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Comment Re:I've noticed that, but something else interesti (Score 1) 155

My GPS screwup story is when we decided not to stay in the hotel connected to a casino (because it smelled like stale cigarette smoke and booze) and selected a nearby one from the GPS. It sent is out the parking lot, under the overpass, about a half mile down the road, making a few turns to get onto the overpass, then over the overpass and a few more turns, another mile or so, and we were at our destination - the same parking lot we started from! (two separate hotels with one parking lot)

Comment Re: children can't use pencils (Score 1) 155

And 100 years ago they said kids would be dumber for using pencils instead of slates.

Wrong in two ways:
- They used slates instead of paper, not instead of pencils.
- They used slates because it was cheaper, and they didn't think slates were making children more intelligent than using paper.

Comment Re: Dead pixels in Aus (Score 1) 241

Where do you think rights come from? Nature? God? Out someone's ass?

Well, Americans are supposed to believe that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Comment Re:Snarky course title (Score 1) 402

Reminds me of when I had to register a visitor to our company (can't get past the security desk without registering) from "Big Ass Fans". (In spite of the company name, she had a nice, normal-sized ass, but I digress.)
Never thought much about the name until I had to write it down for all posterity to see, then it seemed wildly inappropriate.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 2) 402

Where the fuck did you go to college?
When I went to college 40 years ago, parroting the professors would've gotten me a D at best. And while there were plenty of students advocating various communistic/socialistic views, they were already in decline and no professors I ran into advocated that (or any other particular political view) in class.

Comment Re: Well, once the panels are installed (Score 1) 415

Without tax subsidies that expensive solar plant will not pay off against the coal plant. What's more that's from the Obama EIA which was trying to kill off the coal industry.

Actually, according to the link you provided, which is projecting to 2022 costs, the only electricity sources beating photovoltaic without tax breaks are geothermal and combined cycle gas. And the only sources worse than coal are offshore wind and solar thermal. That said, it also discusses big regional variations in costs, so, of course, don't depend on solar in the winter in Alaska (and don't build a large scale coal plant far away from customers and existing coal transportation infrastructure).

Comment Re:Does not matter (Score 3, Interesting) 142

In my experience with a not-publicly-traded company that decided to create an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), it was just a way for the owners to take cash out of the company without selling it on the market. Turns out they allotted shares worth 1/3 of the company to the ESOP, and had the coroporation borrow money in order to purchase those shares from the owners and give them to employees instead of contributing to 401Ks (I called it the "all eggs in one basket retirement plan"). The owners got cash and the employees got non-voting shares that dropped in value every year (especially 2009).

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