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Comment Re:Presidential Protection (Score 4, Informative) 169 169

And how many assassination attempts have been made on recent presidents? Zero.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_presidential_assassination_attempts_and_plots

Obama's on the list. So is Dubya. And Clinton. And Bush Sr. And Reagan, obviously. And Carter. On and on.

Just because nobody has recently pulled something as high profile as a Hinckley doesn't mean there haven't been attempts.

Comment Re:Although unused, not useful (Score 1) 213 213

I currently live under an inbound flight path for LAX, and about 1/2 mile from a freight/AMTRAK line. I hear both if I listen for them, but after about a year I no longer noticed the sound. I'm fairly certain I'll tune out the drones as well. What I DO find especially obnoxious are those god damn UPS trucks and their loud engines and squeaky brakes. They're impossible to ignore, and my dogs go apeshit every time one comes barreling down the street. I'd happily trade a whirring noise 200 feet above me for the demise of the thundertruck out on the street.

Comment Re:Free market (Score 4, Insightful) 257 257

Good customer service is expensive.

Good customer service is less expensive than bad customer service. A smaller call center staffed with decently trained and compensated CSRs is far more cost effective than watching the headcount continuously grow and churn to deal with the increased call volume due to poorly trained staff dumping calls, permaholds, supervisor escalations, previous callers figuring out they've been lied to, etc. At some point, your call center will outgrow its allotted space, and then you'll have to deal with a costly move or additional locations. Both companies I worked for experienced this, one of them had to move TWICE in 4 years, and the cost was mindblowing. Then, as you lose a lot of your customers, there's the cost of downsizing.. all of which could have been avoided by just properly hiring, training, and compensating a solid, core group of people to take care of your customers and make sure they didn't become unhappy with the thought of giving you their money.

Comment Re:Can you blaim them? (Score 1) 126 126

put about $100 worth of batteries in their blackbox so it would ping for more than a few weeks.

When was the last time we lost a large commercial jetliner for so long that the batteries ran out before we picked up the ping? When was the last time we had one fly so far off its planned flight path, intentionally evading radar, and probably crashed half way around the globe from its intended destination? This case is so out of the ordinary, it wouldn't have made sense to plan for it (up until now). Sure, lets throw another $100 worth of batteries into it. But what if that wasn't enough? Lets throw another $100 in to be sure. But is that really enough? Let's keep piling batteries onto the thing until it barely gets off the ground, because you never know when some asshole is going to pull another stunt like this. While we're at it, lets make them all fly around with gigantic inflatable bumpers attached to the front, in case one tries to fly into a skyscraper again...

Comment Re:Hackers (Score 0) 89 89

"Hacker" can't have two meanings... stealing other people's shit.

"Shit" can't have two meanings and the efforts to muddy the definition is a transparent attempt to lessen the stigma attached to excrement. So, obviously, you mean to say that "hackers" are hellbent on stealing the feces of strangers, to which I am not in a position to either prove nor disprove, but wrinkle my nose to it just the same.

Comment Re:Does everything need to be smart? (Score 2) 128 128

Yes. That's why fire sprinklers are so successful. There's nothing between the water and the fire except a low-melting-point component in the sprinkler head.

The fire sprinklers with the visible glass tubes are activated when heat causes the liquid inside to expand, shattering the glass and opening the valve. No melting occurs.

Comment Re:Dude, what? (Score 1) 101 101

None of them of any appreciable size in the greater Los Angeles area since Northridge. None of the larger ones since Hector Mine were widely felt in LA, and the majority of them were off shore or way out in the sticks. Look at the fault map for LA.. there's tons of them, yet none of them produced anything newsworthy in 20 years. The period between Whittier Narrows and Hector Mine was the most active, with many quakes that didn't make it on that list but I still remember to this day. 1992 was a a crazy year for quakes. The fact that nothing larger than a 5.4 has hit LA since 1999 is unusual compared to the 20 years that preceded it.

Comment Dude, what? (Score 1) 101 101

"Significant tremors in the west"? The recent earthquakes used to be business as usual back in the 80's-90's. We'd have them at least once or twice a year, if not more, and it never really raised an alarm. We've just had such a dry spell since 1999 (or '94, if you want to keep it in the LA basin), that these light/moderate earthquakes seem like big news. The bigger story should have been "Where the hell are all the earthquakes??" for the past 20 years.

Comment Re:Ummm.... (Score 1) 330 330

So yes, your 40 mpg motorcycle (horrible mileage by the way, a crotch-rocket by any chance? Geo Metros do better than that) .

Kawasaki Versys 650, actually. Can do upwards of 50+ MPG in the right conditions, but people fail to realize that the real world takes a heavy toll on actual stats compared to paper. My commute is 50/50 freeway and street, and there is a ~1000ft mountain pass in between my house and work. Plus, I don't ride it like I'm driving a Prius. Some people are too hung up on fuel economy that they miss out on the fun things in life. PS: Some 'crotch rockets' can get 60+ MPG. Check out the Ninja 250/300 line :)

Comment Re:Ummm.... (Score 5, Informative) 330 330

So the only real way to reduce CO2 emissions per mile is get more miles per gallon of fuel.

No. My ~40mpg motorcycle pollutes far more than my ~27mpg car. It's all about how well the engine burns the fuel and handles the emissions before they leave the pipe, not necessarily just the volume of it.

Comment Re:purchase time (Score 4, Informative) 405 405

Are they also going to ban all those bloody scooters in paris. Those things are cheap to drive and the exhaust is filthy.

Those things are serious polluters, both chemical and noise. There's nothing that ruins a nice stroll down the Seine like the grating buzz of a 2-stroke with CVT. And the way they just pile them on the sidewalks everywhere.. ugh.

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