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Comment I enjoy hand-washing my clothes (Score 1) 139

I enjoy hand-washing my clothes and putting them away. Especially the ones I carefully selected and thus like very much.
It's one of those many simple household tasks that have a deep zen-like vibe to it if you put yourself it in the right mood and attempt to keep a household leaning towards minimalism. Pure bliss. And no, I'm not joking.

Household chores, such as washing clothes, hanging them to dry, washing dishes, going daily to the store because of lack of refrigeration, and managing a fire for dinner took up significant chunks of the day. The low-hanging fruit is gone so they're working on the smaller tasks now (roomba and laundry folding robot). If they can make them cheap enough, they could become ubiquitous and hit a home run.

Comment Uphill battle in North Carolina (Score 1) 360

When it all comes down to it, I think he may lose the election squarely because of HB2. North Carolina, being a purple state with large urban centers, has a lot of very ticked off voters in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh because of what the Republican-controlled state house and governer's office has done to the state with the discriminatory law. For someone like me whose fairly young (31) and suffering political burnout, the law has had the opposite effect that state republicans intendend: it didn't galvanize the far right but instead pissed off the moderates who tend to be financially conservative but socially liberal. I will be showing up at the polls specifically to vote out the idiots in the state legislature who passed this atrocity as well as tell the governor where he can stick it. I suspect a large percentage of voters in this pool aren't inclined to vote for Trump.

Comment The data is already out there, its called the OES (Score 1) 57

We annually get reporting requests from the department of labor, a large percentage of companies do. The results end up here: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current...

If you want to look at wage information, that's a good place to go. It's not localized by region, but it's a decent overall report.

Comment Re:Wrong Answer for Long Distance Shipping (Score 1) 246

Trains are used when they can be and are the preferred method for shipping domestically. Time-sensitive cargo and cargo going outside of rail hubs is what's being handled by trucks. It doesn't make any sense to build a railroad or run a train to Bumfuckistan, Colorado, population 600.

Comment Much ado about nothing (Score 1) 524

Let me preface this saying that I can't stand macs and find them abysmal to use...

This is clickbait journalism. They may be killing the physical key, but it's fairly obvious that they have a touch-bar above the number row. Chances are the ESC key is that e-ink looking 'cancel' button above the 1 key in the picture. If not, it'll be mappable and forceable to that bar.

Now, if this was the full keyboard I'd be up in arms because tactile feedback is extremely important when typing on a computer, but its the topmost corner position on the keyboard that's isolated from other keys. If they reserve 2 inches on the top left of the touchbar for it, it wouldn't heavily effect the ability handle the muscle memory aspect.

Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 357

The cliff analogy often used is disingenuous. It looks at historical geologic timescales and sees how AGW compares to them, which is like dropping off a cliff. However, if you want to relate to people you have to put things into a perspective they understand, which is the human timescale, and if you wanted to do an analogy with that perspective it'd simply be like rolling down a hill. AGW needs to affect individuals on a year and decade timescale, not century timescale, for them to care and make changes because humans are shortsighted. If you can not distill direct effects that relate to an individual's direct and immediate future then they will oft dismiss it as fearmongering. The vast majority of the population doesn't give a shit if the earth temps rise by two degrees in 100 years because it won't effect how they live their lives in a significant manner, when the changes proposed would drastically alter how they currently go about their lives. A true 'tragedy of the commons'

Comment Re: Having a 'bad gene'... (Score 1) 656

While there is thought that certain aspects of 'nurture' may be at play, it doesn't rule out nature. The rise in cancer diagnosis over the past century is due in part to discovery and awareness. Kids in the 50's that were mildly autistic were just looked at as 'weird' and managed coping mechanisms, where the extreme cases were sent to asylums. Those mild cases are a case of misdiagnosis and lack of awareness, and if they were born today would be targeted as ASD.

Comment Re:working to offset expansion of the money supply (Score 1) 404

Honestly, I believe this is intentional. The US is inflating its way towards global parity and in doing so is devaluing its debt to keep the word economies and US economies churning.

The reason the US does what it does is because the USD is looked at as the international currency, partly because it does what it does. Everyone rushes to the USD in times of crisis because the USA has shown in the past and committed in the future to stabilizing the currency even if hurts the US economy. Its a extremely odd chicken-and-egg scenario at the moment, and until it changes, the USD will continue to be the status quo until either a radical political upheaval or US influence erodes to parity with other superpowers who show similar level-headed fiscal policy.

Comment Re:Gratuity should be illegal (Score 1) 97

Because tipping provides a direct incentive for the worker to excel, and the results show. If the worker doesn't make enough in tips, they get bumped up to minimum wage so they never make under minimum wage...but if they excel, they bring in great money and provide a big draw for customers in high value customer service. Having visited several countries, the average level of service provided in a tipping culture vs a non-tipping culture is quite extreme, in favor of tipping cultures. There are servers and bartenders that make in excess of $70,000 a year through college because they hone their craft and become someone patrons ask for when they go to visit a restaurant because of such good service.

Comment Re:Anand did it properly (Score 1) 80

Honestly, it could have been a similar situation. Anand started to become extremely heavy handed towards apple products for about a year or two before he left to work for Apple. His reviews on apple products become quite intolerable, and were often apologetic of any issues and was even starting to use fluff words like "magical" in those reviews. This seemed to unfold shortly after they busted open antennagate debacle. There was a lot of debate in article comments that Anand lost his perspective for a good time before he resigned.

Comment Re:Disgusting (Score 1) 55

Making education entertaining conditions children into enjoying education. A common thread among the geniuses of the past is that they all started education at a very early age and it was ground into them, so they almost instinctively had it become their raison d'tere. Not everyone has that kind of upbringing. LEGO has created more engineers than ENG101 because it taught children how to enjoy the process of building, regardless of whether that was their original inclination. The same has been done with computer games and programming. Now we're seeing attempts to do the same via Minecraft.

You can't roll back the clock, so talking about the good old days doesn't solve anything. Work with where we are now, the world we are in today.

Comment Re:People getting too illiterate for email? (Score 1) 290

There are reasons for voice communication. I've asked an either/or question of someone via email and gotten a response of "yes" which was quite infuriating. Doubly so because they were on the west coast and replied after my business hours on the east coast, then I had to wait till 11 AM the next day to get a proper response. All of this could be avoided with real-time communication.

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