Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Stupid thing for the day

Costco has self checkout. For 1+ years, they've had a person at each register scanning items. They beep beep beep and you're out.

Today, they had one person per aisle (covering 3 stations). Rather than the remote, you have to take each item out, scan it on the machine and place them in the area to the right.

If you miss placing one item it stops and tells you to place it in the area.

If you have a problem it stops completely. And you have to wait for the person. If you buy alcohol it stops completely. And you have to wait for the person.

If you try to put stuff back in the cart before it finishes paying it stops completely. And you have to wait for the person.

It took us 2x as long as using a cashier. And 4x as long as when they had people scanning.

I think I shan't be using self checkout at Costco. It's dumb.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Elon Musk Says the US Has 'Very, Very Ancient Lea…

Musk is weird and yet sage at times.

When Musk was asked about humans having "a significantly increased lifespan," he offered a straightforward view about human life.

"I don't think we should try to have people live for a really long time," he told Döpfner. "That it would cause asphyxiation of society because the truth is, most people don't change their mind. They just die."

He continued: "So if they don't die, we will be stuck with old ideas and society wouldn't advance."

Musk then said that a "gerontocracy" — where a government is essentially controlled by citizens significantly older than the bulk of the population — is not healthy.

"I think we already have quite a serious issue with gerontocracy, where the leaders of so many countries are extremely old," he revealed. "In the US, it's a very, very ancient leadership. And it is just impossible to stay in touch with the people if you are many generations older than them."

He added: "The founders of the USA put minimum ages for a local office. But they did not put maximum ages because they did not expect that people will be living so long. They should have. Because for a democracy to function, the leaders must be reasonably in touch with the bulk of the population. And if you're too young or too old, you can't say that you will be attached."

Musk said that he'd like to see political leaders "be ideally within 10 or at least, 20 years of the average age of the population."

Friday, March 25, 2022

I’ll let that sink in.

"I'm saying that Judge Jackson is on the board of a school that aggressively teaches critical race theory, and that is an extreme and divisive theory that pits children against other children, divides us based on race, and teaches a false and revisionist history of our nation."
 —Ted Cruz

Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Geez. That’s crazy

There was an "astronomically close" event of a meteor passing by earth over the weekend. It actually came between earth and the moon!

You can watch video of the pass here.

But what gets me is that this very well could have been a cataclysmic event - Perhaps not extinction level - but certainly a threat to the future of humanity.

And here we are debating about whether we can say the word gay.

What is wrong with us?!

Quite a meaningful email…