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Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 1) 221

by nitehawk214 (#48650165) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

You need some standardization. Trucks and train cars need to be a certain width for the pallets to fit. Forklifts and pallet jacks need to be somewhat standard to fit the pallets.

Granted it doesn't have to be terribly precise, but there has to be some kind of coordination.

It reminds me of that old joke about why the Space Shuttle (and now SLS) design is influenced by the width of a horses ass.

Comment: Pallets (Score 1) 221

by nitehawk214 (#48650103) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

While am no fan of Hugh Pickens, I do love pallets and logistics in general, and like this article.

As my dad is a truck driver, as a kid I would go with him on trips and see the inner workings of the industry that literally keeps the country rolling. Most trucks would take on empty pallets in exchange for full ones they offloaded. But the trucks did not always go back to the same location that they made the pickup at. I asked him once what happens to all the extra pallets that end up at the receiving end? He told me that eventually some truck would come by and pick the old pallets all up to try to load balance. The pallet truck was always this old beat up truck that looked like it was on the verge of dying.

But I asked him where new pallets come from, and he just smiled and said "obviously it is the pallet fairys."

As an adult I once saw a truck filled with brand new wooden pallets while driving on the highway. Even the truck looked brand new.

But now with the hard plastic GPS tracking pallets, I can imagine that the pallets themselves have some value and have to be tracked even when empty. Lucky for them they have GPS, I suppose.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 198

by nitehawk214 (#48650075) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

You stramanned first. (Is it ok if I verb that noun?)

What I was trying to say is that police powers are not arbitrary. So there is no point in asking if a citizen could go and do things a officer could not. To address the original point that "My liberty should ALWAYS exceed the police's" that was made earlier in the thread: There are lots of things an officer can do that citizens can not, and thus they should be held to a higher standard.

Television

Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down 256

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-fox-for-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes Fox News and Fox Business were pulled by Dish Network over the weekend, as both continue to argue over a fee agreement. From the article: "Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that "Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."

Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 1) 586

by nitehawk214 (#48644709) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Exactly. Automation has allowed us to have a 40 hour work week and modern luxuries that people could not dream of 20 years ago, much less at the beginning of the industrial revolution.. A potential result of this might be that consumer goods for basic living will become so cheap that the average person will only need to work 20 or 10 hours a week.

Comment: Re:$25 Million? (Score 1) 56

by nitehawk214 (#48639563) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

I assume he was making a joke about "hollywood accounting" where people cook the books to make movies look like they do not make a profit, in order to cheat actors dumb enough to get paid out of the profits.

Certainly all government contracts in the US have the same kind of funny accounting going on. I had been thinking of SpaceX, who is quite up front about the real costs of their flights. But India might very well be like SLS in that there is no way to tell how many untold billions are blown on the thing. Obviously the $25M stated did not include development costs.

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