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Comment Re:Poor example (Score 1) 159

The roundabout they built to replace a 4-way stop nearby my house may let you slow down to 5 mph rather than stopping and eliminated the odd drunk driver blowing through the stop sign, but it is more difficult to maneuver than stop signs, and has also resulted in more crashes.

Comment Re:Poor example (Score 2) 159

It's like being on a escalator at the airport or train station. Two folks don't know where they are going. So they stop dead in their tracks at the end of the escalator, blocking the path for all the other folks on the escalator.

That is a well known problem in architectural design. Give a clear path for people to exit and clear escalators and the like, and place directional signs where people have space to stop to read them. There's an art to finding a way to entice people away from stairs and escalators after they exit them.

Comment Re:Everyone has right to self defense (Score 1) 180

The implicit right of The People to violent revolution against an evil government was the principal intent.

A bigger part of the intent was the idea that a standing army tends to lead to abuse, but that a populace with experience using firearms and able to quickly join a well-trained militia was necessary for preservation of the republic from enemies abroad and within.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 4, Informative) 275

The US got nation-wide railroad network, flush toilet, telegraph, commercial air-travel, and massively-affordable personal car [wikipedia.org] under laissez-fair economy.

Let's see:

Nation-wide railroad network: To incentivize its' constrcution, the US government gave away huge land grants (much of it land of various Indian tribes) to corporations. The US maintains a federal bureaucracy to support rail transportation.

Flush toilets: Flush toilets existed for hundreds of years before the US did. Improved designs became popular and mass produced as governments built water supplies and sewers run to each house.

Telegraph: Before it was commercially built in the US, a demonstration line between Washington and Baltimore funded by Congress was built by Morse. Early commercialization was protected by patents.

Commercial air travel: Early commercial air travel was supported by US mail delivery. Massive government investments in airports, air traffic control, and safety bureaucracy support it now.

Massively-affordable personal car: Useful for travel because of the government construction and control of roads and bridges.

Comment Re:Wrong. This isn't enough. (Score 1) 174

"poor families to not have to work all of the time"... Do you include the tens of millions of families which have parents who never work, and are on government assistance?

Tens of millions? Not even close, according to the Bureau of Labor Statics:

"The number of families with at least one member unemployed decreased to 6.5 million in 2014 from 7.7 million in 2013."

"In 2014, about 43 percent of all families included children under age 18."

"Among the 34.4 million families with children, 88.7 percent had at least one employed parent in 2014."

"Mothers with younger children are less likely to be in the labor force than mothers with older children. In 2014, the labor force participation rate of mothers with children under 6 years old (64.2 percent) was lower than the rate of those whose youngest child was 6 to 17 years old (74.7 percent). . . . However, the unemployment rate for married mothers of infants, at 4.1 percent, was considerably lower than the rate for mothers with other marital statuses, at 15.6 percent. "

Comment Re:Robots create jobs (Score 1) 319

I needed some work done for a kitchen. They standard rate was between $100hr - $150 an hour.

Which typically translates to around $40 to $60 and hour to the person actually doing the plumbing work, the rest going to benefits, taxes, overhead, & profit (assuming the particular business is actually profitable).

Comment Re: Is systemd involved at all? (Score 1) 378

I've never have suspend or hibernation issues while running Windows based OS.

I have: By closing the lid on my XP laptop after clicking shutdown but before it shut down, the hard drive got corrupted. I'm guessing it tried to suspend after the shutdown process had started and therefore saved to an inconsistent state. I must have had perfect bad timing, because doing that hadn't been a problem before. After some frustrating hours downloading SystemRescueCD on my work computer and using it to save the important files (my backup was a month old - live and learn), it turned out that chkdsk fixed it, no problem.

Comment Re: "Heat death"? (Score 1) 199

No, technically, heat is that energy being transferred from one body to another. The kinetic energy of the molecules in a body is the Internal Energy. Heat transferred can do work on the body, so it does not all get translated into kinetic energy - you have to take into account the Enthalpy (Internal Energy + Pressure*Volume). Also look into Gibbs Free Energy and Helmholtz Free Energy to take into account the effect entropy has on the possibility of using that energy.

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