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If it does, I need to change my answer.
I hiked the PCT this year. I climb mountains, and I just got back from the Sawtooth Wilderness. Campfires should not be used any more. The West is burning. Frankly, this year's PCT permit application says not to use anything but a canister stove, and suggests not even using a stove.
In all the times, all the nights, I've been backpacking I have started campfires on only a couple of occasions for safety. Both were done to dry out soaking wet clothes and prevent hypothermia. Fires for *real* safety is good, for socialization, fires should be permanently suspended.
Yes, it is fun to sit around and chat around a campfire. However, just take a look at what is happening out there for forest fires (http://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml).
Colorado passed an anti-texting law. Cop sees you texting and she can pull you over. Result? Instead of operating the phone at the top or over of the steering wheel, people didn't want to get a ticket. So, they moved their devices to their laps. Accident rates went up as a result. Doh!
Giggity giggity...giggitty goo.... all-right.
It is called Silicon Valley
Two of my scientist friends have left science for developing 1) technology for Facebook; 2) a drug to make fat people skinnier. Well, number two is technically science, but
The high tech gold rush for making big $$$ is the problem, IMHO.
You just saved me five minutes for typing the same reply. Well said and thanks!
Most of my career I was oriented towards extremely high quality products where validation and verification is extraordinarily important such as producing a microprocessor (recalls are just too expensive). A high degree of precision is needed for that. If I were producing a website for a local auto repair shop, well, if it looks weird on IE-9
Take a look at the Kickstarter project meetearl.com. They wanted everything. Yes, this would be a cool device with GPS, built in FRS, digital relay, weather radio, solar panel, e-paper display, on and on... They are more than one year late, with no end, (really) in sight (but they now have a GANTT chart, so there!).
If I were doing that product, it would be an Android tablet with GPS, built in topo SW for the US and an e-paper display with a removable battery. A decent version 1.0. Then in 2.0 and a solar panel to the back side. For 3.0 add the weather radio. The, 4.0, add FRS, etc. (with FRS now, you need to transmit, which has a higher bar than all prev. generations).
So, to summarize in the most basic idea of programming or engineering: "KISS" -- although, I like to say make the development as simple as needed, but no simpler.
"Space Pen", of course.
I worked (VRTX kernel contractor) at Rocketdyne on a NASA contract to build a robot which welded the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Because of strict government regulations I was walked over to a building that took 15 minutes to get to; filled out a requisition form; waited 1/2 hour; received my pencil; walked back to my desk with my escort and my pencil.
I was offered a permanent job with Rocketdyne. Although it was cool to work with rocket scientists, I declined the offer.
It is true you are more likely to die in US traffic accident than to be killed in a terrorism attack in Israel. I've investigated the numbers and it is indeed true.
A side note... My wife and I were returning to Tel Aviv in 2012 when the Palestinians began bombing. We rode a bus with a bunch of young men and women soldiers all armed with automatic weapons from Eilat. They all got off at Be'er Sheva (on way towards Gaza). We continued on to Tel Aviv without incident. Most bombs in that incident ended up hitting sand in the desert.
Damn right. Bush/Cheney would never allow the rampant collection from the NSA!
Wow! Really? We need a new law that is already covered, pretty fucking clearly, by the US Constitution's 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
So, let me get this straight... the 4th Amendment needs additional "refinement" to put teeth in its bite; but the 2nd Amendment is in a league of its own.
God Bless Amerifuckingca!