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Comment Re:My experience ... (Score 2) 165

On local Craigstlist, I can sell LEGO for around $8 a pound (or up to like $12 a pound if it's mostly Star Wars pieces).

LEGO pops up pretty regularly at the Goodwill Outlet, where they dump unsorted donations in giant bins and you can take anything you want for $1.29 a pound. It's a good hobby and side income when I have time to spend a few hours digging through rubbish, and there are other interesting and valuable things besides just LEGO.

Comment Re:An Oscar in the works? (Score 1) 255

Once? Sure. But the same thing happened last year, and there were performances both years that those in the industry generally consider worthy of inclusion.

That's the insidious nature of subtle racism. One event alone might look normal, or at least reasonable, but if you have enough events to show a statistical trend it can betray even the subconscious intentions of the racists. In this case, the hypothesis is that the large numbers of voting academy members added in the 1970s and 1980s, many of whom are long out of the film industry, may tend not to watch certain types of films or favor certain types of actors based on the world in which they were raised in the 1950s and 1960s. It may not be on purpose, no, but it might not represent the frame of mind that the academy wants when nominating for awards. They would rather see nominations more heavily influenced by people who are still involved in the industry, and they'd like to make sure that those people are drawing from all parts of the industry, not just the Hollywood elite. So that's what they are doing with their new rules - not creating a quota system.

Comment Re:Recharge? (Score 2) 111

The subject is robotaxis. There are no drivers. The car can drive itself around for about four or five hours, then sit around all by itself for a few hours to recharge.

Or, more likely, they would use superchargers to recharge in 30 minutes in the mid-afternoon lull, then recharge fully overnight to be ready for the next morning.

Other options, like swappable batteries or electric cables strung over the streets to power the motors, seem less likely.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1, Insightful) 20

That's the thing about bankruptcy, after a debt is written off you aren't required to pay it back, even if you make a bunch of money almost a decade later. If it worked any other way, then it's not really bankruptcy, is it?

And they paid back all the taxpayer money. And those pensioners ended up owning much of the new GM. It's the suppliers to the old GM that lost out the most.

Comment Re:the diesel car has always confounded me. (Score 4, Interesting) 496

A full urea tank on our BMX X5d lasts at least 3-4 years (we've had to have it refilled once), so it's no where near "30 days". The idiot light is pretty good, too; the car warns you for 1000 miles (counting down) that it won't start when the tank is empty. Now that might not work for a long-haul trucker, but is acceptable for a family SUV.

Comment Re:90's sat tech (Score 1) 285

Netflix probably aren't too keen on the idea of paying people to puzzle over what compression would best suit each and every item in their 1-Petabyte video library.

I think they would just encode each item with every compression algorithm they support, then spot check with humans to find the lowest-bandwidth option deemed "acceptable" for a given viewing device and style of video. It need not be the same algorithm for each device; an animated TV show going to a Wii or a cell phone might allow for a lower-bandwidth, lower-quality option than streaming to a Roku or Apple TV, for example, and both could be lower bandwidth than a Hollywood movie. Their cost isn't in storing multiple copies of each video, it's in streaming those videos, so anything they can do to lower the bandwidth is good for their bottom line.

Comment Re:Summary (Score 1) 67

1. 1% of dinos could fly.
2. Asteroid hit earth
3. 99.9% of dinos died
4. 100% of all dinos can fly.
5. A few dinos get fat and heavy, or discover they are more suited to water than air.
6. 99% of all dinos can fly.
7. Chickens cannot fly, but product a wide variety of tasty and consumable products, making them easy to farm.
8. PROFIT!

Comment Re:Veto nonchange? (Score 4) 151

See the thing is, we've had a country for about 240 years. And in all of those years, Congress has passed lots and lots of bills, many of which were signed into law by the president at the time.

Most of those laws never expire, and most of those laws are supposed to be executed by the executive branch, but more importantly, most of those bills delegate lots of the details about how to execute the laws to the executive branch. That's generally how laws are written everywhere.

So, in this case, as in pretty much every other case when dealing with executive orders, the president isn't just making up laws, he is changing how the executive branch will execute laws in ways that were delegated to him by congress. It - whatever it is - is perfectly legal because past congresses and past presidents made it legal (and a court has never ruled it unconstitutional). If the current congress doesn't like it, they should pass a bill to clarify the law so as to restrict the president's ability to interpret it in a way they do not like. Of course, as is built into our system of checks and balances, they have to pass that law with a supermajority that is immune to the current president's veto or get a sympathetic president elected for their attempt to mean anything.

That system works fine so long as unrelated items aren't put into bills that have to be introduced periodically, such as bills to fund the government or raise the debt ceiling. Congress could have chosen to attach this to the continuing funding resolution or the debt ceiling bill, and told the president to sign it or the government would shut down and the country would default on its debts, and then maybe an unsympathetic president would sign the bill. Of course that could also make it harder for those congresspeople to be reelected.

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