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Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 111

ohio state highway patrol (turnpike) works this way.

only they can once a week seem to pull someone over for an improper lane change or faulty license plate light and magically find 10 keys of coke hidden in a secret compartment inside the gas tank,

I drive through there with marker lights out all the time, but i'm not doing anything illegal so I won't get stopped.. but i guarantee if i had a trunk full of weed and only let my blinker flash twice before changing lanes, i would be in jail,

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 1) 366

failsafe? not exactly

if one of the 3 strain gauges goes bad it can still give you a reading that seems reasonable when combined with the other two. they would need to be calibrated periodically to account for wear and fatigue.

I work on tanks with strain gauges that are regularly filled and drained with about 200k lbs of material regularly, and its not uncommon to see it drift by a few thousand pounds in a year due to wear, and this is in a relatively temperature stable environment.

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 1) 366

all this technology exists, I work in the weighing industry. you could drop a single (long) scale across the taxiways to gather per wheel weight and accumulate it then beam the total to the plane through a wireless link, wifi, bluetooth. plane wouldn't even have to stop. they do have some smaller ones to weigh cargo.

the problem here is this all needs calculated before they taxi out and take off.

the problem with the strain gauges in the landing gear idea is two fold. temperature extremes, and calibration.

Comment On the topic of production... (Score 1) 620

Non PC related, this predates those!

There is a machine shop I do service work for that is using a Toledo dial scale from about 1915, in production, constantly throughout the day. and it woks just as well as it did when it was built, and most people trust it more than the newer electronic scales.

I see a lot of old lab gear also, a lot of people get comfortable with the equipment they use so regularly that they would much rather limp along something that they know well rather than learn something new and better.

Submission + - suspended animation trials to begin. future here I come! (

Budgreen writes: I wonder if this can put to rest the whole life after death debate?

The technique involves replacing all of a patient's blood with a cold saline solution, which rapidly cools the body and stops almost all cellular activity. "If a patient comes to us two hours after dying you can't bring them back to life. But if they're dying and you suspend them, you have a chance to bring them back after their structural problems have been fixed," says surgeonPeter Rheeat the University of Arizona in Tucson, who helped develop the technique.

Comment Re:The police,FBI CIA,NSA Cant spy (Score 1) 424

you consent to being watched for advertising to use a free service.

you do not consent to be monitored even more broadly just in case they need all your info to use in some possible future crime, or to track your political views, or to..... insert any number of nefarious purposes, but it's secret so it's ok.


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