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Comment Re:Is it even possible? (Score 1) 237

You are correct ( my person views only ) about the private sector and consumer level self-healing. As an observation of self-interest and I don't have the cite source facts, look at the bridges and roads of the USA. Most bridges ( greater than 50% ) are in need of major repair ( read that in 2012, can't find the source ). We don't have enough qualified Bridge inspectors in the USA to look and write reports ( we have less than 100, and I am sure the report I read said 42 in the entire USA ).

Heck we need a huge amount of money to be spent on logistics repair and or replacements.

Read about the Brooklyn bridge, it was built with triple redundancy and that's what saved it when NY ran out of money for maintenance in the 70's and could only emergency maintenance. Imagine all those bridges built in the 50's and 60's, they need fixing.

Comment Re:Is it even possible? (Score 1) 237

Aware that I am replying to an AC.

The problem with the self-healing theory is the following; the multiple of grids go down.... the few basic grids on a regional level are, your basic 15 - 20 power grids. 20 or so huge Air and rail transport grids, lucky for us, the USA has redundancy system built in, it's all radio and physical. Logistical grids fail in general so expect food stocks to dwindle to nothing.

Not sure about water grids, I think they are local-ish or state-ish

We won't die, or at least a large percentage will live, the problem is the re-boot.

Comment Re:11 GHz (Score 1) 282

While I agree with you that I can't tell if he is serious or not, Let's take a quick look at the maybe's:

We do have radio by 1899 the Marconi, so that's 115 years for solid

in 1850's we have large scale telegraph systems https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... so that's 165 years

I don't know of any man-made electric noise that could possibly travel 90+ light years prior to 1850...

buy maybe someone else on /. could help

Comment Re:how enforcable (Score 1) 639

Like the old joke, "you think Ferraris are expensive, how about combine, eats fuel, and driven for 2 weeks a year " It's going away.
What has happen is you now have more and more corporate farmers, Business that are in the Ag field have learned to hire farmers and families that know " the lay of the land ". A client of mine is a 2nd or 3rd generation corporate farmer, same corporate house, same corporate owners, and they get a great pay. Also, they have an amazing home here in Florida, 40 acres of farm land that they rent out and vacation 3 months a year during the cold. Farming has become a bigger business than what it was.

Comment Re:Foolish Investment? (Score 1) 124

Next time remind them that they have a body camera, it's a public resource ( the facilities) & harassment is still an offense. I walk that beach a lot, and those police are not nice or polite, unless it's the fat guy, he's cool as shit, he just tells you what you're doing wrong and let's you go with a warning, so don't repeat it otherwise his memory is steal trap, and your ticket it much worst. and he will catch you again!

Comment Re:Foolish Investment? (Score 1) 124

Yes, even the locals pay for the tag, but you need to know when the locals buy the tag, it's steeply discounted.
I lived in Manasquan for a while, it was early February or mid march when it went on sale. Point Pleasent was different, I forgot when it went on sale. Mantoloking, I don't recall ever buying a beach pass and I don't think that there was any easy public access to the beach, now that I think about it, I don't recall ever seeing a lifeguard or anyone except my neighbor or fishermen... this was the 80's and 90's

Comment Re:Foolish Investment? (Score 1) 124

Interesting question: here in the USA, the issue of beach ownership is a weird one. the problems are ( ocean beach only Florida ) A) how to access the beach B) where does the property line end and the ocean start? so with question A) in most places, homes were places and property lines drawn and the beach was cut off, people were nicer back then so you let a person walk the alleyway between the 2 house to get on. Trip and fall lawsuit ( sorry don't have the source for that ) in the 60's changed people's mindset about sharing the alleyway, and by the 80's it was " lock it down " no trespass. Personal experience of having a beach house forced me to close my gate to the public when some tossed a soda can into my window. Then I got a few neighbors involved in my problem, so back then, I was able to convince about 1/2 mile not to open their gates. that really caused a huge problem. locals and tourist got pissed. but the message was sent. Access is controlled by the owner and rudeness won't be tolerated. Well that was the 80's and 90's who know what the rules for the alleyway are now.
B) beach line of private property end ( start ) at high tide line. high tide to the ocean is public, BUT this rule changes when mother nature takes out a beach during a storm, property lines still exist even when under the ocean tide if the beach get's washed out ( Fire Island in NY has this problem, but the sand came back and owners were able to rebuild.)
hope this helps

Comment Re:Can't let the money fall into the wrong hands! (Score 1) 260

it's rather factual what you are saying, buying a 3 family and living in 1, helps reduce your total cost every month. and if you add up the basic labor you do: gutter cleaning and roof scrubbing 300 to 600 yearly 2 days, lawn maintenance weekly 2 hours weekly based on 52 weeks $3000 a year ( snow winter, lawn spring + summer, leaves autumn ). patching driveway 2 times a year, 300.00 ... quick numbers showed 3600 on the low-end savings. heck if you got vegetable garden and a few other things, I can place savings at 5,000 per year.

Comment Re:Speaking of myths... (Score 1) 115

While I am not sure where you are they are getting the data, I do know
( from asking my old town of Fort Lee NJ to build 10 or 20 bat homes)
they can eat UPTO 1 ounce of mosquitos per night.

Ever want get laughed out of town hall, come up with an idea that helps
human kind. I always felt that if I succeeded the spread would have
slowed down ( I don't know how to kill mosquitoes in daylight hours )
but maybe someone would have figured out something

Comment Re: I always quit without notice (Score 1) 765

And that is why I had the best teams around, I hired people whom I could trust, and when the shit hit the fan, they still could be trusted. I happen to agree with you that what I did might be wrong in the future. But the past has proven right. I'm still friends with all my old employees, even the fired ones ( one whom happens to be my best friend and still calls me boss )

Comment Re: I always quit without notice (Score 1) 765

WOW, it is really like this??? I've owned 3 little firms with a total of 10 to 20 employees each.
Fired about 3 people, I've always told everyone 2 weeks in advance, with 2 weeks of pay extra
when leaving. Has anyone ( whom won't post as an A/C ) ever been walked out the door with security?
Never seen it in my 35 years of working. Even on Wall street, people don't get escorted unless it's
fraud related.

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