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Comment: Re:Rand warning (Score 0) 674

by KillaBeave (#45887299) Attached to: The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
Translated for us 'Mericans

"In the US at least the middle class is the hardest hit by taxes, increasing prices, increased transport costs - everything. Those on low wages get generous benefits while the middle class get taxed. The conservatives give the truly wealthy tax breaks that others cannot take advantage of. If this will help people move out of the middle class to either of the opposite ends its doing them a favor. I'm sick of explaining to the kids that I cannot afford a PS4 for their Christmas because travel costs to work are going up and tax allowances being reduced, at the same time that kids of a single mother who works in Wal-Mart part time can easily afford it - and then tell us how a charity is giving them a vacation in the Bahamas in the summer. I'll be lucky if we can afford a week in Atlantic City."

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 5, Insightful) 1440

by KillaBeave (#44933215) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

A cop doing their job.

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This strikes me just like the cops back in college that would pull over TAXIS leaving bars in order to ticket the kids leaving the bar with public intoxication. Technically doing their job. Definitely adding incentive to the wrong behavior. It was "safer" to leave certain bars in your own car rather than in a cab ... I kid you not. This type of enforcement is making it "safer" for the texters to do it while driving ... harder for this asshat to catch them.

The incentive is certainly going to encourage the greater of the two evils ... and it could get someone hurt/killed. All the while this clown get's his name in the paper though for writing a bunch of tickets to non-violent scofflaws ... adding incentive to stopping minor offenders rather than actual criminals.

Comment: Re:How alert does the driver have to be? (Score 2) 333

by KillaBeave (#44695089) Attached to: Nissan Plans To Sell Self-Driving Cars By 2020
That's my issue with the whole thing. What I really want is selective autopilot. I'd love to have the option of putting my car in autopilot on the interstate and just taking a nap or playing with my kids int he back. We do lots of 500 mile 1-way trips back to grandma's house ... it would be great to just fill up the family truckster the night before and head off at midnight, everybody sleeping along the way. It'd kind of be like hibernation during interstellar travel ... except mundane and boring :)

Comment: Re:Some real lead haters out there. (Score 5, Funny) 627

by KillaBeave (#42510043) Attached to: America's Real Criminal Element: Lead

What a crock of sh*t! I grew up around lead, lead pipes in the house, lead paint, lead-acid batteries, etc. I haven't tried to kill anyone, and last I knew, I had a very high IQ (well, at least in HS, many, many years ago anyway), so this study is BS! We need lead in every day life. We need lead in solder, batteries, electronics, weights, etc. Lead is a very important metal, we can not do without it.

I am so sick of these environmentalist freaks, so sick.

So sick you wish to do them violent harm perhaps? :)

Comment: Re:Patent Troll (Score 2, Interesting) 253

by KillaBeave (#42177805) Attached to: Apple Patents Wireless Charging

Is any of Apple's current product capable of wireless charging? Did they develop any of the technology, as in doing the research?

Nah. The new Lumia and Nexus 4 can do wireless charging. Those happen to be Microsoft and Google's flagship phones. Apple's phones don't do it yet, so they want to sue this competitive disadvantage out of existence. I guess they are unable to compete otherwise ...

If you own AAPL ... it may be time to start selling it off and taking your gains.

Comment: Re:Some numbers to consider and research (Score 1) 926

Current industrial farming practices use 10 calories of energy (mostly from petrochemicals) to produce 1 calorie of food.

Contemporary farming techniques are heavily dependent on petrochemicals to produce fertilizer.

Contemporary farming techniques deplete topsoil faster than it will naturally replenish.

That said, there're a lot of dandelions and wild garlic in most yards (and more acreage in lawns in the U.S. than any single crop).

When you figure out how to feed people oil we'll be 10x as efficient! Only mildly sarcastic there. Just how many "calories" of solar energy are used to grow that 1 calorie of food?

(From wikipedia) The approximate average value cited,[4] 1.361 kW/m, is equivalent to 1.952 calories per minute per square centimeter, or 1.952 langleys (Ly)—or, in SI units— about 81.672 kJ/m per minute.

So for any plant that produces 1 calorie of nutritional value, every square centimeter of leaf area "wastes" the VAST majority of 1.952 calories a minute!

Bottom line, conversion losses exist. Solar energy is no more useful to our bodies as direct nourishment than crude oil. Energy is lost converting either oil (as fertilizer) or sunlight into a potato ... but without that potato you'll starve.

Comment: Re:Still Wrong (Score 1) 926

deliberate political policy

Today the statists have us burning our food, while simultaneously driving pig farmers and egg producers out of business with animal `welfare' regulation and high feed cost.

Naturally, when the crash comes it will be the fault of `corporations.'

I wouldn't say it's the statists burning our food, or at least in my limited experience it wasn't the case. I grew up in a rural Indiana town and outside of a single factory, the largest portion of its economy is corn. When I was in HS in the 90's there were a couple years when the farmers had absolutely huge yields ... so much so in fact the price of corn went through the floor. Having family members that own large farms, it literally cost them more to drag the corn to the grain elevator for sale in gas/time/pay for farmhands than it was worth. End result? Pile it up and hope the price increases. When the price didn't increase and it started to rot, burn it and take the loss.

At first I was a bit disgusted. After all, we were just talking about starving kids in Africa and Susanne Sommers makes a great pitch! But then I realized that in order to get that corn to the folks that need it, someone has to pay the farmer or HIS FAMILY will be the ones starving. (Maybe not literally starving, but they'd certainly lose the farm.)

Makes the ethanol mandates and their timing make more sense now that I think about it. A politician (or group there of) would be very likely to make the mistake "Corn is too cheap! Let's artificially create demand by using it in gasoline!" ... without taking into account the fact that not all harvests are nearly as good.

Comment: Re:Well, I was forced to serve them hamburgers (Score 1) 481

by KillaBeave (#41258421) Attached to: Chinese Students Say They Are Being Forced To Build Your Next iPhone

The only difference is that when I was doing it, we were doing it for the "country". Now it is for Foxconn.

There is a difference?

Since Foxconn is not a Chinese company (it is Taiwanese), I would say that yes, there is a difference.

To be fair, many (most?) Chinese see Taiwan as a part of China (if the news is to be believed).

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe

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