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Comment: Father of Dragons (Score 5, Funny) 126

by tool462 (#49698047) Attached to: How SpaceX and the Quest For Mars Almost Sunk Tesla Motors

"I could either pick SpaceX or Tesla or split the money I had left between them. That was a tough decision. If I split the money, maybe both of them would die. If I gave the money to just one company, the probability of it surviving was greater, but then it would mean certain death for the other company."

I go through the same mental calculus every morning as my kids eat a week's worth of food in one breakfast.

Comment: Re:Rewards (Score 1) 950

We used to have them out of self-interest so that they could care for us in old age. With increases in productivity it is more likely that we'll end up caring for them in old age.

This is still the case, but through a middle-man. Social Security, Medicare, and the like depend on a monotonically increasing workforce. We either need the chronic masturbaters to start doing it with real girls or we have to relax our stance on immigration...

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 5, Insightful) 349

by tool462 (#49541877) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Agreed. Google may or may not discriminate, but their median age is likely has a large component of self selection. I'm only 35, and I'm already at full-Murtaugh. I'm too old for that shit. I see a company with cafeterias open late, games, etc, and I see a company that wants me to spend every waking hour at work. I've been there and done that. I loved it in my early 20s, but now mid-30s me is stuck supporting the code that guy wrote. I hate that guy...

Comment: Re:"forced" (Score 1) 616

by tool462 (#49532945) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Why would that be a problem? This doesn't have to be a "punishment" to be effective. Some parents will elect to vaccinate their kids to keep them in public school. This is good. Some parents will choose to home school instead. This is also good, as it removes the unvaccinated from one of the most likely public spaces where these diseases may spread. If these parents are happier with their child's education as a result, so much the better. The important point isn't to coerce parental behavior, but to mitigate the risk of disease.

Comment: Get off my lawn (Score 2) 224

by tool462 (#49306133) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Why can't they have what I had?
A POS car that could only go 75 if you turned off the AC.
The radio would cut out when you turned left, and if you tried to turn the volume up, you'd just blow a fuse anyway.
The backseat was so small you weren't getting up to anything even if you could convince a girl to look past the rust and bubbling clear-coat.

All this for less than $1k, and it gets 40mpg due to the three horsepower engine (one for each working cylinder)! Put the money you save into their college fund since they now have a chance of getting out of high school alive and childless.

Now excuse me as a I return to my Fortress of Solitude...

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming

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