Grammar edits are one thing...but deleting your post because other people don't like it? That does nothing to encourage discussion or a diversity of opinions. All it does is leave a bunch of orphaned responses that no longer make sense (unless they quoted the OP...but why should you quote the OP if your comment is nested right below theirs?).
No accountability for your posts either...so feel free to fling mud and provide false information...you can just delete any trace of your behavior later.
HFCS is strong stuff, so it is easy to add without affecting other parts of a recipe or texture/consistency. Isn't that hard to sugar things up via other sweeteners (or plain sugar), but adding a little more HFCS is almost the same as sprinkling a little MSG on your chinese food.
HFCS is made from corn. Corn subsidies are crazy, which makes HFCS incredibly cheap, but large scale corn farming relatively attractive despite low prices. If you didn't have these corn subsidies, sweetening everything with gobs of HFCS would not be as cost effective. But as long as the first primary is in Iowa, I doubt that will happen.
To be exempt, you are supposed to perform exempt job duties. These include things like: Managing employees, hiring/firing, preforming a job involving specialized education (excluding skilled trades...which is more of what programmign is...you don't need a DR's license to be a programmer), or work in administrative support (which core business programmers don't by definition). I suspect a lot of companies bend the "Professional" category to include programmers even though that is really for things like doctors/lawyers/nurses that require specific training and licensing.
The real problem though is that there is a "Computer Employee Exemption" which throws all of those rules out the window as long as you are a programmer and get paid at least $455 a week. I don't know why programmers are specially carved out....a fresh undergrad getting paid even double that should be getting overtime pay...if you want to work them twice as hard at crunch time...then you should have to pay for it. Even that rule is pretty incongruent. An hourly programmer has to make more than $27.63 to be exempt. Working 40 hour weeks at 27.63 would pay you well over $50k, while a salary of 455 a week gets you 23k a year before you stop being overtime eligible.
Most dishwashers still let you specify a Quick/Normal/Heavy clean instead of sensor...but it negates the energy savings. On the detergent front...no way around it, enzymes are the way of the future.
I like mercurial a lot, but there is nothing quite like github. Bitbucket isn't awful, but it is no github. Given the choice, I'd say that mercurial has a better way of doing things, and is much easier to learn how to use. Anyone who knows how to use git, basically knows how to use merucrial, anyone familiar with cvs/subversion should have little trouble figuring it out, and someone who has never used it will find it much more pleasant than git....but with github being *the* place to dump your code, git becomes the better choice.
That then crosses over into projects where you don't care about public hosting. More things have git integration, more people know git (or at least have heard of it via github and will thus consider it), windows git is still kind of lame, but it is functional.
If you want to see some crazy people, take a look at the LA school board and city council. When your local elections only have single digit turnout (as a % of registered, which is even lower than % of total, especially since a lot of places allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections), that means your winners have less voter mandate than Ross Perot or Ralph Nader do to be president. There is a district headed to runoff (so there will have to be some further agreement on a candidate) where by my estimates, the front-runner candidates received about 1% of the registered vote.
At least here in Chicago we had a whole 33% of people turn up. And this is voting for politicians you can actually go talk to. If you are having a problem with the gas company, or you want reserved parking for your moving day, you can contact your alderman as one of the few thousand people who voted for them. There were races here where 30 votes were the difference between victory and a runoff....and people can't be bothered to vote for that? "My vote doesn't matter anyways" is just an excuse for laziness.
With electronic voting machines, anyone who answers "No" could be immediately given a receipt without seeing a single ballot option. If these people already don't care at all, why are they going to want to spend time going through a list of candidates for president, senate, house, local senate, local house, elected judges, water reclamation district, non-binding ballot questions, etc. They will say no and GTFO.
Of course I still can't get behind mandatory voting. You should be free not to, and still having to show up and check the "No" box is not a valid substitute. Make it a holiday (not on a monday or friday, as people will just turn them into long weekends and not even be in town for voting); some people still have to work on holidays, but it takes a lot of the pressure off. Or figure out how to do it from home without fraud (Estonia figured this out...and we already do it from home if you count mail-in ballots). Otherwise you will just have a bunch of uninformed idiots voting. Maybe you will get lucky and they will all vote for joke candidates...or maybe they will all vote for the guy who runs on the platform of "Lets end mandatory voting".
Sure, it is annoying when you tell your driver to take you to a major intersection and they have no idea how to get there...but you summoned them with a GPS-capable phone. Now both Uber and Lyft let you type your destination into the app, and it will pop up directions on your driver's phone--you don't even have wait for them to type in your address.
But of course half of the reason people use them is because they are clean, the drivers don't smell, complain, or yammer on their phones, payment is handled instantly and automatically and you don't have to step outside to hail one. Uber X fares used to be higher than yellow cabs in NYC IIRC and people still used them.
Uber also has an $8 minimum fare in NYC...so any trips less than a couple of miles are going to be cheaper in a taxi.
But still, you could calculate exact fares for an Uber using the Taxi sample data. Using Uber's fare estimates when you already know exact time and distance is silly.
The driver has no way of knowing how long of a trip you are taking until you get in their car. At that point they can't kick you out (well, they *can*, but if they make a habit of them, uber will fire them).
Besides, short fares aren't bad unless you have to drive a long way to pick them up. Like a yellow cab, there is a flag pull fee just for sitting down in the cab. A half mile ride is worth like 75% of a mile ride. Payment is instant in the app, so its not like you lose time while they fish for money, give change, etc.