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Comment Re:"Long awaited"? (Score 1) 98

I'm a long time user of GV and started using hangouts a year or three ago. One nice feature is it supports VOIP so you can make voice or video calls without mobile carrier over wifi. I ended up getting a minimal voice minutes plan and saving a bunch every month. GV still works the same way it always has.

Comment Re:Unit conversion not needed (Score 1) 225

Nautical miles are still used by mariners and pilots because it works out so well. It's 1/60th of a degree of latitude and it makes a lot of navigation math easier. I don't think units are magic or anything, but I'll use whatever is easier for the situation. Sometimes imperial units are easier, and sometimes its easier to specify both.

Comment Re:Is this so hard (Score 1) 113

Ah, I remember that dismissive form from the usenet days. Somehow email spam has been completely and utterly solved for me and many others. I use outlook with aggressive filtering at work, and gmail at home. I rarely see spam and rarely have false positives. I forgot all about spam until I saw your post!

I'm confident the same merry fuckers that fixed email spam can fix phone spam.

Comment Re:How durable? (Score 4, Interesting) 160

Fascinating. In dry western wooded mountain areas people are installing metal roofs because it is one of the most resistant to catching on fire during one of the wildfires. A friend was told by the fire department to install a metal roof!

I suppose it could work both ways. A fire that starts inside your house will have no chance to get out (letting water and firemen in) but a fire that starts outside won't be able to get in easily.

Comment Re: Very Basic Income (Score 1) 618

Road wear is almost 100% weather.

Horseshit. I'm not gonna look it up for you, but the worst roads in the country are in the bay area, where most years they get nothing more harsh than a gentle drizzle. The roads do get pounded by lots of heavy trucks, and the legendary car-destroying potholes make the news constantly.

The wear comes from compressive forces from heavy vehicles. Look it up, and learn.

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 2) 537

OK, numbers are hard to pin down so I am being conservative by merely claiming millions.

There are well over a million auto fatalities annually across this planet. The number of mobile phone related deaths is somewhere between 1%-10% of these.

Probably tens of millions, but I don't have the proof of that so I am going with millions.

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 4, Insightful) 537

Every life saved by a mobile has to be balanced by all the lives lost due to them. Inattentive driving due to mobile use has claimed millions of lives. Many people have died on foot or bicycle as well while glued to their phones. I don't think it is an easy thing to determine if they have saved more or claimed more lives. I'm no luddite, but I don't see them as a purely good force.

Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 1) 993

I'm pretty sure having a third party candidate carry a state is the ideal desired outcome. It might cost the current election, but it shows the validity of the third party in a way that would empower it in the next election and definitely scare the major party into considering making some big changes.

You're not going to scare anyone into voting strategically by saying "hey maybe your vote matters" - that is the entire point.

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