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Comment Re:Yes still a dream (Score 4, Informative) 138

Case in point: Utah just dropped mandatory safety inspections for cars because people didn't like them. Eleven other states don't require any kind of safety inspection. That's somewhat OK in cars, where if something goes horribly wrong your car mostly coasts to the side of the road. With flight, if something goes horribly wrong you mostly die. So yeah, going from that to aircraft-level maintenance ain't going to happen normal drivers.

Comment Energy is the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 138

Energy is the problem, and it's pure physics so we won't be able to get around it. Burning energy to hover someone in the air against gravity, especially if they are mostly "hovering" and not flying 500 MPH forward, is going to be orders of magnitude more energy required than rolling them forward on wheels. The majority of the energy will be spent on the horizontal vector, not the forward vector. So unless we suddenly develop anti-gravity technology from aliens, or we want to increase the energy required for transportation by a few orders of magnitude, it's not going to happen.

Comment Re:Cool Story, Bro (Score 1) 399

Harvard Business Review is focused on the science of running a business. Think of it like MIT re: Computer Science. They don't have an agenda with businesses, they are doing university level analysis of how businesses and the economy work, which smart businesses use to their own ends, and smart employees use to their own benefit.

Comment Doesn't make sense. (Score 3, Insightful) 169

This doesn't actually make much sense. It's the same as any other field already. Let's take the example above and change it to construction workers: So, how should we talk about construction workers? First, we should talk about how important their work is. Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the world as it serves a role in every part of society. Construction workers maintain and build critical parts of our infrastructure. Second, we need to talk about the craft of what they do... we need to show more finished buildings. Every construction worker may use a different set of tools, but across the board their craft is evolving at increasing rates. [...] I think we can drop construction worker stereotypes all together at this point. It's a job people know -- it's time to add some vitamins to that kool-aid. After all, we're just like lawyers, librarians, electricians and cab drivers... we're just people, totally unique and different people. But if there is one thing that unites us, it's a unifying desire to build new things, improve old things, learn when we can and avoid being stereotyped. It's as simple as that.

Comment Stay loyal to your preferred airline (Score 5, Interesting) 140

I've found the best overall savings are if you stay loyal to your preferred airline or hotel chain. Get on their rewards card or miles / points system, and book directly through them. You get the best deals, and a lot more support if anything goes wrong with your reservation. Try getting help from an airline or hotel company if you book through a third party...

Comment Re:Relevant xkcd (Score 2) 192

How about being stuck on a road in a snowstorm without communication? There are reasons why we shouldn't disable people's phones. I would argue for nagware - every hour, have a message pop up telling you there is a safety issue and asking you to return your phone to a Verizon store for a free replacement or something. Seems like a good balance between keeping devices safe and people losing critical communication.

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