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Comment Re:It's not the vinyl, it's the subscriptions (Score 1) 163

There is another aspect to this that I have not seen mentioned yet too. When you buy a vinyl album you will often get either download codes or FLAC files or in the case of a retailer like Amazon they add the digital version right into your amazon music library.

So you don't actually have to play the vinyl if you don't want to -- but you still have music that you can hold in your f*cking hand and know that you own it.

Comment Re:Windfarms Kill 1000's of Bald & Gold Eagles (Score 3, Informative) 156

Wikipedia says 4700 annually, 70 of which are eagles. It also says that it's due to the turbines being very small turbines that spin way, way faster than the modern large turbines, which spin a lot slower.
So your argument is
1) wrong on the numbers
2) not applicable to modern wind farms with slower spinning turbines
3) not applicable to this wind farm, which is replacing the turbines with safer ones

Comment Competitive Advantage (Score 2) 376

If you train them in your country, you should try to keep them in your country unless you think your educational institutions are no more than money makers. Otherwise you will eventually lose the competitive advantage that you have over other countries that do not invest as heavily in education. If you are concerned about immigration in this regard then you should change the caps you place on the number of foreign students you allow.

Also, China can chase all they want, but I doubt that there is going to be a mass exodus of top talent to a country with a stifling authoritarian system in place. Top talent really requires freedom -- I think history teaches us at least that much.

Comment Well that's terrifying (Score 5, Informative) 411

For two reasons:
1) no valid crime (in my opinion) was committed
2) it's a two year sentence, besides pissing off a bunch of people, what purpose does this serve?
You can't change a person's ideologies by imprisoning them, not without brainwashing them. This seems like the wrong way to address these problems. Imprisoning and fining people for their thoughts and beliefs is likely to cause more people to think this way, rather than deter it.

Comment Re:Wearables is a fad that's petering out. (Score 1) 38

It's not unlikely that your IOT toaster will just use the RFID chip to toast your toast to "3" darkness setting. It's possible you'll use the RFID in the smartwatch, but in that case, you can just buy an RFID sticker and stick it to the back of the watch, or integrate it in to the face of the watch. Some people have injectable RFID capsules in their arms if you don't like wearing something on your wrist.

Comment Re:If you don't like what they pay, don't drive (Score 1) 304

It's not a sustainable profession though; taxi drivers traditionally were career jobs for many in past decades. My friend's wife's dad is a taxi driver (in south america) and owns his own house, has raised a family of three and lives comfortably and is near retirement.
Now we're on the cusp of replacing taxi drivers with robots. While there are some that lean on Uber as a full time job, it's never been sold as a full time job, and second, it's been in the news for years now that the plan is to replace all human drivers with robots. It's unreasonable to expect to make a lifetime living from a company like uber, when the company is broadly advertising that they expect to replace their contractor workforce with robots.
TIme and time again they try and compare themselves to industries like healthcare, education and airport workers - industries that can't be fully automated. But their industry is being actively automated. There's zero reason to give benefits to these contractors in the long term, which seems to me why they're disinterested in providing benefits and pay increases to a market that has a seemingly limitless number of college students willing to work for any price.

Comment Interesting they release these reports on rainy da (Score 2, Interesting) 393

It's interesting that these reports are always released on rainy days (Which are pretty rare in SF actually)
Yes if you go up to Mt. Lassen it really probably is 1 in 3 trees. Certainly 1 in 10. If anything though, this is natural selection in progress; the only way to produce drought-resistant species is to have a serious drought, a big fire to clear out all the dead species, and then re-seed them with the drought resistant ones. If anything this is a good, big step forward for California over the long term in destroying the less viable/invasive species.

Comment Re:California (Score 1) 428

I've got cedar shingles and am paying a lot of attention to this.

The roof is ~30 years old with an expected lifespan of 50 years depending on how often/effectively we treat it. The treatment is not cheap (due to health and safety, not the chemicals) and a replacement roof is really expensive. I've toyed with the idea of getting solar but rejected it because it's ugly and we have lots of branches land on the roof. Elon's new roof fixes the ugly problem, so only needs to handle branches and be roughly the same price.

I'd prefer not to be first though, I'm hoping to hear some more unbiased stores of how people get on with the roof.

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