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Comment hide the money. (Score 2) 137

You may sleep soundly, knowing that the money isn't being hidden in the Caymans or Swiss banks to avoid taxes. The US has very generous agreements with both of those country's banking systems to track funds.

Given that his chief opposition owns the IRS, and that a successful finding of concealed funds in an audit = felony = instant ineligibility to run for US President, there is about a 0% chance that there's any monkey business in his accounts.

He does, after all, give 14% of his income to charity. I don't think mindless greed is much a problem with him.

Comment Re:Probably (Score 1) 683

Larry writes fun stories, but doesn't know much about orbital dynamics.

As opposed to Robert & Virginia Heinlein, who invented/calculated the "S" orbit used by the Apollo mission. On a roll of butcher paper with a pencil. After three days calculus by hand, Robert & Virginia Heinlein both arrived at exactly the same answer; so they figured it must be correct.

Which was used in one freaking line of the book "Space Cadet".

That's why he was in NASA Mission Control when Armstrong made the most important bootprint in history.

Comment Re:commercial vs volunteer free (Score 1) 194

When I was very young, my parents invested in encyclopedias. I read the Encyclopedia Americana A-Z cover to cover. Later, in 6th grade, I did the same thing with the current edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. This gave me a HUGE boost in school and life.

Unfortunately, I don't see how the same is possible any more. There's just too much in any electronic encyclopedia to read all of any more. On the other hand, instant access to any information, porn and billions of opinions all easily from a variety of search engines totally makes modern internet a paradise for me.

The only excuses for stupidity nowadays are laziness or mental disability.

Once again, Mom, thank you for forcing me to learn to touch type.

Comment Re:oh fucking bullshit (Score 1) 194

encyclopedias from the early 1900s were blatantly racist and often stupid. encyclopedias from the 1950s reflected the cold war biases of their authors.

Yes, but they still had good reputations. Current opinions aren't able to retroactively cancel encyclopedia sales in the early 1900's.

wikipedia is a steaming pile of shit,

I must respectfully disagree. I find the hard science stuff to be extremely useful. I find software and pc specification articles to be a godsend. The only areas I don't bother much with are politics or religion, and even then, things like birthdays and dates in office are still useful.

...but its better than anything that came before it, which is why people use it and why encyclopedias are dead as a medium unless someone can figure out a new business model where the authors get payed[sic] for their work.

According to your following hint, somebody has already figured out how to pay authors.

(hint - wikipedia already has many articles where authors have been payed[sic], its a dirty secret that nobody likes to discuss, but fundamental to understanding how the site works)

Which I would consider to be a very good thing, though that's new information to me.

Overall, I consider Wikipedia to be about as reliable as a group of highly intelligent, fiercely opinionated friends.

Comment commercial vs volunteer free (Score 0) 194

With the older commercial encyclopedias, accuracy and reliability reputations made or broke companies.

With Wiki being free and volunteer, these restraints famously don't exist, leading to exactly this kind of thing. Not good or bad, it just is.

I LIKE arguments in my research sources; sources should be challenged. If the challenges are in the source itself, so much the better.

Comment Prep co-workers now (Score 1) 480

I telecommuted years ago and am preparing to do it again.
1. Be away from your cube as much as possible. Get your co-workers used to phone/ chat/ video call to contact you. be "down the hall" or 'with ______ in a meeting'. and can communicate electronically now or f2f by later appointment.
2. Webcam: dress your office and body professionally. Videocall people NOW to get them used to it.
3. Some people are going to HATE you for this. Sow all the goodwill you can and never mention to anyone who doesn't have to know. if your office on camera looks like your work cube, so much the better.
4. If you're asked directly, say it's a temporary arrangement for medical reasons. If they dig, remind folks about medical privacy laws.

Good Luck!

Comment Carbon Fixation (Score 5, Insightful) 206

A way to fix carbon permanently is to bury it underground in a specially capped storage facility. Just so long as it doesn't decay, and just acts like a rock under the dirt, we're doing good.

I call the above 'burying paper in a landfill'. Al Gore has an old newspaper he keeps on his desk that was perfectly preserved in a landfill.

So we take trees, that suck CO2 out of the atmosphere, turn them into paper to sell and finance the operation. Collect the paper and "carbon sequester" it underground in a capped storage facility (landfill). We're saving the planet!

Given the above, the worst thing you can do is recycle paper.
The more recycled, the less new produced.
The less new paper produced, the fewer Douglas Fir trees planted in the managed forests.
The fewer new trees planted, the less CO2 pulled from the atmosphere.

Someone with more environmental awareness please show me where the logic is flawed. I'm unable to find it, and I've looked.


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Comment Exactly NONE of it is leaving Asia (Score 5, Interesting) 688

Are you guys seriously thinking the US will get ANY of it? The Afghan gov't stopped caring about the US the day we announced we were leaving. The Afghan gov't has already been cutting it's deals with the Taliban. The US is exactly on the other side of the planet. Hell, we don't even have a friendly neighboring country to get the ore through. What do you think we'll do? FLY it to the US? The Chinese have this locked tight. If we tried to set up any sort of operation, Al-Queda would kill our people, if the Talibani didn't get to them first. The whole point under discussion is us taking the value away from the Afghanis. Can't happen. For anyone else, it's a cheap operation with cheap labor. For us it would be a military operation with expensive contractors getting killed every day. Cannot happen. The Chinese have this one in the bag.

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