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Comment Re:Hands on Wheel? (Score 1) 172

Actually they don't. Severe shoulder, arm, and back pain is a big deal for truckers. I'm a massage therapist. I've worked on guys who were in "level 10" pain. Real agony.

I've seen issues with the muscles: Teres major, Teres Minor, Latissimus Dorsi, Deltoids, Trapezius, Scalenes, Extensors and Flexors of the forearm, Triceps. (not the bicep very often tho), corocobrachialis. Oh and infra and super spinatus and levitor scapula.

http://dotphysicalutah.com/faq...

Plus the muscles: gluteus max and min (but not med), multifidus, erector spinae/spinalis, quadratus lumborum and psoas major.

http://www.crengland.com/truck...
http://realtruckdriver.com/3-c...

The best position would be in a comfortable char with your arms resting but not crossed watching the road attentively with little "attention" quizzes where you had to tap a button when a light came on. And with the machine observing you were in a capable state-- not falling asleep or looking away from the front for over 10 seconds at a time.

Comment Re:Distracted (Score 1) 172

I don't think there was any fire. He was beheaded I think. Pictures of the Tesla make it clear it went under the trailer and the top of the car was ripped off clean at the body of the car.

The car then continued driving and swerved right? to the side of the road and stopped against a tree (not sure if it was braking or if it hit the tree or both).

Comment Re:Hands on Wheel? (Score 1) 172

Rather than "hands on wheel", it should be "eyes looking towards road ahead". My tablet can tell if I'm looking at it. The car should be able to see the driver is in the seat, looking forward, with their eyes open.

Reasonable gaps of a couple seconds should be allowed since humans are supposed to look around but that's just a programming detail.

So say the car realizes the driver hasn't been looking forward for a certain number of seconds, it warns the driver, starts slowing down and attempts to hand control over to the driver.

Really dark sunglasses would be an issue. And sunlight was an issue in the florida crash.

Still, holding your arms up for hours is a recipe for pain.

Comment Re:Good. Now pardon Snowden. (Score 1) 787

By that standard, we'd need to kill dozens of people based on Snowden's leaks and they were not even fired.

And given Mr. Trumps extreme antagonism for Russia in 2014 but extreme love for Russia by 2015, I suspect he'd end up in front of a firing squad as well.

I think they've got something unforgivable on him. Like video of the violent rape of a teen girl. Something that even a pardon won't really fix.

Comment Re:DVD's costing $15-49 is killing DVD sales. (Score 1) 301

There is only value to ownership when you are going to reuse the item.

Otherwise, you are just prepping yourself to be on the next season of "Hoarders".

I stopped buying DVD's when I found I was rewatching less than 1% of what I bought.

As I get older, I rewatch less.

There is a glut of entertainment right now. I can spend 20 hours a week on Youtube (Lindybeige, Primitive Technology, official Music Videos, Stunning things like 10,000 japanese singing "Ode to Joy" in german, the Young Turks) and not even scratch the surface.

Comment They have it backwards (Score 1) 301

Someday long before Netflix was even started (Blockbuster was still big), I realized I was spending $60 a week on DVDs which i would watch once and then go onto the shelves.

For a while, I would wait until they dropped to 5 bucks and buy them then.

I stopped buying that day and have bought 3 DVD's since (one of which- Inception- I thought I would watch a lot but actually I watched it twice).

Netflix didn't stop me from buying DVD's.

I really hate the pricing model for DVD's. As I get older, I rewatch and reread less and less content.

Comment Re:Or just go back to the way things were before (Score 1) 5

This is personal to me. A friend I knew in high school, went into the service with, and kept in touch with couldn't afford insurance and caught appendicitis. It ruined his credit and nearly his family. In 1992 when he had a heart attack, he just laid down and died rather than calling 911.

That's what happens in the US when you work full time and can't afford insurance.

Comment Fungi are doing the same thing FYI. (Score 1) 293

I got something at the gym which resisted every OTC anti-fungal.

The doctor finally prescribed me something for it that killed it.

Fungi are creepy because they live on you as a food supply like you are walking dirt.

If you get enough and have a fungal bloom tho, they can kill you quickly.

Likewise, medicating a bad infestation too aggressively results in a toxin overload and can kill you.

I quit the gym when I got a second fungal infection about six months later that was also resistant (I was able to use the prescribed stuff to kill it).

Comment Re: Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 538

Most of the money leaves the economy to pay for the automation which is not provided locally- and many of the robots are manufactured overseas in part or in whole anyway until robots start building robots due to labor costs.

So a small amount goes to construction locally. The job "savings" for automated is typically on the order of 100:1, so the 700 jobs saved might turn into 7 locally plus another couple dozen as overseas factories are also closed and their manufacturing is brought home.

Meanwhile trucks still carry the same amount of product over the roads. The factory uses the same amount of water, eletricity, etc. Police still have to patrol around the factory and provide police protection. The fire department still has to provide fire protection for the factory. But less money goes into the local economy to pay for these services because (currently) automated factories don't pay income taxes. So the remaining humans with income must subsidize the company by paying higher taxes to maintain the roads. By removing human workers, under our current set of tax laws, the company's billionaire owners (who probably live in another state or country) will have externalized almost all their costs onto the populace while offering almost no local employment (after construction ceases).

On the plus side, I also oppose helping NFL billionaires wanting new stadiums so we share that.

The wave of automation coming is going to more than decimate jobs. It's likely to destroy 90% of trucking jobs over the next 15 years. After 20-40 years of job destruction, we'll reach a new steady state. But the nearest comparable situations are the luddite situation and the horse situation. Most luddites were refused training and as a result died of starvation and exposure after the army killed a bunch of them during their revolt. And the horse population dropped by 95% in under 30 years after automation destroyed their job categories. Many of them were simply put to death tho the bulk was from restricted breeding since there was no profit in breeding as many horses.

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