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Comment Re:Poor Programming (Score 1) 183

By that logic, rearranging a couple of pieces on a chess board while your opponent steps away momentarily to grab a beer from the fridge shouldn't be considered cheating because you still had physical access to the board the whole time.

I get your point, but if you're playing with someone who can't remember where the pieces are then you sure shouldn't have to resort to cheating to win.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 260

What difference does it make how many shares it is? It's a dollar amount, and it will change along with the percentage move of the company.

If the stock price goes down at vest, they'll get less than $2500.

Well, yeah. That's how stocks work. If the price goes up they will get more. Are you saying this is somehow a bad thing?

Comment Re:Full of shit (Score 5, Insightful) 145

Yeah the UI is garbage but that doesn't excuse operator error.
Welp, I don't think I will be able to change your mind, but there are at least two schools of thought here, yours:
1. If something bad happens, whip everyone involved until they cannot stand any longer, then fire them, ensuring this never happens again,
2. Ask why this happened, don't assign blame, then work through the problem to find the root cause, then fix that problem so that it never happens again.
NASA determined that humans fail at pretty much everything about 3% of the time on the ISS and have built in all sorts of checks and balances to account for this. If the ISS blows up, everyone shares the blame, and responsibility for keeping that from happen again. If you assume from the get-go that humans are capable of being 100% infallable 24/7/365, even when they're sleep deprived from a) having a baby b) insomnia from a divorce c) hung over from a bachelors party etc etc then yes your system sounds great as there's no chance anything can ever go wrong and it's just their fault for being a bad person and they should feel bad.
Option 1 is both overly optimistic going in, and highly negative on the resolution side - nobody worth anything will stick around for long; option 2 assumes the worst going in and looks for a positive solution coming out. People tend not to quit out of frustration quite so often in scenario 2.

Comment Re:The supposed reason... (Score 2) 127

Do they really ever need to exceed 50 miles in a day?

I don't know. I wouldn't be shocked if they did that much in L.A. The thing is, I've heard it said that because police cars spend so much time idling while the officers are doing paperwork, sipping coffee, etc, cop car mechanics have instruments to tell them how long the engine has actually been running, rather than just looking at the odometer. I imagine an all-electric vehicle would get less overall wear and tear in this way, because the motor isn't doing anything when you're not moving?

Comment Re:Trasaction fees? (Score 1) 133

You would think they would just act as a clearinghouse, "banking" the revenue until it reached some threshold where the transaction fee was less than 1% of the payment vs. making a zillion $1 transactions.

I don't know how you actually get (or used to get...) paid from YT videos. I would have assumed it was fractions of a cent per view and that they already were smart enough not to actually pay out owed ad revenue to a video publisher until it hit some minimum amount necessary to make the transaction worthwhile.

Comment Re:Lies (Score 1) 319

I agree with you on this too.

The local goodwill is very busy. I know I purchase sacrificial work clothes that I use for painting/auto repair there. I know the local church group (who also owns thrift stores) has found uses for clothes that they couldn't otherwise sell and they can recycle the cloth material efficiently.

So I'm grateful for the people who donate their unwanted clothes for whatever reason.

Comment Re:I got a better idea (Score 1) 341

I never signed up for cable. The cable company wanted to sell TV, not internet access, so I wasn't interested. I eventually got ISDN, though I was actually too far from the station (I found out later) and it should never have been sold to me. Still, it was a lot better than dial-up...and went over the same phone lines.

So your argument is, AFAIKT, wrong. Cable was put in for those people who wanted cable-TV, not for the internet. The entire design of the cable system was designed to optimize broadcasting. In fact, IIRC, at first you had to have a phone connection with your cable to allow signals to go back from your receiving set to the transmitting station, so it would know what channel to deliver.

Comment Re:Here's my new plan (Score 2) 254

I think it's important to have strategic plans in place on the off chance Saudi Arabia, Iraq etc decide to pull up roots and side with the Russians and our external (we produce ~98%+ of our own needs) oil supplies dry up. I don't think we need a whole lot of ethanol fuel, biodiesel plants around to do this, but 0.5-1% capacity ensures that we at least have a backup plan in case we lose access to some or all of our oil fields. Never rely on a single source for anything. We have strategic oil reserves but just like running your replicated aws database in multiple availability zones gives greater reliability at the expense of additional cost, it's a good idea to diversify something as critical as fuel. Pray you never need it, but plan for the worst (within reason).

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