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Comment Re:There is some news here... (Score 2) 146

Some Interstate freeways have recently increased speed limits and can be at 70, 75 or in some cases, such as in Texas, 80 (mph || 134 kph

Texas has recently opened a section of road with a speed limit of 85 (mph || 137kph). Minor correction to the quoted section above. For any nations using metric (I'm looking at you, entire world), 80mph is approximately 129kph, not 134kph.

Comment Re:Marketing strategy (Score 4, Insightful) 146

The FBI collected information for a period from January 1960 to September 1962 and found that in American cities deploying both types of vehicles, 65% of the officers killed while on duty killed were in two-officer vehicles while only 35% were in one-officer vehicles. This statistic seems to indicate that the presence of a second officer does not guarantee personal safety. From Here

Without knowing the percentages of one and two officer cars and the specifics of their deployment, this statistic indicates nothing. There's simply not enough information. Assuming 1/2 of the cars have a single officer, and 1/2 of the cars have 2 officers, and they are evenly deployed, one could conclude that each officer in a 2 officer car is .833% safer than the officer in a one officer car. That's not the only problem here. Why are we citing a study from 1960 to 1962? Hasn't the nature of crime and the style of officer deployment changed at least a little in the last 50 years?

Comment Re:Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks (Score 1) 296

"Throwing money at education doesn't work!"

This is undeniably true. Look at the disastrous quality of education in Washington DC.

Factiod: Texas spends about $6.82 per hour to educate children in K-12 Factiod: Average price of a baby sitter in Texas: $9.00 per hour over all, $12.50 per hour in urban areas.

I was unaware that a babysitter would be willing to babysit 20 to 30 kids at the same time for $9 per hour. That'd be no more than 45 cents per kid per hour!

Factiod: Average pay of a letter carrier: 58,700 USD (no degree required) Factiod: Average pay of a Texas K-12 Teacher with a bachelor's degree: 42,890 Opinion: The person that teaches your child to read should make at least as much as the person that brings them the mail.

First, we'll just accept that the high wages of postal carriers may be related to the fact that the US Postal Service is losing billions of dollars a year and in danger of going bankrupt. Lets move on to a comparison. There are only 180 school days in a school year (in Texas). That's 36 weeks, leaving approximately 16 weeks in the year for vacation. Assuming letter carriers get 2 weeks of vacation, that's 50 weeks. $58,700 / 50 ($1174) compared to $42,890 / 36 ($1191.39). Also, teachers don't have that "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" slogan, and largely get to work indoors sheltered from bad weather and vicious dogs.

And yes - I am now a FORMER K-12 employee. I couldn't keep depriving my family of a living wage to teach your kids, get insulted for being "A pig in the trough sucking on the public t|t"\

If being middle class on a single income while taking nearly 1/3 of the year off isn't a "living wage" for you (in a state with a low cost of living), money isn't going to solve your problems.

I once had someone actually spit on me when I told them where I worked.

You probably were complaining to them about only earning 50% more than they do (individual income, not household) while you had to work an entire 2/3 of the year, when they're the ones paying your income.

Comment Re:Specially if its full of oil on fire... (Score 1) 254

What does NASA stand for? "Need Another Seven Astronauts."

I had no access to a web or a BBS at the time, but that just caused a flood of ALL of the Challenger jokes that I knew to come flooding back. There were many of them, and virtually all of them were tasteless Christa McAuliffe jokes. I don't really think that could have possibly fallen under bullying at the time, but it seems that some lawmakers want to outlaw tasteless jokes, and with the remarkably broad language in the law as described, they may be able to try.

Comment Re:Citation needed (Score 1, Insightful) 198

The GP wasn't advocating deregulation, but rather that the government stop changing the rules. Once the rules are established, businesses can adapt and the economy will stabilize. If the rules change every few years, the economy will keep fluctuating.

Thank you for stating this. Businesses are not able to act confidently when they are worried that the rules are going to keep changing. It's not like playing a boardgame where it's all part of the fun. Real things are at stake, and people tend to be very cautious and try to remain flexible and not put any chips on the table when the rules keep changing. (apologies for the mixed gaming metaphors)

Also, I think there's a semantic problem between the people that argue against and for "deregulation", as they seem to be using the term differently. Some people view it as a simplification of the rules, and in some cases, a removal of the more expensive and onerous of those rules. Other people view it as a case of simply changing the rules in whatever way is necessary so businesses can maximize profits. I think an argument can be made that the changes to the financial rules that led to the crisis can be fairly classified as the latter.

Comment Re:Location, Location, Location (Score 1) 69

Since industrial base wasn't a point discussed in either the original post, or my reply, or a big issue in the original site selection [for Cape Canaveral] - I'm not sure what your point is.

Industrial base was implied when I started discussing parts. And when you started discussing mining.

If you meant apples, why mention oranges? One doesn't even remotely imply the other. Not to mention, if you read the context, you'd note that I (barely) mentioned mining so that you'd understand that Florida was far better connected than you seemed to think - and why.

Honestly, I'm still wondering why you think "parts" doesn't tie in to "manufacturing". As for mining, you're actually trying to say that "apples" and "applesauce" aren't connected.

Comment Re:For Sale (Score 1) 49

Yeah, for $3500. For that price, the are definitely build to order. They are probably making quite a bit off each sale, but there's probably a lot of time spent making even a single table. For $500 and a lot of hard work you could easily build this thing yourself.

3500 smackers? For that, I could buy a toolshed, fill it with the tools I need to do this, and still have 1000 smackers or more left over. That, and I'd still have the pride that I'd made it myself! (not to mention, being able to fix it on the fly, and, hey, I'd have a lot of power tools)

Comment Re:Location, Location, Location (Score 1) 69

Since industrial base wasn't a point discussed in either the original post, or my reply, or a big issue in the original site selection [for Cape Canaveral] - I'm not sure what your point is.

Industrial base was implied when I started discussing parts. And when you started discussing mining.

Honestly, what I was thinking about was pretty much around how so much of the shuttle was built from all over the place. That might be due to pork barrel, and that might not be as much of a problem for SpaceX, but for NASA, or anything else funded by the government, it's likely to come up. California is a huge producer/manufacturer in the US, and it's about as far from Florida as you can be, without involving another country or the ocean. I'll admit I know a lot less about the original Apollo program and what the logistics where at that time. They stopped that when I was too young to remember, so maybe it was ideal then.

I felt like I was being bad about looking stuff up when I didn't check the rail lines between Houston and the proposed location, but... Heck, if it's only 300 miles, that's only 5 or 6 hours by truck for a part or supply. That's not bad. And for what it's worth, Houston isn't just a port. It still has manufacturing, and a ready supply of petrochemicals.

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