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Comment Re:Oh, bullshit (Score 2) 213

As a mechanical engineer this is pretty simple. The efficiency of an engine is related to the temperature difference. To get higher efficiency in a diesel you need higher compression. The problem is at high temperature you get NOx formation. There is nothing wrong with the mechanical design. They are near what is possible with thermodynamics. Im sure the ME's reported to the bosses if you want this efficiency and power you won't meet the emissions. Someone higher up made the call to cheat.

Comment Depends on what school of economics (Score 1) 197

The problem with economics is that is is the study of human interaction. There is no way to predict what will actually occur. The best you can do is derive general statements from first principles. The problem with this is the conclusions you reach tell politicians to do very little and the more they try to help the more they will hurt. This obviously isn't popular with politicians so they get people from schools that like to play with data fitting and pretend they can predict what the outcome will be when they inject hundreds of billions of dollars into the market. This is just what the politicians want to hear.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 307

The problem with your logic is that the doctors are the owners of the business. The capital investment is small compared to their education. In a corporation the owners are the shareholders not the workers (in most cases). It the owners that select the
Board of directors and management flows down from there.

Comment Re:I've been in the audience (Score 1) 388

Same thing with all show audiences. To most people it's just a thrill to go see any TV show so you are like the nieve girl laughing at all of the guys jokes. It's just what is expected of you. I used to go to the Late Show in NYC and when I watched it again at night it didn't seem as funny. Something about a live performance. Maybe you feel empathy towards the performer and are cheering them on to have a good show.

Comment Can't see past step 1 (Score 1, Insightful) 233

The issue is that people can't see past step one. They want to end all suffering even when that suffering is a direct response to a persons choices. Let's take hungry children. In the old days when someone got pregnant without being married they were considered irresponsible. Society gave them two choices. Either they would get married or give the child up for adoption to a married couple. We know a child will be much more successful in life if they are raised by a mother and father. This worked out because some couples can't have kids.

Today what we do is tax the responsible people and give that money to the irresponsible people to raise their kids. Despite all evidence that a single mom (or dad) is a strong indicator of poor future outcomes. The liberal feels bad for the girl that gets pregnant without being married. What they don't feel bad for are the responsible couples that are so heavily taxed they put off childbirth until they are so old they need medical intervention to get pregnant. Meanwhile the single moms raise children that are a drain on society.

This is what happens in all types of situations due to the liberal mind. They can't stand any suffering and they are willing to destroy everything to alleviate responsibility for their actions.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann