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Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 280 280

If the 401k plan wasn't tied to the specific company I might be able to see your argument, but given that it's tied to the employer and all of the things that employer could do (ie, ride the company off the rails) I don't see how it could be considered better./quote.401ks arent tied to the employer. you can take them and run at any time.

Comment Re:And it all comes down to greed (Score 4, Insightful) 280 280

When you bought that foreign car, you voted with your money that auto workers in that country are better than domestic ones.

a lot of fords and chevys are made in mexico, and a lot of foreign brands are made in US. careful when you fling your jingoistic mud.

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 64 64

fine. i bet the co2 level outside at street level is never more than 10% higher than up in the sky. the things you describe are acute effects. in that vein, you could put carbon monoxide sensors in cars in case anybody tries to off themselves using tailpipe gas. when people talk about outdoor air pollution they are talking about chronic effects like i just described.

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 3, Interesting) 64 64

further, co2 isnt' an an air pollutant. it doesn't cause ozone, smog, bronchitis, heart disease or cancer. we all inhale it and exhale it every day. it's the new hotness but completely irrelevant when talking about air quality.

I would put air quality monitors at schools nationwide. that would be very relevant. also an effective way to drive policy, think of the children.

Comment Re:Why does anyone care? (Score 5, Informative) 117 117

Why should anyone care about the power level, as opposed to the pulse energy?

people who have tattoos should care, for one. the ideal tattoo removal laser has really high instantaneous power but really short pulses. this way you get high power but low energy per pulse.

the tattoo ink breaks down better with higher power lasers because it breaks the bonds holding the ink molecules together. but by keeping the energy per pulse low, you're minimizing the tissue damage since tissue damage grows with the amount of energy absorbed by the skin. when you break up the ink molecules into smaller pieces then the immune system can flush away the bits into your lymph nodes. tattoo is gone!

1.79 x 10^12 furlongs per fortnight -- it's not just a good idea, it's the law!