I can tell you as someone who has interviewed a lot of engineering candidates, PhD's tend to get a very skeptical eye. Occasionally you find a great one, but usually they are a nightmare of disfunction, and almost never anything in the middle. It is too bad we can't accept more of a skills based compensation model, instead of one that automatically pays a large premium for an extra slip of paper, no matter how much of walking horror show it makes you skill wise.
Even hospice is just trying to manage the pain and suffering while waiting for death to come. It can be an agonizing experience depending on what is leading to death. The loved one is often still miserable, just that the aim is not to cure/fix/solve the underlying condition, just to keep the associated pain and suffering managed as best as possible.
Plenty of terminal conditions do not respond well to pain killers (especially some cancers). Other conditions, like mouth/throat cancer can literally result in the person starving to death once they are unable to eat.
Nobody is mandating forced euthanasia one people, rather it is a modest request to keep options open when a sick or dying person really has no good options left.
I helped my grandmother in her final days, and it forever ended any doubts I had about the ethics of assisted suicide. Very little will wrench your heart harder than listening helplessly to a suffering relative curse and beg God to put and end to things. In the epilogue it turns out that all three of the family members that were present came very close to offering the entire bottle of morphine she had at different points. I wish it had been legal, I would have done so without regret.
Yep, you got it. When I run the math, it just is not in my favor yet.
I drive a truck now, and have been looking to get a second car to commute with to keep the miles off the truck, as I like having a truck but never want to have to buy another one. When I run the math on a Leaf, or Focus EV the break even point is way out there. $35k ballpark vs. ~15k for gasoline. At $4/gallon that is 5000 gallons of gas for a break even point of roughly 200k miles. Given my commuting use of about 5k miles per year I am looking at a 40 year break even compared to a 40 mpg econobox. I'll still be racking up about 5k miles per year on long trips in my truck. So for me, despite the desire, the math stinks.
I have seen this trend on a lot of the for sale Leaf's, commuting modest distances doesn't rack up many miles. Lots of folks end up selling simply because they change jobs and end up with a long commute, but the range isn't adequate. Sort of a catch 22.
Yes, you are actually totally correct. The problem we have today is we are in the twilight zone between automation and human control. A simple autopilot alleviates the pilot from drudgery and reduces fatigue related human errors. But we have moved so far from that to a point where it promotes ineptitude, but is not self sufficient for the hard crap.
I think we need to see rules that curtail how much an automation system does to just automate the drudgery (smooth level flight at cruising altitude) unless it is certified to do it ALL. Until such time that automated systems can handle bad weather, false sensor readings, and other crisis at least as well as a good pilot, they should not be given too much responsibility. The same steps are already applied to a co-pilot, he doesn't get the pilots seat as soon as he can handle the easy crap, he has to put in thousands of hours as co-pilot before he gets full command of the aircraft.
I got it just fine.
Wrong. There is Quit Pro Quo of talk to me and answer my questions or you are getting a fine. The cop has discretion in writing you a ticket, something that has always irked me. Having power plus too much discretion means that those of without blonde hair and a D-cup get more tickets than those those that do, and those folks who assert their rights can get tooled for doing so.
It really appears like all this mining for microseconds is a giant waste of resources, and very prone to corruption and mis-use. I see no value in it for 401k folks, or businesses looking to sell stock to fund new ventures.
Why not institute trading on a minute scale? Trades are all resolved between
I know there are solutions out there, but pure GHz means little to me these days. I want to actually do stuff with my PC besides play games and surf the web, my tablet has taken over those duties.
Maybe a USB Geek port so even my tablet can get in on the action?
While some folks choose to pronounce giga as jigga, it always makes me cringe and think less of them. Ugh.
Yep. If UPS or Fedex had a lost package rate anywhere near what the airlines do there would be riots in the street and mass lawsuits by big shippers who had to eat the losses. Imagine if you had a Jeff Bezos/Amazon using their rather large soap box to bash a bad shipping company.
How come such bad service and terrible (i.e. non-existent) bag tracking is just fine for airlines handling your neglige, but not OK for a UPS/Fedex getting it to you in the first place?
Heck, a $4 cable from Chine via ebay gets better tracking than my luggage on a $2k trip to Alaska.
Agreed, too slow, too many bland blue pages. At the very least someone with a half a days time should program up a simple algorithm to only display things that are not solid boring blue.
Effective marketing is often cheaper, easier, and more profitable than good engineering. Nuff said.
Like evolutionary forces, the free market ensures the survival of the fit (good enough to keep going), not the fittest as so many people have erroneously come to believe. Unless a product is bad enough to sink a company, the company will stumble on with the same folks making the next generation of products. Bad management almost assures that even if the company halves in size as the result of a string of bad products they will not actually fix their internal company problems, as management can hardly tell a good employee from a terrible one (heck they look on the mirror daily and fail to immediately quit for the good of the company...).
So the free market will never drive companies to perfection, only weed out the weakest serial non-performers at best. Even then, those weeded out are weeded out based on profit, not product excellence (see: Firefly). At worst bad companies will have other large operations that will let them subsidize terrible behaviors for decades in their badly run groups (see: Microsoft).
A lot of this boils down to the engineers often having neither a clue there is a problem, nor the power to do anything about it when they have a clue. A group of good engineers can be powerless in the face of an awful product roadmap managed by a pointy haired buffoon. See Putt's Law for many more details.
My yard has about a dozen random combos, which is awfully precise. Unfortunately for their business plan, f you want to describe the world in location, you need to have a system adequate to handle muli-floor buildings.
Oh well, cute and worth the 30s I spent clicking around.