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Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 886

It depends on how much you're paying for the kids. We already subsidize dependents/children through tax benefits. That isn't necessarily a bad thing since we don't want a population drop off like Japan is facing. But we don't want to encourage a population boom either as might happen if we started handing out cash for having kids. Perhaps we could give tax credits or deductions for income earned above the UBI level, which would not be cashable. A system like that would encourage working/productive people to have children to shelter their income. However a person coasting by on the UBI would see no financial benefit in having children.

Comment Re:Honestly... (Score 1) 523

It's a loaded question whether the word is admire or respect, because both can be defined in such a way as to paint you in a bad light should you choose any human being. The only two choices that came to my mind when I heard this story were the newest pope, the Dalai Lama, and Aung San Suu Kyi, none of which I could remember the names of on the spot. And even if I did recall their names odds are that they've said or done something reprehensible that'd soon be shoved in my face. Hell the safest answer to that question would probably be "Putin, because you have to respect venomous snakes unless you fancy getting bit."

Comment Re:congratulations (Score 1) 168

While healthy funding is a part of building a good school system, parent involvement is likely a bigger problem. Which is why poverty is self perpetuating. Children in homes where their parents struggle to provide for the family simply aren't as likely to get the help and followup with school work as their peers. The parents in such situations frequently have more than one job and so are present less, and given that they likely grew up in the same situation are probably less capable of helping their children to begin with.

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 1) 813

This sounds like the same argument that is used for Abstinence only sex ed classes.

I agree that we shouldn't have illegal residents and so their driving skills shouldn't be a factor. However, reality doesn't match our desires and I think we'd be better off now, and for the foreseeable future, by not locking illegal residents out of the licensing process. Making the DMV act as part of ICE just costs us citizens more time, money, and lives.

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 1) 813

Drivers Licenses aren't some privilege, they are supposed to be a safety check verifying that a person can operate a vehicle without destroying lives and property willy nilly. By making them a citizenship check you effectively ensure that no illegal resident's driving skills and road safety knowledge will be tested prior to them taking to the road.

Health insurance for all is the same kind of situation as the drivers license except instead of being about safety on the roads it is about financial responsibility and making sure that hospitals treat patients first instead of checking bank and credit card balances. Hospital ER's are required to treat patients first and figure out the bill later. That means that for many people in the US their primary physician is whoever happens to be on duty at the local ER. When they can't pay for the bill, which will be exorbitantly high because they didn't get treatment until it was an emergency and provided through the most expensive channel possible, the rest of us who do have the money/insurance to pay our bills actually take on part of that cost. I don't like the way Obama care was implemented, as it is a half-assed measure. He should have pushed through single payer federal health insurance and let the private vulture insurance companies meet the market for extra insurance.

I'll grant you that giving the right to vote to non-citizens is on the face of it pretty silly. Although if you look at it and realize that most citizens don't care enough to vote at all it's hard to see how it is worth refusing the right to interested people who live in the area, even if they do so illegally. And even in the event that you vote your lizard in s/he is still a lizard and likely to pay far more mind to any potential corporate sponsor than their electorate.

Comment Re:So, you actually WANT to survive, long term ?? (Score 1) 332

A sizable greenhouse with an aquaponics setup could be a very good addition providing fish as well as fruits/vegetables. You could do composting inside to generate heat and actually produce food year round.

A biodigester setup would also be very useful as a means to process waste materials like sewage and food waste. The end result of which is methane, and free fertilizer. The methane can be used simply as cooking/heating gas or pressurized for storage.

Comment Re:Complete nonsense (Score 1) 400

On top of that, assuming that you can't retrofit an existing truck to be self driving is kind of silly. Especially if we are planning on having a human driver accompany the truck everywhere and handle complicated in town driving. I would guess a conversion kit would include a suite of sensors, a set of motors to actuate any controls that can't already be controlled electronically, and a computer which uses the aforementioned items to control the truck.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 305

I get that they don't want every light industrial zoned bit of property occupied by office buildings. But their method of dealing with that issue is kind of ridiculous. They should divide the light industrial zoning class and assign those new classes as they deem appropriate. That said it is still silly as Palo Alto is a compact little bit of city that is right next to Los Altos, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale which all have plenty of gas stations last I checked. Plenty of the population of this country manages to live everyday further away from anything than that. People I work with live far enough out in the boonies that if they decide to eat out for dinner the closest thing is a 15-20 minute drive.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 72

Drones are an excellent source of titanium and schematics! My only real complaint with them is that they took forever to bring in reinforcements when I wanted to farm them. I spent awhile with 3 of the little flyers chasing me around waiting for them to call in bigger sentinels for me to kill as I was looking for a crafting component that they seemed to drop. Of course I eventually got tired of the kiting and not getting the drop and left. Once I got out of the atmosphere I was attacked by a sentinel fighter craft which dropped what I needed.

Comment Re: Oh please (Score 1) 72

I hadn't planned to buy it, and then it launched and there was the flood of criticism. Early last week I made the mistake of watching a couple LP videos from a youtuber that I subscribe to. By the end of the 2nd video I was telling myself I should stop watching or I'd end up buying it. Of course the next day I watched a 3rd video when I got home from work. The game was downloaded and installed in time to play after dinner.

There are some annoying issues to deal with, trade and crafting items not stacking along with UI's that take ages to complete loading come to mind. But by and large I've been having a great time. I love the alien language mechanic. I'd really like to see some way point management system and bookmarking for interesting planets and POI's.

Comment Re:NEVER give out your passwords (Score 1) 276

This concern is a little paranoid but here it is anyways. If the border security folks are at all clever about their jobs they will be using a tool that clones an image of the device before attempting to unlock it. In the event you give them an unlock code and it results in a different image from their clone then they will possibly make the conclusion that you caused them to destroy evidence. Depending on what you are doing and what they might decide to suspect you of having done, destroying evidence could either be very much in your favor or ruin your life.

Comment Re:the best way to lie to the public is to use % (Score 1) 990

I think once electrics start to become a large enough segment of the market we'll see people selling or renting generator packs sized to mount on a trailer hitch or even as a very small trailer. I suppose you could also make it a roof mounted thing but that would probably create a lot more drag than putting it behind the vehicle.

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