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Comment Re:EPA MPG != CAGE MPG (Score 1, Flamebait) 136

So CAFE is kind of like our Unemployment Rate; not really a good indicator of anything, but it's a consistent baseline to compare a bad standard from year to year.

In the US, the Unemployment Rate is manipulated regularly to make things look "not as bad". The real number that people should look at is employed labor. That number has been dropping steadily since its peak in the 80s, IIRC, and is now hovering near 60% of the labor force.

Comment Re:It's the story stupid. (Score 1) 302

Yes, but he forgot to have a writing team that could put together more than two coherent scenes in a row, much less create a coherent story. It also looked like he mashed up the worst parts of the worst mad max movie (Beyond Thunderdome) with some of the abandoned (with good reason) film styles of the first. A shallow copy at best that left me with apathy about any of the characters.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 613

Many seem to be happy if they can make 80% of full salary and have every weekend be a 3 day weekend (and still avoid 10 hour days).

And this is how you become unemployed. Say what you will, but the reason people work as much as they do is so they don't get laid off or replaced. I too would love to work four 6 hour days a week. It's just not going to happen unless I solely do contract work, and then I'll spend as much time tracking down additional work to keep me working. Like it or not, employers require a minimum of 40 hours a week for a reasonably paying job, at least anywhere I've been.

Comment Re:It's the story stupid. (Score 1) 302

the story of Mad Max ... first quarter of of the film grunting through a steel mask/gag. That didn't stop the movie from being nominated for ten Oscars and winning six, including best picture.

That pile of crap won 6 oscars (no, I can't be bothered to confirm it myself). I'd say the original was far far better, as were a bunch of other C movies made back then.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 0) 613

Except this "entitled" generation will walk away from a job they consider "hard" or "not fun" and play Pokemon Go all day instead or loaf on a sofa in their parent's basement. If something looks disagreeable, they do crap all to get it done. Hell, what's more shocking is how little interest they display in their own skillset, unless it's to keep up with Bobby who's working on this super cool (defined as only Bobby and 3 other people, tops, use it) framework that's supposed to make all that boring old shit go away. By interest, I mean this millennial generation knows next to nothing about those boring things like register instructions, pointers, data structures, and how your choice of algorithms and tradeoffs affect performance. It's likely why they consider Ruby awesome, and about that security stuff... isn't that for the system and network admins to worry about?

I could go on and on about it, but why? You'd just say I'd be repeating the meme. In this case, they are the meme. Hell, I'll bet more than half these kids never mowed a lawn, chopped wood, or did any physical labor at all. What's more, I'll bet 95% of them wouldn't know where the oil drain on their cars are, how to check their oil level or add oil. Granted, I'd say half of my generation didn't know, but that was only half. It's just downright sad how little practical information they know. I'd be shocked if they knew how to scramble an egg. (OK, that might be an exaggeration) I had one guy around 25 that we decided had the right stuff to get hired, but apparently he was so distressed by having to reveal some of what he didn't know in the interview that he took himself out of the running. He started the interview by saying he wanted to learn... and we were willing to give him that chance. The interview wasn't even grueling IMNSHO, I merely wanted to know what he'd worked on and how he tackled problems he encountered.

Entitled special snowflake? That's hilarious. The only thing either of us are entitled to are opinions. And FYI, when I finally got lucky and got my first "career" job offer, it was for less pay than waiters and pizza delivery drivers were making at the time. So making more than the previous generation? Not when I started, and that was true for my graduating class and several following ones. Welcome to student loans with a due date that would eat up more than week's wages a month, because unless you were lucky, you weren't going to get paid much more than minimum wage. Hell, I didn't even qualify for middle class standing for 10+ years after starting my career. It's hard when you try to start working at the beginning of a major recession.

So yes, I, along with lots of others, do judge millennials harshly. They are lazy. They do appear to feel entitled. They expect 6 figure jobs right out of college. That time may be at an end for most, at least until inflation comes back.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 0) 613

Ah quit being a whiney asshole. They are entitled. Have you dealt with these assholes? I have, and geez, don't hurt their feelings by telling them their work needs improvement, because, well, just because they're super special snowflakes and know more about whatever topic they think they know more in than people that have actually been working in the field for decades. Yeah, cry me a river. And no, I was not privileged or even lucky.

Comment Re: Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

I personally wish golden rice worked and was viable. It's not.

I have no idea what you're talking about - it works just fine

Enlightenment awaits you.

So lowering costs (diesel, labor) and increasing yields (less pest damage, less competition from weeds) that lead to lower prices and less environmental damage isn't worthwhile? I'm sorry version 1.0 isn't exactly what you wanted, but how is that an argument against it?

I'm not sure those tradeoffs have actually led to less environmental damage.

So what you're in favor of is something far beyond our current ability, as well as absurd? (How would you prevent them from speciating? Why not just take the easier route and engineer them into extinction (doable with existing tech) and breed a new pollinator from an existing one?)

Speciation takes time. Several of the diseases would likely be long extinct prior to that happening again. But why not shoot for the stars? After all, you're fine with thinking you can better nature. It's only a question of specifics here. Inject a gene here, roll back a mutation there. As for causing those specific mosquitos to go extinct, well, haven't we been trying that in various forms for the past 100 years?

Comment Re:As little as I like Microsoft (Score 1) 70

Microsoft is a US entity, Microsoft Ireland, is an Irish entity (hint - they're incorporated in Ireland). Now, Microsoft US may own the Irish entity, but that doesn't mean Microsoft Ireland is a US entity, nor subject to any US laws. Microsoft Ireland may allow Microsoft US access to data they hold, but I'll bet it is under the auspices of Irish law, as the EU privacy cases just recently decided make clear.

IANAL of any type.

Comment Re:As little as I like Microsoft (Score 5, Insightful) 70

Then again, many consider you wrong. Why can a government claim rights over assets under another government's sovereignty? What you're proposing is that gov A can tell a company based under gov B's control to supply it with information that is in direct violation of gov B's laws, merely because it has a presence somewhere under gov A's sovereignty. So, let's assume that there's a letter in Disney France's possession. So the US gov can force Disney HQ to produce said letter if France's laws forbid releasing such data without a *French* warrant?

It's obvious to me that gov A would have to go to gov B to get a valid warrant from gov B to get whatever they wanted, and yes, that makes for a painful process. Such is the rule of law. You don't just get what you want from anywhere you want because you passed some law in a banana republic.

Comment Re: Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

Not at all. I personally wish golden rice worked and was viable. It's not. I wish there was a magic gene we could insert to make all food crops grow fast with no fertilizer or water requirements and result in abundant healthy food. That hasn't happened either. It appears nature has already made the trade-offs in growth and production optimizations for the base plants that we've selectively bred for traits we find more desirable. In this case, improving upon nature has proven to be quite difficult. Tinkering with genes for features that don't address those beneficial base requirements seem to have been commercially successful. Hence my skepticism.

Now something I could really get behind is removing certain mosquito's blood sucking gene set, reverting them back to a nectar eating bunch and ridding ourselves of a huge disease problem and creating more pollinators, solving 2 problems at once. Or maybe addressing various genetic diseases or improving things, like eyesight adding ultra violet and upper infrared, along with better night vision. Those are things that have benefits.

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