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Comment Re:The worst part isn't the rebranding (Score 1) 80

I made the mistake of applying for one of these. Exactly right, "We work hard and play hard around here" and so forth for an hour or so while the HR drone dodged my questions about what the pay was, until she couldn't fudge any more. I didn't laugh until I got into my car, but only because I was shocked at how little they offered and how much they expected. I really don't see how they filled that job at all.

Comment Re:Not Dangerous (Score 1) 31

Those comments are wrong, https://www.google.co.nz/searc... The US has no control over most of the World's oceans, so it's policies on finning are irrelevant. Shark's Fin soup has not become less popular in China, but more, it's a status symbol, and as the Chinese middle class grows, so does the demand.

Comment Not Dangerous (Score 2) 31

Sharks aren't really all that dangerous. They kill a tiny fraction of the number of people Hippos kills for instance, and if you really want to worry about an animal, mosquitos kill something like 1 million people every year.

The worrying thing to me is that because Chinese people like shark's fin soup, humanity is going to kill every shark in the oceans, probably in my life time, making the oceans shark free for the first time in 400 million years.

We ought to be worried.

Comment Re:Is any of this useful? (Score 1) 65

While I agree with you that more exploration is needed, the Moon is a great place to set up on because it is close to Earth, and the gravity well is 1/6th of Earth's, so getting off again uses less fuel.

If this water can be made use of, both as water for crew and fuel for space ships it's already where it can be helpful.

Comment Re:Not to say it's unnecessary (Score 1) 843

The same sorts of arguments were trotted out at the beginning of the jet age too.

I read the biography of a US pilot who missed out on WWII due to age, and upon beginning training in jets was told that "these are too fast for dog fighting, you'll never see your opponent".

He then went on to dog fight in F-86's in the Korean War.

Comment Re:Flagrantly anti-consumer (Score 1) 334

The taxis where I live are none of the things you listed, they are clean, and the drivers are (mostly) polite. They also know where they are going.

This has not always been the case, the industry was heavily regulated and protected until the mid 1980's, which made taxis expensive and inflexible (a taxi could not be hailed from the street for instance, passengers could only be picked up from taxi stands).

Then came deregulation, almost completely, and several times a smoking wreck would break down halfway to my destination, (if the driver even knew where he was going) which usually involved shouting and threats.

I don't use taxis as much as I used to, but it sounds like the issue where you live is poor regulations.

Comment Re:That's good (Score 1) 146

I have pretty much concluded that the purpose of the "right to be forgotten" ruling is so that rich and/or politically connected individuals can have their online lives edited.

The man in the link above may well be embarrassed by the story, but there's no suggestion he had done anything illegal, so if he objects, he should be able to go to the publisher of the site.

Comment Re:Illogical (Score 1) 207

Yes, quite.

We had to have this very conversation with several excitable mothers at my children's primary school a few years ago. There was a sudden demand that all Wi-Fi be turned off because it would turn the children into mutants, (or something).

Fortunately at a meeting called to discuss the issue one of the fathers, who may have been a electrical engineer, explained the safety issues in such simple terms that even the homeopathic medicine users couldn't refute him, and they lost the vote about 50 - 3.

Comment Re:What about low-income boys? (Score 1) 473

Everyone deserves equal opportunity, right?

Especially Chelsea Clinton, who apparently is the Clinton foundation's "point person" on Computer Science whatever that means, despite never studying CS. It looks like she's being set up as another generation of Clinton politicians.

Comment Sorry it's already been sold (Score 1) 233

My Mother-in-Law told me after a trip to the US that she liked Americans, she said they're kind and good natured and very friendly, but she could never get over how everything in the US is for sale. She was a practicing Catholic, but would go to any Christian church if she felt the need. She told me she always felt a little dirty after attending church in some of the evangelical churches she came across, as if she had just done business with the mafia. I think that is how your political system works, sold to the highest bidder. There's no way the corrupt politicians and their financial backers are going to allow ordinary people to muscle in on the action. Mayday PAC is a nice idea, but has no chance of changing anything. There's too much money at stake.

2000 pounds of chinese soup = 1 Won Ton

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