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Comment Re:Please be an Onion link please be an Onion link (Score 1) 221 221

Internal combustion engines are at most 40% efficient, and a huge portion of the excess energy goes out the tailpipe as heat. You would reap far more rewards tapping the exhaust system for heat than the tires.

But then again, Goodyear is in the tire business.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 134 134

California requires guards, alarm company employees and private investigators to be licensed and to submit to regular background checks. Google has about 200 guards just at its Mountain View headquarters, which is plenty to warrant the extra work needed to run that in house.

Comment Re:Innovation (Score 1) 90 90

I wonder if any of the "innovations" from the last three years were his anyway. I would presume that Jobs would have 3-5 years of projects and products in the pipeline, and maybe more if he knew he would be leaving the company soon. So are we still working out of Jobs' notebook, or has Cook started actually calling the shots creatively?

Comment Re:not likely (Score 4, Insightful) 200 200

They are dreaming. We are thinking about throttling them here right now. Why should we let all those other sites suffer due to one service using nearly 75% of our bandwidth.

Customers are DEMANDING those bits. If you can't afford to keep those bits flowing, start charging your customers more.

Comment Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710 710

Most of all of this is entirely workers driven. It's not blaming the workers per se, except maybe blaming workers for not suing employers when they break the law.

Yeah, that's the problem. If you confront them at hire time, you won't get hired, so instead you end up working 50+ hour weeks, keeping secretive timecards, then trying to sue after you leave. If you succeed, you get a lump sum that puts you into a higher tax bracket that year, meaning you've lost more of it to taxes. If you fail, you get nothing and maybe have to pay lawyers for their time. Either way, you've now damaged relations with your new employer by taking time off during your first month of employment and eliminated any chance of reemployment with your old employer.

The real solution is specific plain-English rules sent to every employer by the labor board about who is really exempt and who isn't, followed by regular audits and massive fines for non-compliance.

Comment Re:What choice do we have? (Score 1) 710 710

The job market sucks, and it's never going to get any better. Off-shoring and abundant work Visas guarantee that.

...and the fact that Americans are doing the work of two or three people now. Why hire four IT workers to cover 24 hour days when we can hire one guy and just make him on call 24 hours a day?

Comment Re:Change is coming for car dealers (Score 1) 455 455

If you don't mind spending thousands of dollars on a generator that can keep up with the car's power drain, and the snickers of everyone around you when you pull into a gas station with your $100K EV to fill up the tank. :-)

Hey, if it's just occasional cross-country use, there's always a pusher trailer.

Comment Re:Classify net access as a utility? (Score 2) 343 343

No, not unless you would like your Internet access technologies refreshed and upgraded about as often as your water pipes or electric lines are. Which is to say approximately never.

Verizon hasn't seen fit to upgrade the maximum speed of the DSL in my old neighborhood from the 3Mbps that it installed sometime in the last century. How can it be any worse than that?

Comment Re:So a bicyclist is safer..... (Score 1) 490 490

Your vehicle registration fee doesn't even remotely cover the cost of maintaining roads.

Yup. In California, vehicle registration is a form of use tax and is based mostly on the value of the vehicle. Thus, a 2014 Smart ForTwo has a much higher registration renewal cost than a 1984 Ford F-250.

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