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Comment: Re:best and worst for wildlife are (Score 1) 452

by tompaulco (#47715463) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Hydro surprises some people, but in the best case a dam starts outby destroying a large swath of habitat, then permanently disrupts fish migration and the ecosystems dependant on the waterway.

And then when you blow it up to appease the environmentalists, it destroys the ecosystem AGAIN.

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1) 452

by tompaulco (#47713275) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

So your logic is: These thing over here kill birds; therefore it doesn't matter that this other thing kills birds.

Existing Facility Type A Kills X birds. Proposed Facility Type B kills Y birds where Y < X. Facility Type B is proposed to replace Facility Type A.
Facility Type B is sh*tcanned because it kills greater than 0 birds. Existing Facility Type B continues normal operation, killing X birds.

Comment: Re:our presidents origin story (Score 1) 115

I think there is a line drawing game going on and at some point people step over the line. For instance, if you go in to city council with a rezoning request, they are not going to just say "Yes, that makes sense for it to be rezoned to X" and grant it. No, they are going to say at the very least "What improvements will you be making to this property to entice us to make this change?" and right on up to "Give me some money".

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 2) 229

by tompaulco (#47694885) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It
How does one know when a person on vacation will be back? Is it my responsibility to keep track of when everyone I have dealings with will be in or out of the office? That sounds like a full time job in itself. Perhaps e-mails to a person who is out of the office should be autoforwarded to the person's boss.

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 1) 229

by tompaulco (#47694859) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Email's strength is that it is asynchronous.

That's the theory. In practice, people seem to treat it like instant messaging.

In my company, we have e-mails going out to customers with attachments that they use in order to post balances to medical claims. Because it is e-mail, the delivery is not guaranteed. Yet if they don't get one, it screws them all up. We have had to jump through fiery hoops checking the server logs and everything else to prove that it got out of the office, yet I keep saying that e-mail is not a guaranteed delivery mechanism. Just because it happens to be very reliable does not mean that it is 100% reliable. I can't seem to convince them to take delivery of these files by something geared for file transfer, like say File Transfer Protocol or something.

Comment: Re:They're Monopolies (Score 1) 364

by tompaulco (#47658519) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording
If you're going to make an omelet, you are going to have to break some eggs.
Ultimately, the deal is that comcast sucks and you want them to die as a company. So the service rep will be out of a job anyway. So we should be afraid to hurt their wittle feelings now? If we continue to come up with excuses to live with bad service, raising prices, unfair EULAs, unfair cell phone contracts,etc just because we think one or a few people can't make a difference, then the companies have won. They have cowed us as a people into believing that it is better to go along with the unfairness rather than stand up as consumers and fight for our rights. We are the customer and we determine what fair is.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.