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Comment Email will never die (Score 4, Insightful) 115

Still, despite all signs to the contrary -- and many predictions -- email is not dead.

Anybody predicting email is or will be dead is either an imbecile or has something to sell you. Practically everybody has email and except for specific purposes nothing has come along that will substantially replace it any time soon.

Comment I am almost positive I will be upgrading. (Score 4, Funny) 190

I am almost positive I will be upgrading.

Not because I want to, but because Microsoft will "upgrade" my machine behind my back, whether I want to upgrade or not.

God help us all, if they ever get a zero day on Linux, because then a lot more machines will end up "upgraded" to Windows 10...

Comment Having wars of adventure without paying (Score 1) 165

And took the blame for the increased deficit, even though it wasn't their expense. The next time you hear some idiot hyperventilating over Obama's increase of the deficit, remember that.

Correct. We went to war and unlike every other time we've done that we did not raise taxes or take other extraordinary measures to fund our little wars of adventure because modern republican politicians break out in hives if you even mention the words "tax increase". In fact congress (republicans) lowered taxes because doing that is always politically popular even though only the wealthy saw meaningful benefit. In doing so our congress gave the bill for the pointless and expensive war to our children and grand children instead of behaving like responsible adults. Most of the money the US government borrows every year comes from the American people in one form or another. We are literally letting the government write IOUs to us while we have the delusion that the bill will never come due.

Comment Re:Yeesh (Score 1) 300

>"No. "Everyone" is a collective noun []. In this context, the intent is that each member of that collective needs to take action individually. Therefore a plural pronoun would be appropriate."

I disagree as such that it could still be corrected by adding "own" if necessary (otherwise it is implied):

"Everyone needs to be sure to tighten one's own safety belt before approaching the cliff."

Comment Re:It's just smart business. (Score 1) 369

But it does!

When I can manufacture in China where I don't have to pay for air scrubbers or sewage treatment but instead dump the waste chemicals in the river and simply blow all the fumes from manufacturing outside I have much higher profits.

The EPA strangles companies trying to make maximum profits by not blotting out the sun with pollution or turning the waterways into chemical tubs of death.

Rich people profits are far more important than clean water and clean air.

Comment Nonsense about the defense budget (Score 2) 165

A lot of things in the defense budget are things that people rely on.

None that are things that have to be covered under the defense budget. Most of the defense budget is for personnel and for war fighting machines (purchase and operation).

Food subsidies at one point were covered through the defense budget for example

I'm not aware of this being true in my lifetime if ever. Citation please.

The GPS cluster maintenance and upgrades are paid out of the defense budget.

Doesn't mean it has to remain that way. Wouldn't be hard to put that into the budget for NOAA or NASA or NTSB or the Commerce Dept.

Originally the US interstate system was a defense project, though it's now funded through gasoline taxes.

The money for it never came out of the defense budget. The project did have defense implications but it ultimately was a civilian project that has been used almost entirely for civilian uses and funded by non-military dollars.

The defense budget covers a lot more than just war machines.

Let's not pretend that war machines and the people that operate them don't account for the vast majority of military spending.

After all, the Internet got its start as a DARPA project.

Which has fuck-all to do with the fact that our current military budget is bloated far beyond any reasonable defense needs.

Comment The big waste is in the defense department (Score 1) 165

I would like to remind you that about a trillion dollars a year go toward "defense".

The actual number last year was around $600 billion but your point still stands. Coincidentally our federal deficit in 2016 was also right around $600 billion so we basically borrowed every penny we spent on the military last year. So thank your grandchildren for the debt they'll be paying off because we think it necessary to support a military that is grossly oversized but are unwilling to tax enough to pay for it.

If you want to talk about pork, you aren't talking about spending money on science, you're talking about defense spending.

Truer words have never been spoken. NASA is a rounding error compared to the wasteful spending in the defense department.

Comment Overhead includes engineering (Score 1) 165

This is the sort of idiotic criticism made by people with no understanding of accounting. Part of "overhead" is engineering and the engineering costs for designing a system like SLS are substantial. Since NASA is doing the engineering for SLS in house of course the overhead costs are going to be a higher percentage of their total. If they outsourced it, the overhead for engineering won't disappear - it will just go on the P&L for a different company. You could argue that a private sector company might be more efficient (not clear in this case) but they also would charge a mark up because they have to make a profit so you give some of that back. You can't just blindly compare overhead percentages without understanding what they are comprised of. Lower overhead does not necessarily equal a more efficient program, especially when it is in design phases. Just because the money didn't go to a private company doesn't necessarily mean it was money wasted.

You can argue whether SLS is pork or not and that's a separate issue. There is plenty to criticize about the program. But this argument about overhead is just someone who doesn't understand accounting naively comparing percentages they don't fully understand.

Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 3, Informative) 126

Sounds like someone is pissy he cant fly through a residential area at 50mph instead of the 25mph he is supposed to go. Speed bumps around here are no problem at all if you take them at or below the posted speed limit. The only people that hate them are the self righteous greedy assholes that speed through a residential area.

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