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Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 212

Not so fast.

Passenger air travel is becoming ever more fuel efficient. Airlines are keenly interested in the lowest fuel used per passenger seats, especially the low cost airlines. EasyJet's fleet (a low cost European airline) is almost brand new, same with RyanAir (who are notorious for making everything as cheap as possible). Not only do the airlines want efficient planes, but they want them as full as possible. EasyJet's load factor is 90% for example (meaning on average at least 90% of the seats are filled).

EasyJet's A319-neo aircraft have an average fuel burn (no wind) of about 2L/100km per passenger seat (about 115 mpg (US)). Adjusting with a 90% load factor about 103mpg per passenger flown. This is roughly equivalent to a reasonably efficient mid-size car carrying 3 people (note: most cars most of the time only carry 1 person), but remember the plane is doing 500+ mph while getting this efficiency, whereas the car will only be doing about 60mph to get that efficiency per seat.

A well-loaded electric train can better this of course, but airline travel isn't as absurdly fuel thirsty as you presume - there have been very impressive efficiency gains over time.

Comment Re:Exposing those who store plaintext passwords (Score 1) 122

I don't think much will happen, considering business executives don't go to prison for knowingly putting tainted water into the pipes or leaking gas into people's homes. Leaking passwords seems like a minor thing, maybe if the banks and credit companies got tired of paying, but I suspect those guys have figured out a way to pass the costs onto customers or the individual account holders.

Comment Re:Exposing those who store plaintext passwords (Score 1) 122

They won't do anything unless something has immediate financial consequences. And even when they are hacked, they cry about being the victim and how hackers cost them millions of dollars. They need to be told: No, not spending a few thousand dollars on regular audits is why you lost millions of dollars.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 325

Why would I sign an NDA just for a job interview?

Because that is how it is done, and I've never been given any alternative.
The NDA is that you cannot disclose, it is not the same as a non-compete agreement. Which I agree you wouldn't sign, but also I live in California where non-competes are usually not valid.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 325

Or replace it with one that is more transparent and perhaps spends less time trying to regulate individual behavior and more time organizing the infrastructure that is beneficial to all. I want a small government that stays out of my day to day life but also gets stuff done. (maybe strong local government and weak federal government, but that is not it exactly because most of my local government is ran by busybodies who worry about how many plastic flamingos I might put out on my lawn)

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 325

It kind of creeps up on you. You sign a bunch of papers, and the deal is done.

If any of us actually read the fine print, we wouldn't sign anything. Not even an NDA to get a job interview. These days you end up having to believe that someone isn't going to totally screw you over even if the document you sign seems indicate that they will. Not signing any documents is not realistic, if you want to go to school or have a job.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 325

Why would anyone with more than 1 brain cell not do some research before visiting a campus?

Some people are intelligent but overly trusting of people who seem nice.

I've been taken in by actual con artists before, not a huge amount, but they did abuse my overly trusting nature. Otherwise I am quite a rational and intelligent person.

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