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Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 254

"Really? I mean, really? Are you seriously expecting an employee without a high school diploma doing the most simple job in the world to earn the same income as someone with a Master's degree or PHD? Really? That's just plain nonsense. Remember that all they do is drive a vehicle from A to B. Something that all of us do on a very regular basis."

Oh the lol's!
My wife has a Masters and maintains a state license and had an incredibly more demanding, challenging and stressful job than I did. Regardless with nothing but a few years experience and a high school diploma my first job offer was nearly double her pay. Seven years later and my pay is nearing triple what she earned. Now she stays at home and raises the kids, which again is still more work, challenge, and stress than I put up with. While higher education is a big leg up in the tech industry it isn't a requirement to succede and certainly doesn't set it apart from any other white collar job.

Besides all of that getting and keeping a CDL is much more challenging than you might think. Then there is the liabilities involved as well in operating a bus successfully in the bay area. I know I wouldn't consider doing it for less than their asking.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 275

by Whorhay (#49139311) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

One of the big advantages of drones is that they are far more fuel efficient. The predator has a loiter time of 24 hours I believe, and the much larger and more expensive global hawk can do 28 hours. You'd be hard pressed to find a helicopter with that kind of fuel capacity. Helicopters are inefficient because instead of a large fixed wing they have several smaller wings that are rotated at very high speed. Planes are more efficient because their fixed wing can generate lift from the drones momentum. Predators are pretty cheap so far as aircraft go around $4m, and since it only uses a 4 cyclinder 115 hp motor it's very fuel efficient and hence easy on operational budgets.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 590

by Whorhay (#49137741) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

"Your responses are limited to stating the obvious."

That would be due to the fact that there are no complex arguements necessary here. The benefits and potential negatives of government regulation are obvious.

"Imagine how much better review organizations dedicated to health inspections would do."

I don't doubt that they could be as effective, but I doubt that they would. At the end of the day such an organization would have to get paid, and you'd have a hard time finding buisnesses willing to pay for regular and honest assessments of their facilities. Maintaining food safety standards is hard work, people are lazy, nothing complex about it.

"The question is what should hold them in check:"

The golden rule, which I guess you could take as private property interests. But it doesn't really matter what should, it's what is effective that matters. What seems to be effective is a mix of both governement regulations and private property interests.

"The world will never be perfect, but it can be a lot better than it is now."
"but government is doing a piss poor job at it"

I agree, my proposal though is that we work to fix these problems instead of replacing them with an entirely different system that will no doubt be just as, or more corruptible. Someone else in this thread was advocating privatizing ownership of rivers and such, the mind just boggles at the possibilities for abuse there.

The problem with the school is that it's just not economical to fix the problem of asshole parents. I suppose it could by fixed by putting a traffic cop there to hand out tickets for impeding the flow of traffic. But that'd mean pulling them off some other more proffitable revenue generating activity, now that I think about it I might see if I can push for this. That said the public school does care, they just have little they can actually do to fix it. Having backed up traffic raises the chances of a child getting hit by a car or something, not to mention parents like me bitching to them about it.

Comment: Re:Two things (Score 1) 128

by Whorhay (#49136953) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

I was able to watch the video when I went home yesterday and the method is different than I had imagined. Each frame is made up of a bunch of strips, which when stacked and pressed together form the cells between each pair of strips. To harvest the honey every other strip is raised or lowered by half a cell, which transforms each row of vertical cells into one long zig zagging channel which drains down into a bottom channel that flows out the end of the frame. This motion should crack, break, or loosen the caps on each cell. The bees will notice the damaged cells and start repairing and refilling the frame pretty quickly.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 590

by Whorhay (#49136753) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

If this isn't just a joke troll post you've got some serious ignorance issues to deal with.

A cook using their bare hands, or eating while preparing my food doesn't really worry me, but it is certainly a sign of how stringent the health codes are that such things can make a large difference in scoring. The michelin guide is not about actual food quality or safety, it's about pompous egos, I wouldn't trust it for anything other than a rating of someones ego, namely the reviewing agent.

I would hope that you realize specs are published by the same people who write the marketing material. And while reviews can be useful the advertising agencies figured that out a decade ago and have been using paid for reviews to manipulate that as well, and not just for their own products. Specs and reviews are part of the advertising, and even presuming that they weren't they only became broadly available via the internet in the last couple decades.

Like I said, creating and maintaining regulation is a complicated and messy process. Obviously people who have a vested interested in the rules are more likely to get involved in that process out of personal interest, which is all the more reason for the rest of us to actively participate where possible.

Yes, in a perfect world I'm sure everyone would do the right thing for society by voluntary agreements and whatnot. Unfortunately, we don't live in a world where that is a remotely likely possibility. Perhaps you are too young to remember when industrial pollution was a big enough problem that major bodies of fresh water were catching fire. Those issues didn't get resolved until the government started forcing regulations on industry. If you want you can actually go read current event news about this sort of thing as China is encountering the same issues. Very few people will actually do anything but seek their, or their families, own immediate best interests when they don't think anyone will hold them accountable. Hell I see this exemplified almost every morning when some dumbass insists on stopping immediately in front of the elementary school doors, instead of filling in the curb space properly, so that their precious snowflake has a minimal distance to walk. Doing that holds up the line and backs up traffic out onto a busy street.

Comment: Re:Two things (Score 1) 128

by Whorhay (#49132109) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

1. The system is very expensive in terms of normal equipment for bee keeping.

2. An important part of modern beekeeping is actually not taking all of their honey, unless you are deliberately trying to destroy the hive. My father has kept hives for 40+ years now, and we never took all the honey from a hive, we'd always leave a good portion of the frames or cells untouched. That is the hives food reserves.

3. Commercial productions use all that filtering because they are getting all sorts of extra stuff in the honey because of how it is harvested. When they pull a frame and cut off the caps bits of capping material and wax from the cells ends up in the honey. With this method I believe they are just letting the honey slowly drain out, which should disturb everything else considerably less and so end up with less contaminants. The commercial industry also does centrifuging to seperate different grades of honey, because people are willing to pay a premium dependant on the grade, which is mainly an issue again because of how the honey is harvested. The most humorous bit regarding honey pricing though is that people will pay dearly for honey still in the comb, often, many times the price of a similiar measure of the most premium graded honey.

4. Bees will go back to capped cells to add more honey periodically. This method will likely only partially drain cells because the caps prevent the atmospheric pressure in the cells from rapidly equalizing as honey flows out. I could be wrong on that though and possibly the weight of the honey will be enough to cause a vacum that would break the cap, which would elicit a more rapid discovery by the bees of a cell in need of filling.

I think that the cost of the system at this point will keep non-hobbyists from adopting it. With time though it could definitely improve to the point that they see commercial use.

Comment: Re:Plastic, huh? (Score 2) 128

by Whorhay (#49131843) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

Scientifically speaking, I've no clue but I wouldn't think so. I've never noticed a difference in taste of things like Ketchup, which is much more acidic, when it's stored in plastic vs glass bottles. The big thing that affects the flavor of honey is where the nectar came from, and since the honey is still being produced by tens of thousands of bees swishing their little hearts out, the flavor should be the same.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 590

by Whorhay (#49129473) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

"Really? Can you give actual examples of how "players cheat" in the absence of government regulation?"

Well technically it might not be cheating if there isn't a formal rule against it, because in the absence of regulation perhaps there is no formal rules. That said restaurants not subject to a health code would probably be much more dangerous to the public. How about the truth in advertising laws, though they are rather weak. There are historical examples of false advertising that are just astounding that anyone could be so dishonest.

Fair regulation is an ever evolving thing, because our society and business is always changing. The process of creating and updating regulations should involve every day citizens, elected politicians, the affected businesses, and any other special interest groups with skin the game. The goal of those regulations should be to strike a balance between public and personal safety, barriers to entry, the environment, profitability, and a slew of other things I can't think of just now in my post lunch coma. Regulation can very obviously be bad and just as obviously good, the quality of regulations is normally the problem, and it's just something that you have to work at constantly and will probably never be perfect. Just having discussions like this is an important part of that process.

Comment: Re:A few pluses and minuses (Score 1) 251

by Whorhay (#49127803) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

"Of course there's always the zombie apocalypse scenario where electricity would be hard to come by, but until then, the e-reader provides a lot of utility ."

Even in a zombie apocalypse charging usb devices shouldn't be that difficult. There are solar powered chargers cheaply and readily available all over the place which should get you through the first few years. After that infrastructure like electricity, computers and printers should become more available as people establish fortified settlements.

Comment: Re:Non-readers love "real books" (Score 1) 251

by Whorhay (#49127149) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

I can definitely see the advantages that hard copy text books would have over e-ink displays. I don't do much reading of that sort anymore though and so my kindle suits me very well. It has a built in light if I'm reading in a darker space, I can adjust the font size if my eyes are tired, and it is smaller than many of the books I read physically. I can keep a whole library on it at any given time so that I can pick what I want to read based on the time I have, I like to read short stories on my lunch break, but I can read novels with larger blocks of time, all from the same device instead of carrying multiple books.

Comment: Re:I refute (Score 4, Interesting) 238

by Whorhay (#49122185) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

I don't know if protiens from peanuts are passed through to the fetus or not. But our pediatrician did say that such protiens do make it into the breast milk. Which makes me wonder if there has been any correlation shown between allergies and breastfeeding, either positive or negative.

Comment: Re:Since when... (Score 1) 400

by Whorhay (#49121299) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Yes, and no.

For any governemnt or agency to get away with something like this in the long term they need to have some kind of legal authorization to which they can point their employees. In the case of the NSA they were successful for a relatively long time given the numbers of employees involved before they had one that didn't agree with the legal reasoning and had the guts to expose is. The smaller the project is the less important it is to have the legal basis for your activity because you can limit involvement and oversight to people who are more sympathetic to your actions. The larger the project gets though the more people get involved the higher the likelyhood that you will get an employee like Snowden, who is willing to expose your project and legal reasoning to the whole world.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe