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Comment Re:Harder Than It Sounds (Score 3, Interesting) 491

Can you go ahead and couch surf, get established, and then move the family out after 6 months? Yeah it sucks.

In fact, could you live with your inlaws for 6 months (maybe just you), while you get established in a new job, then when you feel your employment is steady (you know the politics/etc) move your family out and get your own place together?

Comment Re:Finally Ford see the future. (Score 1) 432

yes, and light trucks don't get much better mileage than in 1978 either.

the massive benefits of modern fuel injection, FADEC and other enhancements have mostly been squandered on more weight (heavier vehicles, partially for "safety") and to work through the catalytic.

very, very recently (ecoboost) and a few others have brought some marked improvement, but it feels like a fraction of what we should have had. I could get 20 MPG in my 79 scout with a v8, carbeurator and "barely" electronic ignition.

Comment Re:Want to guess why? (Score 1) 192

the old tractors would run on old motor oil too (that you could get for free at the corner garage or from your other equipment).

you could start them on a cup of gas, switch to running on oil, run on old oil all day and then that night use another cup of gas to clean up the plugs and carb. So two cups a day of "paid for" fuel.

moonshine is a little more valuable than gas so even with zero regulations, I think folks would just buy gas and drink/sell the shine

Comment Re:employee improvement plan (Score 1) 392

If someone gets put on a plan, their best advice is to do three things

1. financially/family prepare as if you're going to lose your job. Cut spending, pump up savings, etc.
2. job hunt like a mofo, in case the PiP doesn't work
3. (and this is important) - throw yourself into the PiP and do everything you can to lean in and improve. Even if you think it's worthless, unfair, even if you are sure you'll have another job in a week. Lean in and do your damndest to improve. this gives you the chance that you'll keep your existing job longer (perhaps indefinitely) and will give you massively better references in the future (two jobs from now)

3 is the hardest step, but really important

Comment Re:Good for Australia (Score 1) 600

wait, you're being suckered! you said this "... and we already have a free trade agreement with China, although China still has too many tariffs."

your "trading partner" shouldn't have tariff's on your exports to them if you have free trade!!! you've bought it. do you tarrif Chinese imports?

sounds like most US trade deals. we take their stuff into the US free, but they tarrif and badger our guys so we can't export to them on equal terms

Comment Re:Total Trip Time (Score 1) 202

aviation isn't cheap, but it can be more reasonable than people think.

a good 172 can be had for under 50K

Fixed expenses are the worst (hangar, insurance, annual maintenance) so the best way is 3-4 way partnership, this dilutes the cost to purchase and the fixed monthly/annual costs pretty significantly.

Comment Re:Don't think it'll happen (Score 1) 1368

..." you'll do pretty much anything to get food..."

except work? Seriously, every business has a help wanted sign out front. Getting food, for someone wiling to work in the US is not a problem.

housing is tougher, as are other "things" but food is so cheap that it's easy to find a job that'll feed you

Comment Re:Total Trip Time (Score 1) 202

yes, you both are knocking on the door of private aircraft being advantageous.

Figure in a slow plane:
10 minutes to your local, small airport
10 minutes to preflight and take off
Travel at 105 kts direct (2.5 hours for the guy 250 miles from Dallas)
15 minutes to land, tie down

Call all of the above a little over 3 hours, but you got to choose when the 3 hours was (ie, if you're done early or a little later, no big deal, you're not meeting a scheduled flight)

No TSA, no "schedule", and no waiting for luggage. There are other disadvantages, but it's anice tool to have in addition to driving or taking an air carrier.

Comment Re:A Master Password.... (Score 1) 234

what were the results when you popped it in the debugger on the last update? Anything interesting? I'm trying to decide on a pass manager because i'm not going to let FB take over, and sites are idiotic with their various rules/etc.

could sites at least tell you what the password rules are ON THE LOGIN SCREEN so that I can determine which password I likely used?

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