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Comment Re:What is this witchery (Score 1) 316

can't say I'm thrilled to have to learn more specs for something so mundane as lightbulbs.

I'm 100% in agreement with you. The fact that I killed a significant portion of time buying and trying different color temps irks me, but now that I know what I like it's pretty easy to find. I love the LED Recessed Conversion kits, I've put up a bunch of them in my house. Less heat, good light, and I haven't had to replace one yet, unlike the CFLs and incandescents that I seem to be always replacing. And I like the way they look a lot better than traditional bulbs.

Comment Re: I worked in IT for about twenty years before.. (Score 1) 161

Craftsmen receive a shitload of training, even if it's not a "diploma" at the end

That's pretty much what I was implying. Years of apprenticeship, on the job training and classroom instruction, none of which ends with a degree. But it ends with a 100k/year job. I've worked with a ton of craftspeople, just like every other profession they have brilliant people and people I wouldn't trust to tie their shoes correctly. College education has nothing to do with it.

Comment Re:I worked in IT for about twenty years before... (Score 2) 161

Most of them make well into six figures despite the fact many of them don't even have high school diplomas

Most craftsmen don't need post-secondary education. Craftsmen learn by doing, not by studying. Look in any of the skilled trades, carpenters, boilermakers, electricians, pipefitters, very very few of them have anything past high school, and there are a large number that don't have high school diplomas. You just don't need that type of education to do that type of work.

This is the fault of unions.

I'm not sure I follow your logic though. You are saying they are going bankrupt because of the unions? While saying they are making well into 6 figures? That sounds like a money management issue rather than a union issue.

Boeing simply can't afford to work them more than forty hours,

Why the hell would you want them working more than 40 hours? Since when is that a sign laziness? I don't want a guy working 6-10's assembling my air planes. People get burned out working that many hours.

Comment Devolving of social norms (Score 1) 189

At first, for a brief moment in time, comments on Yahoo's news articles were reasonably civil. But they devolved from "intelligent" conversations in a big hurry because you could say whatever you wanted to with no social consequences because things were anonymous. Then Facebook came along, and at briefly brought a little of that civility back because your friends and family were going to see what you would post. But lately it seems as though even that barrier is being broken because people are realizing that their family and peers tend to share similar beliefs, and are not putting people in check when norms are violated. Filters are being removed, people are becoming nasty, minds are being closed to outside opinion. I fear that this mindset will be expanding further and further into meatspace. And given our recent selection of Commander in Chief, I feel that this mindset is making it into the real world fast.

Comment Re:Coal plant up for repairs? (Score 1) 201

Natural gas can be used for cars, airplanes, etc., which coal can't. (emphasis mine)

That's not entirely true. You can turn coal into natural gas, and a bunch of other things. It's expensive, smells horrible, and requires a significant amount of energy, but it can be done.

Comment Re:Nokia 3310? (Score 1) 53

Let me guess....this is something to do with the up-coming relaunch of the Nokia 3310?

Guess again. It's the second sentence in the summary: "Nokia's products including its Flexi Multiradio base stations". In the article it says the suit is against Nokia Oyj, and they aren't in the phone business any more. 10 seconds on Google will tell you that HMD Global owns the rights to Nokia mobile handsets, and is re-releasing the 3310.

Comment Re:Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 1) 627

allowing for public outrage to ensue

There will be no outrage. There will be no hearings. There will be no condemnation. There will be no repercussions. Do you know why? Because having the name "Sidd Bikkannavar" sounds like he's brown. And the general public is scared of brown people because of Terrorism(TM). And we need to have more "National Security" to save us from the brown people.

Doing a quick search of his name, the 1st page of Google comes up with The Verge, Gizmodo, Mic, IBI Times, Mashable, and The Wrap carrying the story, and a link to his Facebook where he says he was detained. Notably missing from this list, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, etc. etc. It looks like the first one to print the article was The Verge, over 20 hours ago. If the "big guys" were going to make a stink about this they would have already.

Comment Re:So what are the stats on /.? (Score 1) 174

Why do people think that having a recognizable user name makes them right?

Having a recognizable user name doesn't automatically make someone right. But having the ability to go back and view their comments in prior conversations sure makes it easier to gauge if their opinion is worth a shit or not. Unlike AC where all we can do is assume their opinion wasn't worthwhile enough for the owner put their name to it.

There are only 2 uses I've seen for AC: Trolls, and people who claim they can't comment under their name because their employer would recognize them (or some flavor of that).

Comment Re:Unionization worked in the past, kill it now. (Score 1) 594

Watch a few episodes of "How its made" about anything related to automobiles. There is nothing particularly difficult about anything the majority of these workers are doing. (I realize this is a TV show, and not a substitute for experience. But I did spend a few years as a test technician in an electronics contract manufacturer, so I have some first hand manufacturing/assembly experience that I assume translates.)

Assembly steps are made idiot proof, documented to a T, and each person has exactly 1 job they need to get good at. Everything has a jig: Put the jig in place, add the part, use the automated tool to fasten, send to the next station. All of the tests are automated: Plug the car in, follow the on-screen prompts. If any of these steps don't go as planned an assembly/test technician is called in to troubleshoot.

I'm not saying people that assemble things for a living are dumb. I'm saying that there are people who assemble things for a living that are dumb (just like every other occupation on earth). As a manufacturer you have to assume these people are on your line, so you build your process to accommodate the lowest common denominator. Make everything as idiot proof as possible, and have a few higher paid good people around to keep things moving.

Comment Re:Meanwhile, you can buy a Chevy Bolt today... (Score 1) 112

Is GM only shipping 25k-50k units because of supply constraints or to not outpace demand? (honest question, I have no idea) But their overall capacity for light vehicles is WAY higher than that, 17.6 million units, according to their website. I understand that they can't just flip the switch and start churning out more vehicles, but it certainly seems like they could ramp up their supply if demand dictated.

I guess the point i'm trying to make is that, assuming Chevy is producing at the rate they are because of demand not supply, it wouldn't be that unreasonable for the Model 3 production to outpace the Bolt in a very short time period. That being said, your point definitely still stands. If I wanted a car sooner than later, I'd be betting on the Bolt, only because I could go buy one and drive it off the lot today.

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