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Comment Re:illogical summary (Score 1) 360

I'm fairly proficient at using the IME on Windows these days, but the on-screen one for Android requires a lot more effort. Completely different layout to memorize, have to press/swipe to get most kana, and then choose the kanji you want from the choices provided. Granted, over time it learns which kanji to bring to the front of the list, but it's still extra steps.

Comment Re:Fishy (Score 1) 318

Unless they had reasonable suspicion he was rendering aid to terrorists or prior proof he was involved in terrorism, how would it be shady at all? Even if they did have suspicion—that doesn't preclude denying a citizen due process and their constitutional rights. Especially based on a 'hunch' without any supporting evidence. We still gave due process and a trial for the theater murders in Aurora,CO and the Boston bombing. Yet this person wasn't given that or even charged with anything.

Comment Re:Oh... (Score 3, Insightful) 129

The biggest problem with that IMHO, at least around where I live, is people cannot for the life of them zipper merge properly. The average person is a stupid shitty driver is the biggest modeling issue... They wait until the last moment to merge in, they don't equalize speed to traffic flow so they force the people on the highway to break heavily as they enter, the people on the highway don't watch the ramp and try to alleviate issues by maintaining or altering speed slightly, etc. But I'm sure you already knew that. :)

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 5, Insightful) 268

Exactly. For how infrequently the average person needs to print something in color, there is little cost-benefit to keeping your own color printer at home. It's far more cost effective to get a consumer laser printer these days and just do your handful of color prints at a local print shop. I really recommend the Brother 2270DW. It does wireless printing and full duplex and can be bought for around $100USD. The best part is the toner cartridges last for thousands of pages and can be had for the same price as one inkjet cartridge. If you absolutely must have color printing, even color laserjets these days can be had for $250-300.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 113

E10 is government mandated in my area as well, but Shell and Citgo premium is still 100% gas... albeit at a 30% markup. I've since found a family-owned Lucas Oil place with 87 octane 100% gas for only 20 cents more per gallon. Considering you get about 10% better fuel economy with it, I consider it about a wash even before considering it's better for your car. Only other place I trust fueling up other than that is Mobil and Shell. I'll randomly trip my check engine light with an oxygen sensor warning if I fill up at other places.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

If 1.7 is the norm for accidents at the amount of miles logged, 14 is clearly well more than 3 standard deviations from the norm. My guess is that while the Google car is legally compliant, it operates in such a manner that it causes disruptions or disrupts the standard situational awareness of drivers. IE: They stop too far back at a light and don't jimmy forward like most people do. Given a red light from a moderate distance, they coast a long distance and only apply braking at the end ... or the opposite and gradually brake excessively long—both of which throw off peripheral situational awareness. (AKA those times where the person in front of you is braking and so you check your rear-view for a moment and glance back only to find they stopped a lot farther back from the car in front of them and you have to tap your brakes quickly, etc. It doesn't seem like much, but tenths of a second matter.)

Comment Re:Water for people (Score 1) 599

But are they? Where is the cost of all the lakes for recreation and other wildlife drying up? Where is the cost of kicking up giant dust storms and causing health problems, destruction of the land and other (previously) renewable resources being irreparably harmed? Etc. They are clearly NOT paying the true cost if its still somehow economically feasible to grow almonds and corn in the desert in CA.

Comment Re:Water for people (Score 2) 599

The solution lies in internalizing the costs of bringing in the water instead of subsidizing it. People are certainly able to move into the area then—with the understanding that they will either have to live in a way that uses less water, or pay through the nose to sustain a lifestyle not suited for that environment.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.