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    It might help to set your sights on something...

    It might help to set your sights on something more specific than "an ME job" in the Houston area?

    Sometimes there's something you really figure you need to know to have the career you want -- that...
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    Way better than the spammer's link. Mine's an...

    Way better than the spammer's link. Mine's an Atomic Clock.

    Composed entirely of 'em. Kind of hard to read the minute hands, though.
  3. While I'd agree we could do with fewer laws, the...

    While I'd agree we could do with fewer laws, the pursuit of civil rights didn't strike me as "totalitarian bullshit." Hate crime statutes, such as the early one cited above, gave leverage to keep...
  4. Our law surely recognizes perceived motivation as...

    Our law surely recognizes perceived motivation as a factor. Fall asleep at the wheel, drive into a church, and kill a bunch of black kids -- you're charged with manslaughter. Plan to kill a...
  5. OK, I'm confused on that one. To unite us and...

    OK, I'm confused on that one. To unite us and work together, we're going to encourage hate crimes?

    Hate Crime Law and Legal Definition. A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that...
  6. I suspect the cost will soon be a distant memory....

    I suspect the cost will soon be a distant memory. Congratulations - wonderful machine.
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    Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, going way back to...

    Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, going way back to Arpanet, usually get credit. Cerf went to Stanford. He and Kahn met at UCLA. Both remain excellent schools. IBM (NY) and Boston (MIT) surely get a...
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    So you're on a computing device, over the...

    So you're on a computing device, over the Internet, on a forum powered by vBulletin software to complain about the state that (more than any other) invented, builds, and maintains that stuff?

    ...
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    For the largest fire - the one responsible for...

    For the largest fire - the one responsible for those near 100 dead and most of the $10 billion plus estimated civil liability - here is one published report: Last year, near Paradise, a live wire...
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    PG&E was fined around $1.6 billion for falsifying...

    PG&E was fined around $1.6 billion for falsifying pipeline inspection records - pipes that subsequently leaked and with an explosion that leveled several blocks and killed around 8 people.

    Far as...
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    This morning's discussion (friend who was fire...

    This morning's discussion (friend who was fire chief in one of the Bay Area's largest districts) said the main problem was high tension wires so loosely strung they arced when wind blew them...
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    You might be right IF the bankruptcy doesn't wipe...

    You might be right IF the bankruptcy doesn't wipe out current shareholders. Far as I can tell that's touch and go.
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    Curious why you think that. Reason the stock...

    Curious why you think that. Reason the stock price is so low is because they face bankruptcy.
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    My own take is that PG&E has been a poorly...

    My own take is that PG&E has been a poorly managed company for decades -- and it is finally catching up with both them and their customers.

    FWIW, I have 33 acres near the coast. A power (and...
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    +1 on the small Miller 150 amp unit if you can...

    +1 on the small Miller 150 amp unit if you can get by with DC only. Super portable. As suggested above, once you start wanting to do aluminum you'll likely want enough amperage that you're...
  16. Thread: Recession?

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    Well, I don't have any crystal ball. My guess...

    Well, I don't have any crystal ball. My guess is we'll keep bumping around the same level, stumble significantly sometime in the next few years, and not get to 31,000 for quite some time after...
  17. That's why I call them "mini WMD" - only get to...

    That's why I call them "mini WMD" - only get to kill a few magazines worth or a sidewalk full of people.

    FWIW, the original definition, far as I know, was along the lines of a weapon that killed...
  18. They're not my polls. Rather, Fox News, PEW,...

    They're not my polls. Rather, Fox News, PEW, etc.


    I doubt the 2nd Amendment will ever be repealed -- and that's fine by me. We can just address the three issues noted repeatedly above...
  19. It was amply covered in media I check (BBC, even...

    It was amply covered in media I check (BBC, even the Economist). CNN, which probably invented the splashed-across-screens style of coverage probably found another story to push it off the...
  20. I can't speak for the left, but most people I...

    I can't speak for the left, but most people I know question authority all the time. I grew up on a diet of it. What we do try to do is not have either unreasonable trust or fear.

    Speaking of...
  21. The video Cal linked is in post 1708. Kurt...

    The video Cal linked is in post 1708. Kurt thanked him for his "courage" in posting it. And later urged us all to save it and view it.

    It is an hour and 58 minutes long and includes the...
  22. You want to outlaw Twinkies? Didn't lack of...

    You want to outlaw Twinkies?

    Didn't lack of market demand put their maker out of business? Or was that some kosher conspiracy?

    While a favorite as a kid, I could see them not in school...
  23. Numbers are good -- along with a "what can we do...

    Numbers are good -- along with a "what can we do to reduce them."

    According to the NHTSA 9 people a day are killed by distracted driving (around 3,200 per year). That includes putting on...
  24. Thread: Recession?

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    Fuels rush in? More seriously, Otrit, the 30...

    Fuels rush in?

    More seriously, Otrit, the 30 days are up. When do you now think we'll hit 31K or whatever the last call was and why?
  25. You're right about the mortality being higher. ...

    You're right about the mortality being higher.

    There is a part of us, though, that separates innocent victims (e.g. ordinary citizens killed by domestic or foreign terrorists) and those who sort...
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