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February 27, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (27 Feb 2016)

While it defies U.S. government, Apple abides by China's orders.

"Virtually every foreign tech company doing business in China is going to have to make some concessions to the government, just as the price of entry," said Charlie Custer, a writer and expert on tech in China.

The end of the article cracked me up. Google has a high, moral standard?

Bodily Connections

10 crazy bodily connections.

Men whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers tend to have bigger penises, according to Korean research.

Work Requirements

I'm OK with this. Boss requires employees to be armed at work.

After employees get their concealed carry license, Lance Toland provides them with a pistol known as the Judge, WSB-TV reports. "Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person," he says. "I would not want to come into one of my facilities." Toland says the new rule was inspired by violent crime in Atlanta and the death of his uncle during a robbery four decades ago. "I have an issue with thugs," he tells the Journal-Constitution. "I want to make sure my family and my employees are protected."

Vertical Landing Jets In History

Hollywood Taxes

Hollywood fleecing taxpayers. Transformers 5 to blow up Detroit again. It's been pretty well established that film tax credits don't deliver to state economies what they cost to treasuries and taxpayers.

While we're talking about Hollywood, why do they need all of this protection for the Oscars if it is a gun free zone?

Sunday's Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood not only will be swarming with hundreds of law enforcement officers, but there also will be SWAT team members with bulletproof vests and tactical gear, bomb-sniffing dogs and sophisticated surveillance equipment (both overt and covert).

Hey, give them the same security we have at public schools. It's not like the general public is going to be there. Just a bunch of spoiled rich folk that live in their own world, detached from reality.

The MiG-29

The truth about the MiG-29.

The Dowager Countess' Finest Burns


Our government probably shouldn't be running anything on the internet. Cyber hack got access to over 700,000 IRS accounts.

California Gas Price Jump

Glad I don't live there anymore. Gas prices to jump about 30 cents as refiners switch to the sringent summer blend.

Electric Vehicles

EVs will cost the same as gas-powered cars by 2025. Is that with or without government incentives?

In terms of the environmental implications, if a quarter of the vehicles on the road in 2040 are EVs, that will replace 13 million barrels per day of crude oil. However, it means 1,900TWh of electricity will be required, or about 8 percent of global electricity demand from last year.

The Democrats with their "Clean Power Plan" won't help out in this regard.

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