Re: Hilton, Marriott et al market themselves to business travellers
Of course Americans don't have to pay a lame ~$150.- "TV tax" each and every year like Brits, do they? Commercials I can ignore, a government tax I cannot.
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I found my SMLE #4 propping open a door at a bait shop in Sheboygan Wisconsin (USA). I got to talking with the owner and ended up buying it for $100.-. This was around 1985. It's now a wall hanger, but I have fired it over the years. I often wonder what story it could tell about its journey in getting to that basement bait shop!
We'll be needing to bend you over while we insert a telescope up your arse and twist your toe nails off with a pliers. There may be a spot of waterboarding just before we apply the testicle crushing clamp.
We will be expecting a nice smile from you during these procedures as we are doing it for the children, you know.
Although its certainly not always the case, in this instance US law makes more sense. It holds that a person can record others if they are in a location that has no reasonable expectation of privacy. Thus, walking on a public sidewalk is fair game while standing inside a public washroom is not. It usually is extended to private property also, ie.- Someone recording a person standing in your living room is permissible while doing the same to someone in your bathroom is not.
In any case, person's committing a crime should forfeit their right to protest the technology that got them caught. All they had to do to avoid this breech of their "rights" is to NOT do the crime.
The thing is, there *are* already laws against threatening physical harm to a person. If you are stupid enough (and classless) to threaten someone in a public forum, the existing laws will suffice quite nicely. We do not need yet more laws to broaden the state's powers, which inevitably end up being used for unforeseen reasons having little to do with the original intent.
A couple of years ago I *won* $1000.- at the "Ducktona 500" race. The duck was $5.- upfront, and after being unleashed into the Sheboygan River, mine floated in first. I'm sorry to say this to some of you "crazy American's and their guns" type Brits, but I used some of the money to buy a Mk4 SMLE Enfield and a Arisaka Type 38 (with intact Emporer's mum!) at a local gun shop. -And no, I haven't shot *anyone* with either yet. All I ever shoot is paper targets. Honest.
Perhaps the inclusion of a mandatory mercury switch that would cut out the power when tipped more than 30 or so degrees about level would solve a large percentage of abuse? The people doing this brain dead activity probably couldn't figure out how to defect such a simple cheap device. People who had a legitimate above horizontal need/use could buy a more restricted or registered version
The technology was given to the US as a portion of payment for the lend lease debt owed. The lend lease "loan" was a 2% simple interest loan, the last payment being made in 2006. There is still an open debt owed by the UK to the US from WW1 in the amount of 4.4 billion US dollars. Of course the UK still has open debt obligations to various countries dating back to the Napoleonic wars. So you really shouldn't get all pissy about technology transfer made to the US.
All China is doing is replicating publicly available ( or purloined ) technology. They are breaking no new ground. They survive by copying others work then *still* produce inferior junk. To compare the Apollo launch pad deaths to this FAIL is to compare a Chinese knock off Mickey Mouse watch to a Rolex Submariner. Yes the original may have had teething problems but China can't even make a quality copy.
I agree with you but I think we should take the concept one step further. "Developed" countries wanting to outsource production to foreign lands should be required to do a "Market Basket" study of the intended "under developed" country. A comparison of food, housing, transportation costs to give the workers a "lifestyle" equal to the workers in the ultimate destination country. To do anything else invites a rush to the lower common denominator of sweat shop bargain hunting.
I'm not advocating absolute equality, a South East Asian worker will obviously have different food and housing costs than a European or American worker but a comparable local standard of living should be possible. If workers quality of life issues are not considered, to site your production facilities in a low wage totalitarian country is tantamount to "slavery by proxy".
After Google takes over uh *everything*, they will need to entertain their subjects just as the the Roman gladiator games did for their dynasty. What do quadruped running robots have to do with this, you ask? I can see it clearly -Think tiny chimpanzee jockeys racing robot horses. Toss in off track betting and it's a sure thing.
Welcome aboard! We are sure you are aware that due to the "Affordable Care Act" costs, all future astronauts most bring their own sponsorship. We provide the hardware and you will be provided a 12" X 12" prime location for your sponsor's advertising. Please make the check out to either Elon Musk or Roscosmos.
If the front "trunk" is empty or filled with packing peanuts, it will make a great crumple zone. If, on the other hand you have 4 sets of golf clubs in there you may be impaled with multiple graphite spears. Or if you are transporting 8 cases of dynamite and blasting caps or perhaps a load of anvils, your crash test results may vary.
I am so over people "gushing" over how great this crapwagon is. If it wasn't for the $7500.- subsidy Uncle Sam is pick pocketing out of MY wallet, the sales would not be half of current levels.
You needn't worry about this failure mode. When the following capsule impacts the disabled capsule at 740 MPH, it *will* move. As to brakes, has anyone calculated the G load on the canned humans imposed by going from 740 MPH to zero MPH in under 30 seconds? I'd hate to be the peon employee who hoses out the capsules involved in "mishaps".
OK, so the capsules are "fired" to their destination at 760 MPH? How do they return? Wouldn't a complete system require *2* tubes, one in each direction? Otherwise if the routing system "screws up" you would have 2) 28 person capsules meeting at a combines speed of 1540 MPH, sort of like a human linear accelerator (or human Quisanart) is Soylent Green a byproduct of this device? Perhaps put in taps every mile to extract the juicy goodness?
What happens the first time a meth crazed truck driver crashes his 7000 gallon gasoline tanker into one of the supporting pylons? The whole system is taken out for days, weeks or months?
This entire plan while very imaginative, reeks of a high school study hall sketch, not very well thought out beyond "Gee, wouldn't it be cool..." Estimating a six billion dollar cost is wildly low balling the actual costs, by perhaps a factor of 10X to 20X -or more.
The 30 minute transit time is also wildly under estimating the actual time people will be "canned". Between loading, strapping in, transferring to the tube and then transferring out at the destination, unstrapping, unloading, etc you will have people unable to use the restroom for well over an hour. Accidents will happen, probably often. People will have medical emergencies. Any such system will require sidings for such happenstances. This will boost the costs.
You will face opposition from businesses along the route who will lose business from current travelers. It will be the 21st century equivalent of the railroad bypassing your town. Why should cities along the route support this system? They stand to gain *nothing* in return. The only people gaining anything are the residents of the terminus cities that need to commute the *exact* route the system connects. Good luck with that. Perhaps tomorrow's study hall sketch should "invent" a flying car of teleporter system, or something a bit more practical?
Very impressive but he could have avoided all the specialized engineering and construction of his bike by simply attaching a 3 foot tow rope to the auto's rear bumper. Something similar was tried by another record seeking bicyclist, but he reversed the sprockets. Unfortunately he did not succeed, painfully blowing out his knee at 3700 RPM.
As to the Brooks leather saddle, it's manufacture was featured on an episode of "How its made". It is very comforting to see a hand crafted product still being made in traditional ways in this world of injection molding.
I agree with the "No downtime allowed" theory. I was recently dispatched to a paper mill for a problem on a coating machine. I opened the cabinet the AB SLC500 PLC was in, fired up my laptop and jacked in to the 5/04 processor. I opened the ladder logic program to troubleshoot, I had never worked at this plant before. I soon noticed a couple of employees behind me watching me work. The program was very convoluted, with tons of subroutines to examine. About 5 minutes into my troubleshooting, I noticed the group of observers had grown to include several manager types with suits on. I asked the company man I was working with what was up. He said that every minute this machine was down, it cost the company $4000.-. I found the problem after about 10 minutes, and it took another 15 minutes to replace the pressure sensor that was giving flaky readings. I was *very* happy to drive out the plant gates that day.
Although I will be dating myself, stuff like the litigant's art was all over 1960's and 70's head shops. Floating sky islands, the "tree of life" stone arches, fantastic landscapes (many in black light popping "day glow" magnificence). Point is, this artist himself is putting out reruns of prior art. I don't see how he can claim sole ownership of already non original works of art.
The commentators who cite the tribal identification before national identity are correct. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and later traveled around Africa from East, to South to west Africa. I realized the tribal affiliations was the most important fact very quickly.
I would do a lot of traveling with Kenyan officials to meet assorted ministry workers to accomplish our projects. Whenever we would arrive at our destinations, before we met the local officials, I would be told "Here we will meet Mr. Barundaa, he is Kikuyu", or "This is Danial Moyea's office, he is Masai"
The majority of government employees were Kikuyu, the tribe of Presidents Moi and Kenyatta. Thus when we would meet an official of a different tribe, it was often times accompanied with an explanation "Mr Aruna's family gave a lot of money to Jomo Kenyatta in the years before independence, as if to answer the unspoken question "How did a Luo or Akamba get such a good government job.
Thank you for your thoughtful comment! We are so lucky to have someone such as you to ,smugly point out our ignorance and remind us of your superior intellect. We truly appreciate your self appointed representation of all 300 million of us. I just don't know how we could manage without your insightful comments concerning our concentrated national lack of intelligence. I'm sure your friends talk glowingly of you in your absence unlike the unnamed person they refer to as a "pompous ass" who "thinks he is so smart" and "a legend in his own mind". I don't know who they are referring to, but I bet if you give it a moment's thought, you do.
So, if I draw a stick figure giving another stick figure giving a "pole polishing" , and I include a text label- "16 year olds having a go" I have created an illegal child porn picture? Wow, what is this world coming to?
The Puritans have spoken, "you shall have no sex if we can help it!"
Not the kind of world I want to consume MY porn in.