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Comment Re:How is FILMING "speech"? (Score 3, Insightful) 168

Just because there's no talking doesn't mean it isn't speech. There are plenty of gestures that come to mind.

Furthermore, if I made a video of myself describing everything that I saw when something happened, you would consider that speech. So making a video of it actually happening would also be considered speech.

Speech is more about communication. That communication does not have to be done by talking.

Comment Re:I hate euphemisms.... (Score 1) 147

Let me know how "interesting" a Millennial's life becomes when their gig job doesn't pay medial or dental benefits, and an accident happens.

Well, it depends.

Remember that this is China. Socialized medicine. So, no, you don't have to worry about medical or dental.

Here? Might be a bit different--you'd better make sure you can work and still afford your ACA benefits. It's a similar thing with life insurance--if you feel it is important, you buy it.

The issue is whether or not your "gigs" can provide enough money so that you can afford to buy those things yourself.

Comment Re: Why not land on the moon? (Score 1) 303

Apollo 7 was the first manned test of the Apollo capsule. It was launched on a Saturn 1B, not a Saturn V. So the CSM had been tested in Earth orbit.. Furthermore, Apollo 8 was originally supposed to be a test of the LM in Earth orbit. However, because the LM was not ready, Apollo 8 and Apollo 9 missions were essentially "swapped."

Apollo 8 was the first manned test of the Saturn V. There had been several tests of the Saturn V before Apollo 8, however there were plenty of issues. NASA tested some of their fixes before the flight of Apollo 8, but never on actual Saturn V. So, in many ways, Apollo 8 was riding on an "untested" Saturn V.

Comment Re:Your milage may vary (Score 3, Interesting) 163

I personally am much more suited to working in office and can never get anything done at home [...]

I'm the same way. My solution was simple: Go get an office.

There are lots of options for people who don't want to work from home. Personally, I went for the "Executive Suite." I get an office with a window and decent Internet for a little less than $600 per month. There's also a community kitchen and photocopier. It came with a desk and chair--nothing fancy--but I'm not paying extra for them (i.e. I didn't rent a furnished office, they were left by the previous tenant). Needless to say, the company provides the computer and router. I can sit and video chat or IM anyone I need to get ahold of.

Other options are your local coffee shop or co-working type places. While the company I work for doesn't assist me in paying for the space, some will. Also, as I understand it, I can write off my rent on my income taxes.

While the commute from the bedroom to the spare bedroom or living room sounds cool, I like keeping them separate. But my office is about 4 miles from where I live. I can bike, drive, or even walk!

Comment Re:Dams, too (Score 1) 243

I can assure you that most of the issue was due to the FAILED Primary Spillway not being maintained. The topover caused by the failed spillway was fully preventable, had the DWR and ACE and the rest done their job the last 7 years.

Hear hear! Of course, their budget was cut so they didn't actually have the money to maintain the spillway, but hey! That doesn't matter! They should have been maintaining it anyway! Out of the goodness of their hearts!

I mean, they're public servants, right?

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