things, all depending on both tone and context.

Comment Re:Actor's agent is also an employer? (Score 5, Interesting) 88 88

Drivers don't really have the option not to take rides...they have to accept 90% of rides offered, or they're out of Uber. Uber also doesn't let drivers see the routes they're going to take ahead of time, just where the pickup locations are. Uber also sets prices that the drivers are going to work at.

So going with your analogy, imagine if the agent told the actor, "in order to remain an actor, you're going to work some unknown jobs at specific locations I give you, and I've decided you're going to do this work for 20% less than you received last time, and your only recourse it to quit." It sounds like a W-2 job to me.

Submission + - Apparent Technical Glitch Halts Trading on New York Stock Exchange->

edeefelt writes: Trading in all symbols was temporarily halted on the New York Stock Exchange floor Wednesday due to an apparent technical issue.

"NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols. Additional information will follow as soon as possible," the NYSE said in a statement on its status page.

A technical issue caused the trading halt, Reuters reported, citing a source. Trading stopped around 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Nasdaq reported no technical issues and said it continues to trade NYSE-listed stocks.

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Comment Lose weight (Score 1) 285 285

I recently had a high school re-union, and some people did look a lot older. I guess you could make a complex theory about how some people genetically age faster than others, even if their overall lifespan is approximately the same. However, the real determination was: "are they fat?" People who weighed more also tend to look older.

Comment Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 2) 279 279

No no no no no no no. You underestimate the costs of the new, and over-estimate the costs of the old.

The cost of electricity equivalent to sunlight is quite high. The cost of 5 story warehouses close to a city is high.

Sunlight is free. Water is cheap. Farmland in the middle of nowhere is cheap. Roundup is cheap/environmentally friendly.

Comment Re:The reason is more simple (Score 1) 688 688

You seriously think there are only 6 million Americans in mega-urban areas? What?

And you really think ICEs and "power plants" all the same efficiency? Of course different kind of power plants have different efficiency levels. Not to mention they burn different kind of fuels, and a direct comparison is silly. However, even if they burn off dirty coal, electic motors are more environmentally friendly. This is an easy thing to Google if you have any interest in numbers or the truth (I suspect you don't).


Please post less and contemplate more.

Comment Re:My next car will be an e-Golf. (Score 1) 688 688

There are fewer than 20 fast chargers in America? In the Bay Area, I see about 40 of them (looking at my cell phone app). The local Whole Foods has one, so does the local mall.

Was your family run over by a Golf? I see you making a few other extremely pointed anti-Golf comments, that have no basis in fact. What's the motivation? There are legitimate complaints to make about electric cars, why imagine things?

That said, the idea behind electric charging is more like, you charge it overnight, rather than on the road. Even a fast charge simply isn't fast enough.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay