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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

volmtech Re:Flawed, 'cos... (419 comments)

How about old people? At 62 my driving skills and vision have diminished. I hate trying to drive in traffic. My parents live 25 miles out in the country, driving themselves to the doctor's and supermarket is getting dangerous. In the US an aging rural population is in danger because of their isolation. We old people like our independence and fixed incomes make moving too expensive. Another joy of the twenty-first century.

yesterday
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

volmtech Re:Spoiled (223 comments)

Fortunately they refused my offers to help program them.

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

volmtech Re:Spoiled (223 comments)

And where those rovers made?

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

volmtech Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

But people are not driving across the border, their purchases are shipped to their doors. The retailer has your ID and address. Oh wow, interstate commerce!

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

volmtech Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

My 90lb first wife was raised in a mostly female household. We had only been married a few days when from the bathroom I hear, "eek, splash".

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

volmtech Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

So if all districts are to be realigned to contain an even distribution of voters and I lean orange I should register purple to keep from getting shifted into a purple district to dilute my vote?

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

volmtech Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

We have a district like that in Florida. It snakes over 100 miles from Jacksonville to Orlando, collecting minorities as it goes, some places occupying only the center line of a highway to make it contiguous. How can a representative who lives in north Jacksonville represent someone who lives in central Florida? I guess it's only gerrymandering if the other party draws the lines.

I used to be in that district until I realized I was voting my mailbox address, which is across the road from my house.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

volmtech Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

In most states over 10% of the voters register as Independent. How do you gerrymander those to vote Republican? Democrats cluster in large cities. How do you evenly distribute their votes out into Republican districts on the other side of the state?

about three weeks ago
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China Plans To Build a Domestic Robotics Industry

volmtech Re:Comforting to say, but matters not. (67 comments)

I just read an article in one of the magazines I subscribe to, I think Bloomberg, about wealthy Chinese parents sending their children to American high schools to learn entrepreneurship. Some of the most popular choices now have a majority of Chines students, defeating the American immersion purpose.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

volmtech Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

Over 1 million Pennsylvanians are registered independents/third parties (2009)â"(almost 12% of all registered PA voters)

How do you gerrymander them into the correct district? What you seem to want is a parliamentary government with no districts.

about three weeks ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

volmtech Re:And here is where freedom ends (219 comments)

So you have a 99% death tax, If Bill and Melinda Gates die tomorrow how do you liquidate 65 billion dollars of Microsoft stock?

about three weeks ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

volmtech Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

OK, my weapon of choice is a 25 kg bag of potatoes. How many 40 count pallets can you stack in an hour? How about we make them 50 kg? Just drag them 20 meters. I'm 62 so I can't pick up that much anymore.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

volmtech Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

How many here have done dangerous jobs or been in the military? You just think, "Nah, nothing is going to happen to me." I have pulled stumps on an open platform tractor with the front wheels three feet in the air. One foot riding the clutch, one foot keeping the tractor straight by tapping the left or right brakes, one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the throttle. Men take chances, many jobs require strength and endurance that women don't have.

about a month ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

volmtech What Facebook ads? (249 comments)

I have a 22 in wide screen monitor. My brain ignores the right one third of the screen. Ad and flash blockers and Noscript keep most annoying things at bay.

about a month and a half ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

volmtech Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

You have to change human nature first. There has always been The Man. War lord, king, feudal lord, big business, whatever. To take money from The Man you have to be stronger than him. Whoever that is than becomes The Man and still keeps most of the money.

For millennia homosexuals were barely tolerated or even stoned. Today they are looked up to and have special rights. If being rich became as reviled as homosexuals once were than full socialism could work. Of course maybe people who want to be rich were born that way and we shouldn't discriminate against them.

about a month and a half ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

volmtech Re:This is an old argument... (652 comments)

One word, freedom. Freedom to leave home when you want, freedom to drive direct to where you work and freedom to go elsewhere after work if you wish. Only with complex tracking and scheduling programs tracking every persons movements and forced high density housing could private transportation be eliminated.

about a month and a half ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

volmtech Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

It is when the workers terms include beating the hell out of any other skilled workers who want to work at YOUR job when you are on strike.

about 2 months ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

volmtech Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (113 comments)

With time to kill I took my SS statement and calculated the return from investing my contribution in the DOW on the first trading day of the last 40 years. My one hundred forty thousand dollars would now be worth over six hundred fifty thousand. I did the same buying gold with the same return. Do the same with Apple stock, you might feel sick.

about 2 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

volmtech Re:Who would have guessed (191 comments)

So what do you do with the two rooms that no longer have power?

about 2 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

volmtech Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

So these people who claim they are being disenfranchised are imaginary, that's what I thought.

about 2 months ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about 10 months ago

volmtech (769154) writes "What is the etiquette for "found" devices? My was at our neighborhood discount store and noticed a cell phone in the grass by her car. It was an iPhone 4 with a cracked front glass. After she brought it home my son-in law tried to turn it on. The screen glowed briefly so we knew it wasn't totally dead. As we are an Android family he took it to work with him to find someone with an Apple charger. After it charged up he just looked through the contacts for "Mom" and called her. Turns out it was her (obviously) irresponsible teen aged son's phone and she thankfully agreed to meet my large sized son-in law back at the store and retrieve it. Would you have returned it? How much trouble would you go to get something back to the owner?"

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