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Comment Re:Industrial accident (Score 4, Interesting) 407

I think calling it a "war" is disingenuous. Name a single regulation that was not based on a real public need. The only one I can think of was the whole anti-pipeline thing (KXL and Dakota Access), which was just straight-up ignorant. I wouldn't call that a war on businesses, though. In fact, my company made money off of TransCanada due to that debacle.

Compare that to what we have now, though. The president can cause stock prices to drop 5% or more with a single vindictive, vapid tweet. Obama's administration could lay out a damning white paper with detailed explanations of why mining tailings were bad for drinking water supplies, and nobody gave a shit because they knew the Republicans in congress would never actually do anything about it. God forbid we have an EPA or OSHA that actually, you know, defends we the people.

I'm pretty pro-Tenth, but honestly how are you going to handle river pollution at the state level? Is Louisiana really going to tell Texas to keep their cadmium on their half of the Sabine? Air pollution: can Arizona tell California to get its cars off the road when the wind is blowing? What about global warming? Anything requiring an international treaty is by definition a federal issue.

I'm tired of people claiming that all regulations are anti-business, and that all businesses just want to screw people for a buck. There's a real benefit to the American people when a smoothly functioning federal government does it's job. Also, there are real financial incentives when businesses act ethically. Unfortunately we haven't seen either in so long, most people have forgotten what it looks like.

Comment Re: And so it begins... (Score 2) 407

Even with proper verification, you can still get killed. To take the analogy a step further, there have been linemen killed when (after they check with their hotsticks) some idiot customer a mile away kicks on his emergency generator without disconnecting his 52. It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does happen, people die.

Comment Re:And so it begins... (Score 2) 407

Except the complaint says that the robot that killed her was from a different section of the line. I know that if it were me, I'd turn off everything that could even theoretically kill me, but robotics technicians are accustomed to making certain assumptions about range of motion and how the light curtains or safety doors work. The way LOTO is supposed to work: 1) tell people in the area you're about to LOTO, 2) disconnect *all* energy sources and bleed stored energy, 3) install lock(s), 4) attempt to make $POTENTIAL_THING_THAT_CAN_KILL_ME move or function in any way, 5) proceed with your maintenance task. The key here is that it's not always 100% obvious what #4 includes. For instance if a robot is ten feet away, you may not realize that it has a 12-foot reach, and some idiot programmed it to ignore the light curtain in your area. If that's the case, the groundwork for her demise was laid before the robots were ever installed in the plant. I think that is the gist of the lawsuit.

Comment Re:Weakening of schools (Score 1) 622

I actually hired an OIT grad for a mechanical engineering position. The fact that their program is very hands on is what makes the difference. You can hire grads of some engineering programs that haven't actually designed or built anything outside of the lab. This guy knows how to chase parts, take chances, change direction, a lot of things they don't teach in most schools. If you ever see an OIT resume cross your desk, give it a second look.

Comment reformat the hard drive (Score 1) 190

I still have the McDonalds Menu Song memorized from back in the 80s. I know my phone number from first grade, but not from college. I can remember the Quadratic Equation but not my kid's teacher's name. Why do some things stick around for decades, but others you can't remember a week (or less) later? Do people who play these memory games have a method for wiping the slate clean? I'd hate to accidentally remember the location of the 6 of clubs a year later.

Comment Re:Trump on Sweden (Score 1) 408

My favorite is how Ami Horowitz calls Politifact out for "obviously" lying about who said only 500 immigrants in Sweden are working. Yeah. That's the lying media for you. Taking the falsehoods that one bigot said and another bigot agreed with, and accidentally attributing it to the second bigot. That's the real problem: misattribution. Never mind the fact that the entire premise of the "documentary" was complete BS, and the actual rape statistics from Sweden show rates going down during the height of the refugee crisis. Must be the Swedish deep state lying about everything!! But go ahead and keep watching Fox News, and believing everything they say, so long as it agrees with your worldview. That's what the president does, and it's working pretty great for him.

Comment Re:Failing, obviously (Score 2) 408

According to polls, he had about a 25% chance of winning the electoral college, if you can actually do math and understand how statistics work (HuffPo obviously didn't understand that). Fivethirtyeight pretty much nailed it; they predicted 4 possible scenarios that had equivalent odds of happening, and the one that occurred was one of them almost exactly.

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