It's not very popular.

Feb 21 garumph commented on Hey Slog, How Much Do You Think Microsoft Spends on Its Payroll Each Year?.
also tack on benefits. From my knowledge of the market (but not at Microsoft) I would bet the average comp is around $300k. Most making below that, but enough way above pulling up the average.
Feb 7 garumph commented on Tunnel Machine Is Seriously Fucked.
10 months to design and build isn't that long. Since it is already designed and the tooling should still be available, it shouldn't take too long to build another. I don't imagine it will be easy to replace, but I still will be surprised if it is a massive undertaking. As an engineer you need to design for serviceability. If failure of an element means the machine is stuck, never to move again, you design in a way to service it. Bearings are wear items. Even with lubrication you have to figure there will be wear.
Feb 7 garumph commented on Tunnel Machine Is Seriously Fucked.
@12 do you know for a fact that you can't replace the bearing without removing the machine? That would be majorly stupid. While I'm completely unimpressed with the intelligence of STP, Hitachi is a pretty smart company. I would bet that they have planned on needing to replace the bearings at some point. STP may not have figured it into their cost or schedule (I would bet they didn't). Plus you cannot back it out, even if you take the cutting head off. The rest of the first section is still bigger than the hole with the liners in place.
Feb 7 garumph commented on Tunnel Machine Is Seriously Fucked.
I imagine that the bearings are shot. That is why it overheated. I would be stupid to make the bearings too difficult to replace. Bearings wear out. It should be a planned maintenance. It may be somewhat time consuming, but it shouldn't be a huge issue. Hitachi is a smart company that builds lots of TBMs.
Nov 8, 2013 garumph commented on Does This Work?.
It works for me. But then I don't smoke in the first place.
Sep 23, 2013 garumph commented on Dress Codes? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Dress Codes!.
She and her type can take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut. The no dress code is one of the reasons I really like Seattle. I don't think I've worn long pants more than once or twice in the last couple years. And I'm 50 years old.
Sep 17, 2013 garumph commented on Six (Actually Eight) Reasons Why You Shouldn't Send Your Daughter to College.
First problem was when we started making women's footwear and letting them out of the kitchen.

Jul 18, 2013 garumph commented on I Have Fond Memories of Rabid Bats.
We used a garbage can lid. Throw it up in the air and the bat would home in on it, not realize it was too big to miss and then run into it. We tried it a bunch and had it work maybe once. The bat fell to the ground staggered a bit then flew away.
Jun 6, 2013 garumph commented on Why I Ride Fearfully Even With a Helmet.
yes, helmet laws make it less safe, but helmets make you safer. Those aren't contradictory statements. And it doesn't mean you are safer if you don't wear a helmet.

With helmet laws you tend to have fewer riders on the street. More riders = safer. If you fall you will be safer with a helmet. That is a given.

I'm all for not requiring helmets, but I will always wear one. I've had a couple falls where I have destroyed a helmet and didn't even realize that I hit my head until well after the fall. One where I was on a seldom used trail at dusk in the winter. I'm not saying they saved my life, but they would have made some painful crashes much worse.
Apr 13, 2013 garumph commented on SL Letter of the Day: Sisters & Slaves.
I agree with Dan's sentiments, but what's not clear from the letter is if she is thrusting their BSDM on them or just announcing it? Do they play discretely and the only reason sis knows it that she was told about it?

She may have been told because they want to invite her to the collaring ceremony, which is not too different from a marriage. I can't tell if the LW is all upset that people do THOSE THINGS or if she is uncomfortable witnessing them.

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