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Comment: Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (Score 2, Insightful) 712

The article is a summary of a larger proposal. Even in the article, they state that power generation will be transitioned to other fuels / sources, workers retrained, etc.

There's no mention of how they plan on doing this.

What are you going to retrain the workers to do? How are you going to "create job opportunities and prosperity for coal-based communities" ? There's nothing substantial in this article. These people think that they can replace coal overnight with unicorn farts and sunshine.

The coal industry is bad for the environment. Yeah, we get it. However, it's a major part of the economy and one of the leading producers of electricity. While trying to transition from coal is a noble intent, there's nothing of value in this article. There isn't any plan, there isn't even a good premise.

The article starts by saying "Would you make a one time $50 (£31) investment to save $100-500 each year?" Then it goes on to talk about the "benefits" that buying out the coal industry has. This isn't a good comparison. If I make an investment, I want a return on that investment, not some intangible benefits. If I want intangible benefits like a warm fuzzy feeling, it's called charity. Now, there's nothing wrong with charity, but TFA starts out talking about investments so now they're just misleading the reader.

They go on to talk about coal's "dark future" and how it's a "dead end industry." Ok, so let it die. There's no need to blow $50B on a "dead end industry."

Comment: Re:For A Non-Profit, The NFL Sure Has A Lot Of Pul (Score 0) 133

by Kilo Kilo (#46121605) Attached to: Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Those elite professionals who even make it to the NFL

Have you ever heard a football player speak? I don't really want to defend these idiots, but I think that some of them might not understand the severity of the trauma they're subjecting their bodies to. Most probably are too stupid to care, but they are actually getting hurt at work and their employer is denying that the job is causing the injury.

Comment: Re:At least Princeton... (Score 0) 193

by Kilo Kilo (#46058381) Attached to: Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise
I went to a private university. It wasn't horribly expensive, but it was a very good school. Everyone I know that's gone to a state college has gotten a much worse education. My coworker is a great example - he's got the same degree I have, but knows very little about basic engineering subjects.

The problem is that the state and community colleges are set up so that everyone can get a degree. The problem is that many of them don't need one. So many people go to community college because they have no plans after high school. And a large percentage of those people don't go on to complete a bachelor's. These people then wind up working somewhere where their degree is useless and they would have been better off going straight to work after high school, but they just don't want to.

The other problem is that many of the degree programs are useless. My father teaches for the "fire science" program at the community college and it gets a lot of students since all the volunteer firefighters enroll in it because it involves fire. It has almost no useful skills. If they had a program for fire alarm and sprinkler installation, that would actually be useful, but why would they do that? Does no one really notice where these people are going after they waste 2 years at community college?

Comment: Re:It's about time! (Score 4, Informative) 1431

by Kilo Kilo (#45952921) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
It applies in the U.S. as well. It might vary from state to state, but many laws say that the emergency vehicle must come to a complete stop if they do not have the right of way. A lot of FD's (that I've seen) have started training their drivers to be very cautious and drive slower, since there's a tanker rollover accident every other week now. Also, the newest fire trucks have their speeds governed based on their weight.

The cops, (again only the ones I've seen) have a habit of driving as fast as possible and don't like using their sirens, even when blowing through an intersection. This is based on my experiences driving fire trucks and ambulances.

Comment: Re:Math, do it. (Score 1) 1043

by Kilo Kilo (#45941037) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
It's not that 1 in 7 Americans would starve to death without food stamps, it's that 1 in 7 Americans are receiving food stamps. While I'm sure that there are some that really do depend on these for food, there are many that could get by without them, but accept them because it's a free handout. I see this every time I go to the grocery store (I'm in central NY); there's someone there, decently dressed, driving a good car, but paying with food stamps. Something doesn't add up.

What causes such an argument is that there is no stigma attached to the benefits like there used to be (this is what I've been told). If you lost your job or something bad happens and you don't have enough money to get by, you went to the govt for help until you got back on your feet. Now, people get these benefits and hang on to them for life. There's no incentive for them to not want the benefits.

When I heard this commercial for food stamps I nearly lost my mind.

Comment: Re:Modus Operandi (Score 2) 195

by Kilo Kilo (#45926497) Attached to: Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

Engineers: People who, when finding out that their system might fail in your horrifically substandard conditions, attempt to address the problem present in your conditions and incorporate that knowledge of those conditions into the system, both in your version and the future.

Thank you. The engineer bashing in the rest of the thread is disturbing.

I would probably be doing much of the same if I were in Musk's shoes. I'm a mechanical engineer and I design fire engines. Our products can literally be the difference between life and death and are used and abused for 20+ years. When something like this happens, we usually go overboard to address the problem, even if it was completely the user's fault and unlikely to happen ever again.

Why? Because this is what the customer will remember. Especially in a market like the automotive industry where a customer can go buy a very similar product from a different brand (I know Tesla doesn't have many competitors, but it will at some point) you want to kiss the customer's ass so that they will buy another one.

Comment: Re:Can't Plan For What You Don't Know (Score 1) 199

by Kilo Kilo (#45836947) Attached to: Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota
The Fire Dept's ignorance is their own fault. I can't speak for BNSF, but I have gone through training with CSX and Norfolk Southern. Both of those companies spend a lot of their own money to educate local FD's. There are tons of free training opportunities out there that most small FD's avoid because of the "can't happen here" mentality.

Yes, the Smallville-Rural Volunteer Fire Company might not be equipped to deal with dozens of derailed crude tank cars, but that doesn't mean that they can get off burying their heads in the sand. Even if your plan is, "secure the scene, call for better equipped organizations," you need to practice that. You need to do the drill for the once-a-decade event. Obviously you don't need to make it your priority, but you need to have a plan and practice it.

These kinds of incidents need to be wake up calls. Any time we don't learn from these disasters, we just guarantee that the next time it happens it will be worse instead of better.

Comment: Re:It is reasonable!! (Score 1) 489

by Kilo Kilo (#45759841) Attached to: Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

That was until the direct election of senators was allowed... then the senate lost most of its purpose and has increasingly become a circus act.

This right here. The senators now represent the largest cities of the state, rather than the entire state. I live in a rural area of NY. You never see Schumer or Gillibrand go anywhere outside of NYC, Albany or some of the other cities. They don't care about the rest of the state.

Comment: Re:So In Effect... (Score 3, Informative) 174

by Kilo Kilo (#45686665) Attached to: Cobalt-60, and Lessons From a Mexican Theft
Radiation "suits" aren't really a thing. There are some out there, but the only one's I've seen are similar to EOD suits. You're probably thinking of Level A HazMat suits which are chemical protective suits. People toss around NBC or CBRNE, but not all the words really go together, it's more about grouping together a bunch of very rare - yet very dangerous - threats.

Chemical and Biological can be paired up pretty easily because a lot of the protective equipment can be used for either.

Radioactive came to be separated from Nuclear because dirty bomb became such a buzzword. The actual fatalities from a dirty bomb would be relatively low, but the public's general fear of anything radioactive makes it a good choice for terrorists (using the strictest definition of terrorist).

Nuclear now specifically refers to a nuclear detonation and it shares some effects with Explosives except it has the added "benefits" of fallout.

Explosives is nothing new, but it gets lumped in with the rest because it's not an average threat for first responders.

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