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Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 594

Wow, you may have set a record in using anecdotal evidence to support a totally generalizing statement. Because four cars stopped (one per lane) to let you through, all Texans are nice? Let me counter that. Rick Perry is an idiot, hence all Texans are idiots. See, poor logic works both ways...

An AC said something stupid, therefore all ACs say something stupid, therefore all ACs say only stupid things, therefore this statement is only made up of stupid?

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

One flight I was on was delayed for two hours due to the APU not working, then the air start cart they called to start the engines having a dead battery, then the next cart being too small and they jumped the first cart from the second (or something like that, I was 14) and finally were able to start the engines. After all that was done, the airplane was accelerating to what felt like full throttle even before pointing straight down the center line and made the most rapid ascent of any airliner I've ever been on.

So occasionally airliners to "floor it".

Comment Re:Virtualize? (Score 1) 406

One problem is when you get to the specs written by companies that use the same protocols. On the civil GPS unit I had to communicate with, the specification on the CRC protocol left out half of what you needed to know. So we just used a CRC table for another application that produced results that the GPS unit accepted. Of course the original CRC code was about a decade old but... yay?

Comment Re:The freedom of not having a car (Score 1) 242

The unfortunate part for me is I'd rather get some work done one the trip to and from work rather than dealing with traffic. But then believing that the government would be able to get me to and from work for the same cost I can probably is a pipe dream. I guess I'm just waiting for self driving cars...

Comment Re:The freedom of not having a car (Score 1) 242

Unfortunately my are has lousy funded public transportation. I drive 25 minutes to get to my job one way because I moved out of the city. When I did live in the city and the drive was 15 minutes, to take public transportation would have taken 1 hour and 15 minutes, including walking a mile to make a connection. I live in the second largest city in this state too so to find better would mean moving a long way.

It would have been faster when I lived in the city to bike the 10 miles to work rather than take public transportation but work has now showers for summer and we tend to have very bad ice or snow for three or more months out of the winter.