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  1. I never heard of that brand. Took a quick look at their website. The stuff they sell is stupid expensive, and ugly to boot for the most part. I don't understand how they are in business, except for the fact that the ration between money and brains is out of balance for some people.
  2. Photographer was likely a contractor, probably was not even an employee. Clearly a bunch of people who don't know right from wrong.
  3. Maybe the VIOP thing is a bit more complex than I was aware of. But - my point is that I think the prisons should take advantage of whatever technology is available. If the cost is low enough, just absorb it, not worth the admin costs to collect the money. I don't think that the prisons should be making money on this. It's reasonable to expect the prisoners to pay their fair share, but steps should be taken to minimize the cost.
  4. There is no reason why the prison could not install some VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phones. Once they are installed, calls are free. Lots of companies use this technology today, it isn't a big deal. I would have to think that it costs almost as much, or more to collect the money for the calls as the per minute rate, which means that by the time the money is collected, there is still a cost for the inmates to make the calls. With a VIOP setup, there is an upfront cost. Then the inmates could call whoever they want (of course the calls would be limited by number/time), there would
  5. Clearly there is growth here. But - you need to take the pandemic into consideration. Most of us put far fewer miles on in 2020 while we were locked down. Looking at the chart, you can see growth was slower, leveling off during 2020. Then, in 2021 the curve of the growth is pretty much back on track. No way I would expect 50+% growth in 2022.
  6. I am not sure the issue was cost. The school admins all became convinced that everyone should go to a four year college, or they would never amount to anything. I have a nephew who was always into cars, and wanted to learn to be a mechanic. Got good grades, he was a good student. Guidance counselor told him he was too smart for that, and should consider something like accounting. He would have gone mad working a desk job. Long story short, he has his own shop, and does very well. Distributer for Fisher plows along with the repair work. New truck, new Tahoe for his wife, new sled, nice h
  7. I could not read the article - could it be that they have an agreement to do certain warranty services? That would be something different than doing general repairs on a brand of car they didn't sell.
  8. Maybe he can't string a sentence together now, but he could 10 years ago. I think there could be something going on here. The Dems went after Trump multiple times, but really didn't turn up anything. I'm not saying Trump is some kind of angel, but they have not been able to find anything. Part of me believes they knew they would not be able to prove anything, and that the was some 'Witch Hunting'. Why would anyone think that there would not be payback when the shoe is on the other foot?
  9. The guy could give Kamala word salad lessons. Probably uses Manischewitz to make the dressing...
  10. Never had it. Got vaxxed, and boosted, who knows if it helped. Our grandkids had it in January, my wife and I went for a visit, the variant at that time seemed to have much less negative effects, seemed like a good time to get natural immunity. She got it, I didn't. Took no special precautions, didn't use separate bedrooms or anything special, I never got it. She did not get very sick.
  11. At my last job, the CEO didn't like us to work from home. He was pretty sure 'work from home' meant 'take most of the day off'. The pandemic proved him wrong. Five months into it, with everyone working from home (software company), releases were still happening on schedule, same level of issues with bugs (there will always be some), everyone got their work done. He did like to work from home himself a lot during the summer. Fact is, a work from home day for him was usually spent on his boat. Maybe that's why he didn't trust anyone else to do it. For lots of jobs today, we handle mu
  12. If you think about it, you are so much more productive these days with all of the high tech tools we have, you are still better off in the end if you lose power for a day a couple of times a year. Can't remember the last time I had to add paper to a binder or notebook, unjam a stapler, find a pen because mine ran out of ink...
  13. I don't know about ships or planes, but it would not be hard to do some damage with a submarine. Would only need two torpedoes. Lots of countries have the capability, so that does not help much with the 'who', unless they find some debris down there that can be identified.
  14. Looks like its much better. https://www.portoflosangeles.org/references/news_091522_august_cargo Doesn't say anything about getting the cargo on the trucks, and to the destinations. That could still be a problem.
  15. From his weekly podcast. Worth a listen, put it on while you are doing something else. https://embeds.audioboom.com/publishing/playlist/v4?boo_content_type=channel&data_for_content_type=5060313#A Place for the Placeless You will want to slam your head against the wall, and you will get a laugh.
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