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Comment Re: Huh? (Score 1) 460

Neither is government regulation a magic fixall for every problem. It might be best to not outsource your concern for actual people and their living conditions to the state--or, at least, recognize the state's contributions to and share of responsibility for the situation, and not just its (claimed or actual) positive contributions.

Don't let politicians off the hook for making it so it's cheaper for companies to offer lousy gigs than hire employees--especially since the solutions that seem to be getting the most pushing by politicians would result in many, if not all, of these people having no job at all. I think it's pretty safe to say that very few of the people in the gig economy would consider that an improvement--if they would, they'd have walked away from their job already, and it doesn't exactly help that in some cases the gig economy is really not managing anything but being differently bad from the traditional model's version of the same job.

Comment Re:Doctors hate us... (Score 1) 181

Honestly, I thought it was basic knowledge that doctors don't get paid to write scripts for pain medications--unless the 'patient' is bribing them to write ones for them.

Also, don't forget that you've got to pick the right specialty--neuro and OB/Gyn can be bad here, because of a long history of ambulance-chasing trial lawyers and bad science in the tort system has resulted in the malpractice insurance being high, which in some states has resulted in a lack because nearly nobody can afford to practice those fields of medicine there anymore.

Comment Re:In your face Betteridge! (Score 1) 498

That will be very, very interesting given that in some states, for them to do the paper temp license they need you to present photo ID.

I assume that's only for getting a paper temp license after surrendering a license from another state. If you're in your own state, they should have your photo in the system already.

Actually, all of this is based on in-state moves and renewals, so I can say with great assurance that nope, you need some form of photo ID to get them to process it unless you do it online--in which case the paper version you get will NOT be a photo ID. I've been through this process a somewhat insane number of times lately, because the postal system kept losing the new one. I actually went over two months on the paper IDs last time, and they had to take a new photo each time in order to get it to print.

Even if they do want you to have photo ID, I suspect that they want to be sure that you're you, and not somebody else who is claiming to be you.

Comment Re:Goal post has not been moved (Score 1) 624

Open source project for a Mechanical Engineer? Wow RTFA.

Open Source Ecology is one of several open source projects that almost certainly would enjoy having a mechanical engineer's help. Look around and you'll find other such projects; open designs are definitely a thing people are trying to get developed and out.

Comment Re:Goal post has not been moved (Score 1) 624

One could just as easily interpret that as the difference between the guy who had such focus on his degree that he did not have any other activities - and is likely to give the same devotion to a job.

People who have a genuine interest in their field of study often do something beyond classwork. Classwork can be unfulfilling. New things learned in class resulting in an eagerness to try them out on something.

Depends on your field and what the experience requirements are--the bottom line is that there's not really much you can (or should) do to pad your CV with relevant experience in some STEM fields.

I can do the lit end of research on my own, it's actually generally the part people hate and I adore it anyway. However, what is regularly asked for is lab experience, and to work with anything that's particularly fun... It's just plain not something you can (or should) build in your garage. You can't do it legally, you certainly can't do it sanely, and that's not even considering the costs. You pretty much have to settle for maybe somebody at your university who has somebody doing the work already with a hole in their research group that you can volunteer to fill.

If we're just talking about the boring stuff? You've still got the documentation issue.

(And before you suggest finding a MakerSpace: I'm in biotech. They get weird about biotech...)

Comment Lousy Job Wants Years Experience (Score 1) 624

I think you may be into something. "There are no jobs" because millennials are too entitled and precious snow flakes to get lousy jobs like you to gain experience.

Donno how to tell you this, but in some fields those lousy jobs to gain experience require you have experience. As far as I can tell, they're either trying to get immigrants whose visas will depend on them, or figure that they won't possibly be the ones to benefit from giving you a chance to get that experience because as soon as you've enough to get a job will leave.

In the latter case, the employer ought to be giving serious thought--especially in fields where they get their pick of employees--as to why HR doesn't think anybody they might find will stick around once they've lasted that long? That anybody they hire will be motivated to leave for elsewhere?

Comment Some strange things here... (Score 2) 283

All sides of the politics making points. How about just focus on the realities: We're talking a few dozen people, and longitudinal study is of continued value, so how much money can we possibly be talking about?

Not only that, but it's actually rather amazing that they're not covering the treatment as part of the agreement to study his eyes. I was pretty much told to expect to have to have on the table at least partial coverage if I wanted to do this sort of research on human subjects--as part of getting permission to do it at all. (Compensation of research subjects is a standard outright requirement. You don't have it in there somewhere, even if it's just a shiny gold star sticker, and the only real question ought to be "How quickly will the ethics review board say no?" Oh, and it does have to scale properly: if I'm wanting, for example, a vial of blood, I probably should be shelling out cold hard cash and/or giving you free some testing you'd normally pay for, which if I'm smart is something I'd be doing anyway... "Access to personal test results" might even make it easier to get you to keep talking to me if it's a longitudinal study.)

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 202

The advisory speeds are set intentionally low. Certainly all the cars I've owned can take the turns much faster in good weather and even rental cars that I've driven were fine at +10 if you know how to drive well. The point is self-driving cars can do so much better than the thousands of humans in that situation. They will know that different kind of cars can handle very differently and will use the advisory signs as just a guideline, basing speed on the characteristics of the road and the data from thousands of cars driven before it.

Which means that a well-tested, robust set of driving algorithms should also be quite capable of determining if the advisory speed is too low, or did you miss the point that some roads are actually harder to drive at the posted (advisory or not) speed?

Of course, this depends on getting to where we've got well-tested, robust self-driving vehicles which isn't necessarily something we can say about any of them yet (if nothing else, the well-tested part)--and I'd be iffy on the whole of the entire idea of removing the ability for a human to take control as a failsafe feature. Sudden catastrophic failures of vehicles' electronics is a thankfully incredibly rare problem,'s not unknown. Minimum should be the ability for a human to cause the vehicle to come to a complete stop in an emergency; preferably, this should be a safe complete stop, at a safe spot...and not, for example, partially under a bus.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 202

Expecting even a trained human to take over with only a few seconds (or less) leeway is crazy and cannot work.

Except that's pretty much precisely what driving instructors do--in vehicles that are intended for such, they even have a break pedal on their side of the car, because in situations where there's 'only a few seconds (or less) leeway' the best response is rather reliably "HIT THE !@#$ BRAKES." Occasionally, this is combined with reaching over and grabbing the steering wheel, and trust me, they can do it. (I learned because power steering went out on a curve--he knew what to do, and I...learned on the fly. That first time, though, I needed the help getting the wheel over far enough & fast enough.)

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 202

I don't know about where dryeo is, but I've encountered a lot of places where the advisory speed limits were, as far as I can tell, set by somebody who hopefully isn't involved in engineering roads nor has attempted to take the particular road at the advised speed--or if they have, they don't pay much attention to how well the vehicle handles the curve(s). In my experience the 'sweet spot'--where a car is going to hold the road well, and not fight you about taking the curve--is usually significantly different. There's no particular pattern to this: the amount and direction vary, sometimes significantly.

I also have lived right off a road that is actually a significant challenge to drive at the posted speed limit, and in fact is so well-designed for its original speed limit that people naturally drive it at that speed. Many of the curves are actually harder to do at the current, lower speed.

This actually might be something to use self-driving cars to check, though: If well-tested driving algorithms that are emphasizing safety decide to flip off the 30mph advisory sign on that curve and go a different speed when you do its test runs on this particular road...

Comment Re:In your face Betteridge! (Score 1) 498

If your photo ID got stolen, too, go to the DMV and request a reissue. They'll give you a paper temp license on the spot, which you can bring with you to the bank, and they'll mail you a permanent replacement.

That will be very, very interesting given that in some states, for them to do the paper temp license they need you to present photo ID. At least in my current state, in the past year they've switched to the paper temp license being just a B&W photo ID so you don't need to carry the (expired) photo ID with you for those purposes.

Recovering access to a bank account probably is better done via two-factor authentication--and if you want to check that Random Account Holder is the one answering Holder's phone, it might be better to have some set bits of information that lets both sides verify identities.

It is not Holder's fault if the cat's name is, say, "Mr. Mxyzptlk."

Comment Re:Interesting story (Score 1) 553

Given what was done on 9/11, odds are the question ended up being which is preferable--risking having to shoot down a flight that wasn't supposed to do anything other than transit US airspace (because it got hijacked, ect, ect, you should know the story) or just having your standard be that if they can't even get to stay for a bit as a tourist, they can't fly over?

It'd work a lot better if the security was not effective as theater, instead of as actual security, however.

Comment Re:Interesting story (Score 1) 553

"Very few people can and will bullshit confidently in such a circumstance."

Except, you know, an expert at getting through borders undetected, or anyone who has experience with social engineering...

So congrats, you weeded out the amateur criminals, and have a false sense of security about the professional ones.

That depends on your actual goals, doesn't it? If you all you really want or expect to successfully do to keep out the amateur and idiot criminals because you've got enough of them already, thanks, it works just fine. There are reasons to settle for this, too, such as the possibility that the costs will soar with little to show for it, and the unfortunate fact that a professional criminal may well do better at following local laws than your average tourist...

Comment Re: USA! USA! USA! (Score 2) 553

And others do not... China, for example. Most EU countries if staying more than 90 days. Much of the Middle East. And some countries, like Thailand, have different rules; if you're entering as a US citizen for tourism, no visa for up to 30 days. For business? You need a visa. Peru was the same way. When I went to visit as a tourist, no problem. When I went to do business, I had to have a visa.

Actually, you're rather wrong--what you don't need to do is apply for a tourist visa in some countries. What they put in your passport when you're entering is a visa, and it's automatically issued to people from certain countries. The deal is typically reciprocal, though you're not necessarily certain of getting one--usually, from what I've heard, it's when you've gone and come back to try to 'renew' your tourist visa. (If there's a formal/proper process, it's so well-hidden as to be practically not existant.)

Comment Re:Cats have othe ways to make you crazy (Score 1) 249

This is something that can depend highly on the cat--while thankfully pretty rare, there are cats who are a bit...bad about their claws, and all efforts to teach them not to use their claws inappropriately fail.

The following information is assuming you have tried to teach your cat not to scratch inappropriately--or you have conclusive evidence that the problem is your cat got the short straw on paw anatomy, so your cat's just pretty much anatomically doomed to be lousy at velveting her paws. The latter should be in the form of consulting your vet.

Clipping the claws and soft caps can do a lot,and in extreme cases--when they're so bad that it's a risk to their own health--declawing if you can find a very good veterinary surgeon so as to preserve as much of the paw as possible. (The 'trim to first knuckle' method is, incidentally, the lazy asshole method of declawing from what I've read, and the threshhold here needs to be epic fail on kitty's part--think 'claws self by accident regularly' as the levels here, and yes, it's been seen.)

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