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Comment Since when does theory push policy? (Score 1) 147

I can only imagine the reasoning behind running away from coal, how does one actually use the word sustainability and any other Technology other than coal? Scientists have worked tirelessly to produce clean burning coal plants and Cole is abundant, Coal employees people. If you look at this from a statistical standpoint and compare it against things like nuclear energy I think it is pretty clear that Coal is far more sustainable. I'm sure nuclear power is and option however with our government agencies being bought off regulating these companies is a challenge and they will only return as much as they have to into the business to maintain operations. The United States Nuclear Power Plants are aged and it is questionable that they have been maintained properly. One disaster at a nuclear power plant throws that whole sustainability equation out the window. Now let's look at solar energy now here's a joke, any of you people in technology have to be able to see that solar energy is a nightmare in proportions, It does not scale and is it expensive. Now, natural gas this is a wonderful resource, however this resource is absolutely destroying something far more precious than polar ice, it is a definite whereas, climate change and global warming is just a theory and that precious commodity is absolutely essential for life, that is water. Fracking for natural gas to which President Bush and Pres. Obama along with Dick Cheney (heavily invested in these companies) Open the floodgates with little to no oversight and regulation for this destructive form of extracting natural gas. These companies have been allowed to exploit our federal lands, OUR lands. If you want talk about sustainability, natural gas by means of Fracking, Will ultimately destroy nearly all of our natural aquifers and underground water supplies by polluting them with poisonous chemicals. THIS IS A FACT, this is happening right now and can be proven unlike this theory of global warming. It is time to look at what is really happening instead of having our heads in the clouds worrying about what may happen, listening to scientists who have been caught fudging numbers in order to have research results agree with the theory... I live in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Milwaukee sits beside one of the greatest natural resources we have, a great lake, Milwaukee is now a hub for freshwater research. Now, why in the world would people be investing in fresh water research? The reason is not global warming, The reason is that water is going to become scarce and has nothing to do with global warming and everything to do with our obsession with weather modification and our destruction of our natural water supplies due to hydraulic fracturing or Fracking. We already see large freighters from other countries filling football field sized bladders and towing the freshwater out of the country, this practice began after our President relinquished the great lakes to the United Nations. So, Canada is going to see their way past coal power, good for them. How about we make some smart decisions instead of the hip and trendy decisions.

Comment Finally, someone who cant be bought (Score 1) 600

Hooray! Someone with enough balls actually just stand up for this country for once. I don't know how you felt about us be forced into this agreement, an agreement made in secret does anyone know what happened on Jekyll Island? You know that's secretive deal made during the holiday which proved to be one of the most significant changes to our economy then almost any other. The TPP is very similar. I have read and studied much of what was available but this was such a tiny portion to the actual agreements that it was barely worth reading. The fact that our current administration our current president as well as one of the presidential candidates what support such a travesty is frightening to say the least. Make no mistake this was not a partnership, this was clearly a treaty, a treaty that was negotiated outside of the best interest of the United States. I applaud Donald Trump for standing up against this abomination for standing with the people of United States as opposed to selling out our country and our people in an effort to further giveaway our sovereignty.

Comment Fake News - Who determines? (Score 1) 403

Fake news this is just another means of our mainstream propaganda media agents to secure their position as the experts as to what news is. This suggestion that there needs to be some sort of filter or mechanism to identify "Fake news" is a completely contrived notion that attempts to censor free speech. If students are having a problem identifying what the real news is and what's fake news is the answer is not to filter the answer is to better educate these idiots I cannot think for themselves and determine what his news and what is not. Unfortunately the major news corporations within the United States are the experts at delivering fake news, Those caught interviewing crisis actors, those wrapped up in false claims of being under fire in a war zone yet somehow still hold a job. These are the institutions that are suggesting there needs to be some type of standard and definition of what real news is. How about this? How about we think for ourselves for once, How about we use our brains, How about we use common sense? Does their really need to be a formal tribunal that designates what "Real news" is? Have any of you ever listened to radio in the 1940s and 1950s? It wasn't uncommon for newscasters to advertise goods and services and would almost be confused for news. I would challenge anyone who turns on the television and watches mainstream news to be able to identify what is public-relations, What is an advertisement, What is a political statement and what is news. I think that you will find there is very little news in any of the broadcasts. It's time to put on the big boy pants, It is time to actually think for yourself and take responsibility. It is time to use your brain and it is time to start critically thinking about the things that are happening around us. This world exists beyond a smart phone and computer screen, we spend more time in a constructed reality then we do in the world at large. With the hell cares what is real news and one is fake news if you're armed with the ability to think for yourself and know the difference.

Comment Re: The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 4, Informative) 527

Are you absolutely out of your mind? Seriously, look at your options, complete censorship vs not. This administration has clearly shown you their roadmap and you still are willing to accept this? I am truly beside myself when I see how easily people are willing to give in to complete control and regulation, how this US administration uses supremacy and somehow convinced you it is tolerance. Do you know why the Internet "blew up"? It was a LACK of regulation. I don't like all of the things that Donald Trump stands for however he is a capitalist, not a socialist, not a communist or a fascist. I think we have had it far too easy for some reason we become completely lazy and prefer to be taken care of rather than getting our hands dirty, sweaty in a little bit and doing some actual work, but I digress. Regulation is control, regulation is not thinking for yourself, regulation is admitting you're not capable and regulation is a way of not taking responsibility for your actions. You may want someone to garner your free speech, but I don't and I think if you realized and thought about it a little bit further than just this election you might feel differently.

Comment Re: So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

You can't see it, it's 2-4 generations away, out of your sight, You have to think long term. Cars will eventually be too costly to own and operate, you can be sure of it. The business model of ride sharing sucks now, due to the cost of the idiot behind the wheel, why would they (those ride sharing companies) be so quick to lose money and stay in the red? The owners and every other company know that jockeying for position now will set them up for life. Your kids grandchildren will not know what it means to pick up and go on a road trip across the country or otherwise. They won't own a car, their grandparents might have one in the garage (hehe "Red Barchetta") , but drive it? No. Everyday there is an article out there about self driving cars, autonomous vehicles, robot this and robot that, it's hype, it's the greatest thing, right? Not.

Comment Re: These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (Score 1) 132

RC enthusiasts have managed this for years without problem. All we need is DHS to follow up on some of these calls, they always manage to find the laser pointer kiddies.. Slap them wirh a day in jail and a $1000 fine and the next time they are caught its 30 days in the slammer and a felony. This is not a big issue. It's minimal. They aren't following up on the sightings they aren't even taking them seriously so why should we take them seriously I don't even take a circle seriously the whole bunch of rhetoric. I agree they are attempting the balloon this up make it sound larger than what it really is regulation simply means licensing licensing simply means money in revenue this and only this is the most important thing on a politicians mind not safety. This kind of stuff usually just boils down to commonsense which average American seems to lack these days. ST earlier hobbyist really had no problem with this and also this article doesn't list any specific sightings. If you think it's bad right now you just wait till Amazon and Google start using these things. That is what's going to edge out the amateur enthusiasts.

Comment Re: What's the reason? (Score 1) 132

RC enthusiasts have managed this for years without problem. All we need is DHS to follow up on some of these calls, they always manage to find the laser pointer kiddies.. Slap them wirh a day in jail and a $1000 fine and the next time they are caught its 30 days in the slammer and a felony. This is not a big issue. It's minimal. They aren't following up on the sightings they aren't even taking them seriously so why should we take them seriously I don't even take a circle seriously the whole bunch of rhetoric.

Comment Capabilities (Score 1) 1

Spot on. Technology has been a part of the manufacturing process for some time. You can easily attribute quality product as the consistency from part-to-part is near perfect. In addition, these companies can centralize their programmers, have the setup person config the machine, test, measure and confirm. The only drawback is that startup capital which is high and established companies rarely invest in new machines unless it pays for itself.

Submission + - The Modern Machine Shop ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The modern machine shop differentiates from traditional machine shops. As computer numerical control (CNC) and engineering software allow greater capabilities, the gap between machine shop quality and capability across various machine shops continues to get smaller. Of course, this is assuming that the machine shop possesses qualified and capable engineers, programmers, and CNC operators. The modern machine shop differentiates from the traditional machine shop by maintaining functionality, capability, technology, experience, and innovation; but ultimately by enabling the creation of value for consumers through their products and services. This is how MDM Machine & Technology, Inc. has found success through customer satisfaction.

Comment Re: $7M is a big data center? (Score 1) 92

Certainly it is important that he technology is used with the best intentions. Police departments can do quite a bit with technology that is available. ALPR (license plate readers) DO locate stolen vehicles on a regular basis. Dash cam or In Car Video as well as body cams go a long way to protect citizens and officers, after all when you can see how things unfolded it is hard to dispute. Gunshot detection systems can detect within several feet the type of of gun being shot (and knows the difference between car backfire or fireworks), smart tactical mapping in the vehicle can help close up all of the egress spots and if there is a camera in the area, it can automatically move to the direction of the detection.
Good records management and CAD(computer aided dispatch) can warn the officer ahead of time what he /she might be walking into.
There are many ways technology can assist the agency in resource allocation for effectively assigning personnel to locations or determining staffing which can significantly reduce overtime that costs the cities money.
A good reporting system can get a cop from one assignment to another more efficiently as the reporting can be optimized, decreasing response time. Field identification can prevent the need to bring someone to a station for identification, the booking process can be cut down by at least 50-60%, which gets the cop back on the street where you want them.

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