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Comment Pirate anyway (Score 1) 207

Darn. The lads find the one service I don't subscribe to. I guess I'll have to find a stream like I did for the last season on the BBC. TG is special because you get to see them beat up the cars,not just give puff pieces on them. You know the X3 is know that lots of cars suck even tho they are expensive. There is a boor at every party. JC is that person. I'm sure If I understood the class system of Britain this would be even more interesting, but I live in the colonies.

Comment Follow the signals (Score 1) 321

The whole "X was faked" theory misses one key point. If the moon landings were bogus, the Russians, Chinese, and a few others, all of whom had/have the technical ability would have blown the whistle on us. How would you fake a radio signal going behind the moon and coming back ? Not so simple. Likewise, you'd have to fake the data coming in. Seems like a lot of work to get a radio signal from outside Neptune's orbit....... The real tragedy is we can't currently go BACK to the moon....

Comment Re:Insurance makes sense (Score 1) 151

You need to read up on 85th percentile speeds and free flow. The 85th percentile results in the lowest accident involvement rate.... Posting speed limits at the 50th percentile only results in traffic clumping and more conflicts in the traffic flow. This has been properly and professionally researched and reproduced. Your gut instinct is wrong.

Comment Re:Insurance makes sense (Score 1) 151

Not even close. Speed limits should be set on a limited access highway at the 85th percentile of free flow traffic. (google Davy and Warren) Every state's DOT monitors this and published speed numbers by quarter. 85th percentiles on most 55/65 roads are in the 70-75 mph range. In a just world, most 55 mph highways would read 70, and most 65 roads posted at 80, enforced at 85. In the US, the idea that speed limits are set according to anything remotely like a "best case scenario" is a joke. I have seen speed limits set dynamically in Germany with adjustable signs, and that works very well, but they aren't locked at "max speed (something slower than free flow on a good day)" You do realize the "reference car" for the interstate system is a 1960's design with one brake circuit out. None of this applies to residential roads or dense pedestrian areas.

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 485

No, because Germany took over without a single shot being fired. This is the true turning point in world politics...that one nation can subjugate another without even running a few Jeeps around a parade field in a show of force. Not a single plane encroached upon Greek airspace, not a single submarine run any offensive drill. Nope, a few bankers with a spreadsheet. Beats Genocide, at least....

Comment Re:Ride one in January (Score 1) 100

You win. The Bike lanes have destroyed traffic flow and removed parking. Lowering the speed limit to 25 is a stealth tax outside Park Slope and Manhattan. I drove across NYC below canal street, and the tight streets, never great, were gridlock as half of the road was marked for bicycles. No bikes, hundreds of cars. Next up, mad cameras to enforce Zero Vision.

Comment Same Danger as Congestion Pricing (Score 1) 837

The overall desire to track everyone is the goal. In NYC, we had a Congestion Pricing plan put forth. The bottom line was that there HAD to be a financial toll, as they wanted to track everyone. Luckily, Upstate NY didn't think that charging a toll to see NYC was fair, but.... This is the same idea, with a different "reason". Try this one...index fuel taxes to inflation (not that that number is accurate anymore, at least as issued by the Feds). If you drive a prius, less tax. Drive an Escalade, more tax. Drive an 18 Wheeler, still more tax. Fair, anonymous, and fixes the system. Oh, I'm sorry. This is America, land of the Oligarch. We have to give this to a private company, make sure that it is enforced outside the court system, and make some Wall Street guy able to buy a west coast beach house as well as an east coast beach house.

Comment Re:The horrible TV control interface (Score 1) 244

The problem is that every remote has one or two functions that can't be done on a universal. You can get crazy with a Harmony remote but you have to do everything in sequence. Eventually you end up with one remote per box..... Manufacturers all don't work together, so they can influence you to stay brand loyal. Tech support for Grandma can be dicey.

Comment All Fake (Score 1) 532

I got a bill for an ER visit. Five stitches. $2500 Best was a $400 adjustment. It was the difference between one charge and another. They would not give me the "negotiated" rate as it was under deductible. Written requests to the insurer and hospital both refused citing me, the patient. Bastards. Charged more because my insurer got out from under.

Comment Re:Used to work at an immigration firm (Score 3) 636

I was only the piano player. I did all the non immigration work there. I'm only reporting what I saw. Would it be better if I didn't report it ? I never appeared in any Imm proceedings, or drafted the paperwork, personally. Immigration is generally a very effed up area of law. All the illegals aren't wrong...they know there will be eventual amnesty, like in the past, and will show up with coffee cans full of cash to pay whatever penalty fee the INS comes up with.

Comment Used to work at an immigration firm (Score 5, Informative) 636

IAAL. Learned in a stint at an immigration law firm, that H1B means you write a job description that only your candidate can fill. For example, if I wanted an airplane engineer who knew jumbo jets, I could get a thousand Americans for the job. If I needed a jumbo jet guy who also could work on Bleriot biplanes, that might be a lot less. If I also said he needed to be fluent in Mandarin and Farsi, I've just written an H1-B for my candidate. The key to success is making sure that only your guy can meet the job description that YOU create. Had a friend who was H1-B, even though he was raised in the states...he never bothered for the green card, took the easy way through school, etc. Had a falling out with his boss, and the H1-B went "poof". This essentially American had to relocate to Europe, and when he didn't self deport, was excluded for five years. H1-B means your employer owns your ass. Sadly, it is now a means to "on shore" a docile labor force.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.