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Comment Re:22 Days? (Score 1) 43

Yeah, the way most of these flights go, they end up on the ground longer for getting permissions to fly through airspace, fixing the plane, trying to get more money, and for other random stuff than they actually spend flying.

While you don't need fuel, there's no way you can guarantee that a plane that slow, fragile, and with limited cargo space can remain aloft for long periods of time with human passengers. There is a lot of groundwork, so to speak, to keeping a flight going.

What would be really impressive is if they have been able to actually fly the plane with only short, necessary stops to load food/water and perhaps do some maintenance checking. There would probably be an occasional need to wait for weather on take off. That still wouldn't be 22 days, but I'm sure it could be done in less than 80.

I just wish there was somewhere to go with planes like this. Unless they seriously reduce battery weight, you're never going to do more than some well financed adventuring in a solar plane.

Comment Re:thats (Score 2) 183

3) Hillary Clinton has not had to declare bankruptcy

That's like saying that I've never declared bankruptcy. I haven't, but I've never actually run a major business, and neither has she.

And Fiorina, while probably preferable to Trump, was someone who thought that losing a Senatorial election meant that now she was qualified to run for a Presidential contest as well. It was like she had this script in her head about

1. Run HP successfully
2. Win Senate Election
3. Become President

And no one bothered to mention to her that she hadn't actually accomplished either of the first two steps before trying the third one.

Comment Re:thats (Score 4, Insightful) 183

So, I'm not planning on voting for Trump and would prefer that no one did, but I'd have to ask, of those businesses that Trump went bankrupt on, perhaps all four of them were phone-ins too?

The business world does have ups and downs, and if you're a major player you're going to have them. Even Warren Buffett has the occasional bankruptcy in one or two of his holdings.

So, I think I agree that using something like the four bankruptcies (which in this case were Chapter 11 reorganizations, not liquidations), against Trump is magnifying a certain expected level of failure or error into a big deal. If he really does have 500 investments, then is four bankruptcies actually a big deal?

I actually think Trump needs to be taken very seriously as someone who knows exactly what they are doing, and I'd probably vote for Clinton if I didn't think she'd only make the problem worse. And that's a big deal, because I think the Democratic party platform is divisive and pandering, just like the Republican party platform, they just have fewer rednecks. Electing her is going to keep the pressure cooker from exploding one more term or two, but that just means the explosion is going to be even greater when she's done. She has nothing to help with this current situation, and the DNC mails only show the level of tone-deafness that her and the rest of the Democratic party are experiencing.

Comment Re:Great example of a key flaw in the stock market (Score 2) 174

I wouldn't worry, this is hardly going to put Nintendo out of business. The only losers are those who didn't understand that this was a bubble and that they needed to take their money while they could get it while it was streaking upward, because it was very soon to come straight down again.

Nintendo will bounce off of the opposite and equally emotional response to sell and be back at their usual price in a little while.

If we'd only stop bailing out the losers who make these kinds of mistakes, the market would very efficiently remove them from contention by making them flat broke in two seconds flat.

In 1929 we had stockbrokers jumping off of buildings due to an overemotional response to emotional trading that led to crappy decisions. If only we could have kept the process going to clean the gene pool of these types of brokers.

Comment Re:Breaking news: investors are idiots (Score 4, Insightful) 174

It's not really all that hard, you just have to avoid greed. You sell some as soon as it hits a predetermined point, and some more at another higher predetermined point. Remember, if goes even higher, you aren't losing money by not getting that price, you've made money no matter what. Nintendo isn't a pump and dump stock, so if you end up with some left over at the normal price when the bubble pops, you're doing just fine.

Also, when the stock plummets you have some buy orders when the market irrationally decides that now the company is completely worthless because it isn't overpriced and you make even more money by using your gains on Nintendo to buy Nintendo when everyone is underpricing it. When Nintendo's stock price levels out, you've made even more money.

You will have a problem if you're holding all your cash for that "perfect moment" where you can maximize your take. That's how you end up getting your ass handed to you in sudden downturns in price or you simply miss most of the profit. Free money is free money. Don't get greedy.

Comment Re:Jobs... (Score 2) 140

Yes, although there are a few things that are the responsibility of the legislature that can, if the stars align, be usurped by the executive. The Presidency has been becoming more and more powerful over the years. There are tricks that can be used to apply a veneer of legality to what is not strictly legal, although you need popular support for that sort of thing to work.

Of course, Trump is trying to generate an air of urgency around his campaign. We're in decline, we're under seige. New ideas are needed, etc. Blah blah blah. That same urgency can be used to enact constitutionally "innovative" ideas. There have been a number of well intentioned power grabs like the New Deal and Great Society and some much less well intentioned ones in between.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 70

In 2000, Verizon acquiring Yahoo and AOL would have been an insanely huge deal. It would basically be the equivalent of someone acquiring Google today.

How the mighty have fallen.

That said, AOL has had something of a soft landing after years of free fall, mostly due to the advertising business. After all of the terrible decisions that AOL and Time Warner made, that acquisition pretty much saved AOL as a business, even if it didn't save it as an industry leader.

Yahoo... well... I guess they have Alibaba.

Comment Re:Library of congress (Score 1) 92

Not everyone who works at LOC is actually a librarian by training or in job role. Congress has added responsibilities to it which are related to, but not actually what you'd expect a library to do.

So, it's basically a government agency that happens to have some librarians working for it. Sort of like the Secret Service having been created to stop counterfeiting, which they still have jurisdiction over, but they are much more high profile as bodyguards for the President and related VIPs.

Comment Re:DPI Scaling (Score 1) 67

They are rendering their icons now, as opposed to scaling a raster graphics image like a PNG. So no, they aren't enlarging an existing bitmap. They are basically generating a new image for that scale programmatically.

An SVG formatted vector graphics is basically the same idea. Scaling those is quite crisp, although I don't think this is actually SVG that they are using since that tends to be best used for line art.

Comment Re:Yeah, keep laughing, UMC (Score 1) 607

Clinton would have to die or get thrown in jail (impossible given her +5 to "not going to jail" bonus) to lose. This is totally her election to lose.

I actually think that *she* could kill someone on Fifth Avenue and still win at this point.

Yeah, people are pissed at DC, but he has zero plan, no support outside his demographic, and again, his party is in disarray and his campaign is stumbling around. He's the wrong man at the right time.

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