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Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 830

>You don't count (almost) all the other countries on the planet being metric as a huge push?

I don't think a single country has gone full metric. A good example is minutes and hours are not metric, so any country using Km/hr or anything besides m/s or km/s isn't full metric. Most have other exceptions, be it PSI for pressures, F for temps... For most things non scientific, like building with wood (houses, etc) the Imperial system is well designed and the long history figured it out better. numbers divisible by 2, and fractions of inches just works. So nice that you can get 4'x8' sheet of plywood, and because of the conversion of 12" to a foot, I have nice even stud distances of 12, 16, and 24" will all line up with the dimensions of both ends of the plywood being on a stud. the metric equivilent lumber all ends up with odd numbers to mess with, and basically a non standard outside the US when it comes to building. Similar with bolts and nuts, the US system is much more standardized, be it the markings on the head, and the size of the head to bolt diameter, is all much more standardized than the metric equivalent.

Comment Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 1) 88

>But: Free Speech should protect companies as well.

Sure, but for profit speech must be accurate and follow local laws. I can proclaim snake oil as a cure for cancer, but I cannot sell it as a cure for cancer. I also cannot be legaly paid, or otherwise make a profit for selling snake oil as a cure, without some proof. You cannot have businesses profiting from illegal actions and hiding behind free speech. If you are sold a product for a purpose, you expect it to be safe, effective and legal. If it is not; you should be able to report it, and the government should be allowed to stop that company or person from continuing in that activity.

Comment Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 1) 88

I do think their is often a misunderstanding of what protected free speech is. Free speech has never meant (in the US) no cost to speak, and it has never meant that all locations and media are protected from private interests impeding on all speech. At least constitutionally protected free speech is only guaranteed for individuals from government intrusion (and civil court judgments are generally not counted as government intrusion). It especially hasn't meant that commercial speech is protected (citizens united rulling excepted.)

In your example, Google does have the ability to post copyrighted works, but not without cost. Especially since that is commercial speech for profit, it may be free speech but it is not protected free speech. So they do need to pay the creators of that value, and avoid contributing to criminal acts, if they don't want to be sued out of existence.
You as a individual should be able to post a link to a torrent, without fear of criminal prosecution. But google as a commercial for profit company can be required to not host your free speech. Just like I don't have to allow the Jehovah Witness into my house to talk about his beliefs, I don't have to give him a platform, but if he provides his own platform (his temple) then while their I cannot stop him.

Comment Re:What happened before the tazing? (Score 1) 219

> They showed a police car driving right up to the kid
I was curious about that one. No one would think that was a good idea. I was wondering if the driver was still looking for the suspect, and wasn't aware he was driving right up to him. Or if the driver saw it correctly as a kid with a toy, just pull up and yell at him for being stupid, but the cop in the passenger seat panicked.

The Ferguson one was even worse in that respect. How the F* does a cop, without backup end up trying to tackle a robbery suspect of that size (who was with a accomplish), when the cop had a safe barrier to start with (the car.) And it doesn't appear the suspect was a major flight risk. (IMHO) I am guessing the large officer and badge was historically intimidating enough that he dropped solid technique long ago (or never practiced.)

Comment Re:Long trip needs to free from original battery b (Score 1) 133

>How feasible would it be to tow an aerodynamic battery 'trailer' for extended range?
Battery would be 1000 pounds, more than the towing capacity of most cars (Tesla has no towing capacity listed.)
Towing a 5kW generator and 3 gallons of fuel ( 3 gallon of gas is equivalent to 100 kwhr battery.) would be more like 50 pounds, easily in the range of what a car could carry. Now, if you can get the car to charge while moving...

Comment Re:Still not legal, right? (Score 1) 92

Term Drone encompasses so many things. I would think stage one is a glider drone: So a cargo plane takes off with a series of pallets with fold out auto-gyro style blades built into each palette. The plane flies over the small warehouse, and instead of landing and taking off, it unfolds and shoves out the pallet and it lands in the truck hub, and is loaded on a truck and away it goes to the destination.
Stage 2 is you order something light weight and small but time sensitive, DVD's, repair parts (auto/home)... If you order after all the trucks are all out delivering, drone is sent and lands on the delivery truck, and the driver takes it to your house.
Stage 3, is the warehouse is located at altitude, so they must only fly down to the customers, they are power launched, and only have enough power to sustain flight while loaded and maybe return, maybe just land on delivery trucks to be hauled back up.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 274

Economic theory agrees with you. The cost of living in a high rent location is a benefit to the employee, for the most part wages in Iowa for the same job should be the same as in California for the majority of jobs that don't require a resource not available in the other location. Of course a company considers the whole cost, so if the founder is worth $20 million but is willing to work for $10 million in California but won't move to Iowa for less the wage savings of others, then that $10 million savings spread out to extra wages to other employees could justify the location. Like you say, if he is worth that much to inspire the employees, his remote inspiration (at least in his/her mind) wouldn't be enough to make the move work.
So in this case is Jimmy Wales the foundation that thinks he is required to be hands on for wikipedia to work...

Comment Re: Why (Score 1) 395

>modern diesel engines emit more NO2 than they used to.
While it is true that Modern Diesiel engines produce more NOx than they used to, it doesn't matter, because now they are using DEF to remove N02 converting it to water and pure nitrogen.
> standards seem to be worse for your health
that is completly wrong especially in the US, the exhaust standards significantly restrict (like 50x reduction in the last 10 years) emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), particulate matter (PM), formaldehyde (HCHO), and non-methane organic gases (NMOG) or non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) emissions.

Comment Re:Sanity... (Score 2) 504

>defend the rights of pedophiles

small correction, should be "Defend the rights of accused pedophiles" Once proven guilty of a crime, the law (mostly) and most people then (and only then) support taking away many rights of the individual. We are different than many countries in the stage of protecting the accused from things like self incrimination... But the apple decision (and my support of the direction) is more driven from the lax oversight of subpoena's. If that process was rare, and rigorous enough, then I would support a method of pulling phone data... based on sufficient evidence. But it appears were talking over 20k requests per year for these records from just one company, that tells me this is likely being abused, and now is the time for it to be closed.

Comment Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (Score 1) 326

Pretty sure a airbag broke my finger, but saved my life (or at least quality of life) while I was seat-belted. I rolled my car at over 60 mph and hit a 6 ton bolder upside down, the bolder cut open the top of my car right above the drivers seat. The car normally had about 4" from roof clearance to my head. Something kept everything that came past the windshield and through the roof separated from my head, and it was allot. The only thing that could have done that was the airbag, or a guardian angel.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 264

When you give everyone guns they will find someone to shoot. And if you listen to the NRA, then you know that just isn't true. So your statement can't be true either.

I think the issue is more the "giving" part. Because the police departments were given the military weapons, when they have a 1000 people protesting, they look at the tools on hand, a pistol, a machine gun, and a assault tank. They are then given the task of breaking up the protesters, stopping and apprehending looters, and not taught how to do that. Had they not been given the military weaponry, they would have had to gone to their accounting dept, local legislators... and said we need military weapons to handle rioters. Then the question would be asked, are military weapons the correct path, or should we buy batons and shields instead? If they needed the M-16, the accountants would likely point out, we need money for training... to go with them. When someone gives the weapons to the dept, even if they do ask accounting for riot shields, their response is more likely to be, can't you use the weapons you have? The civilian equivalent would be if I want a old bard torn down, and I offer 2 teenagers a couple AR's and box's of ammo in exchange for tearing down the shed while I leave for the weekend (and don't allow them to sell the weapons), and then hand them the weapons, it is allot more likely to be real ugly when I come back on Monday. While it is true If I instead give them $5000 to do the same job, they could go buy the AR's, but are much more likely to rent the correct tools, or buy a sledge hammer.

Comment Re:The just bombed a school (Score 1) 402

>deliberately targetted the school Israel just bombed.

I am not a fan of Israel, but that was the one for me as well. When you here the propaganda from the Pro-gaza/hamas reporters. They acknowledge that Hamas put a rocket launcher at the UN school when UN security was no longer present and that the students were hidden in the shadows from satellite imagery. So they were able to force Gaza parents (or they voluntarily sacrificed their children) to place their students into a school stacked up next to a rocket launcher, all for a PR blitz to show how Israel "targeted" a school. When you stack up children next to your military equipment, thinking it is a no lose situation, either your children protect the rocket launcher, or the enemy kills your children and you are happy to be able to use them for PR, it is clear Hamas has no morals. Now I realize this is Hamas doing this, not all of those in Gaza, but they are overwhelmingly OK with Hamas doing this on their behalf.

Comment Re: 666 (Score 0) 753

>the economy is actually more stable after we left the gold standard.

of course it is, and it had all signs of getting worse if kept on the gold standard. That fiat currency problem is so born out in human history, that most religions of any size has rules against being a lender or a borrower, or hoarder of money because banking with a fiat currency guarantees endless bust/boom cycles, with a regulated banking and flexible money supply the inevitable crash in money supply can be reduced or illuminated.

    It is odd that proponents of going to a fiat currency, thing that a gold standard is a fix to fractional reserve, but in reality it is what originally cause fractional reserve banking. IE it is a pain to carry gold, and to try and verify it's value over each transaction (people slugging gold coins, trimming edges...) The fix was banking, take your gold in and trade it for a paper IOU that is easier to trade/carry... Then the bank realizes it can loan out that gold in it's vault for money, and you have fractional reserve banking. Same is true of bitcoin, also since it is a pain for me to walk to the neighbor, hand him a USB chain, then force him to get online and verify it for a cost. So it will inevitably have offline paper IOU's as well (or rather already existed, and are coming back, see Casascius coins)

Comment Re:Something missing from the summary (Score 1) 77

Although it would be interesting to know if the Tesla was braking when it crashed, Base model Porsche 911 stopping distance from 60 is 98 feet, the base Tesla is 150 feet. I haven't seen numbers for 100 to 0 on the Tesla, but in the 911 it is reported as 250 feet so I am guessing the Tesla base model is going to be over 400 feet (M*V*V, means 100mph is 3* more energy than 60mph). So if he had slammed on the brakes from 100mph, 200 feet before the crash, the tesla would have still been doing 70 at the crash, while had he stolen a porsche 911, he would have slowed from 100 to about 40 mph in the same 200 feet. (Although Tesla does offer a performance braking package that will stop from 60 in 120 feet, only 22% further than the Stock Porsche.)
So if were going to speculate had the thief stolen the better handling, better stopping Porsche, he probably wouldn't have even crashed in the first place.

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