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Comment Re:As a tech worker with kids... (Score 1) 379

I took a job in an area where you could own land, have a large house, and a nice quality of life. The problem was my employer was the only game in town and as a result, management had a "my way or the highway" philosophy. Eventually I got frustrated and quit. Everything comes with plusses and negatives. A good area to live and have a family is like a triangle; balancing employment opportunities, quality of life, and cost of living. My last job was in one corner of the triangle, San Francisco is in a different corner. I am seeking the middle.

Comment Re: Bought from Alibaba listing (Score 4, Funny) 113

Is this for a new unit or re-conditioned ?

Someday the Chinese John Glenn will say, “I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: 'When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?' Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million new and re-conditioned parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a Chinese government contract out-sourced via Alibaba.”

Comment Re:'squatch (Score 1) 88

That could be it. The whole idea of electric planes seems silly, hauling along that load of batteries with much lower energy density than fuel.....

It makes a lot of sense for a self-launching sailplane. The battery only needs enough energy to get the sailplane up to a sufficient altitude where it can catch thermals and remain aloft. The battery may weigh more than a small fuel supply, but you save weight on the electric motor vs. a more complex gasoline engine. It takes training, experience and ideal weather conditions to be able to operate a sailplane over long distances. So it's definitely not as simple to operate as a "flying car".

Comment Re: Auto automatische Rücksitz Schwiegermutte (Score 3, Informative) 108

"Schwiegermutter" is mother in law. "automatischer Rücksitzfahrer"- would be a literal translation for automatic backseat driver. But I don't think it has the same colequal meaning as it does in english. "Besserwisser" (know-it-all) or something similar comes to mind as a better translation for "back seat driver".

Comment Re:No Steve Jobs (Score 1) 133

Yeah. Apple software NEVER had bugs when Steve Jobs was alive. iOS never had point releases before Tim took over.....They have teams for that. Just because a team isn't perfect, that doesn't mean they're worthless...

I think the original poster was talking about a culture that Steve Jobs fostered while he was at Apple. No body expects the CEO to be running quality, but he does set the priorities and has a very large influence on the culture (imho more often for the worse than better).

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