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Comment Re:Good on him (Score 2) 225

Honestly, it doesn't matter if the tunnel ideas themselves are profitable. Phase 1 (make a better Bore) will make enough money on its own even if phase 2 never pans out, and Phase 1 is a very low cost risk by comparison. The key phrase in the interview is "Tunnel technology is older than rockets, and boring speeds are pretty much what they were 50 years ago."

Musk appears to be an efficiency hound above all else. Find something that sucks but has room for efficiency gains, make it better, and make money on it. He's done it with electric cars, batteries, and rockets so far. Making a better bore isn't that far-fetched. Making things more efficient in the right manner almost always leads to being cost competitive.

Comment Re:no shit really? (Score 3, Informative) 262

I remember playing BF3 with my older brother on his XBox when I visited him, while I had BF3 on the PC. The game played completely different: In the metro station map, on PC, players could barely ever capture the first flag without precise coordination and vision occlusion like smokes because if they popped their head up they'd get wrecked. On XBox, everyone just sprinted for the flag and it was a close range melee fest with flag captures usually being quite easy regardless of how well the defensive positions were set up.

In short, on the PC the defenders had a heavy advantage where on XBox the attackers had a heavy advantage, and it showed in the win rate from those sides. This was entirely due to control scheme.

Comment Re:MS Nutty aquisitions (Score 3, Insightful) 90

They're making their money back in other ways. Minecraft has become one of the go-to games for kids. It turned the XBox into a more kid-friendly console, a market Nintendo historically had in their back pocket. Parents aren't as intimidated buying their children XBoxes when its bundled with Minecraft as the console draw rather than Halo. They also haven't had to release significant iterations of the game to maintain freshness on new releases like Mario. Little work with a trickle reward that'll pay off more the longer its present. I suspect children today look at Minecraft the same way we looked at Mario in the 90's.

Comment Re:Theaters Find New Ways to Make money (Score 1) 142

Damn, that sucks. The trend around here has been a positive one in a different direction. They've been converting theaters to assigned seating and 100% recliners with sectional row divides, so no matter where you sit you have a nice comfy seat without having to worry when getting your ticket, with the same ticket price. It's made movie-going about 100% more bearable for me and my girlfriend and I've noticed the theater capacity utilization seems much higher than it used to be.

Comment Re: we saw that the science was falsified by the C (Score 1) 371

Tribalism rarely rears its ugly head in academia to the extent you see it in other disciplines and industries. The colleague and confidant of the academic is knowledge, other humans are a tool to converse with knowledge. Knowledge is their "tribe" more than the people they work with.

Not saying tribalism doesn't show up from time to time, but it's not like finance buddies protecting finance buddies.

Comment Re:Meal breaks (Score 1) 255

California labor law is an absolute nightmare. There are about a half dozen extra things you have to track that don't have any significant effect on productivity or labor rights, but add large extra costs to payroll and HR. I deal with payrolls from multiple states and our procedures are completely different for California because of all the labor laws that don't line up with the rest of the country. The troll post is correct, although without any proper explanation.

Comment Re:Pimping drugs for profit (Score 1) 432

Doctors and nurses are trained to investigate mental health on every visit in some fashion. It's one of the hardest things to diagnose and also one of the least likely for patients to discuss on their own without some sort of impetus. There's no grand conspiracy there, it's simply the only way they can investigate certain aspects of the patients proactively. That's not to say that over-medicating and symptom-centric practice isn't an issue, but its roots lay elsewhere. Source: my girlfriend is a psychiatric nurse.

Comment I enjoy hand-washing my clothes (Score 1) 139

I enjoy hand-washing my clothes and putting them away. Especially the ones I carefully selected and thus like very much.
It's one of those many simple household tasks that have a deep zen-like vibe to it if you put yourself it in the right mood and attempt to keep a household leaning towards minimalism. Pure bliss. And no, I'm not joking.

Household chores, such as washing clothes, hanging them to dry, washing dishes, going daily to the store because of lack of refrigeration, and managing a fire for dinner took up significant chunks of the day. The low-hanging fruit is gone so they're working on the smaller tasks now (roomba and laundry folding robot). If they can make them cheap enough, they could become ubiquitous and hit a home run.

Comment Uphill battle in North Carolina (Score 1) 360

When it all comes down to it, I think he may lose the election squarely because of HB2. North Carolina, being a purple state with large urban centers, has a lot of very ticked off voters in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh because of what the Republican-controlled state house and governer's office has done to the state with the discriminatory law. For someone like me whose fairly young (31) and suffering political burnout, the law has had the opposite effect that state republicans intendend: it didn't galvanize the far right but instead pissed off the moderates who tend to be financially conservative but socially liberal. I will be showing up at the polls specifically to vote out the idiots in the state legislature who passed this atrocity as well as tell the governor where he can stick it. I suspect a large percentage of voters in this pool aren't inclined to vote for Trump.

Comment The data is already out there, its called the OES (Score 1) 57

We annually get reporting requests from the department of labor, a large percentage of companies do. The results end up here: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current...

If you want to look at wage information, that's a good place to go. It's not localized by region, but it's a decent overall report.

Comment Re:Wrong Answer for Long Distance Shipping (Score 1) 246

Trains are used when they can be and are the preferred method for shipping domestically. Time-sensitive cargo and cargo going outside of rail hubs is what's being handled by trucks. It doesn't make any sense to build a railroad or run a train to Bumfuckistan, Colorado, population 600.

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