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Comment Re:USPS (Score -1, Flamebait) 196

Seriously, loosing the USPS won't be a good thing in the long run.

They cannot die soon enough. 95% of my mail is paper spam that goes straight into the trash. The rest is either packages (that could go by UPS instead) or bills from Luddite companies that are too dumb to figure out how to save money by sending e-bills.

First class postage is still under $1 for a letter picked up and delivered door to door, usually in a few days.

I haven't sent or received a personal letter in over a decade. Why would anyone prefer that over email?

Perhaps we could scale back delivery days and save labor costs. Say three days a week ...

How about zero days a week? That would save even more.

Plenty of countries no longer have a government run postal service. They are doing just fine.

Comment Re:Let's Get One Thing Fixed... (Score 1) 478

Which explains why we routinely test novel medicinal compounds on prisoners, and unsuspecting civilians, amirite?

No, we don't do that ... but if we did, we would almost certainly make faster medical progress.

After all, we want to take risks and fail fast - so what if we kill a bunch of people by doing so?!

Number of people known to have been killed or harmed by NK's space program: 0.

Comment Re:Let's Get One Thing Fixed... (Score 2) 478

NK imprisons the condemned and up to three generations of their direct family members,

How do you know? Do you have first hand knowledge, or are you just regurgitating the propaganda that your government has been spoon feeding you? Most of these stories come from defectors who have a strong incentive to lie and embellish. If everything defectors said was true, there would have been a WMD in every Iraqi backyard.

subjecting them to hard labor for life for political disloyalty.

Engineering errors are not "political disloyalty". There is no evidence that NK punishes people for honest mistakes.

Comment Re:bwahahahaha (Score 1) 478

finally musk has lost all his marbles.

Not really. This is nothing new. Elon doesn't have a filter between his brain and his mouth. He thinks out loud. He spews a constant stream of idea and opinions. But he has made enough of his crazy ideas actually work that it would be foolish to dismiss anything he says.

Comment Re:Let's Get One Thing Fixed... (Score 4, Insightful) 478

Fair enough. But I don't think we want to adopt their policy of facing a firing squad for failure.

There is no evidence whatsoever that NK has done that. That is just Western propaganda. They have deliberately chosen a "fail fast" strategy, and that doesn't work if you shoot your best engineers. Sure, Kim shoots people for political disloyalty, but that is an entirely different thing.

Comment Re:Let's Get One Thing Fixed... (Score 5, Interesting) 478

Let's try to solve the exploding rocket issue first before we start sending people to Mars, kk, Elon?

That is not the best strategy. It is better to push forward, take risks, and fail fast. You learn more from your failures than from your successes.

Look at North Korea, a poor impoverished country that has made huge strides by developing in fast cycles without worrying too much about failures. Their first rockets either blew up on the launch pad or shortly after liftoff. The world laughed. Yet they were ready to try again just a month or two later. That one blew up too, but it went further. Now, a few years later, they can put satellites in orbit, and they will soon have the technology for ICBMs that can reach North America. Nobody is laughing anymore.

Comment Re:i.e. I think I can ignore the law if I want to (Score 4, Insightful) 164

The law bans active jamming of Wifi signals. That is not what Hofstra did. They just made a policy announcement. That is not the same thing at all.

Should it be illegal for movie theaters to have cellphone bans? How is this different?

Comment Re:What selfish bastards (Score 1) 194

So, the baby is an immigrant to where?

No, the baby is not an immigrant. I was making a joke. The GPP's suggestion that families desiring healthy children should instead just support a more permissive immigration policy is so patently absurd that I didn't think it deserved a serious answer.

30 year old woman to boyfriend: I want to get married and have a baby.
Boyfriend: Sure, we could do that ... or we could just make a campaign contribution to Angela Merkel.
Woman: Okay, that would be fine, the end result is the same per capita GDP, and that's all that matters.

Comment Re:Scan your signature (Score 1) 247

This is why I keep a transparent-background PNG file with my signature around. Easily inserted into a LyX document and no one on the other end of the fax call can tell the difference.

That is what I meant by "e-sign". They rejected it. They could tell because there were several pages requiring signatures, and they were all exactly the same. They can also tell by the size/speed of the transfer. If only the sig is a scanned image the transfer will be much smaller than if the whole page is rasterized.

As much as hospitals charge, do you seriously believe that they aren't staffed up enough to detect fax cheaters?

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 5, Interesting) 247

What is this "printer" thing you people speak of?

If you deal with governments, lawyers, or doctors, you still need to print stuff on paper. I emailed a form to my local hospital, and they called and said I had to fax it. So I "e-signed" it, and sent it with my fax card. They called again and said that they could not accept e-signatures, so I had to print it out, sign it with real physical ink, scan it back in, and then fax the image. That was two months ago, and I haven't used my printer since.

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