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Comment Re:Very clarifying comment (Score 1) 314

We all know the Scandi stereotypes; axe wielding alcoholic fuelled sea borne robbers

But that's an awesome stereotype.

It's like the stereotype of Italians being big "in the pants" and great lovers. I mean, OK. I'll take that.

No, we need some kind of insulting slur for Scandinavians, because they've got it just too damn good.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 150

A good design would reset the dial string on an invalid entry.

What if your hands are shaking because you're dying because the terrorist who's trying to nuke New York just shot you, and you need to warn Bruce Willis before you do? Getting right 3 in a row might be quite hard in those circumstances. So it's not really a good design, unless you want the nuclear terrorists to win.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 356

Right... Except that you can get a different city government that doesn't waste money on mass transit in situations where it doesn't work by voting for different people.

So, government that provides you with services you like is good government and government that provides other people with things they like is bad government that wastes money.

Let me make a note of that.

Comment Friday Fun (Score 0, Flamebait) 37

Let me kick it off:

"Friggin' SJWs, the lot of 'em. They should just stop the UN from giving these stupid Nobel prizes, because they always go to feminazis anyway, like that Chemistry Nobel last week that they gave to Youyou Tu just because she was a woman. I mean, who even gets malaria anymore?"

Comment Re: Simple (Score 1) 149

Because the emergency dialler requirement is not intended solely for the person who owns the phone. It's expected that any telephone that you pick up (land line or mobile) will work for emergency calls. This is also why landlines can still make emergency calls even if they are nominally disconnected by the phone company.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 356

Con-Agra was going to get tax abatement anywhere they went, and in fact, even with the tax abatement, they're going to be paying more taxes than they did in Omaha after the move to Chicago.

Boeing's tax bill also went up after the move to Chicago. However, the Federal subsidies were enormous. And again, those subsidies had nothing to do with the City of Chicago. Every state in the US offers companies sweeteners to move. It's why we have a race to the bottom in this country.

So really, you're the one who's wrong.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1, Insightful) 356

Yea, I've been in Chicago (last week actually) and I'm chuckling too, mostly at you. Yea the "EL" is there and folks do ride the thing, but to get around the windy city and the suburbs, the bulk of people take the extensive number of toll ways in their cars. There is a reason the number of I-Pass holders exceeds the number of public transit riders by an order of magnitude or two.

First of all, it's not the "EL" it's the "L". Second, there are exactly ZERO tollways within the Chicago city limits. Nobody pays tolls getting around Chicago. If you want to come in from Milwaukee or fucking Indiana, yes there are toll roads that start in Indiana and that's only because nobody wants anyone from Milwaukee or Indiana coming into the city because they don't know how to behave.

There is a reason the number of I-Pass holders exceeds the number of public transit riders by an order of magnitude or two.

Yes, it's because the I-PASS is for the entire state of Illinois and public transit customers tend to live in the Chicago area.

Personally, I chose to drive myself while I was there...

May I ask where you're from? I'm really curious. Plus, I want to write a letter to city government asking to build a wall.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1, Flamebait) 356

I'm not sure the city/government is who I want in charge of making sure of my quality of life is good enough

Really? Do you have your own well for water? Who picks up your garbage? If you get into an accident, or are the victim of a crime, you gonna call the police, or Ayn fucking Rand?

This is what I mean about libertarians being stupid. They expect their streets plowed, and potholes fixed, but don't want city government.

The city government that picks up your goddamn garbage and plows your streets in the winter is the same one that builds mass transit.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 0, Troll) 356

Which is my general point about light rail. It never pays for itself though fares, but ALWAYS requires substantial subsidies from local governments to survive.

It's also a huge economic engine. One of the reasons Boeing and Con-Agra moved to Chicago was because of the transit and the reasonable traffic (because of the good public transit).

I know Libertarians hate public transportation, but for the most part, they are kind of stupid.

Comment Re:Uh huh. (Score 1) 459

This is a real engineering company, if the "principal engineer" knew about the cheating he will be going to jail, he knew that when he signed up for the job. No different to a principal civil engineer who cheats on concrete formula when building a bridge. However, other posters have pointed out that GM set a precedent that says cheating on the US test is not a criminal offense.Which on face value is odd given the US throws people in jail at ~7X the rate they do in China and the EU

Comment Re:More like Large Bogus (Score 2) 459

Ditto, I have had a few, best one was $2500 for a weekend, I was offered $3000 to babysit a telco system on new years eve (Y2K thing), I turned it down and politely pointed to the clause I had put in my contract that said I cannot be forced to work that day. The boss laughed and said, "Yes, I remember signing that, you bastard" ("bastard" is often a term of endearment here in Oz). The boss took my place and baby sat it himself.

Comment Re:Uh huh. (Score 1) 459

Yep, auto-manufacturers, especially those that make engines and gearboxes get preferential treatment from the state because their factories are a strategic asset in times of war, and "jobs". It ain't right, but I can't see the power balance changing in my lifetime. With or without lobby money, global car companies have more than a few local legislators over a barrel.

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!