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    Essential Workers?

    Evaluating students is easy, it’s called grades. The problem there though is nobody ever really fails k-12 because we just pass everyone along whether they learn anything or not. College is getting that way now too. Even with that, today the push is to eliminate grading entirely because too many...
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    Buying Advice Switch from LS to Deere?

    We’ll see. My tractor only sees sunlight when I’m in the seat and we’ve had plastic panels on cars and trucks for decades with no problems. If it wasn’t for a plastic hood I’d be off buying a new one next week anyway so if I have to get a new hood in 20 years because it got brittle I’m OK with that.
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    Buying Advice Switch from LS to Deere?

    I spend a lot of time on trails in the woods with my 3032e and there are times when I wished for something smaller so there’s a lot to be said for that. I can vouch for the benefit of plastic panels too. I was doing some clearing and had a big branch fall and crash into the hood yesterday. If it...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    I recently drove through New Mexico near White Sands and up through Albuquerque and I can’t even count the number of what looked like abandoned cattle ranches and farms. You could see tanks (farm ponds) that were long dry, windmill pumps left to rot, and no livestock in sight. That was virtually...
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    Essential Workers?

    The problem with evaluating teachers based on student performance is how you measure that performance. We’ve done countless social experiments where we sent kids from underperforming schools with ‘bad’ teachers to schools that excel because of ‘good’ teachers and vice versa, and oddly enough the...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    Mine too! Learned to code on that in middle school. Had a tape recorder for storage and a memory dongle that plugged into the back. Think it was an extra 16k maybe? If you accidentally bumped it you'd lose everything. Good times...
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    Essential Workers?

    Places like San Francisco get exactly what they ask for, and when they tire of it they'll do what's necessary to stop it. However, they won't learn from their mistake because to do so would violate all they believe in.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    The problem with all the “gps don’t work here“ and “we got no grid” and “people want to drive because freedom” arguments is that you’re trying to view the future through the lens of today. That’s not how the future works. GPS and mapping in particular grow at an exponential rate, and with...
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    Why do we keep driving to far away stores that are understocked, understaffed and don't care?

    They're following what I call the Grandy's Bankruptcy Model(tm). It goes like this: Restaurant (or store) A has a decent business going and things are good. One day Restaurant B opens up across the street, taking half their customers. Restaurant A, which is now making half as much as before...
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    Why do we keep driving to far away stores that are understocked, understaffed and don't care?

    This is why Amazon dominates. Why would you spend hours of your time fighting traffic, parking, then hunting through countless isles (where every store is organized differently) trying to find the 6 things you need only to discover they don’t have two of them, then waiting in a line 7 people...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    If Tesla was releasing a phone, a built-out Starlink constellation would be a prerequisite. It will be entertaining to watch as Amazon enters the same space. It’s like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object in the race to disrupt Internet and cellular service as we know it today.
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    This reminds me of when Obama tried fixing healthcare. Once doctors, big insurance and big pharma started screaming, that’s how you knew we were on the right track (even though he ultimately failed, but that’s for a different thread). When emission controls were mandated in the 70s the...
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    Essential Workers?

    Reminds me of talking to my mother. She was a career public school teacher and she’d start railing about the government, then I’d remind her that she worked for the government and not only did she try to deny it, the mere accusation offended her greatly, which is exactly why I did it ;) She...
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    The gated community issue.

    My place is a gated community, it’s just a community of one (us). The wife claims to be head of the HOA but I refuse to acknowledge her authority. The closest gate is about 1000 feet away and anyone caught on the wrong side will have to first take it up with the two dogs, and let me tell you...
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    Battery based electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

    I’ll happily go on record and say Tesla all by itself will make more profit in the next 20 years than all those companies combined. By a lot.
 
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