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Comment: Re:Captain Oblivious strikes again! (Score 1) 121

by EmperorOuk (#35599004) Attached to: Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages
Wow you're like Donald Trump on slashdot. Your hugely superficial grasp of situations coupled with your ability to confidently give sweeping solutions to complex problems without even a nod to the details must make you a huge hit with management.

MANUFACTURED means MADE. ... if they can make it, so can we.

Jesus Christ.

Comment: Supression is futile (Score 3, Insightful) 98

by EmperorOuk (#34638692) Attached to: Pirate Bay Defendant Aims For Sweden's Supreme Court

Despite the fact that a Swedish court ordered an ISP to shut down service to The Pirate Bay in August last year, the website continues to function. The website is now apparently registered in the Seychelles.

It should be pointed out that Pirate Bay does not host copyrighted material itself, but instead links to a number of torrents elsewhere on the Internet.

These two paragraphs alone highlight the futility of the recording industry's crusade against piracy. I bet it's lawyers who love to hate piracy more than anybody else.

Comment: Re:Horse shit (Score 1) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638650) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

Do you think that there may be personality traits that would lead people to join a self selecting group that buys hybrids?

That's certainly possible. Do I think those personality traits would necessarily have anything to do with driving styles? Not so much. You could however test that by seeing if hybrid cars also get into more accidents in circumstances where the engine noise made no difference. However the study conducted only found that hybrids were more likely to be in a pedestrian accident in situations when the car was traveling slowly ie when car noise would most be a factor.

Of course maybe the effects of hybrid owners' reckless personalities are limited to when traveling under 10MPH, but that seems unlikely. There will always be several explanations for the facts, but often there is one that is vastly more likely than the others.

Given that the sound level of many ICE vehicles made today is lower than the ambient noise level of many parking lots,

That doesn't mean you can't hear the car.

Comment: Re:Horse shit (Score 1) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638532) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
Exactly. It's mostly small children who get injured or killed in incidents where a car is backing out of a parking spot, largely because the driver can't see them unless they are very careful. Adult bruised elbows don't get reported as car accidents much, but the crushed limbs of infants do. The hybrid is twice as likely to cause these kinds of accidents. I don't think making hybrids produce a moderate amount of noise when moving slowly is an entirely unreasonable proposal, given the evidence that strongly suggests it would reduce these kinds of accidents.

Comment: Re:Who is responsible? (Score 1, Insightful) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638402) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

Well done. Yes, safety regulation is about finding the proper balance between risk and inconvenience. Do you think making hybrid cars emit a modicum of noise would be a crippling burden?

If you think it would be a waste of time, the evidence is against you. The study linked to in the article indicates that silent engines in cars doubles the likelihood of a pedestrian getting hit in certain situations. Forcing cars to emit some degree of noise is a very logical response to that problem, if it can be confirmed.

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

Comment: Re:Horse shit (Score 1) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638376) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
But what if there was evidence to show that silent cars are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian in certain situations? I don't think it would be such a dumb idea to make hybrid cars produce a moderate amount of noise (still less than a normal car), when in those situations. The study linked to in the article provides the above evidence.

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

Comment: Re:MUST PROTECT THE STUPID! (Score 2) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638348) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
Most accidents where the silence of the car is an issue apparently occur in parking lots and on driveways onto streets. It's not about crossing streets, it's about situations where cars move in places where pedestrians usually have priority. That does leave blind people in the lurch.

Comment: Re:Hell, NO! (Score -1) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638236) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

No. And really? What accidents? What factors are taken into consideration?

I don't understand what each of these sentences are referring to. The study is linked to in the article, and it concludes that cars with hybrid engines are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian in certain situations listed in my previous post.

Or does it even matter, since half the people are running around with their iPods blasting as loud as they can be? This article is B.S. - it doesn't address even half of the concerns, situations and problems.

The fact is, silent hybrid cars hit pedestrians more often; up to twice as often in certain situations. Don't try to ignore that with some babble about iPods. Read the study if you have any doubts about the conclusions or want to form an intelligent opinion on the topic. Of course the article is crap, look at the actual evidence linked to in the article instead.

Comment: Re:Electronic transponder system (Score 0) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638156) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

It seems unnecessary to make things nosier for everyone when the number of people that need the noise is very small.

What makes you say that? Apparently there are enough people who need the sound to be statistically significant. From the study linked in the article:

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

Comment: Re:Horse shit (Score 0) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638132) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
The statistics disagree with you. Apparently hybrids which don't make noise are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian in certain scenarios.

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

Comment: Re:Gods what an awful idea... (Score 0) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638090) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

In light of the above results from the study linked to in the article, I don't think it's such a crazy law. A loud noise like a broken muffler would not be necessary; just enough for people in the near vicinity.

Comment: Re:Hell, NO! (Score 1) 620

by EmperorOuk (#34638060) Attached to: Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law
From the study linked to from the article:

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

If you could half the amount of accidents hybrids get into in these situations by adding noise emitters, don't you think it would be worth it?

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