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Comment: Typical Estimating (Score 1) 347

by danbert8 (#49141879) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

If you need an estimate real bad, you'll get a real bad estimate.

The real problem with "time writing" is that people end up lying on the reports to meet goals or metrics and then the estimates created from that data are useless. Managers want both though. They want accurate estimates AND time tracking that meets productivity goals. Sadly their productivity goals would require robots to meet...

Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 1) 431

by danbert8 (#49141035) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Umm they can and certainly DO shut it off. Automatic leak detection shuts off the pumps and block valves close to isolate sections of the pipeline. Even then, the entire pipe doesn't drain out in a leak because 1) the hole is unlikely to be at the bottom of the pipe, 2) the pipe isn't level and 3) there is nowhere for air to get in the system. Sure if you have a leak at the bottom of the pipe at a low spot and another leak at the high spot where all the dirt was missing you might get an entire section to spill out, but even then it would probably still be less than the volume of rail cars.

You sir have no idea how hydraulic systems work and should stop commenting on this thread.

Comment: Re:Keystone Beer already exists (Score 1) 431

by danbert8 (#49126307) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

I-70 could be considered an extension the to Interstate system... As the Keystone XL pipeline could be considered an extension to the national network of pipelines. Sure it's a new route, but denying it based on the environment is ridiculous because as you pointed out, it's already getting there, a new pipeline would merely make it more efficient to transport.

Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 1) 431

by danbert8 (#49126209) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Ok they are idiots... The vast majority of the population are idiots. Statistically it would make sense that most political parties are therefore comprised mostly of idiots. Racists however are not as common as idiots, and assuming that an entire political movement is racist because they disagree with you is statistically unlikely.

This is spoken from a Libertarian who dislikes the tea party because it's full of religious nutjobs (who are also statistically common). Of course, we Libertarians also disagree with you and we hear plenty of racism accusation thrown at us too. The question you have to ask yourself is, are there reasons to dislike Obama other than the color of his skin?

Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 1) 431

by danbert8 (#49126185) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Good luck with that. A new refinery hasn't been able to be built in the US since 1986. Also new refineries don't help you at all. Then instead of Canadian crude being stuck in North Dakota, you have gasoline stuck in North Dakota. I guess you'll have to approve a products pipeline instead of a crude pipeline which is even more hazardous (still not very) to the environment. The reason it's going to the gulf is because 1) that's where the refineries are and 2) that's where the transportation network is.

Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 1) 431

by danbert8 (#49126171) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Are you saying I can vacation on the gulf coast this year? Hooray, the claims of global doom due to the Deepwater Horizon spill were crazy overblown!

I also work in the pipeline industry, and yes... People don't understand how ridiculous oil companies are about cleaning up the tiny spills they do have. And how even more ridiculous regulatory bodies are on even vapors of crude oil getting out into the environment.

Furthermore, people are against new stuff because old stuff breaks down. How the heck does that make sense? Sure 1940s pipelines have leaks from time to time. That doesn't mean that a 2015 pipeline will be constructed to the same standards.

Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 1) 431

by danbert8 (#49126153) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Not only that but people complain about the maintenance of old pipelines to stop the construction of new pipelines... Because you know, we don't build better pipelines today than we did 40+ years ago right? The Pinto was not a safe car. Ford doesn't make Pintos anymore. Let us build a Fusion to get more Pintos off the road.

New pipelines have a very good safety record. The DOT regulates their construction and their maintenance. There are heavy fines for non-compliance.

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