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Comment Re:School isn't there to enrich lives (Score 1) 246

Same. I believe the idea was that high school kids would often have after school jobs and that was certainly true at the time. These days though few high school-er's have job, hell most college kids don't have jobs. I was on the football team and we had mandatory 0 period weight lifting which meant getting in at 6:30am. That was not great.

Comment Re:Won't stop the moral hysteria (Score 1) 175

It's rarely a good idea to reply to an AC but I'll bite. I'm not saying it's good or bad for you, I don't know but propylene glycol is the same stuff they use in artificial fog for stage smoke machines. I haven't heard of too many stage manager deaths related to smoke machines. Given the time I spent in rock clubs in my youth I'm sure I've inhaled gallons of the stuff. While it doesn't appear carcinogenic, it can be related to respiratory irritation.

Comment Re:Great idea! (Score 1) 206

...the real answer isn't wellness programs, it's get health insurance out of the hands of employers.

This is exactly right. TFA isn't even a question if these two pieces are separated. Let's not band aid what is already a broken system, separate the two and if people want discounts/incentives from their insurer let them elect to wear a device, just like they are doing with auto insurance now. None of this has anything to do with my employer and we've only incentivized their interest in my personal life by attaching the two.

Comment Re:Passenger Weight Limits (Score 1) 373

True but in the first scenario we are talking about extra fuel expenditures. It literally costs more to fly heavier people. With volume, that is fixed regardless of load, flight duration etc. I'm guessing the average density of a human has some but minor variations regardless of fitness and yes I know muscle weighs more. Pegging volume to weight seems like it makes sense to me. I'm bigger (volume) than average therefore I weigh more. If I am paying more, it should be for both mass AND volume. The only question is in which direction is your additional volume, horizontal or vertical?

Comment Re:Passenger Weight Limits (Score 1) 373

Agreed. And I'm fine by paying by the pound. At 6' 1" 210 I'll pay more than the average. But since this is about weight and not volume and equitable distribution of that limited resource, the short people won't mind if I ask for their excess legroom to accommodate my height. It's only fair right? If we have adjustable fare's weight then I want adjustable seats based on height. Do that and I'm in.

Comment surrounding yourself with yes men (Score 1) 504

I don't think anyone seriously believes Lucas is a racist. He was strangled by his own hubris and surrounded by yes men that should have said "hey, maybe this reads as a little offensive?" I saw a bit of a documentary and even Lucas seems to question the fact that he gets no push back from anyone. That is how we ended up with these turds (I-II-III). To that end the prequels are equal opportunity offenders and I think we can all agree there is something in there for everyone to DIS-like, we don't have to focus on racism/stereotyping alone.

Comment Re:Never heard that one before (Score 1) 504

I'm Romanian, and I lived in Transylvania for 7 years, I even got some Transylvanian accent. Trust me, the Nemoidians do NOT have a Transylvanian accent. I didn't think they had a Japanese accent either. in fact, I didn't think any characters had a specific accent, nor did I care.

Agreed, but it did seem to me that they had the stereotype of a dubbed japanese accent but you'd probably have to be familiar with the north american localized content for imported films to know that. Of course, George Lucas would have been...

Comment RTFA, seriously... oh fsck it I know you aren't (Score 1) 161

They are running a filter on the video footage that reduces to video equivalent of line art so that details such as facial features, distinguishing marks, license plates, etc. are no longer visible. Audio continues to be a problem but they are exploring various solutions. Pretty clever solution actually. I assume for evidentiary footage an unmanipulated version is being kept as well. This is very similar to a video library where a "preview" copy is rendered at a low resolution to save space/bandwidth and access is granted to everyone and the high quality copy is kept in reserve and can be requested upon demand.

Comment Re:What a weird statistic. (Score 1) 262

That may be a comprehension error on my part, I thought the conversation started with the amount of electricity consumed per household. I agree the ultimate definition is your carbon footprint but if the first gentleman's house is heated with electricity and the German's primarily use gas then of course I would expect there to be a large delta between the two. I don't know what Germans typically use for home heating.

In the Pacific Northwest our climate is generally mild and my heating expenses are VERY low. Many of us just use windows to regulate indoor temperature except in the coldest months of the year so heating and cooling for me is a small percentage of my household consumption. I think my major appliances like the dryer, dishwaher, refrigerator and freezer are what drives my electricity bill.

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