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    I couldn't have put it more concisely....

    I couldn't have put it more concisely. Fortunately, although it's never safe to completely dismiss vicious assholes (in the way comedians of the thirties made fun of Hitler) the ultra-primitive green...
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    Boy, if that ain't the understatement of the...

    Boy, if that ain't the understatement of the year.

    The problem with hiring a bullshitter is that he will usually cost you money before you figure it out and let him go. And unless you have an...
  3. Yeah, Bridgeports grow on trees. You can buy one...

    Yeah, Bridgeports grow on trees. You can buy one for $1000. That one would cost you that much just to clean up enough to see what you had...
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    Well, I sure missed that! Never mind. Guess I...

    Well, I sure missed that! Never mind. Guess I just assumed a college instructor would assign something impossible. Seen it more than once, but that's another story.
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    Sorry, I didn't get that.

    Sorry, I didn't get that.
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    Not too hard for them to have determined how much...

    Not too hard for them to have determined how much heavier parcels cost them in lost-time injuries. They pass that cost on to you, you pass it on to your customers. Age-old principle, shit rolls...
  7. Don't locate the extinguisher where it would...

    Don't locate the extinguisher where it would likely be in the fire, or you might as well not have it. Put it by the door. When you reach it you get to decide whether you really want to re-enter.
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    As long as this is a theoretical exercise, model...

    As long as this is a theoretical exercise, model the part in a format that you can import into Mastercam or similar program for postprocessing into machine code. Define the required tools. Specify a...
  9. BIG difference between working (or retired)...

    BIG difference between working (or retired) machinists, and idiots—some overlap there, admittedly, but the pure idiots are a waste of bandwidth, never mind the added click count.

    I have often...
  10. "Emmanuel Goldstein" must be SeaMoss. His written...

    "Emmanuel Goldstein" must be SeaMoss. His written English is pretty good, but not quite good enough to support his sometime pose as an expatriate westerner. For one thing, his opinions are all over...
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    As turning centers go, Haas makes a great...

    As turning centers go, Haas makes a great machining center...
    We have eight Haas VMCs from old to new and they are all tremendous moneymakers. That said, there's a world of difference between a...
  12. Leasing versus buying outright: Because of the...

    Leasing versus buying outright:

    Because of the high cost of tooling alone, machining tends to be capital-intensive. Lease-purchasing machine tools conserves your working capital. In an...
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    Liquid waste lagoons from pig farms are a more...

    Liquid waste lagoons from pig farms are a more immediate health hazard than the combustion byproducts from modern petroleum-fueled vehicles. Sure, nobody likes standing on a city street corner...
  14. Expand your business enough and sooner or later...

    Expand your business enough and sooner or later your clients will be too far away to come by and pick up from your dock. When that happens you cannot expect the customer to accept damage from...
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    The question, which cnctoolcat understood and...

    The question, which cnctoolcat understood and answered, was obviously about income subject to payroll taxes versus income subject only to income tax, and what ratio might get him flagged by whatever...
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    I look in here every week or so hoping to read...

    I look in here every week or so hoping to read some new bit of information about Brexit but the US political garbage seems to be inescapable. But—better here than in the General sub, I guess.
  17. If you had the least possibility of prototyping a...

    If you had the least possibility of prototyping a Diesel engine from scratch you would already know enough not to need to ask the above. Believe me, I get the whole concept of wanting to be a...
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    Yeah, I never thought "to the moon, Alice" was...

    Yeah, I never thought "to the moon, Alice" was very funny even at the time. Last year I bought a DVD of The Life of Riley, an early 50s comedy that I remembered as funny when I was a little kid, but...
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    OMG, "I'll thrash you to within an inch of your...

    OMG, "I'll thrash you to within an inch of your life, you bloody..." had me convulsing in tears the first time I saw it.
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    From time to time I'd go out on the shop floor...

    From time to time I'd go out on the shop floor and in a creaking voice say, "You've all done very well..." Nobody would get it today.

    But there was a time when just about every guy in a machine...
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    Interesting question. I am running into a...

    Interesting question.

    I am running into a broadly similar situation because I customarily reply to requests to quote our flagship product with a 3D CAD model using the client's dimensions. As...
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    I think that's a pretty fair assessment. In the...

    I think that's a pretty fair assessment. In the US the unions began shrinking away around the same time as our machine tool and automotive industries. Jimmy Carter was a naive and unintentionally...
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    Well, that, or a pic of your production floor,...

    Well, that, or a pic of your production floor, might do more to establish your cred than that silly redacted shot of your computer screen. Just sayin'...
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    Let me put it this way: you have to belong to the...

    Let me put it this way: you have to belong to the right clubs.
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    No trash women-in-prison film has ever met the...

    No trash women-in-prison film has ever met the standard of recent cable TV.

    Vis à Vis (retitled Locked Up in the US) is a Spanish series that is better acted than both Wentworth (Australian) and...
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