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Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 82

I don't like the US's role in the world. We do need to mind our own business quite frequently.

What I really don't like is how foreign nationals come here and pretend their country's history is flawless.

The unfortunate reality is that the US government isn't learning from European mistakes.. nation building just doesn't work and will almost always lead towards constant instability and power struggles.

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

I think the intention is the replace the shingles and have your roof made out of solar panels.

I've had this same idea for a long time. There's no benefit of asphalt shingles other than the relatively low cost. If you could replace your roof with a solar panel system that #1 protected your home and #2 provided a significant amount of power generation I wonder what the total cost of ownership would be. At current electricity rates, I'll pay about $20,000 over the next 20 years to the electric company. I would also pay $15,000-$20,000 every 20-30 years to get new shingles.

Comment Re:Good chemists needed (Score 1, Informative) 180

I guess we should round up all MBAs and make them wear patches and all live together in a ghetto, right? That will solve all the problems.

I'm an engineer with an MBA. Nothing in my studies ever suggested to cut corners for short term profits. It was focused on long term growth strategies and employee development. To remain globally competitive you have to build from within. The companies that are off shoring functions will most likely find themselves in more trouble a few years down the road. Yes, there's a cost analysis that is done (and I do that daily as an engineer). Would I pay someone $60k+/year to add chlorine to a pool? Probably not.

Wages are often tied to supply and demand. It's unfortunate that STEM related salaries in the US have not trended with inflation but that's a result of a stronger global workforce. It's not the MBAs deliberately holding down salaries.

Sorry that you have trouble finding a job.

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 276

After visiting Niagra falls about 3 years ago (we drove from Detroit across Ontatrio) with my family and my wife's family (Japanese), I got held up at the border.

It must have looked a bit strange for me, a white guy, to be in the car with 3 Asians and 2 young children. My wife speaks English well but the Canadian accent threw her off. She was giving answers to questions that were not being asked.

I was convinced I was going to be detained for suspicion of human trafficking. Luckily after about 10 minutes (and numerous glares from the border guards) they let us continue on.

Comment Re:LINE (Score 1) 237

My wife is Japanese and we use Line all the time to communicate with her family. It first launched in Japan but was actually created by a S. Koreans subsidiary (though they had collaboration with Japan, China, US engineers).

All that being said, it's no more secure than Skype.

Comment Re:Clinton_body_count++ (Score 1) 706

Have you ever learned a brand new word then by coincidence you start hearing that word on a weekly basis? Truth is you have always heard that word you're just now paying attention to it.

I see this as something similar. The focus is on the Clintons because of what has happened in the past. Maybe there are some links, maybe there are no links (I honestly don't give a shit, never been a fan of the Clintons). Everything looks suspicious because everyone is paying attention now.

The truth is always somewhere in the middle. 50 people killed to protect the Clinton secrets? That's laughable. Did a couple people fall on the sword for the Clintons? Probably... maybe these people actually did commit crimes and the guilt took over. Clintons probably have no souls so they don't feel guilt.

Comment Re:Unfair? (Score 1) 112

I guess in 2015 the number of industries dropped that require a joint-venture.. mainly because China was starting to lose a lot of manufacturing business.

http://spiegeler.com/chinas-ne...
http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/...

So technically you can set up in most industries without Chinese investment. If you want to cut through the political red tape, you get Chinese investment.

If your goal is to manufacture some widget to sell to the US, you probably won't have much issue. If you want to sell your product in China, you're going to need a JV because they don't want the profits to leave the country.

Comment 90% lunacy, 10% point (Score 1) 260

Disclaimer - I have not seen the movie.

The chance that this guy drove 300 miles SPECIFICALLY to watch a couple scenes with the Joker involved is ridiculous. That's his own damn fault he traveled such a distance. I have only been to London but I'm willing to place a wager he passed a few theatres closer to his residence while making this trek. Sounds to me that he didn't like the movie, regrets being dumb enough to travel so far to see it, and wants to use this law to make things financially right for him.

But, he does have a bit of a point. The production company can say that those scenes were cut at the last minute, after the trailers had been created. In the US, the few trailers I saw did not include the scenes he described.

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