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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

volmtech Re:Texas? (171 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.

4 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

volmtech Re:Local testing works? (777 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

volmtech Re:user error (708 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

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

How old are you? I assure you, My dad's new 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 was not a crap car. It cost $2500. I was in the Navy in the 1970's. A shipmate who had visited Japan told me Japanese made high end tape decks and stereo equipment cost more in Tokyo than in San Francisco. The Japanese people didn't mind because they wanted to make sure their countrymen's jobs were secure.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

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

Let's say in 1970 the US had put a tariff on foreign cars. Imports already cost more the domestic cars but by making imports more expensive the moderatly well off would have bought from Detroit because a Ford or Dodge would have been more affordable. If you want to call increased sales a subsidy OK but all those $trillions sent to Japan and now Korea would have done a lot of good in UAW members pockets. Then we have most other American workers subsidized because of HB-1 visas limit the number of tech workers that are allowed in (imported).

Why do most people love cheap (or higher perceived quality) imported goods but balk at having the foreign workers themselves imported.

about two weeks ago
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Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

volmtech Re:That's Fine (110 comments)

Actually, yes, during the severe electrical storm yesterday my lights only flickered a couple of times. All the tree trimming and lighting arrestors Florida Power and Light has installed since the 05 hurricanes has helped a lot. Even with these cost and the retiring of one of their nuclear plants my cost per kWh has only gone up a few percent to $.10. Improving service without raising cost does generate good will. Next time they need a rate increase they wont have much getting one.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

volmtech Re:Holiday in the USA? (702 comments)

If you have a swarthy complexion and are youthful looking just hop a train in Mexico up to the border and walk in.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

volmtech Re:The goal of 1st world countries (401 comments)

You have to sure only citizens are eligible. Super sealed borders will be necessary because who wants to look at all those sad faced immigrants who aren't getting free stuff. Many jobs will only be fill by coercion, cleaning septic tanks is not very challenging, I do know that. Now putting them in an area with a high water table is very challenging. Digging the hole big enough and getting the tank dropped in before hole fills with water and the sides start collapsing is intense.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

volmtech Re:OPEC to subsidize its demise? (385 comments)

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means". I always thought a subsidy was money paid to people for something most taxpayers don't benefit from. Food is subsidized, you don't eat? Roads are subsidized, you don't use a car, ride a bus, or buy anything transported by truck?

Some things may not benefit you directly but if it helps your country it helps you. Socialism is great until you start paying taxes, then all the sudden you turn into a Libertarian.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

volmtech Who loves misery? (725 comments)

Actually stopping climate change means going back to an 1800's lifestyle for 99% of the worlds population. The few who live that now desperately want out and the rest of aren't going back unless we have to.

Even people who sincerely believe their lifestyle is killing the planet only make token changes. Only a world wide authoritarian government with firing squads for those who resist has any chance of working. Better make a lot of pop corn, it's going to be quite a show.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

volmtech Big Bang Theory (63 comments)

And no one remembers the episode of the Big Bang Theory where the guys did just that and let hackers control their lights and remote control cars?

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

volmtech Re:If some idiot leaves a space heater running 24/ (349 comments)

Good point. So when you run out of bandwidth who gets cut off first, 20 Gig users or 500 Gig users? Or use a sliding scale like power utilities use?

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

volmtech Re:If some idiot leaves a space heater running 24/ (349 comments)

Try plugging five space heaters into the same outlet. Wires have a limit on how many amps (or kilobytes) they can carry. A kilobyte may not cost anything but it does take up space. Once the limit is reached everyone's service slows.

about three weeks ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

volmtech Re:Not a damn thing will be done. (567 comments)

You left out sending 100 million people back to the farm. Or raising about 30 million draft horses. I'm sure we can get college students to help with the harvest. I will need all the help I can get.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

volmtech Re:No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

One word, amnesty. Reagen did it, Obama wants to do it. Sure, only citizens can vote, in states where ID is checked. And what do Hispanic voters want? Immigration reform, which means virtually open borders. We already have "Dreamers". It's like a landlord trying to evict a deadbeat renter, they have "rights". The children get schooling until they get deported and the criminal element has already found "employment".

Blacks, women, Hispanics, Millennials, each have a non-negotiable touch button. Affirmative action, abortion, open borders, gay marriage. We democratically elect our representatives and these groups are a majority. I just believe all these things are wrong and are destroying my country. As a good citizen if I am out voted I will comply but I don't have to like it.

about a month ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about 6 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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