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Comment Re:Keep Learning From Part-time and Search away (Score 1) 261

Just because you scratced-the-surface on all those languages, network and sys-admin tech in college, doesn't mean you're even CLOSE to an expert and haven't done it in a professional setting at all where you need to give a shit about 10,000 other things besides 'getting it done and working'.

This. If you think that the biggest challenges in your career will be technical rather than political/organizational, you're gonna have a bad time.

Comment Re: Rich People Diet (Score 1) 176

The tomatoes sold cheaply in supermarkets here in the UK are almost universally watery, mushy garbage, grown fast and cheap under intensive conditions in Spain, Morocco, Senegal, etc. and yanked from the plant before they have a chance to develop any flavour at all.

Of course, all these supermarkets have their own brands of "premium" tomatoes - often domestically grown - and these are generally much better, but the cost is usually in the region of 150-170% of the standard fare, and even more if you want them organically grown. At this point, the tomatoes are more expensive, by weight, than "budget" (i.e. intensive farmed) chicken breasts.

You've heard it all before: we (and North America and parts of western Europe are the worst offenders here) don't accept that produce is seasonal any more, we want everything available all the time at rock-bottom prices. Something has to give, and sadly that thing is usually quality, which with food means flavour, aroma and texture.

I have no problem with GM as a technology. As a means for multinational bio-tech and agri-tech companies to control and extort money from farmers, I do have concerns. That, however, is another issue entirely.

Comment Re:Just another facebook slashvertisement (Score 1) 181

What he tweeted was:

"No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important."

Of course, he was going to complete the sentence with "as a means to control people.", but that would have pushed him over the 140 character limit.

Comment Re:Did anybody read the summary ? (Score 1) 258

Lolwut? They're not molding and etching these things by hand, they're using machinery to produce billions of coins very quickly and cheaply.

Example: A £1 UK coin is worth about £0.03 in materials. Even factoring in the cost of building and maintaining the minting machines, staffing the mint, designing the coinage, etc. many of which are historical costs, the actual cost of each coin is far less than its face value, and certainly far less than half a dollar, and that's for a relatively heavy coin.

I don't support a fully cashless society, for reasons stated elsewhere in this thread, but I do believe we should be reducing the number of coins and notes in the system, and eliminating the smallest denominations of coins. Unfortunately, for some reason, some people in this country have latched onto the penny as some kind of symbol of Britishness and the "good old days" (which is to say, some people are weird) so it won't go away without a pointless political battle.

Comment Re:Why go for a simple majority? (Score 1) 637


In a straightforward, national popular vote, there are no states, only voters.

You know this. You understand this. So, what you're really scared of is the other side winning.

Just man up and admit that any concerns about certain "states" having "too much power" is actually code for "people I disagree with - which is actually the majority of people in this country - getting what they want".

Comment Re:The electoral college is not needed (Score 5, Insightful) 637

"The people in the large cities have decided to live in an area where they are less represented. That is a choice they made."

If you have to move to a different city, a different part of the country or a different state to have your vote matter, then your system is simply fucked.

Comment Re:Careful? (Score 1) 333

Really, these places should be like "off license" restaurants in England

What? I live in the UK and I don't know what you're referring to. In the UK, an "off license" is an establishment that sells alcohol for consumption elsewhere. It has nothing to do with restaurants.

Restaurants do need a license to sell alcohol, but they are not called "off licenses". Some restaurants - particularly small ones - don't bother with the license, so they cannot sell alcohol, but people are allowed to BYOB if they want (albeit usually with a corkage charge). These are still not called "off licenses".

Apart from that, restaurants must adhere to the Food Standards Agency hygiene regulations. If they fail, they can be temporarily or permanently shut down. No license needed here either.

Think you might be getting your terminology confused.

Comment Re:Change is needed. (Score 1) 198

True, but that's because laws were introduced to modify both driver behaviour and car design. You can no longer have a few beers and drive legally, and steering wheels no longer leap into the driver's chest cavity when they have a fender-bender. These have reduced injuries and deaths.

In terms of safety features, you now have seat belts, crumple zones, strengthened chassis frames, airbags, ABS, traction and stability control, etc. These are all great, but they are mere mitigation of the #1 cause of vehicular accidents, which is human error.

With autonomous vehicles we can finally make progress in defeating the real enemy of road safety: road users.

(Side note: 40% of vehicle deaths in the USA are alcohol-related. Just getting the steering wheel out of the hands of people who have been drinking is major progress!)

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