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Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 293

by Maxo-Texas (#49366923) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

The reverse is true to tho. Some attempt suicide- regret it then-- but then attempt suicide again later.

It depends on the reason. Is life shitty? Just lost your child? Just got fire?

Or is your brain just shitty? Constant suicidal impulses even tho life is going well? On a drug that enhances those impulses? Always in pain? Always depressed regardless of medication? Always feel like life is pointless even when nothing is wrong?

Sometimes the problem is chemical and there is little we can do to help the people. Sometimes, it's a permanent solution to a temporary problem and we can help those people.

And as you say, sometimes attempting and really facing death makes the person realize they don't want to die.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 293

by Maxo-Texas (#49365657) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Also, a lot of suicide decisions are based on impulses. There are many stories of people who took a suicidal action and then regretted doing so. Like the one about people in the emergency room screaming they want to live after they shot themselves or the guy who jumped off a bridge and realized the second after he did so that he wanted to live.

For all we know, that day was like any other. The co-pilot went to work thinking he was handling it. The pilot left the cabin and the co-pilot was unexpectedly overpowered by the urge to kill himself and he locked the door. No planning necessary.

On the parent topic- yes I think they should video and that video should be checked when a plane crashes or has an incident but wiped otherwise when a plane lands without incident.

Comment: Re: Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 398

by Maxo-Texas (#49363747) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

100 day moving average. Some folks use the 100 day exponential moving average. Results are similar. They tend to get you out of the market for the worst dips - and get you back in before missing too much of the rise. But-- you should never get out 100%. It's more like reducing to 25% invested (maybe 20%). Very hard emotionally to put money back in if you go to 0% in. Scaling up an existing position is much easier.

Comment: Re: Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 398

by Maxo-Texas (#49353853) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Unless you are in 15% of jobs- you'll be forced to retire.

Good thing is, worst case you'll get about 85% of your social security benefits. This could be fixed if they raised the limit to 500k salary and raised the tax by 1%. Pretty small change so the problem is partially theatrics.

Bad thing is, those will only cover about 70% of your needs so you will need something to fill that gap. Medicare looks in trouble. It could be fixed if the U.S. offered to pay for medical school in return for lower cost service as germany does to doctors. And if we broke the medical school cartel and ramped up the number of doctors like we did during world war 2.

Save hard- as in 50%. I did and was able to retire at 51- not on social security for another 16 to 19 years.

Another stock market decline is coming soon (probably in calendar 2015). Hopefully 20-30%- but it could be another 50% hit. When the 100dma crosses back above the 300dma again after the bottom- that's when you put the money in and let it rise for years without having to do anything. That will multiply your savings.

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 398

by Maxo-Texas (#49353813) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

So California Pacific lays off 500 existing IT workers to replace them with H1B workers who will be paid 2/3 the cost, forces the existing workers to train their H1B Infosys replacements if the u.s. workers want their severance- and forces them to sign NDA's if they want their full severance.

http://www.computerworld.com/a...

And people wonder why millenials are doing poorly in this kind of environment. California Pacific's layoff seems blatantly illegal (how can you say you need H1B's because you can't find american workers with the skill set when you are LAYING OFF EXISTING WORKERS to replace them with H1B's????) but many other companies are doing the same thing by eliminating jobs at site "A" and immediately starting up the jobs at site "B".

Look- if the companies were foreign companies- we might protect workers or at least get lower prices. But as it is we are expected to pay full prices for the product here while the company uses discount labor.

Here is a blatant obvious case-- will someone do something about this? At least the conservative talk radio is finally mad about the issue. In the past it was only the democrats. How many jobs have to go before something is done?

Why enter a field when you are directly competing with people who can go home and live well on $15k a year?

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 221

by Maxo-Texas (#49353759) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Aye... sort of irritating that the article on California Pacific laying off workers to replace them with H1B's from Infosys doesn't get approved for anyone submitting it and this gets approved twice. Laying off u.s. workers to replace them with H1B's. That sounds directly illegal and could be a tipping point in the struggle against H1B's since conservative talk radio is riled up over it too for a change.

Comment: The problem I run in to: Too many devices (Score 1) 159

by Maxo-Texas (#49351937) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

Too many devices.
Multiple tablets, roku, smart tv, multiple laptops, multiple computers.

If I change the password on one, I have to change them on all. If I have to change my system on one, then I have to write the passwords down.

It's not even "dumb". It's just reality.

However, so far- I've never had a password cracked and I haven't had a virus since "Your Amiga has Come Alive!" back in the early 90s.

I'm just not worth the effort most likely.

+ - Southern California Edison Lays off 500 workers- replaces with H1B Visa workers.->

Submitted by Maxo-Texas
Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "California Edison workers are being laid off and replaced with Infosys H1B visa workers. They will be required to train their Infosys replacements in order to receive their severance pay and they will be required to sign NDA's in order to receive their full payment.

This violates the premise of H1B visa's-- that the workers are needed to fill jobs for which employees cannot be found. The story is being widely reported on conservative talk radio as well so this event may actually bridge the political gap and bring about bipartisan corrections to the H1B programs

Full details:
http://www.computerworld.com/a..."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

fundamentally I share your pessimism tho for different reasons. Short of getting the population down to under 5 billion (and 11 billion is looking more likely), it's going to end badly. The particular cause is the only question.

But... on a day to day basis, LED bulbs are a win, win, win. High quality light, energy consumption so low they pay off in under a year under normal usage, and instant on.

I also have to say that the possibility for nuclear power is over. It's never been a significant share of world power generation and while nuclear is great- nuclear plus humans has a terrible record- essentially a major accident every 10 to 12 years with a resulting loss of use of real estate for hundreds of years.

Coal is actually worse (seam fires) and results in the loss of entire small towns and hundreds of square miles of real estate but it is well established.

Solar is projected to be down to .36 cents/watt by 2024. At those prices-- why not use it? It's like LED's. Lower than current power generation prices for several countries, it provides energy during the periods of highest power usage, has lower water usage, lower pollution profile (tho I'm wondering what is hidden from us that will become apparent in mass production). It's prices are still dropping rapidly (in part due to temporary subsidies). Installations are rising logarithmically and have passed an inflection point towards exponential growth.

The nice thing is- everyone benefits. If solar cuts oil demand by 5%-- that has a huge effect on the price of oil overall. Same for coal.

Perhaps someday, they will design an inexpensive reactor system that is reliable combined with a breeder reactor to reduce waste to 1-3% quantity. I think smaller would be better. And based on the new autoshut down modules. And with no way stupid or careless humans can fuck things up.

But really- 11 billion people is no meat for most people (which is not as good as vegans project), lower quality of life, and a fairly pointless existence with the high automation we have coming (sitting around consuming food and entertainment- no real work to do for most).

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

If we don't hit the brakes, we hit the tree at 60mph.
If we do hit the breaks, we hit the tree at 30mph.

Either way, we hit the tree, so why bother braking?

Or we can lock the brakes, go into a skid, flip the car, and burst into flames while rolling down the embankment because we lost control of the car while we were overdoing it.

It's a complex situation. Slowing down fossil fuel usage and output by 10% might be cost effective, slow the curve, give more time for other solutions. Also, producing solar tends to lead to solar being cheaper in the future. Which means it can replace more fossil fuel. As a bonus- inexpensive solar power depresses the price of fossil fuel and so the more expensive oil isn't drilled and pumped yet. So less expensive home heating, fossil electricity, and gasoline.

Comment: Re:Why vote when outcome is obvious (Score 1) 1089

by Maxo-Texas (#49307573) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I'm just saying I can understand why people stop voting when the game is rigged so well that less than 1% of elections matter whether they vote or not (and that was for a state rep position- nothing national).

Sure- some people will play against overwhelming odds- or vote when it rarely matters. But I hope you can see how many just say, "Screw it- I'm going to sleep in, go on vacation, just work over time, stop beating my head against the wall because of some tiny chance that it might make some tiny difference".

Voter turnout is higher when it matters.

I vote. But I can easily understand how disillusioned (and effectively disenfranchised) voters stop voting.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"

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