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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

GPS Pilot VA workers? (560 comments)

A completely corrupt labor `bonus' system evolved to compensate valuable (not to be confused with `honest') employees despite government policy; something we see emerging today in our own corrupt government workforce.

Are you referring to VA workers who falsified patient wait-time records in order to earn bonuses?


Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

GPS Pilot Be accountable for whom you supply assistance to (663 comments)

the Russians are clearly supplying the separatists with weapons and trained crews

"Trained crew" is a stretch. A well-trained crew would have made a positive identification before launching. Perhaps there was an IFF signal that would have saved MH17, if it had been paid attention to. The Russians are supplying this assistance to hotheads with little regard for human life (they shoot at anything flying over their self-proclaimed "republic").

2 days ago

Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

GPS Pilot Trey Parker and Matt Stone could be liable... (83 comments)

If Noriega prevails, Trey Parker and Matt Stone wuld likely owe damanges to the estate of Kim Jong Il, for their unflattering depiction of him in Team America: World Police.

about a week ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

GPS Pilot Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

I favor reducing spending and increasing taxes. That is because I am a fiscal conservative and we are currently running a wildly excessive deficit.

Do you want to increase tax revenue, or tax rates? The two are not necessarily the same, depending on which side of the Laffer Curve we currently occupy.

And don't write off other ways to reduce the deficit:

  • a revenue reduction concurrent with an even larger spending reduction. (Even during Bill Clinton's second term, when there was a healthy federal surplus, opinion polls of that era showed most Americans thought the government was spending too much. If spending was scaled back to Clinton Administration levels, in partial deference to that sentiment, we would instantly be back in surplus.)
  • the "Penny Plan," surprisingly endorsed by the liberal Lanny Davis (although one must wonder about the sincerity of that endorsement)

about two weeks ago

Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

GPS Pilot Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

Gone are the days, when pursuit of happiness was understood as a natural right granted to each human being not by their government, but by the Creator.

Everyone understands that this is a fundamental tenet of the founding documents of the United States, but that doesn't prevent it from being quietly ignored by those who, say, disparage the Constitution as "a charter of negative liberties."

about two weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

GPS Pilot Re:Motivating Joe Shmoe to fight pork (364 comments)

I have my doubts that such an amendment would help. Over time, Congress critters would simply enter into quid pro quo relationships with each other.

That, too, should be made explicitly illegal, just as accepting bribes is illegal (and is occasionally prosecuted).

about two weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

GPS Pilot Re:Motivating Joe Shmoe to fight pork (364 comments)

If one state delegation refuses pork for its state, that state suffers. If all do, everybody's better off.

And we're never going to see all of them refuse, of their own accord. That's why legislation or a constitutional amendment is needed, making it illegal to advocate for money to be spent in their own district.

about two weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

GPS Pilot Naiveté is not a virtue, Tom (364 comments)

That doesn't mean they get to stay here

I can hardly believe your naiveté with that statement. They certainly will stay here. If 116 illegal immigrants who have been convicted of homicide are allowed to stay, why in the world would these kids be deported? They won't be. It is said that we urgently need to create a "path to citizenship" for them, and the reason for this is purely political: they and their descendents will reliably vote Democrat for generations to come.

Consider two brothers born in Beijing: Ming and Ling. Ming decides to enter the U.S. illegaly, and Ling decides to stay in the country of which he is a citizen. Which brother is more deserving of benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers: Ming, who broke our immigration laws, or Ling, who obeyed our immigration laws? The answer is obviously Ling. And the other 1.3 billion citizens of China are equally deserving as Ling. But we don't provide those 1.3 billion people with any kind of social safety net. (It's fiscally impossible... merely doing so for the 0.3 billion U.S. citizens has recently created trillion-dollar deficits.) Yet you argue we should provide those benefits to the less-deserving brother, Ming. Are you starting to see why that position has no credibility?

There is plenty of room here for people who are willing to work and contribute at least as much as they take.

Again, your naiveté is amazing. If we were to become selective about who gets in, I'd be in favor of expanded immigration. Who wouldn't? But under our current policy of lax border enforcement, the vast majority of immigrants are unskilled, functionally illiterate, and disproportionately disposed to criminal behavior, with no hope of ever contributing more than they receive from the social safety net. Please, please try to reconcile that fact with your pie-in-the-sky ideology.

about two weeks ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

GPS Pilot Motivating Joe Shmoe to fight pork (364 comments)

A pork project is, by definition, good for the economy of the local area in which the money is spent, and at the same time is a net negative for the national economy.

The cumulative effect of thousands of pork projects is to make every local economy poorer than it otherwise would be. In Congresscritter Smith's district, the positive effect of the projects that Smith secures for his district (influx of money) tends to be outweighed by the negative effect of the projects that the other 434 congresscritters secured for their districts (outflux of money). The exception is when a congresscritter is particularly slick at scoring unearned freebies for his local economy, at the expense of the national economy.

Eisenhower didn't articulate the problem in these terms. If he had, Joe Schmoe would be closer to understanding (and using his vote to do something about) one of the worst aspects of our system of government. The president made a campaign promise to "fundamentally transform the United States of America," and pork-barrel politics is the aspect most in need of "fundamental transformation," but sadly, it has only been reinforced since 2008.

A local magazine surveyed dentists, asking "who, besides yourself, is the best dentist in our city?" By not allowing dentists to vote for themselves, the survey produced a much truer guide to where to get quality dental care. Similarly, a constitutional amendment that bars congresscritters from seeking to have money spent in their own districts would boost the overall effectiveness of government. Lockheed would finally be pressured to source its F-35 components from the most efficient suppliers, rather than from the most pork-ified network of suppliers.

about two weeks ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

GPS Pilot No windows behind the screens (468 comments)

Are there at least windows behind the screens so that they can be moved out of the way in the event of a problem?

That would defeat the point of deleting the cockpit window, which is to save weight (aerospace glass is very heavy), simplify and strengthen the structure, eliminate a potential point of failure for cabin pressurization, and improve aerodynamics.

What is needed to increase your comfort level is redundancy -- a backup camera in case the primary is damaged by, say, a bird strike, and a backup power source in case the primary power source fails.

about two weeks ago

ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

GPS Pilot Seven Minutes of Terror (104 comments)

If you've never watched "Seven Minutes of Terror," which explains the crazy but successful scheme to lower the Curiousity rover onto Mars, do yourself a favor and go here:

It's the best video the U.S. Government has ever produced.

about two weeks ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

GPS Pilot Bacteria in bacteria? (304 comments)

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum

about three weeks ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

GPS Pilot A reasoned comment (567 comments)

I've seen so much over the top hype and hysteria from the climate change deniers

I don't pay attention to hype or hysteria, but I do pay attention to this reasoned comment from James Lovelock:

"The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened."

about three weeks ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

GPS Pilot Professionally-developed content (254 comments)

Hobbyists and amateurs will always be free to create content; but a professional news-gathering organization, or a site like C|NET that attempts to provide impartial product reviews, needs ad revenue. Heck, even Slashdot needs some revenue to keep the lights on.

about a month ago

Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

GPS Pilot The Tuition Bubble (538 comments)

Early predictors of the tuition bubble: John Stossel and Matthew Continetti

In the news this week, Mark Cuban on the tuition bubble:

Making the bubble worse: the current Administration, by nationalizing the student loan industry and further removing market forces from individual decisionmaking:

about a month ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

GPS Pilot Get real (254 comments)

Remeber, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Most of the content on the web is seemingly free, but only because advertising covers the costs of creating new content and keeping old content available.

Without advertising, how do you propose to cover those costs? If your solution is, "everyone who is paid to create web content should become a government employee and be paid with tax dollars," I reject your solution a priori.

about a month ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

GPS Pilot Doing more with less? (682 comments)

You may be right that they aren't issued cutting-edge laptops. Nonetheless, think about this: thanks to incomes growing faster than the rate of inflation, basic commodities, like a gallon of milk, consume a significantly smaller fraction of a family's income than they did a generation ago. (This is known as Engel's Law.) And that effect is orders-of-magnitude larger for technological commodities, like a gigaflop of computing power.

Government services, too, ought to be costing a smaller fraction of a family's income. (Especially because government uses technology to provide its services. Most government workers sit in front of a computer all day.) But government services are about the only thing that is bucking the trend, and consuming a larger fraction of a family's income!

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

GPS Pilot Actual competition.... [FTFY] (455 comments)

Actual competition is terrifying to "free market capitalists".

Actual competition is nirvana to free market capitalists; those who oppose it, like NADA, are not free market capitalists. FTFY.

about a month ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

GPS Pilot Journalists accepting of the coverup (682 comments)

Most news reports seem quite accepting of the story that the emails are irretrievably gone because Lerner's local hard drive crashed.

Is it just because journalists are ignorant of how enterprise email systems typically work (messages stored on an Exchange server with offsite backups)?

Or is it the ultimate proof of the mainstream media being "in the tank" for the Administration?

about a month ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

GPS Pilot Unreasonable email caps (682 comments)

I've worked at places where the size of my mailbox was, literally, limited to 25 cents' worth of hard drive space.

Granted, hard drive prices fall rapidly; maybe when the quota was first imposed, it was the equivalent of 25 dollars' worth of hard drive space, and the policy was never revisited while storage costs fell by two orders of magnitude. Still, a $25 limit on one of a professional's most important tools is very stingy. I could expense $25 for a single breakfast if I wanted to (although I never have).

it was "illegal" for them to use email, and they used mail or phone exclusively

Another policy that doesn't make sense. It's easier to audit an employee's email interactions with the public, than his or her telephone interactions with the public.

about a month ago



More details about Mars mystery rock

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  about 6 months ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "Previous reports said the rock that suddenly appeared out of nowhere was merely 'the size of a jelly doughnut.' Now, a color image shows additional reasons for this metaphor: 'It's white around the outside, in the middle there's kind of a low spot that's dark red,' said lead scientist Steve Squyres. In the image, the object does stick out like a sore thumb amidst the surrounding orange rocks and soil. Its composition is 'like nothing we've ever seen before. It's very high in sulfur, it's very high in magnesium, it's got twice as much manganese as we've ever seen in anything on Mars.' If it's just a random rock that had been kicked into position by one of the rover's wheels, chances are it would not be 'like nothing we've ever seen before.'"
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Autonomously-driven car transports Congressman

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  about a year ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee just took a ride in Carnegie Mellon University's autonomously-driven Cadillac — a nice step forward for acceptance and awareness of this technology."

Independent replication of BlackLight Power energy

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

novel_compound writes "Faculty memebers at Rowan University have independently replicated the remarkable energy source invented by BlackLight Power, Inc. Their report confirms that this process causes hydrogen to release 100 times more energy than ordinary combustion."

Greenpeace founder promotes nuclear energy, again

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "Patrick Moore is promoting nuclear energy again.

The only viable solution is to build hundreds of nuclear power plants over the next century, Moore told the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. There isn't enough potential for wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal or other renewable energy sources, he said."

Roll your own pivoting display?

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "A monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio is perfect for watching DVDs, but perfectly wrong for word processing and coding. What's the best way to get the best of both worlds: should I pay a premium for a display that has a 90 degree pivoting feature built-in (such as the HP LP2465), or is there a good aftermarket VESA mount desktop stand that can turn any LCD into a pivoting display? And how well do various OSes support pivoting displays? (I'm most interested in OS X.)"

Fifth fundamental force of nature: antigravity?

GPS Pilot GPS Pilot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GPS Pilot (3683) writes "Dr. Randell Mills has just posted a paper in which 'We report the experimental confirmation of 15 predicted hyperbolic-electron states that are observed forced away from the Earth with an acceleration that is over twelve orders of magnitude greater than that of gravity, as predicted.'

In other words, a fifth fundamental force of nature, which amounts to a very powerful form of antigravity.

He performed the experiment with an off-the-shelf electron gun."

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