The other fact is that pure gas cars are getting really good milage.
My Chevy Cruze is averaging over 33 mpg for me.
LOL. My 2002 Prius got 45 mpg (not to mention much, much lower emissions).
33 mpg is in the same class as "can't be bothered". If you want to crow, you need to get more than 50 mpg, son.
Sure they don't sell bombers and guided missiles, but then if we ever get to that point, there won't be much of a military left for the gov't to use against us, because they are US.
LOL. It is so cute when someone who has never served brings out the "they'll never attack US citizens!!! DERP!" line.
Here's how it goes down. First, the military brass will come up with some disparaging name for the citizens who are the new enemy, just as they did for every other war:
"Haji" is the troops' term of choice for an Iraqi. It's used the way "gook" or "Charlie" was used in Vietnam. "From 'Gook' to 'Raghead'"
Next, the citizens (the bad ones) are depicted as subhuman. (The government will also direct the news to depict the new enemy as dangerous psychopaths, so the average citizen will not join in the revolt.)
Final step: 6-round burst, every time. Change barrels every 10 minutes.
~ if you want to stay married long you had better answer correctly.
Wife: "Honey, does this dress make me look fat?"
Husband: (curls up into fetal position and starts sobbing quietly to himself)
A huge amount of the patents approved in the US boil down to "a system and methodology for doing something well known, but with a (computer|cell phone|tablet)". They're crap patents.
You're not innovating,
Yes, we are! We have increased efficiency! Used to be that one had to actually invent something useful, but we've found a way to go around all that, going directly from "something already done often, and by many" to "magic computer pixie dust, nyeh!" in one step.
And the vast majority of these patents are paid for by your asshole corporations with the full knowledge they're lousy patents to begin with.
It is the nature of capitalism to do the least possible to get the most profit. Reduce effort to zero and profit goes to infinity!
Fuck America and your deluded view about how awesome you are.
And yet, "Canada's Pants" runs the whole show.
You're a country which started off ignoring everyone else's patents and copyrights. So why the hell should the rest of the world give a shit about the stuff you do? Especially since you often just patent things other people have already invented.
Because we convinced you that we're too legit to quit. NOW who's the sucker?
Americunts go fuck yourself.
We do, regularly, and dry, too. Ever hear of Ferguson?
I have been in a few jobs where the managers were verbally and/or emotionally abusive. In both cases I left ASAP.
THIS. Life's too short to put up with loser companies.
That being said, one needs a financial cushion of 6 months-ish. The easiest way to do that is to skim off 10% from every paycheck, no matter what.
Remember, you canâ"and should!â"evaluate the company you work for, daily. If they "fail the interview" (i.e., it is more hassle to work there than to find another job) then it is time to Let Them Go.
It would actually be easy enough for Walmart to anonymize them, by simply recording the transaction as "$50 Prepaid Debit Card" and not record which particular debit card number went to which customer. Also, if you anonymously acquire a prepaid debit card used for a transaction involved with some nefarious purpose, you still don't get picked up, because it may trace to that transaction, but it doesn't trace to you.
It would actually be easy enough for Walmart to switch to paper debit cards that had the amount of the card printed on the front. When you used that card, the cashier simply gave you lower-denomination of cards (say, a $5 debit card when you paid for a 5 dollar item with a $10 debit card).
Once this practice became pervasive enough, unfortunately the government would have to step in to create rules and regulations as to how all the printing would appear, and to prevent fraud. I suggest they mandate the use of engraved printing plates; green magnetic ink; and heavy cotton rag for the card. Oh, and to certain security features like holograms, watermarks, embedded plastic strips, etc.
My god, the level of convenience we'd enjoy would blow away any other form of paying for goods and services literally overnight.
Who says you can't have a second child after you sold the first one?
Peasant Han: "Honest officer! Our child was sold into slavery over a year ago!"
Officer Zau kicks over the wood stove, lifts open a patch of the tile floor and shines his light into the darkness below. A dozen eyes shine back.
Officer Zau (screaming): Zui cha. Chaqu. Yongyuan!
Officer Zau unholsters her Type 15 pistol, takes aim at Han and puts her finger on the trigger.
(fade to black)
More of that high-quality Slashdot/Dice.com editing.
Is there any other kind?</snark>
I recall an old Science Fiction story along the same lines, back in the early 80s.
The protagonist was a young man in a third-world middle-eastern shitehole. He was tired of war, of losing friends and families, when he had a revelation: the "Blue Hats" (UN) were neutral, so if he joined their "army" he'd be relatively safe and wouldn't have to fight any more.
So, he obtains a discarded steel pot and paints it blue. Reveling in his newfound "immunity," he convinces his friends and neighbors to do the same. Even the other side starts doing it until everyone is a Blue Hat -- and peace breaks out for the first time in living memory.
I forget how it ended, but the gist was that the First-World was using the Third-World as a "live culture" of warfare, to keep the former's own troops trained and budgets justified. The old sides were eventually convinced to go back to fighting one another.
Yeah. They destroy legitimate businesses with their wonderful algorithms...
You went long on Demand Media stock, didn't you?
That butthurt's gotta burn!
Some of the stupid interviewing criteria that my colleagues and me [sic] had to deal with boggles my mind.
Ahh, reminds me of the Angry Aussie and his response to pointless interview questions:
For instance, there was the putz I had to see this week who thought he was being really clever. It seems as though someone gave him the book of Microsoft interview questions and he was eager to show off his new "knowledge". This style of interviewing gives you abstract questions that have no relationship whatsoever to the work you'll be doing. Or to the real world.
Proponents say they're trying to see how creatively you can think. Normal humans say it's a waste of time.
For the random people that use Orkut like others use Facebook, it really is not a lot of time to figure out what to do with potentially gigabytes of information. That holds particularly true for anyone that is not technically savvy.
How long does it take to slide over to Google Takeout and download all of your data?
A few minutes? An hour?
When Goog crushed Wave, I downloaded all my stuff in a matter of minutes. Couldn't really do much with it, but it lowered my White Hot Rage down to Red.