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Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 559

It's not easy money though. Considering there's only one machine of each type, you could spend more than a few minutes waiting. It's pretty easy to reach the threshold where it literally is not worth your time to deal with them.

Plus I used to have to take the bus to the grocery store that accepted the bottles, meaning it *cost* money to get them recycled that way. The bodega on the corner had all I needed to buy but they damn sure weren't giving away nickels...

Comment Re:Canada (Score 1) 214

The US already dropped that for meat at the behest of Canadian farmers, they felt demand in the US for their products was suffering due to the label. Ironic, because I would intentionally seek out Canadian beef, and I can't have been the only one. Now no one will be able to tell the difference.

Comment Re:They also stopped the monorail to airport (Score 1) 125

Wow, I was thinking "it can't be that bad" since I was in San Diego last year and never took a cab, but then I realized I used the complimentary hotel shuttle. Meaning tourists are largely immune, it only hurts the locals, great government you got there!

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 2) 559

Several states in the US have it, but the deposit is now laughably low (5 or 10 cents). It is only worth my time to chase the nickels now that I live within walking distance of a grocery store.

If the deposit were more sensible like a quarter, you'd get a heck of a lot more people returning their beer, water, soda and energy drink containers (unfortunately other beverages escape the requirement, like Snapple and Gatorade).

Comment Re:How about take away their guns. (Score 1) 369

Australia, Japan, and Singapore have very successful gun control programs... because they are islands, an have a more centralized government with broader powers. In the case of Japan and Singapore, these same differences keep illegal drugs out with much greater effectiveness.

The US shares a land border with Mexico. Considering that illegal drugs make it up here with great ease, I don't see how we would be any better at keeping guns out.

Comment Re:... and Windows becomes less and less helpful (Score 1) 527

That reminds me of how I switched to Mint (KDE Edition) on a whim... I needed to reinstall Windows 7 but gave Linux one chance: I would install Mint and if I could get all my Windows games working in Wine in 1 day, I would stick with Mint... excluding waiting for downloads, in 2 hours I had my Blizzard games and League of Legends running flawlessly (thanks Play on Linux!).

Disclaimer: I have a lot of Linux experience which may have helped speed this along, but I don't remember doing anything more than following the Ubuntu instructions for getting them to work.

Comment Re:Virgin Atlantic's 787s (Score 1) 194

That's funny... the job I had with a lot of business travel was salaried, so all I got was reimbursed expenses.
That said my current job has no travel, so if I'm on a plane it is because I am on vacation, and if there is work I can do while on that flight, it means vacation time I do not have to spend.

Comment Re:But but but.. (Score 1) 278

The idiot chemist who compounded fucking antifreeze into his drug should have gone to prison for manslaughter

I am guessing he got lost in the problem: we have a solid drug that we would like to dissolve into a liquid. He found a liquid it would dissolve in. Once he realized what his solution had done he committed suicide. Unlike the rest of the company which denied culpability.

Comment List of Cars Affected (Score 1) 157

Looks like only the ones that have functionality to integrate with cell phone apps:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

I have a uconnect as well but it is not internet enabled (predates the years here)... now I'm glad I cheaped out and bought used, heh... anyway it's simple enough to update the firmware on these things, IIRC it's just copy some files from their website onto a usb and "boot" the uconnect off it.

Comment Re:They get your foot in the door... (Score 1) 213

Agreed. However the fact remains it is an HR gatekeeper which prunes down the candidate pool considerably. The guy who knows his shit *and* has a cert will get raises and promotions quite handily in such an environment, whereas the guys who simply know their shit will never have made it past the gate.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

The irony of this is the "stop-go-stop" is what you're supposed to do on a right on red (stop at the crosswalk, check for pedestrians, pull up so you can check for cars, then go). People who ignore the crosswalk risk hitting a theoretical pedestrian or cyclist, yet by virtue of only stopping once (or worse, treating it like a yield instead of stop and proceed), they are less likely to get rear ended.

Comment Re:It's all about the routes, dummy (Score 1) 654

Plowing is as simple as putting a plow on the front of a train that was already going to make its run. Also trains generally can still run at their normal speed in a normal amount of snow, versus road vehicles. As for switches, the important ones get set on fire (the article also talks about electric heating elements on other switches). The problem of freezing switches was solved economically in the 19th century.

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