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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

SandwhichMaster Inches to Meters? (50 comments)

Did anyone else cringe reading the summary? "...rovers have scraped away a few inches at a time, but the real paydirt may lie a meter or two below the surface"

If it's not in furlongs, the unit is meaningless to me.

about 6 months ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

SandwhichMaster Re:He's right! (581 comments)

Of course not all coal miners will want to be coders, but why can't you teach a coal miner to code? And why do people assume that coal miners are not interested in coding. And why do people assume they don't have the intellectual ability to handle it.

Maybe I'm being arrogant, but I'm guessing coal miners chose that life because they weren't suited for much else. I'd wager that most of these guys are below average intelligence, where as most programmers are above average intelligence.

Of course, (from a quick google search) the pay looks surprisingly decent, so maybe I'm wrong. The pay is probably accounting for a dangerous, unhealthy, and miserable line of work. Still, I have to believe that if you can do something else, you'd already be doing it.

about 10 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

SandwhichMaster Infringement (653 comments)

I've trademarked black writing on a white background. Please destroy any materials that infringe on my IP

about 10 months ago

The End Is Near for GameStop

SandwhichMaster Re:Gamers are not idiots ... (393 comments)

Everyone is making broad generalizations.

You realize the irony in that statement, don't you?

about 2 years ago

Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

SandwhichMaster Re:Peculiarities? (307 comments)

Middle income earners get to deduct health care expenses

Not really. Not unless you have some crazy high medical expenses.

According to the IRS (irs.gov): "You may deduct only the amount by which your total medical care expenses for the year exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income"

There's too many examples to list that refute your claim that everybody will pay their share eventually. There are many companies that are given a low to 0% taxation rates to lure them into a particular state/city. Just ask Walmart. How is the poor guy going to get that same break?

about 2 years ago

Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them

SandwhichMaster Re:One Little Problem with "Increasing" Crime Idea (449 comments)

Interesting correlation to that drop in violent crime...

Leaded gas, known to mess with development, was banned in 1978. Roughly 20 years later, about the time it takes for a new born to fully mature, violent crime begins to suddenly drop.

Not saying it's the cause, but it might be a factor.

about 2 years ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

SandwhichMaster Re:Tasing Is An Improvement (936 comments)

Tasers are anything but a humane alternative. Consult Youtube for about 15 seconds for an example.

The thought behind the taser, is to use the weapon in a situation that would have otherwise necessitated lethal force (i.e. a gun). In practice, however, police just zap anyone that they find annoying. Worse still, because it's not a gun, these idiots don't consider tasers to have lethal consequences. There have been numerous serious injuries and even deaths as a result of the abuse of a weapon.

Consider the folks who have heart conditions, or who have been struck by multiple tasers.

Tasers should be banned.

more than 2 years ago

Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

SandwhichMaster Re:Why not reduce emissions? (623 comments)

Wow, lot's of hostility to my comment, and a few good points too.

Boats - I stand corrected, boats have some modest emissions controls. We could definitely stand to see something stronger though:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/09/shipping-pollution, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1229857/How-16-ships-create-pollution-cars-world.html

Planes - Yes, I understand that the U.S. is large, but we can start with modern trains that connect smaller distances, like Milwaukee to Chicago, L.A. to Vegas, etc. Trains are more efficient than planes, and can actually travel very fast. I'm also speculating that trains suffer from fewer delays, have quicker security checkpoints, and require less maintenance.

Coal power plants: There is no such thing as clean coal plant. Look at the destruction caused just to GET the coal, let alone burn it. It's dangerous for the workers and disastrous for our environment. Search for images before and after mining, it's unsettling.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_power_in_the_United_States, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania

Lawn Mowers - Operating a mower for an hour is the pollution equivalent of driving a car 200 miles. Consider how many lawns are in the U.S. alone. That is not insignificant: http://www.epa.gov/oaqps001/community/details/yardequip_addl_info.html.

Excessive Water Consumption - Too many people underestimate the value of clean, fresh water. It takes energy and costly equipment to clean and deliver fresh water to your home. Water is also a limited resource. If/when our rapidly draining aquifers run dry, the consequences will be disastrous to our food supply and economy. We can do some simple things to reduce our usage, without much effort. Front load washing machines save ~20 gallons per use. Low flow toilets can save ~2 gallons per flush. I have no regrets switching to either, and I have a lower water bill. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/

more than 2 years ago

Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

SandwhichMaster Why not reduce emissions? (623 comments)

I understand that there are many arguments as to whether global climate change exists, and/or how sever it is. I also understand that trying to reduce our emissions significantly can come at some economic cost. But there are still many low hanging fruits that we could easily tackle as a compromise, at very little cost.

To name a few:

- Boats - No emissions controls at all currently
- Planes - Trains should be a better option (particularly in the U.S.)
- Coal power plants - Outdated tech
- Lawn mowers - Electric mowers could replace most people's mowing needs
- Excessive water consumption - Top loading washing machines are a colossal waste of fresh water

Additionally, there have been numerous studies linking various forms of pollution to cancer and other serious health effects. So we stand to gain healthier people and lower health care costs by reducing our emissions as well.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Payment Adds "No Class Action" Language To Terms of Service

SandwhichMaster Re:These terms should be considered unconscionable (147 comments)

Terms like this and mandatory arbitration clauses should be illegal. It's a very slippery slope to when people can forgo their legal rights, and we're already slipped too far.

more than 2 years ago

Tapping Shale Reserves, US Would Become World's Top Oil Producer By 2017

SandwhichMaster Re:Gas is still affordable so far (467 comments)

If it (gas) suddenly doubled in price, our economy might collapse.

This is something that doesn't get noticed enough. You can talk about "Drill baby drill", "global warming is a myth", etc. all you want, but at the end of the day, it is wildly unwise to have our entire economy based around one technology. We are much better equipped to handle change if we're diversified.

We've seen oil prices spike too many times not to know better by now.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

SandwhichMaster Re:Just... (635 comments)

Maybe the ads don't effect many users now, but that's how they get their foot in the door.

Remember the Xbox 360 dashboard when the system first came out? Now look at it. You can barely see the screens you want to use, because everything is cluttered with ads.

more than 2 years ago

Tesla Model S Named 'Car of the Year'

SandwhichMaster Re:Canadians are out of luck! (303 comments)

Yeah, I'm a Minnesotan, so I'm all too familiar with the cold weather problems. But I can still appreciate innovation, even if the solution doesn't work for everyone (yet?).

more than 2 years ago

Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

SandwhichMaster Re:one caveat (359 comments)

I can appreciate your monopoly concern, but I think you're missing the obvious. If Google gets more control, it means that the carriers have less control.

Carriers and phones need to be 2 VERY separate entities. Google is pushing for that openness and separation. They are not asking for their own set of locks and restrictions. So, if Google wins this, it stands to reason that more manufacturerswill be able to build open devices.

more than 2 years ago

Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

SandwhichMaster Re:Screen size (359 comments)

I think the screen size is a reflection of the market. People are migrating towards phones with larger screens. For example, I'm guess that the Samsung S2 and S3 owe their success, at least in part to their large crisp screens. I'm not saying that 4.7" hasn't gone a little too far for the average user, but I bet that screen looks a lot prettier than the competition.

Personally, I have huge hands, so my next phone will be humongous. I avoid texting because I can't help but hit like 5 characters at once. I'm even considering the monstrously large Note 2.

more than 2 years ago

Teardown Finds iPhone 5 Costs Apple About the Same As Did 4S

SandwhichMaster Re:OMG The product cost more than the Sum of Parts (143 comments)

How horrible that someone sells a product that cost more than the sum of their part!

It's not that someone is making a profit. It's that all of the major phone companies are working together to make phone prices ridiculous. Without contract, you're looking at: $649/16gb, $749/32gb, $849/64gb.

That is one hell of a mark up.

I guarantee that people would be rushing to stores a little slower if it weren't for the 2 year contract "discount". It seems a little fishy that all of the major phone releases have similar pricing and, generally speaking, the phones are locked to one provider. It reeks of collusion.

more than 2 years ago

Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

SandwhichMaster Re:Good (432 comments)

You confuse "the American public" with "a handful of people who took some poll".

You mean, a whopping 1,029 people might not be an accurate poll of a country with 314 million people?

more than 2 years ago

GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

SandwhichMaster What about game that require registration? (123 comments)

I've noticed more and more games are requiring a 1 time use only code to play. For example, EA NHL12 requires you to enter (which is a complete pain in the ass on an xbox) a 16 digit code to play any on-line modes. Essentially it makes the game worthless for re-sale.

So for those of you siting Steam's reasonable prices as "the system works" I disagree. EA dominates a VERY large portion of the gaming market, almost entirely the sports game genre. They have no intent on playing nicely. Yes I can boycott them (which I largely do), but that is LOT of games to boycott.

more than 2 years ago



$819 Crutches

SandwhichMaster SandwhichMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SandwhichMaster writes "Prior to my foot surgery I needed to pickup a set of crutches. My insurance was charged $100 for the crutches and $719 for the "Physical Therapy", which basically consisted of setting the crutches to my height. The whole visit was at most 15 minutes. I called both the hospital and my insurance company, but both refused to do anything. My insurance covers about 90% of the cost, and I'm not really that concerned about the $80, but the whole process still seems ludicrous.

Is there anyone I can report this to? Are U.S. health care costs really this out of control? Has anyone else had similar experiences?"

What's Your Federal Budget?

SandwhichMaster SandwhichMaster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SandwhichMaster writes "Not surprisingly, I've been encountering a lot of post election budget complaints. A lot of people think we shouldn't spend money on welfare, or that everyone should pay the same tax rate. While I can't say Obama's tax plan is perfect, I'm pretty sure a lot of people don't have their facts straight. Cutting welfare from the federal budget wouldn't significantly lower taxes. And a flat tax rate, would probably mean a significant tax increase for most. I don't ask that everyone share the same opinion as me, just that they use numbers that make sense. Using real numbers, and no deficit spending, what would your federal budget and tax brackets look like?"


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