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Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 127

by Existential Wombat (#48115239) Attached to: London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Driverless trains have existed in London for many years, too. For example on the DLR:

There is still a "Driver", but all they do is operate the doors, make passenger announcements, and are ready to take over in the case of an emergency or a system failure.

Doesn’t he have to feed the monkey as well?

Comment: Re:Read the GP's comment, fuckface. (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by Existential Wombat (#47895703) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

I guess I don't get the mathematics of poverty. If I'm going somewhere with a friend, I was already going there anyway and wouldn't charge them gas money. I'd only charge if I was taking them somewhere I had no intention of going and I wanted to be a dick about it.

This is not what it’s about in general. It’s about providing a ride. Not picking up someone on the way you were happening to be traveling.

Comment: Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (Score 0) 210

by Existential Wombat (#47895667) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Both scales have their advantages and disadvantages. Thing is, most of the world has standardised on Celsius and is easy to convert to scientific units (kelvin).

0C means ice, 100C means boiling. Two common and dangerous points. Most everyday activity falls within that range, and it's easy to tell what something that is 80C is going to be like because it is 80% of boiling water temperature. There really is no reason to stick with Fahrenheit other than tradition.

Weather dude. It’s easier to relate on a scale from 0-100+F which you have been used to for the last 50 years, what the real temperature out there is, rather than 0-30. Well, at least it is for me, as an old fart with a physics drgree, YMMV.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.