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Comment: Re: LOL ... (Score 4, Interesting) 349

by Penguinisto (#46828539) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

The problem is all trade jobs are basically salary capped at lower middle class barely above poverty levels. You really don't have a chance at earning more than 50k a year.

Well you actually do... if you're willing to risk your life or your health. Underwater welders and tradesmen make obscene gobs of money, but they usually don't live very long past the age to 50 due to the pounding their bodies take. Same with welders, fitters and etc who perch atop very tall or dangerous structures without the ability to use sufficient safety gear.

I recall a long time ago as an apprentice ironworker (I basically fixed the eletrical/electronic gear) that the folks who worked high steel made a decent amount of money for the time. Hell - I made fairly good bank at the time for a 22-year-old.

On the other hand, there was (and is) a very true saying that no ironworker stays in the job more than 10 years without losing an appendage in the process (and quite a few guys lost a hell of a lot more than that.) Hell, I almost lost my left index finger, in spite of my being fully diligent about safety - shit just happens when not everyone is paying attention (I now tote around a little artificial joint - apparently it was cheaper than amputation, since that meant paying me $50k in accident benefits). It was enough to get me towards better pursuits after just three years at it, in spite of the money.

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 1) 1615

by Baldrson (#46828059) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Let me put it like this: When the plantation owners refused to let slaves leave them, was it "genocide" for guys in Maine to march down to the South and kill off the plantation owners wholesale until the slaves were freed?

Ah, but you are conflating -- hence confusing -- two entirely different circumstances:

1) People trying to escape you.
2) People trying to expel people like you from their territory, once they have escaped you supremacist government.

It is in your nature, as a parasite, to conflate these two circumstances because it is in your nature, as a parasite to confuse perception. Without confused perception you would not be able to continue to sap the life out of your victims.

In the circumstance when people are trying to escape you and you are using every trick in the book, including confusing use of words, to prevent them from doing so, you forfeit your rights as a human. You are a force of nature and will be treated accordingly.

In the circumstance when people have successfully seceded, along with enough territory that they are not de facto refugees, the subsequent assortative migrations have relocation expenses that must be borne by the governments from which people are trying to escape. That means when determining the territory to secede, the secessionists and the accessionists should carefully consider the relocation expenses for which they will be liable.

That means if you get stuck among the secessionists, they would have to not only provide fair market value for your properties that you cannot relocate, but they must provide moving expenses for your properties that you can relocate. The flip side of that is that the defeated accessionist government would have to provide similar compensations for those relocating to the ceded territory.

Of course, if, during the struggle to free themselves from you -- circumstance #1 --you persisted in your supremacist work, you would be treated as a force of nature and quite possibly killed without a moment's remorse.

Comment: Re:re; You Should? (Score 1) 550

by Penguinisto (#46824123) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

I don't think that's even the point. If people doubted the big bang because they carefully considered the arguments and found some flaws that made them doubt it, that would be fine. They doubt it because they can't imagine the terms involved, because a religious book says it isn't true, or mainly just because they don't want to think about it.

Point of order: Before anyone drags the eevil Xtians into the argument, the "Big Bang" theory was originally formed and promoted by not only scientists, but one of its pioneers (who reconciled Einstein's theories to it) was a Catholic Priest (who happened to also be a physicist and professor of same).

Why do I mention this? Well, given that the largest single Christian denomination on the planet (by far) involves Rome, and has *zero* problems with established and credible science (and has historically often led the way in it), let's not start tagging all Christians with what some heretic sect in Outer West Bumblefrig preaches, mm'kay?

Thx in advance.

Comment: Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (Score 5, Interesting) 550

by hey! (#46820019) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

All ideas may have been created equal, but they do not remain so after they've been tested.

Scientific theories are the ideas that you don't have to prove again every time you use them, because they have already been tested very thoroughly. This means a paleontologist is allowed to assume that dinosaur bones are the fossilized remains of extinct animals that lived millions of years ago. He doesn't *have* to waste his time dealing with the opinions of Young Earthers who think the world was created 7000 years ago and that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs. He can just assume as factual that dinosaur fossils are millions of years old and dismiss the Adam-and-Even-on-a-dinosaur idea without further ado -- until the Young Earthers come up with proof.

And it's not the least unfair, any more than its unfair that a football team that gets the ball on their own ten yard line has more work to do to score a goal than one that gets the ball ten yards from goal. It may seem discriminatory to people who haven't been following the game up to this point, but that's because they aren't aware of the work it took to get the ball where it is.

Comment: Re:electric golf carts (Score 1) 204

Also keep in mind that net or gross wasn't mentioned, and in reporter-speak '4 tons' could be anything from 3-5.

The only weight that is valid when talking about vehicle weight is the curb weight. Anything else is just jerking off. Of course, this is modern journalism we're talking about...

Comment: Re:this is why I leased my Leaf (Score 1) 192

by drinkypoo (#46814349) Attached to: Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

The oldest Leaf is like 3.5 years old now. How could you possibly know that the suspension will require a rebuild before the battery goes?

They didn't just pull this battery chemistry out of their assholes, you know. And the suspension isn't based on new principles either, which is my point. They know that rubber bushings will fail. They also know that polyurethane bushings won't (unless subjected to the kind of abuse that would certainly obliterate a rubber bush) and that's why they don't use them. And by "they" I mean automakers, not Nissan.

The cars are designed to be cheap to build, easy to put together, difficult to service (small and inexpensive changes would make service vastly easier on most vehicles) and guaranteed to disintegrate. Cars are just made to fail, and they're made that way on purpose. We have better designs and/or materials for pretty much everything which does typically fail, which simply aren't used. EPDM breather hoses crack and fail, silicone will last damned near forever anywhere but on the sleeve directly connected to my turbocharger. There's a plastic coolant tube between the engine block an the oil cooler on the A8, about two inches long, which always breaks. There's just no reason for it not to be made of Aluminum. Thousand dollar service job to have the oil cooler pulled out. None of this is by accident.

Personally I'm hoping by the time my leaf lease is up, there will be a Tesla model that has the same sort of affordability, as they do not have a dealership network to try and support with these sort of shenanigans.

No, but you do have to pay your yearly contract fee to Tesla if you want to maintain your warranty.

Comment: Re:I am confused on this issue (Score 1) 307

Now, what if Joe Smith from Arkansas is sitting right next to OBL building IEDs?

You've caught him red-handed. You have plenty of evidence to show that he was in fact actively aiding the enemy. Take a picture before you shoot him, for fuck's sake. Indeed, your gun should do that automatically. What fucking year is it?

Now, lose OBL and it's just Joe the Terrorist from Arkansas in an Al Qaeda camp?

Well, how do you know it's an Al Qaeda camp? Seems like while all this intelligence-gathering has been going on, you could engage in some legal process.

It's supposed to be difficult and expensive to kill people. Ideally, you come up with some other solution to your problems. You're supposed to think, hmm, war is hell, so I don't want to actually come to that pass. How can I avoid getting there? Instead, it has become due process is expensive, so how can I avoid it?

Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 307

Bullshit. The so-called "drug problem" is 99% caused by prohibition itself [citation needed].

As an anonymous coward, there is no "you", and so "you" don't get to ask for citations, because you don't exist. You do, however, get to provide your own citations which contradict any and all of their points, and then it's up to them to provide citations which contradict theirs. Simply saying "citation needed" when you don't even have the courage of convictions needed to associate your demand with an identity is, for lack of a more accurate term, a complete bitch move.

Comment: Re:No answer will be given (Score 2) 307

My guy? Who said Obama is my guy? I am only pointing out that people who are up in arms about what he is doing were, for the most part, completely silent when Bush did it.

Well, I for one was vocal about Bush, and I was vocal about his father, and I am vocal about Obama. I'm just not as vocal as some of these guys.

What I'm frankly tired of is people who act like the president is the problem. He's just one little piece of the problem. Just one man. He reads from the script like everyone else.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]