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Comment Re:Everyone has right to self defense (Score 1) 161

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) 269

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) 172

"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) 311

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.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 206

Uber is stealing jobs from real employees that have benefits.

You've never been a taxi driver, have you? At least in the US, they are usually treated as independent contractors and do not usually get any benefits.
Not that I have any love for Über - I honk they need to start playing by the same rules taxis/limos have to.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 388

Gotta pick something, and 72F is a decent average.

72F is a little on the warm side in the winter, but it is way too fucking cold in the summer. I've seen many control systems that use 72F as a setpoint, but the heat doesn't go on until the room drops at least 2F below that, and the A/C doesn't kick in until the space temperature rises at least 2F above.

There are many differences in preferences for comfort among men and women, different clothing, individual preferences, and the uncertainty in the "data" (apparently based on one man) ASHRAE has used for a standard metabolic equivalent (btuh per sq ft of skin or W per sq m). More importantly However, people get accustomed to the climate. When I worked on projects in Phoenix, they would put on sweaters and complain if you let the temperature drop much below 78F. In colder climates, many people prefer indoor temperatures at or below 70F in the winter,especially at night when sleeping.
However, the best attempt at a solution to the problem is to have good HVAC systems that control humidity well and have good localized temperature controls. You will still get people disagreeing when they share a thermostat in open office areas (which is why most larger offices use a temperature sensor with no display or local setpoint adjustment rather than thermostats) but you can't please everyone all of the time.

Personally, I bring a sweater to work every day all year round because the temperature in the morning train seems to be inversely proportional to the outside temperature the evening before (unless the heating & A/C is out, as it often is) and the temperature in the office varies randomly. It's no big deal to carry the sweater.

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