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Comment Re:propaganda headline (Score 1) 240

bridges that need to be widened to handle additional traffic are not "structurally deficient"

Well, yes and no.

If traffic patterns result in a bridge continually carrying more load (of slowly moving and stopped cars) than it was designed for, then it is "structurally deficient". Widening it to handle additional traffic could remedy the issue.

The report distinguishes between "structurally deficient" and "functionally obsolete", which refers to bridges that simply don't meet current standards, like lane width.

Comment Re:That's a lot of wasted water (Score 1) 457

The Central Valley is not southern California. Southern California is an arid climate. Population growth was limited by the available water until the aqueducts and reservoirs were built. With the recent rain, southern California is not in a drought, but it is overpopulated for the available water resources.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 62

And it wasn't a problem when it was a handful of little old ladies doing this. But it can be a big problem (described multiple times in comments above) at the scale that AirBnB facilitates.

Also, do you really not think that municipalities haven't had officials out looking for little old ladies renting their grown-up kids rooms to strangers and collecting a cut of the action for hundreds of years? In medieval times, folks renting accommodations were subject to high taxes and do you think poor widows caught a break from their lords (who, even if benevolent, needed to pay the guy above him)?

The thing that I find most amusing about AirBnB, Uber and the rest is the "sharing economy" euphemism. When I share the things that I have, it is at no cost to the person that I am sharing with (except for costs directly related to its use, like fuel, or there is loss or damage during its use). Charging for its use isn't sharing; it is short term rental and a business and should be subject to the same regulations as other businesses.

Comment Re:Not worried (Score 1) 93

You seem to be trolling here. There hasn't been many hard science fiction films featuring any national space agency this century and very few in the last six years. Besides, a) it makes sense that Hollywood movies featuring American characters would have those characters get into space with NASA, and b) Chinese facilities (a rocket and a space station/return capsule) save the day in two of the biggest recent space films (The Martian and Gravity).

Comment Re:Won a battle, lost the war ... (Score 1) 95

As to Facebook's "rules", look at e.g. LinkedIn. I'm quite certain that headhunters take people's LinkedIn profile into consideration and use it to co-determine whether to contact someone and who to recommend them to at what salary level. So why not Facebook? One might say it's because Facebook is not explicitly aimed at job-marketing yourself, but that's but an extra service (agreement) away.

Not a valid comparison. One of the main reasons that people get onto LinkedIn is to look for work. I wish that headhunters would take more time reading my LinkedIn profile so they would stop asking me about positions that have a keyword match in my experience but are clearly not what I do.

Comment Why doesn't MS make their S/W better instead? (Score 2, Informative) 130

I had been using an old Macbook as my primary system for my day job, however I was forced by my employer to upgrade. The newest version of MacOS X supported on it was still so old that the anti-virus software that my employer uses was no longer being updated for it. All of the upgrade choices ran our corporate-build of Windows 10, so I ended up with a shiny new Windows 10 laptop.

I figured that it wouldn't be a big deal. Most of my work involves VPN'ing into a corporate network and ssh'ing into Unix-y/Linux systems where my real work is done. But, after a couple of months of this, I am ready to buy a cheap, used (but new enough for anti-virus upgrades) MacBook to do my work on.

There are just too many stupid bugs in Windows (when switching between displays and display modes, the desktop manager resizes windows to the smallest width and height even after switching to a larger display until restarted) and really annoying inconsistencies between applications (is consistent cut-and-paste behavior really so hard to implement?). And, then there is the battery life. The laptop nominally has a 10-hour battery, but, using it the same way that I was using the 9-year-old MacBook with a 5-year-old battery, I am getting less time between needing to recharge than I did with the MacBook (2.5 hours max). There may be ways to get the new Windows laptop to work as well as the old Macbook did, but shouldn't it just work well out of the box?

Comment Bye crossing party lines when appointing positions (Score 0) 822

I don't care which side is doing it. Reopening an investigation less than two weeks before an election is attempting to influence that election.

If proper handling of e-mail was so important, why isn't the FBI investigating the more serious e-mail violations that occurred during the Bush Administration? Oh, that's right. If it involves Hillary Clinton, there has to be at least three different investigations.

Comment This whole thing is silly to me (Score 1) 347

Apple's preferred use model is to send data wirelessly (wifi or BT), so why would they include a cable?

It isn't even a dongle; it is just a cable with a USB-C connector on one end and a Lightning connector on the other, without the bulky adapter part that makes a dongle a dongle.

And the cables don't last very long anyway. Except for one model, in almost daily use, I have had a USB Type-A male to Lightning male cable work for more than a year. I have a similar problems with USB Type-A male to micro USB cables. So, what's the big deal about buying a USB-C/Lightning cable slightly ahead of when you had to replace a USB Type A/Lightning cable anyway?

I am more bothered by the move away from MagSafe power connectors. I don't look forward to having a USB-C port on my laptop being damaged by someone tripping over the power cord.

Comment Re:Silly word (Score 1) 347

Back on the old Burroughs mainframes, the unexpected termination of a child process could terminate the parent process. The error message was "Program abort: death of a child".

I remember some gal totally freaking out over that. It may have hit a nerve.

The source code for the Burroughs B5000 (A Series) MCP operating system told the story of the illicit love affair between George and Sophia. Well, it did until a source code customer complained about it.

Comment Re:Has Wikileaks jumped the shark? (Score 1) 269

You already knew that the DNC liked team-player, loyal soldier Hillary rather than independent, more-interested-in-protesting-than-governing Sanders.

You need to put emphasis on 'independent'. Sanders was not a member of the Democratic Party until not long before he started running for President. Why is there any expectation that the leadership of the Party? They are there to promote the interests of the Party, which includes promoting people with demonstrated commitment to the Party.

In exchange for public funding of the parties' primary presidential elections, the general public get some say in the presidential candidate that is selected. Then again, I live in a state where the Democratic Party selects its convention delegates by caucus, where only Party members (or people who state an alignment with the Party) participate in selecting the candidate.

Comment Re: So the bureaucrats have solved all the problem (Score 1) 296

Be careful on your local rentals and read the rental agreement before you pick up your car. In the US, Sixt offers attractive rental rates, but adds a large surcharge on local renters (those without an itinerary showing they are flying in or out of the area during the rental period) if they take the car out-of-state. Several people that I know have rented from them and were unaware of the policy. I only found out when I went to the pick up my pre-paid rental and informed them that I would be driving the car in Canada (which is what you are supposed to do). The surcharge was for driving the car out-of-state, not just out-of-country. And it would only be charged if Sixt found out you drove out-of-state. One hugely annoying thing related to this is that Sixt is one of the rental car companies that Hotwire works with and Hotwire doesn't tell you which company rental is with until after you pay.

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