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Comment: Re:30 seconds isn't enough (Score 1) 95 95

I see your point, but that's not how many others (including myself) use email in an ever faster and shorter attention spanned world. This would probably also save a lot of, "Do you know where/what/how..." emails (and their pointless replies because you already found the answer) from going out.

Comment: Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 937 937

"The market is what the market is," which pretty much means, "let the market decide", appeared to work well for everyone in the past - because markets were more local, or at least kept within a single country. That way, when markets correct towards median incomes in a reasonably wealthy country, that was a good thing.

The problem today, however, is that this growing global economy with increasingly invisible borders (and enforcement) is putting Americans into a WORLDWIDE middle class. That means a significant drop in economic opportunities for the remaining middle class Americans as more foreign money comes in and snatches up assets here by more and more foreign elites that have squeezed more out of their more submissive and/or uneducated citizens of their countries.

Trade deals like the TPP sound like more of this trend - making the world's elites richer while pushing the rest of the USA'c citizens live like second world citizens in their own country.

So yeah, the free market works today - it's globally working all too well, unfortunately...

Comment: Jesus had this science figured out 2000 years ago (Score 2, Insightful) 108 108

And it's not like the "research paper" (i.e. the New Testament) has been lost to history, like so much other scientific data gets lost. Flawed as it is due to translation errors and redaction, "love one another" and "treat thy neighbor as thyself" hold up pretty well in 2015 AD as well as it did in 1,000,000 BC.

And it's not like he is the only in recorded history or philosophy saying this.

I guess my point is that while it's interesting to have actual data confirming the correlation between office environment and productivity is good to have, we already knew this to be true. Why are funds being wasted on such when there are so many gaping fiscal wounds in the world of education to be filled?

Comment: If it was political, that is sad (Score 2, Insightful) 419 419

(The following assumes that politics was the cause of not using Pu-238...) The toxic stuff had a half-life of only 88 years, and was encased in another element? AND only a few grams were necessary to power it for the entire mission? I'd expect that kind of fear and ignorance from politicians, but project managers overseeing projects like this need to cut through that FUD with facts gleaned from their knowledgeable subordinates.

I guess that going green doesn't always lead to a green light of success at the end of the mission.

Comment: Some good, some bad (Score 1) 389 389

I'd give up my control to an automated system if it saved time driving to and from work. However, I will not give up my privacy as a driver 100% of the time to ever use it. And I'd want to be able to turn off the system on the fly (like the automated system portrayed in the movie "I, Robot").

1) Traffic could improve with increased speeds, etc.
2) People will be able to use their time in their cars more constructively. Many will just use the time to dork around with their phones, but others will actually get stuff done.
3) There will be more living options as exurbs are made more attractive due to the ability to drive and work at the same time. (This could also bleed over into the auto industry as more comfort is desired for those long treks.)
4) Insurance rates will stabilize for those connected to the system.

1) When cars are programmed to travel at the same speed, anyone not on the system will no longer be able to traverse the system as easily. (Example: When photo radar became a statewide system in Arizona, most drivers locked into 65-70 - creating a rolling traffic jam for those who wanted to go faster.) Politicians, environmentalists, and fearmongers ("Speed KILLS") will likely keep speeds from going up, and this will create significant backlash due to the loss of freedom to drive "better" than others. The A.I. will have to have a lot of tracking data and really advanced logic or the system will have a lot of detractors.
2) Average employees will likely be expected to use the system so they can work and commute at the same time.
3) If the system works well, then insurance for people not on the system will likely explode in cost.

Side questions: Will carpool lanes give way to "autodriver" lanes as a carrot to get people to use the system, or because they are ultimately more efficient than carpooling itself in relieving traffic? Will federal, state, or local governments run the system? Or will it be private? How much data will be collected by those entities? Will that data affect other risk-related costs for individuals? Will people even need a drivers' license to "operate" one of these cars?

Comment: Ballisticrete, solar tech, better future proofing (Score 1) 557 557

#1 (hands down) - Ballisticrete -- I'd put it on the outside of any new home I may build. Ever since we've gone to stucco or other lighter, cheaper, more energy conserving materials, we've gone away from physical projectile protection that mud/adobe, logs, and brick used to provide. Ballisticrete solves that problem. 1" stops small arms fire, and 2" stops just about everything short of a 50 cal.

#2 - Solar lighting for rooms with no windows -- I have a Solatube in a 2nd bathroom, and it is great for savings and ambiance.

#3 - Solar attic fans running like a server tower -- With water lines in newer homes going in the attic in AZ (vs. copper in the ground), the tap gets DAMN hot in the summer - leading to a lot of wasted water from the tap. Solar attic fans that kick on above a certain temp and can be disabled in cooler seasons (to preserve the heat), and run like old computer towers (pulling in cool and pushing out hot), would save that water - and cut your cooling costs.

#4 - Fiber + Cat6/7 to every room. (I already have a central networking box for all networking and cable - an absolute must - but I only put in Cat5E.)

Less fancy "tech" that is just as important:

#5 - More internal storage/pantry space in the right places - A big, internal, temp-controlled food storage area (vs. out in the hot garage) is a must. And why would I need a 4th or 5th bedroom that's just going to become an unorganized collection spot for junk?
#6 - Longer garage for more utility; If possible, a 3rd car garage spot.
#7 - Grow more usable trees (fruit vs. ornamental trees for looks). Cut down on grass significantly.

Comment: Be good at 2 of the following 3 things (Score 1) 583 583

Be good at 2 of the following 3 things:

1. Be reliable and work hard. Be on-time to work and meet deadlines.
2. Be nice to everyone (i.e. be likeable). Treat everyone the way you want to be treated (presumably with kindness and respect).
3. Be competent at what you do - possibly even the best in the office (the "go-to" guy with the big problems.)


1 + 2 = The incompetent but "he tries hard", punctual guy that everyone likes.
2 + 3 = The cool guy that's perpetually tardy, misses deadlines, etc. but gets the tough things done and is a go-to guy.
1 + 3 = The talented office ahole that everyone needs. To the extreme: Steve Jobs.

If you don't do two of those three things, you'll be out of a job sooner rather than later.

Comment: thought of alzheimer's plaque buildup (Score 1) 42 42

Sounds like Alzheimer's disease. Materials that are not useful and build up in a healthy system, causing the breakdown or choking off of the normal process. And it doesn't sound like there's a cure for galaxies, either, other than a "Big Crunch" flushing mechanism (which has been generally dismissed).

Comment: Re:Let's just humour them (Score 0) 235 235

therefore around 4004 b.c.e.

In my limited experience with the acronyms "BCE" and "CE", they're mostly used by atheist intellectuals that arrogantly mock religious types. They with the same fervor that uneducated fundamentalists proclaim that the Earth was created in 144 hours (a crazy idea that was probably simply due to a mistranslation that led to the word "day" being used in the Book of Genesis in their Bibles, but I digress). Their arrogant, "it's time we moved past the whole BC/AD thing since we know better," attitude is annoying as hell.

The rest of the world usually uses the traditional "BC" and "AD".

Dude - Let the whole politically correct BCE/CE thing go. It's embarrassing PC that's run amok. It's inefficient compared to BC/AD both technically (five letters vs. four) and culturally (how many people would you have to retrain?). Besides, if you're throwing out the whole religion thing, why stick with the year 2015 at all since it is based in Christian tradition? Why not go with a more efficient Jewish style calendar with no demarcating year, starting with some year you think human civilization started and throw out the acronym all together? That would make more sense and ultimately be the most sustainable year counter for the human race.

Comment: Re:This is the wrong battle (Score 1, Insightful) 1168 1168

So why are so many gays being jerks about the exact same kind of thing?

Because it's not about freedom, civil rights, or some crusade to make our country a better place. It's about them feeling accepted. While some gay activists are level headed, others would stomp on the Constitution itself if it would help them accomplish that goal of being accepted.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau