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Comment: Re:Who pays the ticket? (Score 1) 473

by kencurry (#47706373) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.

Comment: Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (Score 1) 98

by kencurry (#47670755) Attached to: Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak
Then you would have a 12,000 dollar fridge (I'm assuming this is commercially done, not a DIY), which would require service updates. Some people would buy that, but large majority would stick with the current "pretty nice" fridge for 2000 or less, and spend the money elsewhere.

If you are speaking of a DIY project, that's a different analysis, and could be fun. Good luck if that is what you meant.

Comment: I've been through both styles with my kids (Score 1) 421

by kencurry (#47642377) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
I Had my older two kids in elementary with a year-round system; now our two younger kids are in traditional. When I first heard about the year-round in our school district (Vista, CA, '90s) I had the same thoughts as "what? kids need summer break, just like I had etc." What I found was that, as far as total days of schooling, it's the same. As far as having working parents, scheduling day care, and being able to take family vacations, year-round is better.

Now, with my younger kids back in traditional, I miss the year round. Summers are a pain to manage, kids get bored, and you have to pull kids out of school to go skiing or visit friends in Europe in October.

So, given a choice, I would go back to year round.

Comment: Re:Saved the earth (Score 1) 54

by kencurry (#47622567) Attached to: Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

Maybe the difference would be small, but it's much more probable that the impact of that tiny change, and its accumulated consequences century after century, billions of generations of bacteria later, would have changed everything.

Not really, for the same reason that killing one mosquito generally won't make any difference, ...

Two types of analysis:

Macro view: Killing a few mosquitoes won't affect overall dynamic equilibrium, the next few millennia are more or less the same as viewed from 30,000 ft.
Micro view: Killing a few mosquitos prevented malaria from spreading to the Berg clan, who became more powerful and wiped out the Valley clan, completely rewriting history for a particular territory of a particular mammal.

Comment: Re:We can't live without these things? (Score 1) 212

You hit on a hot topic for me. I live in San Diego, which has beautiful weather almost all the time, and yet nearly every building, restaurant, office etc. is sealed up tight with the AC on blast. Such a waste. C'mon architects and city planners of the future, we can do better!

Comment: Re:let me solve this right now (Score 1) 552

by kencurry (#47459547) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

l ... and the best way to do that is third world education and poverty elimination ... and the best way to do that is to maximize economic growth ...

Dude, "maximize growth", that was point three, and you clipped it out? what did you not like about point three? I really thought I had it nailed. Plus I even accounted for your timelines with the "today, tomorrow" metaphor. Man, I really, thought that I had it nailed with point three...

Comment: let me solve this right now (Score 1, Insightful) 552

by kencurry (#47457241) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record
1.Burning hydrocarbons: CnH2n+2 + 2O2 -> 2H2O +nCO2
2. CO2(atm) absorbs sunlight, increases vibrational energy, energy is released as atmospheric heat, warms up earth (just a little tiny bit, fine)
3. Even tho earth has it's own heat cycles, best not mess with it too much

1. Try to burn less hydrocarbons
2. Be more energy efficient
3. Captains of Industry win on both sides: need hydrocarbons today & then drive new markets in energy efficiency. conservatives win on making money, Liberals win on job creation and paying for Obamacare

Therenow, everyone can go about their summer carefree.

Comment: Re:DGW Dinsaurogenic Global Warming - crisis of ti (Score 1) 389

by kencurry (#47418753) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

...most plants alive today ALSO did not evolve to exist in such high CO2 levels? That such CO2 levels will cause dramatically higher temperatures and vastly different climatology, which will more than offset (ie: Kill the plants) any gains from higher CO2 levels? You also realize that CO2 is not "plant food" ? Plants use far more than just CO2? And plants are in general carbon nuetral, using and storing carbon while alive (in the form of growth), which then gets released back into the biosphere when they die?

Basic CO2 concentration guidelines:

The effects of increased CO2 levels on adults at good health can be summarized: normal outdoor level: 350 - 450 ppm acceptable levels: below 600 ppm complaints of stiffness and odors: 600 - 1000 ppm ASHRAE and OSHA standards: 1000 ppm general drowsiness: 1000 - 2500 ppm adverse health effects expected: 2500 - 5000 ppm maximum allowed concentration within a 8 hour working period: 5000 ppm

I'm too lazy to search the google:

... but wasn't there originally very high CO2 levels in earth's atmosphere, which kicked up temps. raised atmospheric moisture conc., therefore plant life went wild, eventually becoming so abundant as to drive down CO2 levels so that animal kingdom could thrive, as CO2 dropped plant life dropped off dramatically, eventually forming the goo in the ground that we now call oil, and burn to put the CO2 back.

A giant CO2 do loop

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