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Comment Re:Unrealistic for you, maybe (Score 2) 213

The problem is routine medical not subsidized is several hundred dollars a visit. Times a wife and two kids and you are talking about thousands annually.

Women have been giving birth since the dawn of mankind. Yet now the average child birth costs $30,000.00

Something where the doctors do little but monitor costs more than a car. Now I would rather have a doctor monitoring the situation as a lot can go wrong quickly, but that's a lot of money for just in case.

Health care expenses are so far out of whack it isn't funny. The whole industry is out of whack and keeps pushing itself farther away.

Comment Re:It's pretty simple (Score 1) 193

Not true. I look at both. Energy star it means this appliance uses less than some average for that appliance.

That means if an energy star device is $100 more than an non energy star device you will save money in electricity bills. Of course lower bills for the next 10 years might be nothing to a rich person like yourself but saving money is a good bet in the long haul. Lastly energy star devices also tend to last longer as they waste less electricity. Less wasted electricity is less heat which increases life expectancy.

You can save a lot just by picking energy star vs non energy star on two similar items.

Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 1) 300

Yes, they CAN do it, but there is no reason to do it.

And mineral coal is not that "close" - it contains a lot of impurities (eg heavy metals, sulfur) which makes it unsuitable for water filtration and battery electrodes in your list of examples.

We don't need coal anymore. When - not if - all the coal is gone, we have it covered.
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Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 2) 300

Activated CHARcoal, which is not made from mined coal but from organic matter than is run through a gassifier to remove all the volatile compounds and leave the carbon.

You do not need mineral coal for this. There are vanishingly few things that require mineral coal these days.
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Comment Re:It's true (Score 2) 242

Pixar was unique in Silicon Valley companies in that we had deadlines that could not move. The film had to be in theaters before Christmas, etc. I'd see employees families come to Pixar to have dinner with them. I took the technical director training but decided to stay in studio tools, first because Pixar needed better software more than they needed another TD, and second because of the crazy hours.

Comment Re:Wonder how it compares to Airlander (Score 1) 107

That accident sure was a black eye for them... but the design is now better because of it. Also, gotta love having an aircraft whose crashes are in slow motion ;) "Coming soon on World's Least Dramatic Air Crashes!"

I imagine for the pilot it was sort of like when you're driving down a slope on ice and you lose traction, and you end up skidding down the whole slope at a several kilometers per hour: First, alarm and futile attempts to regain control, followed by acceptance, then "Okay, you can stop any time now...."

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