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Comment: Re:Y2K (Score 1) 55

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48687675) Attached to: Twitter Bug Locks Out Many Users

There are still people running around claiming that the Y2K problem was a hoax or overrated ...

It WAS overrated. It ended up causing a lot of annoying problems - but trucks didn't stop running, and there were no food shortages.

Sure, a lot of man-hours were spent in preparation for it - otherwise it could've been really bad. But even with all the prep there were people claiming civilization was going to collapse.

Comment: Re:Sirius (Score 1) 83

Here in Washington state, both Orion and Sirius stay below the horizon during the summer. For me, the first fall sighting of Orion - usually low in the eastern sky, often while the weather is still mild - serves as a strong affirmation that summer is truly over and winter is on the way.

Comment: Re:Coincidentally... (Score 1) 125

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48678393) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

Not on a 1:1 basis, they're not, not unless you're slamming on the brakes.

Actually slamming on the brakes involves sliding friction (assuming you don't have antilock brakes). However that stopping distance is even greater because rolling friction is greater than sliding friction.

Antilock brakes actually have two advantages. It's not just about maintaining steering control - if you can maximize rolling friction, you will stop in a shorter distance than if you completely lock the wheels.

Comment: Re:Stamps? (Score 2) 93

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48650227) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

> Can you tell me the thickness of a U.S. Postage stamp with the glue on it?

A: Get a pile of stamp sheets, measure the height, and do a calculation. (You did go to school, didn't you.)

A history lesson for you young-uns.

Back before the internet, guys like this were generally only found in the back room of libraries, sorting incoming books and handling interlibrary loans - safely sequestered from the rest of society.

(My college job was at our university library, way back in the 1980s... no, at the front desk!)

Comment: Re:Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Righ (Score 5, Insightful) 132

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48632209) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Actually, it is still great if you want to use it as a tool and not a toy.

Just keep those blinders on, son. Just keep telling yourself what other people use their iPhones and Android phones for isn't to get stuff done - it's not like they're doing WORK the way you are! Don't ask yourself how all those people who switched away from Blackberry could possibly not see how they're no longer getting anything done with those lesser phones...

Comment: I actually agree with this decision; but (Score 1) 435

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48618951) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

"We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America's interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse. We know from hard-learned experience that it is better to encourage and support reform than to impose policies that will render a country a failed state," said the White House in a written statement.

So would the same people that support this move also say we should have continued with "constructive engagement" vis a vis South Africa during apartheid rather than imposing the punitive sanctions that were demanded by many left-of-center folks?

Comment: Re:Move to a gated community (Score 1) 605

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48605765) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

... Other less dysfunctional cities either have better mass transit or a lot fewer people wanting to go a non-trivial distance. Hell, all you have to do is look north to San Francisco and Oakland, where BART siphons off enough demand from the freeways to keep them flowing much more cleanly than in LA, the only real exceptions being the choke points where trains are at maximum capacity at rush hour (the Bay Bridge and Transbay Tube) or where the BART line ends where there's still a lot of commuter traffic on the parallel freeway (I-80 in Richmond)...

Another vexing problem LA commuters have to deal with, while those in San Francisco or Oakland do not, is the presence of Bus Pirates.

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