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Comment: Re:In Reverse (Score 1) 75

by Nidi62 (#48441161) Attached to: Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

I actually suspect that the majority of life - and intelligent life - in the universe is probably ocean-based. If ever space aliens visit us, unlike the movies, I suspect their spaceships may be more likely to be like sealed aquariums than an air-breathing setup. I've never seen this idea reflected in science fiction though.

In the later books of the Lost Fleet series, they come across an alien race that is aquatic, with ships that are much more maneuverable than human ships. They theorized that the ships were in fact filled with water which allowed them to make more radical movements.

Comment: Re:My predictions (Score 1) 267

by Nidi62 (#48331741) Attached to: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

When, exactly, did Vader ever see either of the droids in the original trilogy?

C3PO was in the bag on the back of Chewbacca while Vader and Boba Fett were having Solo frozen in carbonite in Cloud City. So Vader saw him there. And could possibly have seen him in A New Hope after Ben died. Seeing as how C3PO is apparently the only gold protocol droid in the galaxy, Vader would have recognized him easily.

Comment: Re:College admissions is not a life-value system (Score 4, Insightful) 389

by Nidi62 (#48072691) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

You can go through life with just vocational training an certification with a nice paying job. Just keep in mind you will be the first to get axed and vs the low experienced degree'd person.

I work with people making over 50K a year, 40 hours a week, available overtime, 4-5 weeks paid vacation, annual profit sharing, and fairly regular raises, and best of all job security, all with only requiring a high school degree. To me that sounds a lot better than making 60-70k while working 50+ hours a week and not knowing when your job is going to be outsourced and finding yourself unemployed.

If you want job security, manual labor is exactly what you want. Plumbing, mechanic, welding, etc; all of these are jobs that require people on site, and require levels of competence and skill that preclude both offshoring and outsourcing. Managers with an MBA are a dime a dozen. A skilled mechanic with an A&P is a lot harder to replace.

Comment: Re:hahaha (Score 3, Informative) 155

by Nidi62 (#47914783) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I had a friend who worked in the finance dept of a car dealership. People would spend 2 hours trying to wangle the best possible deal from the salesman, beat him down, get free floor mats, whatever. Then they would walk into my friends office. How does $400 a month sound for payments? OK sure. And in 2 seconds they would agree to a loan at 12% where the banks would have given them 5%. And the dealer would earn an extra $3k on the car loan.

I went into a dealer just about 3 weeks ago, told the salesman I wanted a new car, was trading in my truck, and wanted to spend no more than $130 a month over 3 years. He almost fainted and then basically called me crazy. The sales manager even tried to get me to lease a car instead of buying. Ended up walking out of there with a new car(end of the model year) for $125 a month for 3 years with $10,300 trade in on my truck (KBB value around $9900 and needed about $2k worth of work-not including some cosmetic body work) and $2k down. Think I end up paying about $300 in interest if I take all 3 years, but plan to pay it off sooner. I save more in gas than my monthly payments cost. The trick was knowing what we wanted and refusing to budge from it.

Comment: Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (Score 1) 819

by Nidi62 (#47845571) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

How about some shareholders agreeing to make slightly less profit on their investments

Airlines are already notoriously bad investments.

Delta's stock price has increased 400% since 2009. That's 5 years. Still sure about "notoriously bad investment"?

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