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Comment Re:You have more freedom than you think (Score 2) 446

That's how society evolves.. something that was a luxury a century ago is now a basic necessity.

I personally feel that all citizens should get free basic health care (anything elective is out of pocket) and free secondary education (community colleges, must maintain good grades). I think these things can be done simply by making government more efficient.

The older I became, the more of the world I experience, the more I came to believe the current Republican party is the opposite of progress. They want to act like it's still the 1950s.

Comment Re:When will they get it? (Score 5, Insightful) 278

Reality is that a single semi-automatic rifle would have been extremely effective in stopping the madman in Nice attack.

I don't know how long it took that guy to plow through the crowd but I am quite positive no one in that crowd would have had the time, situational analysis, and space to end the threat without taking out more innocent bystanders.

I'm not anti-gun, there are just very few people trained to respond with deadly force in traumatic situations. Your average citizen is not one of them. Your average citizen is going to protect their own life by getting the fuck out of the way.

Comment Re:Abuse? (Score 1) 212

I guess I'm cut from a different mold, just because something is "free" or "unlimited" doesn't mean I'm going to horde resources.

When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I hope rational people will realize that if too many people abuse the system like this, the rules will get changed for the worse for everyone.

Maybe I'm just weird.

Comment Re:Facts about Japanese production (Score 1) 108

Japanese cars built in N. America use a higher grade steel (in most cases) than American automotive companies. Stronger and more resistant to corrosion. Now was that steel recycled in some way? That I do not know.

My wife was recently the steel buyer for a tier 1 supplier to many of the OEs.

Comment Re:Duke Nukem Forever Young (Score 1) 297

Here's my thought on why I agree that it will be a long time to never; autonomous vehicles will not be completely effective until 100% of vehicles on the road are autonomous and they communicate with each other using an agreed upon standard.

So now the question is do eventually roll out cars with this capability and require everyone on the road to have one.. or do we not allow people to use the function until all non-conforming cars are retired.. or do we have a separate road system just for these cars.. I don't think it's the technology of the car that will be the difficult part.

Comment Good companies do still exist (Score 1) 765

Reading through the comments, you'd think Armageddon has hit us. I'd like to post that good companies to work for still exist.

I've been with my company for 16+ years, there have been only 2 firings. One was a guy who was routinely changing performance numbers to make his own performance look good.. he was warned but kept doing it. The other was a guy brought in to help improve our systems and connectivity with the manufacturing side, turns out he had vastly overstated his skills.

There are a number of people in this office that could easily be replaced.. but my company doesn't believe in managing by fear.

Point of my story, don't be a dick and don't stop looking for one of those good companies to work for.

Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 202

The website says the road remains free of snow/ice so I'm assuming there is a heating element built in.

Without diving too far into the website, it seems as if the design also allows utilities to run "through" the panels.. likely in molded conduits on the bottom.

Depending on the wear rate, even if it only provided enough energy to ensure no snow/ice formation as well as run the lights built in to the panels, it might be a good option. Seems like it'd be better for sidewalk applications, though, or driveways.

Comment Re:Promises like this are easy for Hillary (Score 1) 355

Yes, and for a politician it is very hard to prove sincerity when an opinion has changed.

I have a former classmate that is now heavily involved in Planned Parenthood after being an aide for Democratic Congressfolk for about a decade... the guy has a huge thing for Hillary.. and I just don't get it. Ok, so she's a woman and now wants to be a champion of women's rights.. guess it's convenient to ignore the past when in the present you'll get what you want.

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