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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

volmtech Re:Wow (150 comments)

Remember the Star Trek episode with all the alternative universes where the Borg were taking over and one frantic Riker in a burning Enterprise pleading that he couldn't go back, it's horrible? That is how potato farming in the South would be without herbicides. We harvest spring potatoes in May just as weed growth hits full stride. Wrestling potatoes out of weed choked soil makes fighting the Borg look like a picnic. As a young man forty years ago we just fought the war but no one wants to go back. Today the harvester just cruises up and down the field sifting potatoes out of clean soil instead of clogging up every few hundred feet.

Now if you want to put people back to work put a bunch of tractors out there pulling cultivators and people hand pulling, then mow the field before you drag a digger through it that just plops the tubers back on the ground like my grandfather did. Me, I staying here, I'm not going back.

13 hours ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

volmtech Re:The Real question then is... (227 comments)

Peanuts Charlie Brown, "AWWWG". There is no FAIR! The US's seventeen trillion dollar economy can sustain itself. There is no need to force American workers to compete for jobs with an Ugandan subsistence farmer. Remember, multinational corporations make the profit from fairness, not the worker.

My idea of fairness is probably different from yours. Castro's idea of fairness was different from many Cubans. Pol Pot's idea was different from many Cambodian people's idea. Are you willing to kill to enforce your idea of fairness?

yesterday
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

volmtech Re:Sounds like the future (274 comments)

That's what motorcycles are for. That Allstate (Sears) scooter sure was fun but the Kawasaki H2 triple was dynamite.

2 days ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

volmtech Re:Sounds like the future (274 comments)

Today's front wheel drive econo boxes are just uninspiring transportation. You need something like the 327 68 Impala I drove in high school to get your blood pumping.

2 days ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

volmtech Re:laser levelling (133 comments)

After 17 years of farming fields with ponds and sand knolls I bought one of those systems. Pulling that thing around with my John Deere watching the blade cut down high spots and then drop the sand in holes was the most fun you could have in a cab by yourself. That was in 1987, now you can get one that uses GPS for position and height. A word of warning, if the spinney thing stops, don't look into the lens to just as it decides to power back up.

3 days ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

volmtech Re:Stupid (557 comments)

The only response can be, "Well, duh". If I am hiring some one I want a person I feel comfortable with. I have hired both black, and white people of both sexes. Even if the hiring manager will not be working with the new hire how the new hire will effect his (or her) coworkers has to be considered. Oh, yeah, only hire people who are not racist sexist and that wont matter, just remember, people lie.

about a week ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

volmtech Re:Why would anyone go willingly to the stadium? (216 comments)

Can you explain why I wasted $90 for a ticket to see ZZ Top? How will I know they are not lip syncing to a CD? Can't see their lips so they don't even need to pretend.

about two weeks ago
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E-Visits To the Doctor To Top 75 Million In the US, Canada This Year

volmtech Re:Outsourcing. (35 comments)

Most visits are because of the American drug war. I have to see my physician every two months because my insomnia medication is soooo abusable. Can't have addicts sleeping all day. My wife has a prescription for an ADD medication that helps keep her awake. She has to take a drug test to make sure she is actually using it, can't have those addicts being productive now can we. Imagine a cocktail of these, probably something like dividing by zero.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

volmtech Re:There is no incentive because they PAY for it! (316 comments)

I recently had a meal at a popular buffet in Orland. I did notice the plates were much smaller than in years past. That didn't stop to couple at the table next to me from making a third trip and then leavening their plates full of food when they left. People who have multi terabyte drives full of downloaded movies they never watch are the same way.

about two weeks ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

volmtech Re:So? (184 comments)

It's always about money. It is possible to grow your own food but getting money for other needs and a few luxuries is difficult. Slavery was used because free people were too expensive to hire. I worked at a produce packing facility and many workers there spoke fondly about working the harvest season up the East coast. At this moment my daughter's sister in law and her husband are in Delaware doing migrant work. It is hard on children, their six year old son is being driving back to Florida with other family to register for school this week.

about two weeks ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

volmtech Re:So? (184 comments)

So I can expect to see you and your family out in the field picking up potatoes next harvest season? And don't forget pulling all those weeds because herbicides are banned. I have done those jobs and I didn't find either one particularly interesting. Now churning through the field pulling a four row harvester with a 250 horsepower John Deere is fun and cruising along listening to Rush Limbaugh while guiding a 60 ft wide sprayer is pure joy.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

volmtech Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

I worked with a guy who as a recent high school graduate (mid seventy's) was recruited by the DoD to work on ballistic missile systems. He was a southern redneck hot rodder who looked like a Mafioso enforcer. After showing too much intuition about certain systems he was let go. The man was a mechanical genius and a wiz with a soldering station (he brought his own to work).

His family lived in and managed a small trailer park and he was not a stellar student, how did they find him? I was offered (but declined) a spot in the Navy's nuclear power school but I was already in the Navy and had taken many tests.

about two weeks ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

volmtech Re:theres no money in procedural rigour. (166 comments)

Sometimes the manufacture is trying to devolep a new drug with less side effects than those currently avalable. My wife participated in a study of an anti ADD drug. She didn't get any better so either it was ineffective or she was getting the placebo. For participating in the study she was given prescription to an already approved drug.

For her this drug is almost perfect. She can stick to her diet and has lost 50 lbs. She no longer spaces out, has more energy and can study for hours at a time, (she is preparing to enter nursing school). Maybe many people can't use this drug or the patent is expiring. My wife is 47 and until this trial no doctor would help her so we were helped anyway.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

volmtech Re:Texas? (172 comments)

It is good for the oil and gas industry, and those who work in them. My nephew with his new EE degree just started with a pipeline company in San Antonio, $90000 a year with a housing allowance.

about 1 month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

volmtech Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

I grew up in a farming area in the 1950's. Before welfare blacks and poor whites picked the produce. They were the migrants, working South to North. After harvesting apples and potatoes in Maine and Vermont they went back to south Florida for the winter. After welfare they didn't need to do that so the growers who had depended on them made agreements with work crew leaders to bring in illegals.

about a month ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

volmtech Re:Other loud noises (272 comments)

If you want to control the economy and make people do right you should read up on the tactics employed by those who were successful at it. People like Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot. But unlike them, I'm sure you would be a benevolent dictator and everyone's lives (those who still had theirs) would be so much better.

about a month ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

volmtech Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

After a few minutes thought I can see how our legislature freed us from the tyranny of the railroad barons and allowed free transportation of goods and people. One man with a truck can deliver a twenty ton load almost anywhere in the nation in less than a week. Imaging the logistics for shipping half a boxcar away from the main line.

Railroads have a place. In the nineteenth century towns and farms by necessity grew near the tracks but the our system of interstates and state highways has allowed the population to spread out and still have all our necessitates delivered to our door. Of course I have my own loading dock on my farm, I may be prejudice. Growing a perishable crop, no way could I depend on a monolithic rail system to safely delivery my produce. One call to a truck broker and I can have ten trucks in my lot at five AM willing to go anywhere in the county and guarantee safe delivery.

For myself I am building props for an event ninety miles away. I can rent a truck and delivery them myself in two hours. Hide in a subway if you want, I'll take the open road.

about a month ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

volmtech Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

Many things are not economic if they are not subsidized in some way. Our country has it's own society. What helps one part of society helps us all (yes, socialism). My community helps me; libraries, law enforcement and open emergency rooms are just a few things provided my my community ( COMMUNISM !!!). My truckload of Omaha beef is subsidized by vegetarians who pay road taxes. Their load of tofu is subsidized by me, it equalized out.

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

volmtech Re:user error (710 comments)

Dude, I live in a 1500 sq ft mobile home in north Florida and before my last central AC died some months I used 3000kwhs. Now with small room units and extra insulation in my white painted roof I still use 1800. Best I do in the cool months is 1300. Five people in the house and some of them love long, hot showers.

about a month ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

volmtech Re:Does anyone oppose this? (155 comments)

Well, hopefully, allowing more H-1B workers will spur our schools into providing better educations for our children.

about a month ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about 7 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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