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Comment True Benefits to Solar (Score 3, Insightful) 310

While taking over a desert to lay out a giant solar power farm, roof top units are probably more ideal. A large portion of power is lost through transit. I have heard calculations from 65% to 84% of power produced being lost from generation to the time where a device is powered. I don't much care for those kind of losses. Smaller and distributed sources of power generation help to create a more robust power grid.

Comment Garmin already provides this (Score 1) 206

Garmin has already started down this path, although they have a lot of room for growth.

Currently my company uses the vivofits as wellness programs where participation is optional. But so much participation is expected out of the employee to minimize health care costs. An employee can fudge what they do, take a bunch of tests and save about $100 a month on their health insurance. Otherwise they don't have to do much at all and pay the extra. Now there are ways to get out of the extra work, such as if your blood work shows your numbers are good, then great. You pretty much don't have to do anything.

There are aspects that I don't like about this, but being in the Midwest and having to pay for Billy Bob and his second helping of gravy covered fries, three 20oz Mountain Dews, and three cheeseburgers during a 20 minute lunch break; I find taking care of myself and a little encouragement isn't a bad thing.

My company is self-insured, so any tubby decides to clog his arteries and require a septuple bypass, some how that seems to affect the profit sharing.
I guess that all depends on what you want to get out of life, but since I started this wellness kick this last year, I think I would rather spend the time and effort slimming down and improve my quality of life a bit rather than require my own personal morning noon and night pillbox for every day.

Comment Room for Growth? (Score 3, Insightful) 60

While the US is just now starting to establish ties with this country again, I think that we have a pretty good chance at setting up several shops and improving the connectivity in this country. This could be a giant boom to the industry which we could so greatly use.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 608

He'll likely get a pardon when the american people are ready to oust those congressional folks that are pushing this high surveillance agenda, primarily those older folks like Mich McConnell that come from old power.

I wish that was the popular consensus, but look at the amount of backlash over the confederate flag or the fact that Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls.

What Snowden did was no doubt wrong, but how do you play a game when the decks are stacked against you and the house is not about to cave, you are given limited options.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1, Troll) 434

You are correct in that I would like to see both administrations take some heat over their actions. As radical as the idea is, I feel both Administrations should have to answer for war crimes.

I still feel that under the current Administration, the adage goes, if the they did it, I can too. That seems to be Obama's mantra so far. I feel an election of Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton will be a continuation of this idea.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 0, Troll) 434

Anything she gets will likely be harsher than Karl Rove managed to get for outing Valerie Plame.

All of this has been done before. Complete BS if she gets harsher treatment than the previous administration. I agree that we need to clamp down on the problem, but some retro activity would be nice as well.

Comment Re:High fat? (Score 5, Insightful) 244

This and more.

I have switched to low sugar, low carb, and started working out five times a week, two days of lifting, three days of cardio with running 5K or more on the weekends and managed to lose 40 lbs in 8 weeks. That's over 15% of my body mass.

While the level of insanity that I endured for this is a bit much, I can attest to the fact that the amount of crap we add in American diets is excessive to the point of "we need to stop hurting ourselves"

The biggest guidelines that I have for myself is if it's designed to sit on a shelf for a long time, it's not designed to be consumed and carbs are great, only if you have a plan to burn them off.

Comment How engrained in our society are these stereotypes (Score 1) 490

I don't think people understand how complicated the matter of gender stereotypes are as far as roles in our society. This begins as early as birth. Parents immediately give their child a pink or a blue cap depending on whether or not it's a boy or a girl. While the child is too young to understand this, they will look back on that picture and understand later in life. The point that is more important is that because how we treat each gender in society and until we learn to break ourselves of this, we will continue to shape our society as such.

Now, my problem is I don't mind these roles so much and in fact, as a guy, a girl in a dress for a particular event is always welcome and sometimes preferred. But I try and not be judgmental as far as what a female can accomplish. Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and Hedy Lemarr reshaped the world for Information Systems. Because of this, I know not only can the opposite sex program, but they can leave a lasting impact just as much if not more than their male counterparts.

Comment I can't say I fully agree (Score 3, Insightful) 637

Highly evolved animals such as humans have a pretty impressive track record when it comes to seeing into the future. The problem does exist that some if not all of us have evolved enough to plan adequately into the long term. Like playing a game of chess, generally the player who can see his opponent's moves and strategies the furthest into the future is the victor. Yet, not everyone is a chess master and thinks that far ahead.

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