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Comment Re:Why would that matter? (Score 1, Insightful) 156

I'd like to see some evidence for your assertion that they've produced nothing concrete.

You talk as if Brexit were easy. We're talking about disentangling an entire country's legislative and economic system from decades of cooperation with other countries, with a very real risk of recession and diplomatic repercussions if it's screwed up. I can't see how they'll do that properly in the two years they have, much less six months.

Hell, it probably took them at least six months to figure out in what areas of government and economics there *might* be ramifications, considering they still had to run the country in the meantime. It's pretty clear no one thought about that ahead of time.

Comment Re:Underground infrastructure isn't really the pro (Score 1) 184

It could also be happening almost every single time on these large projects because every single one is unique, with it's own set of unique and unforeseen problems. There's not always much heritage knowledge that can be used to predictably plan such a project, and issues can balloon into major reworks if they're only discovered late. Yes, there's some dishonesty and some negligence, but also some things that just could not have been foreseen or planned for. Hell, sometimes it's a shit estimate because of the voters: they want it done but they don't want to pay for it, so insufficient planning is done (due to lack of funds for doing so) and the resulting issues are left to be worked out in production.

It's not just a government problem, as it happens in industry as well.

I can't find it right now, but recently read an article about how much costs can balloon depending on where in the project lifecycle unexpected problems are discovered, and it was something like exponential in function of project stage. It was a very reasonable factor 2x if it's discovered early in planning, but if it's near the end of the project then it's significantly larger due to the whole project having to stop, reevaluate, rewind, retool, restart, etc...

Comment Re:Its a solved problem (Score 1) 184

LA's metro is rubbish, and traffic is very much not a "solved problem" in LA. The low density of sprawl combined with the metro being laid out as a star with no cross links means it's usually faster just to sit in traffic. Here in Pasadena the metro regularly blocks traffic because, in contrast to what you assert, it is most certainly not all underground. Metro is also not a solved problem for a city as low density as LA, as how do you maintain coverage while keep down travel time and still get enough riders to make it profitable?

Also, considering that he doesn't say what he'll put in the tunnels he's planning to bore, it may very well be more metro.

Comment Re:But... (Score 3, Interesting) 239

Every week I drive to the supermarket and pick up 20-30 kg of stuff

This is a key cultural difference between Europeans and Americans, and it doesn't get pointed out enough. When I lived in Europe, I'd stop by the store almost every day on my way home and by what I needed for the next 24-48 hours, which'd always fit in just one bag (drank tap water). Living in the US now, I've gotten out of the habit and instead tend to buy in bulk.

If there were more smaller supermarkets/butchers/grocers/etc more widely and evenly distributed in the US, then we wouldn't have to "carry cargo" at that scale. That's neither a quick nor an easy change to make, however.

Comment Re:How can you even argue with Netflix? (Score 2) 162

Article is talking about quality in the sense of it being a good film vs rubbish, not whether or not they've cranked up the compression. He's saying that if all that Netflix has is "Big Summer Movie Blockbuster XXIV: The Return", people will watch it anyway even if it's trash, so why bother trying to curate their movie selection. For me that's a deal-breaker, as I have very little interest in trash.

Streaming quality is not mentioned anywhere, neither in TFS or TFA. I'll give you that the title is ambiguous, but the summary isn't.

Not a single person can't tell me after spending almost the comparable amount of swiping time 'looking' for a show that it takes to actually watch one, you just finally pick something and watch it.

True - I can't fathom wasting an hour of my life swiping through shows trying to find something to watch. Either I've heard about a show elsewhere and go straight to it, or I do something else with my time.

Not everyone's as addicted to TV as you claim.

Comment Re:Standardization (Score 1) 64

Already done to some degree. See, for instance, the International Docking Adapter that launched last July (and also Feb 2015, but that one blew up). This is NASA's implementation of the international docking standard, and should allow anyone to dock with the ISS. I believe this standard is also meant to be used for berthing, so could potentially be used to join modules permanently.

Comment Re:Edge (Score 1) 132

My similarly-specced Chromebook doesn't, unfortunately. If I leave a tab with gmail open for a week (because who reboots a Chromebook?), just that tab consumes almost half the RAM and slows the thing to a crawl. I semi-regularly have to open the task manager and close any tabs using more than 400 MB.

It didn't use to, so either Chrome has become more bloated or gmail has. Considering it's not just gmail, however, I'd guess the former.

Comment Re:The problem is 21 (Score 1) 201

While I agree that the US drinking age is too high, and that US culture should change to gradually introduce people to drinking, the European picture is not nearly as rosy as you paint it. I'm originally from Belgium and was there in college, and while I never saw a kegstand, we all still drank more than was wise. Blackouts were not uncommon, as was drinking yourself sick, and needing help getting home. I'd say a big difference was the pace - people weren't binging, but they'd start at 22:00 and drink so late they were still drunk when they showed up in class the next morning (not having slept, of course).

But despite this somewhat-bleak picture, no one ever even had to go to a hospital that I saw or heard of. While there was a lot of drinking, there was at least *some* degree of moderation, and I agree with you that familiarity with alcohol has something to do with it. Lowering the US drinking age to 16 wouldn't fix heavy drinking or alcoholism, but it might reduce poisonings and deaths.

Comment Re:Prepare to be (Score 2) 532

You can't just claim to have a machine that violates known laws and expect to be taken seriously, but if you actually *produce* such a machine and it really does violate known laws, I would most certainly hope that everyone pays attention. Regardless of whether or not that's the case here, if someone makes a conclusive and reproducible observation that violates our knowledge of the laws of physics, then our knowledge needs to be reexamined. To act otherwise would be like saying that Michelson and Morley should have tossed out their interferometer because the results it produced violated the laws of physics known at the time.

As far as the EM drive is concerned we're still waiting on the "conclusive" bit, but we seem to be getting closer and closer.

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