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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 118 118

Actually, they clearly understand that simple austerity isn't going to correct the situation.

Correcting the situation was never on the table. Greece F***ed up royal, and now the time has come to pay the piper. Their creditors insisted that they had to implement austerity to stop spending more money than they had in exchange for temporary loans. The alternative is enforced austerity vis-a-vis no more money to spend. Period. One way or another, the Greek people are going to balance their budget. Their apparent unwillingness does not change the fundamental reality they have to face. The other countries in EU, ECB, IMF are / were under no legal obligation to bailout Greece. Now, thanks to the Syriza governments popularly mandated behaviour, and their wholesale destruction of the Greek economy, Europe no longer has a moral obligation to Greece either, and there is nothing much more that Greece can do to financially harm Europe. The Damage has been done, let the Greeks drown in it.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 2) 118 118

What do you think this referendum was about? A "no" vote is effectively the equivalent of Greece saying "We will not accept your bailout deal, so if you do not give us a better one we are leaving the Euro". Unless the EU caves, Greece could be off of the Euro this week.

This referendum was about Tsipras trying to save his political (and possibly literal) skin. His government botched this thing so thoroughly that people are comparing Greece to a third world nation. Make no mistake, The lack of a renewed bailout was what Tsipras and his Left wing group wanted. They are communists. They want the existing capitalist system to collapse so they can build a new communist organization where Greece once stood. Given all of the various options available to Greece, this might not be that bad an option all things considered, but make no mistake, The citizens of Greece are going to see a dramatic reduction in standard of living no matter what the deal on the table is, or who is doing the offering. The only things that can be done for Greece now, are to make some kind of attempt to get the money back from the wealthy Greeks who took it and subsequently tucked it away in foreign banks where the Greek government couldn’t get at it even if they weren't too corrupt to bother, and try to keep the runaway income inequality from becoming institutionalized.

The irony of all this is that the Greek people themselves created this mess by electing governments that would promise anything, and never deliver. They have demonstrated perfectly why democracy is a failure, even while being a shining beacon of it. Like any other kind of government, democracy is subject to the same corruption that is the hallmark of all bad governments. It is funny that the birthplace of democracy should be such a prime example of its most potent failures.

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 69 69

I'm talking about average models, not massive ones. That one would hurt someone if it just fell on them, so there's already plenty of reason not to permit you to operate it in crowded areas even if it didn't have big fans on it.

Having actually built a large quad copter (15Lbs, 3 foot span), I can tell you the propellers are purpose designed to avoid damage to people. They have tremendous axial strength, but almost none in the direction of rotation. I have gotten fingers and limbs clipped by 14" blades, and didn't even draw blood for my trouble. A finger will smart a bit afterwards, but a limb wont even get a bruise for the trouble,

Comment: Re:I'm all for recreational drone use but... (Score 1) 69 69

If you can't understand the danger of flying an upside down lawnmower with no safety guards

You were doing all right until that piece of incendiary bullshit. Having actually designed and built a quad copter, There are several things you should understand before you start making sensationalist claims. First, Even the largest of these are only about 5 - 6 Lbs. From a height of 15 feet, it will cause some minor injuries but poses zero threat to life from falling alone. Second, the propellers on these devices are extremely light weight plastic, or sometimes even wood. They are designed to have strength in the lifting direction only. In the direction of rotation, they have very little strength. At 10,000 RPM, they will not even break skin. I can speak to this first hand. The first one I designed had guards, but they were useless and unnecessary. Since then, I have only seen a rare few that still bother with the guards.

Comment: Re:So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 1) 50 50

Note that if they are five year bulbs, the initial install needs to be replaced now.

These bulbs last 25 years, not 5 years. Leasing is an idiotic option that only an American mind could think of as being a good deal. If there is a private company leasing you the equipment, it is *by definition* going to be cheaper for you to buy it yourself, especially if you can get financing for less than the private company can.

Comment: Re:So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 2) 50 50

It still cost money to send guys out on bucket trucks to replace lights.

It was money you would have to spend on replacing them when they burn out anyways. When one burns out, you replace the two closest to it as well, that way you cut your replacement labor costs in roughly 1/3, and you don't have the huge up front expense of replacing them all at once. You just begin to reduce your monthly costs gradually. After a year or so, you're saving so much that the program pays for its own continuation. After 3 years you have a significant reduction in monthly maintenance costs as well as significant savings in energy costs...

Comment: Re:So paying more in the long run is better? (Score 3, Insightful) 50 50

installation costs might be a big factor purposely not discussed. It may be easy to lease the lights, but the costs of installation (and maybe even maintenance) drive the real cost up and potential benefit down.

There are no additional installation costs. These LED lights are designed to be drop in replacements for the older halogen and sulfur types. These elected officials are just that stupid.

Comment: Re:This problem needs a technical solution (Score 1) 268 268

"bird ingestion tests are done with frozen birds" Have you been reading The Onion? This frozen bird thing is a joke, not fact.

They do actually use frozen chickens. After some amount of testing, they discovered that the frozen chickens behave only marginally different from the thawed ones, and by using frozen, they don't have to wait for the chickens to thaw out.

Comment: Re:This problem needs a technical solution (Score 1) 268 268

You do realise bird ingestion tests are done with frozen birds right?

Even frozen, pound for pound flesh and bone will do far less damage than aluminum or hardened plastics.

The chickens do massive damage to the engines. The test is not whether the engines survive undamaged, the test is whether they can still function to some limited degree after impact to allow for an emergency landing. In the bad old days, an engine that was struck by a bird would suffer damage in such a way that it would typically ignite and or explode. The result being a plane with a wing on fire, or outright missing. Since these kinds of impacts were determined to be a significant concern, the engines are designed to fail gracefully such that they don't catch fire when multiple fan blades are broken off. The blades themselves are designed to put less stress on the engine when a broken one passes through the engine.

There are plenty of parts on a drone that will behave much differently than a bird, or fan blade when passing through a turbofan. The motors for example are made of high density copper windings coupled with brittle earth magnets. Upon impact with a jet engine, the drone will essentially disintegrate, but the copper windings will tend to pass directly through instead of being deflected by the engines shielding. Like a bullet made out of copper instead of one made out of Jello. The behavior of the permanent magnets is very dangerous as well. Because they are powerful magnets, they will grab onto any metal parts in the engine and can cause some interesting problems. For example, if even a relatively small amount of magnetic dust makes it into one of the precision bearings, it will cause accelerated wear, and if there is enough it will cause extreme heating or vibration, either of which could completely destroy a jet engine. There are lots of failure modes that a drone strike can trigger that a bird strike simply cant.

Comment: Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

Yeah, because nobody in the world had ever heard of Facebook. You really believe that crap you spouted? It makes me ill to have to defend them, but if I want a job at Facebook I think I might, you know, look for job postings at Facebook. I'm pretty sure I know how to find them.

If you're looking for a job, you're going to go look where jobs are posted. You generally will not go down the phone book looking for companies that are hiring and visit their website to find out what positions they have open. More often, a candidate will find an opening, that is not published on a jobs site, by way of a friend who works there. As the GP stated, this is a self selecting group, and will *absolutely* result in a lack of diversity. The only way to counter this is to suck it up, post the job on one of the job sites, and deal with the fact that you will get 50k - 100k resumes. Diversity costs money, and if the company is too cheap to pay the $$$ it costs to search for candidates, the right way, then they should not be at all surprised to discover their search results were lacking in one or more ways.

Comment: Re:Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

While it is a shortcoming of the education system, it's not because of money. We spend more than ever per student. The problem is government schools.

Then why is it that government schools in almost every other nation are providing better education than we see here in the states. The problem is *not* government nor is it business, it is societies views towards education and intelligence. There is a very strong anti-intelligence viewpoint in this country. This effect had seemed to be dwindling during the 50's and 60's with the advent of NASA, and the very clear results that science and technology could produce that stupidity could not. Today we are seeing a fundamental shift the other direction. The median American sees intelligence as something to be distrusted. Compare that to German, Japanese or Chinese culture where intelligence is recognized and prized, and you have all the information you need to explain the failings of the American education system. As harsh as it sounds, the reality is that the idiots are simply out breeding the intelligent people in this country, and for some reason our society seems to be quite content with that, in fact we have given celebrity status to the duggars because of their willingness to produce far more offspring than they can support, and then release them on the world with a piss poor education, consisting of only their siblings and cameras for teachers.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 0) 514 514

Go through Vista, 7, 8, and then 10. There would be no meaningful slowdown, and you might even notice that the computer would get slightly more snappy after each upgrade.

Thats is possibly the stupidest thing I have heard all week, and I spent much of this past week doing tech support...

Comment: Re:This problem needs a technical solution (Score 4, Informative) 268 268

That DC10 was designed to hit geese without sustaining damage. You think a 1 kg drone is going to do anything?

No, the DC10 is designed to not crash after hitting a goose. They make no claims about damage. After a typical bird strike, the plane will still fly, but after it lands they're going to need to spend a few weeks rebuilding the engine that got hit.

Drones are a bit more harsh on the engine, because geese are made of relatively soft stuff. Even the bones are remarkably flexible. The metal or plastic chassis of a drone on the other hand is actually designed to be very rigid. I would not be surprised in an engine, that survives a goose strike relatively intact, is completely destroyed by a medium sized drone.

Comment: Re:Confirmed... I've been hiring. (Score 1) 179 179

You give the verbal offer and *then* do the background & reference checks?

Thats pretty normal. The offer is contingent upon favorable results of the various checks. It allows the hiring company to keep an applicant from straying, without having to commit the resources to the checks until after you know the employee will accept the position.

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