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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 570

The exit signs on freeways and the destination/distance signs on smaller routes are a pretty good indication. You'd have to be trying pretty hard not to notice. And it's pretty hard to drive for more than sixteen hours without stopping to rest, at which point you'd have to be a complete moron not to notice.

Comment Re:Good ... (Score 1) 220

It's your car. If a tire has a blowout and your car runs into something, it's your problem - just as it's your problem if your tree falls on your neighbor's house. Failure to properly maintain it creates the liability. If you don't want the risk, pay someone else (e.g., Uber) to take it. And you'll still have to insure against accidental or malicious damage (e.g., hail, tree limbs, graffiti/keying) on a car you've borrowed money to buy.

Comment Re:Trend towards illegibility (Score 4, Insightful) 156

There's also the complication that people who are unfamiliar with a UI tend to prefer simpler ones, while those who use it all the time prefer dense presentations and are perfectly happy to learn complex command strings in order to speed their work. I would like a very different UI for my bank account than, say, an accountant would.

Comment Re:It's hard to stop a 2 x 4 (Score 1) 108

Exercise doesn't do much for losing weight. It's great for building muscle. Have to interrupt hunger signals. A ketogenic diet worked for me, it might for you. Starving all the time is not a viable life strategy. Low calorie intake because all you eat are proteins that sate and fats that keep you full is plausible. Isn't sustainable for everyone, but if you're fat and haven't tried it, give it a shot.

Comment Re:The more you tighten your grip... (Score 1) 315

There aren't even enough letters to describe the phonemes present in English, and English orthography doesn't always follow current pronunciation.

From what little I know of the subject, the writing systems that really excite linguists are syllabaries. Both Hangul (for Korean) and Sequoyah's Cherokee syllabary are widely admired for their elegance, although you have to have the right kind of language to have a syllabary. English would not do well with one.

Comment Re:Insanity. (Score 1) 126

As much as I'd like to tell you, it would be unwise for me to do so. Let us simply say that I work in a job where my labor is completely interchangeable with my co-workers' (someone has to show up to do the work, but it doesn't matter who; we don't hire people that can't pull their weight), and where we have all chosen to be paid substantially less in order to have free time.

Comment Re:Insanity. (Score 4, Insightful) 126

Again, I don't know why you guys do this shit for megacorps. Some startup where you might become a billionaire? Hey, I can see killing yourself for a couple of those in your early 20s in hopes you hit the jackpot. But Microsoft? Hell, Google? They're already huge. They've already made their billionaires, and you weren't one of them. Get a job at a company that will pay you for working tolerable hours at a fair rate.

This also goes a long way to explaining the difference in pay between flyover country and the coasts. "Oh, yeah, I pay more for the apartment, but I have a lot more disposable income"... and no time in which to spend it. I get nine weeks of paid vacation a year. You can have that when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Comment Re:Crescent won't learn (Score 3, Insightful) 329

There is nothing wrong with HF as long as you know what you're buying: cheap stuff that will cut it for light work. It's like my approach to kitchen equipment: if I think I might want something, I buy the $30 version at Walmart. If it works, great. If I use it twice and it spends ten years in a drawer, I haven't lost much. And if I wear it out, I now have a list of things that I wish it did, so when I buy a decent one, I know what to look for.

Comment Re:TSA needs a remedial course in the constitution (Score 1) 428

Full faith and credit applies to one state accepting the judgment of another. California can't reject Nevada marriages or divorces.

But it doesn't apply to the feds, and it doesn't even apply to all state actions. I have a driver's license and a concealed carry permit. By compact, the states all recognize each other's driver licenses. They don't all recognize each other's concealed carry permits, because there is no all-state compact to do so. And within a state, my permit means nothing the moment I walk onto federal property (like the post office), unless the feds have carved out an exception (like they did for, say, the Blue Ridge Parkway - if you can carry a gun in the state in which you're located, it's okay to have one on the BRP, though not necessarily in all associated parks and facilities).

Comment Re:Compliance less than 50%? (Score 2) 428

The states have no influence over their DC representation and haven't since the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment. In the original design of the Constitution, the people were represented by the House, and the states by the Senate, but an obsession with tearing down a reasonably well-designed republic (not that it was perfect, but a remarkably good outcome given the real-world constraints they had to work with) in the name of greater democracy killed that.

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