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Comment Bad, bad stuff (Score 4, Interesting) 219

What these companies do is serially violate Wikipedia policies while padding with fluff or outright lies. I'm not against paid editing itself, and a few people do it without problems, but the more known companies have methods they use are purely deceptive and they cause a great deal of expense and problems because of the thousands of sockpuppets they create, and the hit and run methods. They are not doing this in an open and honest way, whatsoever.

Trust me. If I know anything, this I know, and I know it first hand from actually working the SPI cases.

Comment Re:Invulnerable? Really? (Score 1) 112

Nuclear weapons are designed to survive EMPs because there's a strong possibility that they will be used in an environment where other nuclear weapons are being detonated, either with intent to stop incoming weapons, or as part of a barrage.

So, yeah, they are expecting nukes to have to survive being nuked.

Comment Re:yep (Score 1) 671

Sorry, but you are clueless. They don't get a "tax benefit", other than they can write it off as a business expense, just as they already do for wages. The only advantage to the employer is that it is easier to keep good employees with reasonable health care. They don't get any other bonus writeoffs.

The EMPLOYEE gets a tax advantage, because before Obamacare, I could pay for my insurance using pre-tax dollars. Now I have to use post tax dollars. Instantly, my health insurance costs just shot up over 35% since that means I use dollars AFTER I pay Social Security, Federal Income tax and State income tax.

Comment Re:yep (Score 1, Informative) 671

OMG, holy cow and all that. Speaking as someone who has started and sold a couple of small businesses, I can promise you that Obamacare will NOT make it easier. There is even a tax for every employee, whether you have health insurance or not. Sorry to burst your bubble (and no matter how you feel about Obamacare in general) but more regulations do NOT make it easier to start a business, no matter what kind of regulations they are.

Comment Re:I do not understand why this is a story (Score 1) 740

Slight correction:

Trades were executed in Chicago at the same time as the change was announced in Washington D.C. in a classical physics sense.

The trades were made at 2:00pm on the dot in Chicago. Which implies that the trades were made with a 0s thinking/processing time. The graphs I saw were timed down to the millisecond, so assuming they got the information at 2:00.000 (which wasn't possible) they decided to execute the trade in less than 1 millisecond. It's probably theoretically possible, I assume that the information was at least guessable and I'm sure many traders were prepared for this eventuality.

Of course, it's possible someone anticipated the outcome of the decision, and scheduled the trades for 2:00, and was planning to reverse them in some way later if the information tuned out to not be what they had expected.

Comment Re:Yes, But... (Score 1) 213

Well, reading around, it seems that spiders of up to 100mg can be lifted by a mass of threads forming a fan about 1m long.

Assuming Spiderman is a skinny kid, he might weigh as little as 50kg, so he should be easily able to lift himself by producing a fan shaped mass of silk with a length of as little as 500km.

Comment Agreed on the activists (Score 2, Insightful) 380

They killed the goose that layed the golden eggs.

The uber-green and anti-nuke activists likely don't live there, and probably consider these folks collateral damage in their larger fight. Ideally, such activists would be up-front about the economic costs of some of their stands. Even beyond this now-impoverished small town, growing economies need affordable energy; that's just an economic fact. High energy costs reverberate through the entire supply chain, and raise the costs of virtually every good-and-service that normal people use.

Everybody wants clean air and water, but some green initiatives come with a serious price-tag.

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