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Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 148

I'm a soldier. We pretty much don't get sick days without some kind of surgery. And if I told my supervisor I was too tired to drive, he'd tell me to walk.

But I'm pretty sure there are more people than me that would pick coming to work tired over missing a day of work. Work puts a roof over your head...

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 4, Insightful) 148

I suspect laws will still prevent this for a long while, but I can think of two good situations to use automated drivers. The first is very long drives. In a few weeks I have to make a 24 hour drive. If I didn't have to stop to sleep, I could literally be home in 24 hours. Instead it will take much longer. The other case comes up more, since I'm stuck in a place with nonexistent public transportation. It can drive my drunken self home on weekends.

Even sober, long duration driving and driving at night (ie tired) result in a lot of crashes. Even if it has a failure rate, it will be better than most human driving anyway. I can think of times (when overworked of course) in broad daylight that I've fallen asleep at red lights. But I still have to get to work. I can't choose not to drive. This gives somebody like me the ability to get to work more safely, if not completely safely.

Comment Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (Score 4, Interesting) 650

It isn't Vietnam. The culture is different. And you wouldn't want to touch a local if you had the chance. Most of locals don't exactly live up to our hygiene standards to say the least. Most prostitution is of our own soldiers. It depends on the level of discipline in the unit whether that will happen. But combat units usually don't have females. My company did have a few females that were medics and other odd jobs, but transferred them out to avoid problems. Definitely the right call.

Comment Re:The studios send reel-to-reel films to the troo (Score 4, Informative) 650

I'm an army guy, so I have a different perspective. EVERYONE needs some entertainment/escape, but nobody's catching a ride to somewhere else for a friggin movie. That's why reel to reel doesn't make sense. The soldiers most in need don't have access to it. Soldiers usually have laptops. In Afghanistan, there are no copyright laws anyway. You can buy pirated movies through local shops by the truckload. They'll even let you bring back your pirated movies through customs as long as they are for personal use. ie, you can't have a bunch of copies of the same movie.

If you really want make a soldier happy, you have remember that they might be at a tiny outpost with a platoon of young men all deployment. They might not have seen a female for months. Yes, send porn.

Comment Re:Doesn't seem to be any outrage here (Score 1) 315

If we went to war with Iran, I would very probably die in that war. That's the job I do. Sometimes wars are easy, sometimes not. But somebody has to be first. Most of the people doing the dying at this point in the game signed up during the war. We know what we signed up for.

What is there to be outraged about? That I'll die in a pointless war? I'm pretty sure I've already prepared for that when I signed up the first time. Or do you think the present dying is really meaningful? I don't know if it is. I'm pretty sure you're not in a position to make that call either.

Maybe our mothers should be outraged. Maybe it's the innocent Iranians. But their government plays the same game ours does. And they have elections just like us.

Comment Re:Really now? (Score 1) 204

Drawing the distinction between different positions within the military would remove any doubt. I usually get 3-4 hours sleep during the week as an e-4 team leader in active army. 6-7 on the weekends.

I'm taking a class right now on a different post, thus stripping me of responsibility at my unit. I only work 8 hours a day, and only during the week. It's like I'm on vacation.

Comment Re:Self-Destruct anyone? (Score 1) 248

If you are talking about explosives, I would imagine it would introduce a number of safety issues. Aircraft experience a lot of extremes. Hot, cold, turbulence, and hard landings can all knock around explosives. Never mind all the fuel/oil and electronics around. I work with explosives with the army. The idea of working with or around an explosive mechanism that experiences wear and tear scares the crap out of me.

Sure it can be done, but making the process safe for maintenance crews would be expensive and a royal PIA.

Comment Re:The open question... (Score 1) 877

But it depends on what you grow. Lots of types of crops take time to produce something meaningful. If you change the climate and destroy a region's ability to produce olives for example, they can't just pick up and move somewhere else in a day. You might be able to pick up and grow your wheat in Northern Canada, but you lose the market for it. That guy who grows olives eats bread. He can't buy that anymore because he no longer produces olives. He might starve. You might go broke.

Everything is connected, and climate change puts a massive stress on the system. The cost of adapting to the new climate each year or decade is like an extra tax for everyone in the world. Not every region pays the same tax. Not everyone will be able to afford their region's tax. And even if you can, you don't even get any roads or police in return.

Comment Re:Coulnt monkeys be trained for the military too? (Score 1) 204

Monkeys can be trained to detonate land mines. Morocco offered the US 2000 for that purpose during the initial Iraq war. The US refused. We'd rather use (human) combat engineers for that.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2003/03/24/Morocco-offers-US-monkeys-to-detonate-mine/UPI-14431048506179/

Comment Re:How is this even... (Score 2) 464

And you have whole families, school children, living in homeless shelters.

The ones in shelters are lucky. I don't know numbers, but a great deal of our homeless don't even have that because their local governments either don't see it as a priority or don't have the means to provide homeless shelters. That is why tent cities have sprung up in many parts of the country.

http://www.businessinsider.com/lakewood-new-jersey-homeless-tent-city-2011-9?op=1

Comment Re:Facebook and divorce, it writes itself! (Score 4, Interesting) 189

To be fair, Facebook makes it easier to get caught. All you have to do is stay logged in once by accident. If the cheater gets caught with any of the ones you listed, it can usually be explained with business. Getting caught on Facebook is just straightforward.

Also, facebook just looks bad sometimes, even when you haven't done anything wrong. I have an ex that likes all my posts. I haven't spoken to her in a year, but if I were married I can imagine that still creating some tension.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.

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