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Comment Re:Bribes are to China what fuel is to automobiles (Score 1) 120

Perhaps, but bribes don't work when it's blatantly against the taker's self-interest.

Attempting to bribe a firefighter to cover up a product that spontaneously combusts is a losing move.

Firefighters get paid the same whether there's a fire burning or not. It's a lot easier & safer to sit at the firehouse than fight an active fire.

Comment Re:Overstepping Constitutional authority (Score 1) 169

Remember the giant bitch-howl about Katrina, and how FEMA was unprepared, etc.

And that's with the entire resources of the rest of the unaffected US helping out (as well as some international help).

Now imagine that, but taking out the entire industrial production of the US, Canada, and Mexico.

It's a simple fact that even if the Entire World rushed to our aid, most of us would be dead before any help got to us. Electricity means refrigeration, water, and food factories. Without it, we're going to die back to pre-industrial levels long before help can make it to our coasts, let alone inland.

Comment Re:Overstepping Constitutional authority (Score 3, Interesting) 169

I'd mod this up if I could.

It's absolutely in the interests of US national security to keep the power grid keep working.

It's a perfect example of a situation where private industry cannot be counted on to prepare, as there is no motivation: There's no competitive advantage in taking any precautions - there's literally nothing to sell until after a Carrington event, and the odds of that happening during any company's lifetime is nearly zero.

Best case scenario: Your company did prepare, but everybody else didn't. So now the people in your service area can still buy power -- nothing has changed at all for you. But you can't grow into areas your competitors didn't service, because everybody that was in your competitor's area is fraking dead of dehydration, starvation, and diseases prevented by sanitation.

It's shocking how few people truly appreciate the way the refrigerator and pumped water changed our lives. It's what made our population growth possible.

The electrical grid is not a convenience. It's a life-critical necessity, without which most of us will die in weeks.

Comment Re:Resistant To Change? (Score 1) 311

I can think of zero reasons to switch paper standards. (And there are zero reasons against it too... it' snot like our printers are incompatible or anything).

In this case, the status quo (using Letter/Legal sized paper) requires zero effort, while switching requires almost nothing.

Really, it's just shelf space in stores and trying to move old stock.

Any migration would require governmental decree -- and if you know anything about current US politics, the moment you talk about changing something as, um... traditional as paper sizes, we'll get an entire generation to spew from every orifice against governmental intervention.

Seriously, we're deep enough in shit, and paper size is not the battle to pick.

Interesting point: Amazon doesn't sell A4 in the US (though you can get it from other sellers through Amazon... at 3x the price of Letter sized)

Comment Re:Just a hunch (Score 1) 111

And if it isn't a problem for watches why is replacement sapphire glass available?

Exactly. Watches DO get cracked sapphire screens, frequently.

I know a guy who works at an Apple store. He tells me the #1 problem with the Apple watches that have a sapphire screen is it shatters. Shattering is not really a problem with the ion-reinforced glass.

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