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Comment Re:Not concerned (Score 1) 459

Yes, but most of the regulatory changes happened during the '80s and early '90s. A period during which the young folks didn't have a say.

If folks your age were too stupid to realize that free trade agreements were a bad idea or that the government has to actually tax people in order to pay for services, that's not really our fault. You guys will get to retire with most of the Social Security you were promised. And chances are substantially better that you'll have some sort of pension to go with it.

These days, pensions are rare, I can't remember the last time I even saw a job posting that even promised something more than a 401k match.

The whole, I got mine, now to hell with you attitude of older voters has done an incredible amount of damage to the ability of the young folks to make a decent living. We work harder than you folks did for less. And we get less and less each year as inflation continually outpaces wage improvements. And folks on social security get COLA even when the inflation is negative.

Pensions were being attacked in the '70s. It doesn't matter whether myself coming from Generation X or yourself from the Millennium Generation or not, when I entered Silicon Valley with 2 degrees, M.E./C.S. no one gave a shit in upper management to listen to what I said about how to run a company they were attempting to take public in the first place.

Banks were fucking the public post 1982 when the S&L scandal [yea Republicans] fucked us and Reaganomics two fisted us into oblivion. Then came 2006 [yea Republicans: see a pattern?] drove a pipe up the American People's asses we are still trying to mend.

In reality, most people are self-centered, me first and fuck the world personalities. When those pricks [MBAs] get to run corporations they really take them down but not before they walk out with a life-time of being able to afford to do whatever the fuck they want.

Any asshole who thinks Corporate Taxes are too low needs a fist up their ass. 401K plans were then are continue to be a fucking con job. It was the Corporate solution to lying to Pension plan holders and the Boomers ate it up.

If Generation Y wants to do something, get off your asses, vote out Boomers who are pro-corporations first, fuck the people second and vote in anyone who isn't an OBGYN and/or Evangelical. Two wrongs most certainly don't make a right.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 5, Informative) 341

> when and if sea level actually starts to rise... we'll talk

Water level measurements from the San Francisco gage (CA Station ID: 9414290) indicate that mean sea level rose by an average of 2.01 millimeters (mm) per year from 1897 to 2006, equivalent to a change of eight inches in the last century. The rate of rise has increased to about 3 mm per year over the past 15 years.

This is the oldest tidal guage in continuous operation in the United States, and is located near the Golden Gate.

http://www.energy.ca.gov/2012publications/CEC-500-2012-014/CEC-500-2012-014.pdf

Comment Re:Those who do not study the past (Score 1) 135

Hold my hand out like barbers, and electricians, and mechanics, and cooks, and baseball players, and housewives, and bricklayers, and makeup artists, and painters, and a myriad of other professions have been doing throughout all of recorded history? It's obviously possible to use your arms all day long, so clearly the UI designers are not designing touchscreen/gesture interfaces properly.

Agreed that the Gorilla Arm syndrome is being misstated regarding Human Factors.

Comment Re:Can't wait to enroll in Musk University (Score 1) 135

Brilliant my ass. He's just a well-schooled salesman who paints himself the next Steve Jobs. Technologically inept to know 99% of the crap he's shoveling is the equivalent of The Jetsons and 1% smart enough to hire talent to tell him that 99% is bull shit, but that 1% can be feasible.

My old boss, Steven P. Jobs, would never pull the asinine stunts this guy continues to rack up. You under sell and over deliver. This guy pictures himself Kurzweill as a visionary salesman. He's attempting to create his own RDF without ever having the charisma to generate one. The Tesla is a hot commodity, for now. He isn't pragmatic. He's not schrewd enough to realize his tepid steps into the waters of business are just temporary, unless he can make a firm footing for those charging stations nation-wide. If not, the Tesla will be known as the biggest electric car bust in history. He needs to focus on a few ideas, refine them and grow them. Instead, he's PT Barnum and that will bring him down.

Comment Re:5. First Amendment (Score 1) 233

The US has **the most journalistic freedom in the world**

wrong, according the journos themselves at least; US doesn't even make it into the top 30.

Journos are hardly the best judges, as they have their collective bias as well. And it seems to be Leftist: notice how Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and Israel are all lumped together, while Venezuela has effective persecution of the press; Argentina is trying to follow on its heels, fortunately less effectively; and Brazil is solidary with these governments. In fact, the three governments have the same tendencies; I would argue the difference in the effectiveness of political censorship is less a difference of substance in the government and more of different strengths of the civil societies.

Israel should be about par with Europe and North America, which shows journos ignored the circumstance of its living in a continuous state of war.

Comment Where is it practical? (Score 1) 127

But it does not allow rockets to reenter the Earth's atmosphere at orbital velocities, slow down, and land.

How about the Moon and Mars? It seems to me that the fuel capacity of Dragon isn't enough to do both lunar descent and ascent just on the Super Draco thrusters and the trunk's fuel capacity.

Comment What's really impressive (Score 2) 127

The impressive part is that they do it with an actual rocket that is 106 feet tall, and that they have launched it 7 times with 0 failures.

Using the same engine, rather than treating the engine as a disposable object that only performs one burn in its lifetime. Most rocket engines can't be throttled, can't be shut down and then restarted in flight or otherwise.

The tricky part is going to be for any stage to have enough delta-V to return to the pad after lifting a payload to orbit. Also, as far as I can tell, this takes a drag chute for lower stages, and a re-entry shield for upper ones.

Bruce

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