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Comment: Location, location, location (Score 5, Insightful) 212

by the grace of R'hllor (#49099867) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

Well, at least the pollution they caused wasn't being ejected into city centers where people would immediately breathe it in, but instead at a centralized location where big bucks could be spent to achieve big gains of pollution reduction.

The main benefit of electric vehicles is the ability to move to an electricity-based society, at which point the problem that would remain is getting clean electricity. Filling a desert with solar power plants would probably do it.

Comment: Re:Limited power to change working situation... (Score 1) 348

by the grace of R'hllor (#48858431) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Interestingly, you're a bit right:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/1...

10 grams of eggplant equated to ingesting the same amount of nicotine you would absorb by being in a room with low amounts of smoke. Weird.

Of course, unless you like to snort eggplant, it's not going to do jack to the cilia in your lungs.

Comment: Re:Inevitible (Score 1) 151

by the grace of R'hllor (#48846139) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

That is a silly assumption, that terrorists aren't thinkers.

The suicide guys? Yeah, they're the ones who can be persuaded that dying is worth it. But 'terrorist' by now encompasses such a large group, there are going to be plenty of people capable of planning a complex attack.

One guy with a few drones remotely piloted on a common frequency, say 433MHz, carrying pipe bombs onto school playgrounds cannot easily be stopped. Where this same guy with an AK47 can be stopped with a single bullet.

Comment: Re:Which is stupider, the book or the game? (Score 1) 393

by the grace of R'hllor (#48843997) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

That depends on your point of view. From the point of view of the unemployment administration, yes. The program works.

From my point of view, it was pleasant as well. I was looking, but not very aggressively. Partly because my previous salary was good enough that I could get by on 70% of it (standard unemployment in the Netherlands). I'd had plenty of rejections without even a meet-up. Being approached by multiple employers meant I had choice, more confidence, and eventually a great job.

Comment: Re:Inevitible (Score 1) 151

by the grace of R'hllor (#48843977) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

I have said it before and I'll say it again: I'm amazed noone has taken a consumer-grade self-built multicopter, put a pound of plastic explosive on it, and flown it into or next to an important building from a mile away.

Building a quadcopter or such capable of carrying a lethal payload and flying it FPV takes about $250-300.

Comment: Re:Which is stupider, the book or the game? (Score 1) 393

by the grace of R'hllor (#48809973) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Having been on unemployment here in the Netherlands, I can say this: Waiting for people who haven't been looking for work to look for work is not going to... uhm... work. If you want people to get work, you need to have a bridge between employers and the jobless. I am very employable, but despise searching for jobs.

What worked for me was a newsletter from the unemployment agency to potential employers, listing candidates looking for work. The 'recruiters' knew my strengths and weaknesses, and could use that to advantage. Importantly, employers started calling me, instead of the other way around. Had a few meet-ups, still got turned down by a few, turned one down myself, and accepted another. So now I'm gainfully employed and posting on Slashdot.

Mind you, I wasn't even remotely in danger of being homeless, especially with the Netherlands' good unemployment system, and when that runs out welfare. If I were homeless, I'd not be employable, which would make forcing me to look for a job fruitless.

Comment: Re:Summer vacation is a vestigial remnant... (Score 1) 161

by the grace of R'hllor (#48683571) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

No I'm not. Kids tend to play, during summer vacation. I'm assuming they'll still do that.

Kids playing is one of the better educational activities, as it involves self-organization, goal-setting, and is self-rewarding. Teaches personal skills that schools don't.

Comment: Re:Summer vacation is a vestigial remnant... (Score 2) 161

by the grace of R'hllor (#48679471) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

I don't think everyone agrees that students need more of their shitty education. Honestly, if you can't teach it in ten months, you can't teach it in eleven months either. Poor educational results are a thing of standards, not lack of time.

Despite possibly being a remnant of an agrarian past, you have to look at what's more useful. As countries that favor creative thinkers over merely competent automatons, education during summer vacation may be more effective than a month of extra school.

Mind you, sitting at home playing PS4 is a terrible way to spend summer vacation. Travel, organizing and playing real-world games, exploring, hell, building a trebuchet or something, these are all educational, and can't really be done in school.

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