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Comment: Re:Bye Bye California! (Score 1) 1077

by LunaticTippy (#49739637) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Are you certain of that? Glancing at unemployment rates CA has been lowering their rate much faster than TX over the last 5 years. The gap is less than half what it was in 2010

If anything can be deduced from unemployment rates, CA is doing better than TX lately. I bet energy prices are going to cause some drag in the next couple years, too.

Comment: Re:Wait (Score 1) 395

by LunaticTippy (#49649483) Attached to: 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution
You're overlooking a few key facts. Most people have a caloric surplus which results in weight gain unless they go to some effort to expend energy. Many people join a gym or find some leisure activity that they typically drive to.

Biking to work eliminates the caloric surplus in many cases, and reduces the need for gym or other leisure activity. The math isn't as clear as you think. Bikers aren't always turning new calories into travel, they are often turning calories otherwise destined to turn into fat or be spent at a gym into travel.

In many cases replacing a car commute with a bike commute eliminates several energy uses for a much lower carbon footprint.

Comment: Re:I almost bought a 2.0 DRMed... (Score 1) 369

by LunaticTippy (#49648239) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods
If you have a dinner party and want to make coffee for everybody, please don't put pod after pod into the keurig. It is very wasteful and takes a long time.

Instead, drive to the local store, buy some bulk coffee and a drip coffeemaker, drive home and make a pot or two. Then throw the coffeemaker and leftover coffee into the garbage. It is faster, cheaper, and less wasteful than those damn pods. Plus, it will taste better unless you buy farmer bros.

Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369

by LunaticTippy (#49648137) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods
People have different tastes. I enjoy espresso occasionally, but the gritty particulate is something I have to be in the mood for. My normal cup is heavily filtered, I prefer the clean taste of nice thick Chemex filters. To me, the best tasting coffee is made from water boiled in glass, poured through a thick filter into glass, and drank from ceramic. I'd love to have a vacuum extractor to speed the process, but something can be said for making a time consuming ritual of something so enjoyable.

Comment: Re:Finance is a valuable activity (Score 1) 712

by LunaticTippy (#46306303) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?
An interesting counterexample is the Colorado cannabis industry. No bank will do business with them so they are forced to operate on a cash basis. They largely accept only cash, pay for all expenses in cash, and have been such an explosive growth industry it has created thousands of good jobs and rich business owners.

Comment: Re:Donated (Score 3, Interesting) 171

by LunaticTippy (#46231459) Attached to: Old cellphones, in my household ...
I sell on ebay, I don't have time to deal with meeting people in person. The few thousand is total sales, I usually give the money to whoever minus a bit for fees and shipping. I don't really seek business, but my friends keep upgrading their phones and telling their friends so there is a steady stream coming in, a few phones a month on average.

It is surprising how much they hold their value. Old blackberries, iphones, android phones typically go for $50 and up, even dumb phones sell. I like helping divert some of the river of waste back into productive use.

Comment: Golden handcuffs (Score 5, Insightful) 177

by LunaticTippy (#46151241) Attached to: At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...
I feel a little trapped in my job. Pay is OK, hours are 9-5, and in my mid 40s I'm scared of trying something new that might turn into 60 hour weeks or go belly up.

I've been through enough pointless death marches and had enough employers go under. Sometimes I think about pursuing something more exciting or lucrative but stability wins out for me when it comes to paychecks.

Comment: Re:Fish antibiotics (Score 1) 279

by LunaticTippy (#46143501) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work
Bunkers aren't for using, they're like a pacifier for paranoid types. They don't have to be logical or work, they've never been needed before so they might as well be full of action figures and styrofoam peanuts.

Before somebody pipes up with their "this time the world's really gonna end part 32767" if the shit really hits the fan, your bunker ain't gonna help you.

Comment: Re:A hard day...Mining bulshit (Score 1) 96

by LunaticTippy (#46102379) Attached to: Device Mines Precious Phosphorus From Sewage
Phosphorus shortages have already happened. A lot of farms suffered a few years ago when an intentional shortage spiked prices to 10x normal. There really aren't many places left where you can cheaply shovel high grade ore.

Aside from the supply, which is large but has already been manipulated, lets look at the pollution. If we can recover phosphorous from rivers for anything close to the cost of mining it this will be a huge benefit. We could reduce dead zones and improve river ecosystems which would have an enormous economic benefit.

If drifting piles of socks made giant areas around cemeteries uninhabitable and people remember paying $100 per sock a few years back maybe coffin-mining would be studied. I don't see any reason it is a bad idea to recover a valuable resource that is doing harm downstream.

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