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Comment Re:like an electric toothbrush? (Score 1) 60

Might be the difference between getting through en entire day and having to swap out the batteries for a bus or taxi.

But with an automated bus/taxi fleet (or even a manned one), the vehicle that's running low on juice can be swapped out for a freshly charged one, sending the low-charge vehicle back to the charging station (and to be inspected). This fills two needs: energy efficiency and regular maintenance. You could also have forklift-loadable batteries always charging to be swapped out as needed during high volume days to get vehicles back out sooner without the maintenance checks.

Comment Re:legalism is a crap philosophy. (Score 2) 582

What happens in Europe is that they start making the streets in such a way that they are automatically so that you drive a lower speed. Especially in neighbourhoods where people live.

I live there. What happens in practice, is that the people that were already obeying the speed limit are slowed down. And the people that were speeding before, see it as an obstacle course challenge, going as fast or faster as before, but now also swerving dangerously... Also, when you put a big obstacle on the road, people tend to focus on that, instead of watching out for pedestrians.

Where I live, there's a sudden road divider and recombiner intended to slow drivers down from a 40mph zone to a 25mph zone. But every part of the street is well lit with overhead lamps except this road obstacle. There are always dark tire marks on the curbs there.

Comment Re:How is that legal without a warrant? (Score 1) 442

Using lights and siren for a non-traffic violation or without a warrant to enforce (or other probable cause like awareness of danger, etc) is dangerous itself, especially to the officer making the stop (getting out of the vehicle in traffic). If these people with debts have a valid plate but are otherwise "deadbeats" that the collection agency can't track to a physical address, they must be going to the DMV to get their plates renewed. Serve the debt notice then.

Comment Re:Crescent won't learn (Score 4, Informative) 329

As a tool user, I'll admit to buying from Harbor Freight for the things that are intended to be used up. You can't beat their deals on "rotating tool (compare with Dremel!)" heads which are designed to get used up anyway. But their tools that are supposed to last? The hammers loosen after the first few hits. Your options then are to take them in for the lifetime warranty replacement, or hammer another shim in the top. Their other "lasting" tools aren't that great either. Although they do have the biggest adjustable wrench I've ever seen (at over four feet long), I'm sure if you need something like that regularly, there are better ones online that cost more but are worth it not to break while you're turning whatever giant bolts you're turning.

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