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Comment: Re:That's unchecked capitalism for you (Score 1) 504

by reboot246 (#48465715) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
And in many places they are limited by regulation as to how much profit can be made. They have the cost of generating the power, the cost of labor (usually union), the cost of maintaining a fleet of vehicles, and so on. There's not a lot of incentive placed on maintenance, especially upgrading the distribution system to underground. The newer subdivisions generally have power lines underground, but it's expensive to go back and do that in the older parts of the system.

Where I live the power company is a corporation, and they own the power generation facilities and the distribution system. Where I'm working right now the power distribution is owned by the city, and the power comes from TVA. Both have problems with power outages about equally.

Comment: Cars are just part of what's on the road (Score 1) 453

by reboot246 (#48443573) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
Take a look next time you're on the road during the day, and you'll see plenty of vehicles that are not cars - 18 wheelers, delivery vans or trucks, tradesman vans or pickups, utility company trucks, and law enforcement.

If cars are driving themselves, then they're going to be sharing the road with a lot of vehicles that are not. And I don't think your local plumber or cable guy are going to be renting their vehicles.

Comment: Re:Underwhelming picture (Score 2) 81

by reboot246 (#48424821) Attached to: Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia
I've seen fields and yards covered with spider webs like that all over the place. They're probably always there, but sometimes when there is the presence of dew and sunlight at just the right angle, you can see them clearly. I thought everybody had seen them.

That photo was unimpressive. I've taken better ones.

Comment: Re:Better idea (Score 1) 212

by reboot246 (#48422417) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House
There you go again, being rational and insightful.

But you're also a dreamer. They (all politicians from any party) are not going to quit being assholes, and they're certainly not going to stop lying and cheating - that's how they got in office to begin with!

While we're on the subject of fences and moats for the White House, could a moat or a fence stop a drone launched from a garage a few miles away? Or a hundred drones loaded with explosives?

Bottom line is that if one of our enemies wants to do something to us and they want it bad enough, they'll come up with a way to do it.

Oh, BTW, we citizens are not the enemy even though our own government views us as such.

Comment: Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (Score 1) 554

by reboot246 (#48393231) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices
My commute right now is 95 miles, each way. Not quite as doable as your little 20 mile hop, skip, and jump. Plus, once I get to work, I may drive another hundred miles!

And, no, I can't move there. My next job (about the end of February) may be 100 miles in the opposite direction. Sometimes I work in three states within a week. You'd be late for work every day on your bike.

Bicycles are out. Electric vehicles are out. Even natural gas vehicles are out. The only way is with good old gasoline.

I say leave the price of gasoline alone and don't raise the tax. Every penny the company I work for spends on gasoline is one penny they can't pay me, and I'd like a raise before the end of my life. The last one was four years ago.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 257

by reboot246 (#48374547) Attached to: Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress
I agree about the ONLY way to effectively have online transactions is to consider the purchase made in the state of the seller. It would be much, much simpler for them to keep up with one rates instead of hundreds of different rates.

It could also lead to some online businesses moving to states that have no sales tax or very low sales taxes. They would be able to sell for less than their competitors in high-tax states.

Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon could be major winners if Amazon and others moved their businesses there.

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