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Comment Re:Long-term costs (Score 1) 294

I never said Spain was an advanced, industrialized nation. Spain had a friggin' dictator until a just few decades ago. Even Mexico has a better track record than that!

Spain sounds a lot like Mexico as far as qualifications, BTW. In Mexico, you don't need an engineering degree to be an "engineer", you just get the job (because of nepotism/cronyism), and work under some more experienced person for a while. From what I hear, all the professional jobs are like this (and this isn't just in the government, this is private industry). No wonder Mexico has never produced much of value. Cronyism is a recipe for failure. Too bad America seems to be devolving to this too, at least as far as the government is concerned.

And as far as infrastructure rotting, it sounds like you're on par with America there. Our infrastructure is crumbling too, though it's largely because we'd rather spend all our money on military misadventure (along with government healthcare websites set up by overpaid cronies).

Comment Re:How about NEW cars? (Score 1) 487

Are you sure about that? Other automakers have been talking for over a decade now about switching to a higher-voltage bus, because there's so many accessories in cars these days, and some of them use a lot of power (electric power steering for one). The Tesla is worse: it not only has EPS, but electric HVAC, in addition to things like window motors. A higher-voltage (42V) would allow the use of narrower-gauge wiring, saving vehicle weight. Normal cars haven't gone this way for various reasons, but the Tesla could do it easily since they already have a high-voltage battery pack, and converting to 42V wouldn't be any harder than converting to 14.4V. The main reason they probably wouldn't is because they can use off-the-shelf parts by sticking with 12V stuff.

Comment Re:How about NEW cars? (Score 1) 487

To be fair, gasoline cars that "just... catch fire" are older cars with poor maintenance. A 1-year-old car is not going to have leaking gas lines or oil leaks.

But comparing apples to apples, gasoline cars are not immune to catching fire after a collision either, and their gas tanks are much less protected than the Tesla's battery packs. Better statistics would compare cars 1-year-old or less to Teslas.

Comment Re:Long-term costs (Score 4, Informative) 294

The point is that in advanced, well-run countries like Germany, the government (at different levels, this is about a city government) actually does this in an effective and sensible manner, which is why Munich was able to successfully switch to open-source software and save a lot of money. In crappy, corrupt countries like the USA, we get expensive debacles like the current disaster where big projects are given to political cronies and provided vastly inflated budgets, and disaster ensues.

Comment Re:That's kind of the idea. (Score 0) 409

I am sure that name calling without facts is grown up.

And childish in your opinion is obviously ... Realizing that there are 3 types of officers.

1. Bad, evil, criminal ones. (A small percentage)

2. Cops that turn a blind eye to the evil the bad ones do.

3. New Cops that want to serve the public in the best way they can.

I think that a good percentage of police start out being number 3. The problem is that in order to keep your job you must become number 2 at the least. Once you start turning a blind eye to the crimes going on around you because they are cops you are NOT a good cop.

Comment Re:That's kind of the idea. (Score 2) 409

I don't. Its not very effective to call 911 to save your own life.






Calling 911 when you life is in danger rarely does any good. Even when it is not screwed up chances of the police showing up in time to stop what you think is about to happen to you are small indeed.

Cops protect cops.

How many cop murders go unsolved? Not many. Why? Because when a cop gets murdered cops think it is important to catch that person. It is not very important to catch your murderer though.

Comment Re:No, "they" are not. (Score 3, Insightful) 409

Most of them are not murders. Most are not thieves.

Those that are not protect those that are. They put their fellow officers above all else. If they do not they are drummed out. Those that are left are either criminals or are protecting criminals.

Kelly Thomas. Fullerton PD. Two officers are on trial right now. One beat a man to death and did it while 5 other officers stood there and watched it. Not one of them did their job. If you had put 20 of the officers there the same result would have happened. They are not to be trusted.

Again. Fuck the police. Check out all the video of police hiding, arresting people for filming them, beating people, intimidating, not respecting our rights.

The "good" cops are to busy looking the other way to be decent human beings.

Comment Re:They are right. (Score 4, Insightful) 409

"If they don't like it, there are plenty of other jobs out there". There's always that risk I suppose. It's hard enough to get good people to go into law enforcement. Let's make it even less appealing.

I'm willing to take the tradeoff of driving away potential cops who won't go into law enforcement if they have to follow the law.

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