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Comment: Re:lol (Score 1) 302 302

I am mixed and a portion of that mix is black. I laughed - literally, and think this is quite funny. Software is not perfect and can not take everything into account. When it makes errors it is bad code, or just not overly observant programmers, and not an indicator of racism or any other *ism. Opposite is, of course, true - it is an *ism when someone deliberately codes it to call black people gorillas. This was not that. Nothing to see here, move along. Also, try not to laugh too hard. Whilst funny it offends those with "sensibilities."

Comment: Re:One line comment (Score 1) 106 106

King Frosty is going to be awfully mad. Two of you, perhaps only miles apart, angry and basement bound and never the twain shall meet. You two could don your favorite superhero outfits and meet in the alley but that seems unlikely. It is unfortunate, it would make an interesting documentary.

Comment: Re:The founding documents present a path... (Score 1) 155 155

Can you live on $12317 a year?

Could I live on that amount? Absolutely assuming I did not pay property taxes. Would I want to live on that amount? Not a chance in hell. I am in a position where I am able to say I have everything I need. I could live on that amount but I really would not want to. I would need to greatly reduce my expenses but I could. I was pretty poor, comparitively, when I was younger. I managed then and could do it again but I would not be happy about it.

Comment: Re:Safari? No. Try the default Android browser. (Score 1) 301 301

What is bothersome is that we need to recode for Firefox. What the hell? I thought we were supposed to be done with that crap now that IE is almost an acceptable browser. Well, no, it is an acceptable browser but I still can not go back to using it. I can not adapt to the UI very well even though it was my default Windows' web browser for years, I just can not revert to it. I am an Opera user and I am on the beta side and the beta dev browser side - I manage to adapt to those changes (except I hate the disappearing/moving features - a lot) without much trouble at all but I just can not seem to adapt to using IE again and it is not for lack of trying. I have even forced myself to boot to Windows and use it for a whole week at a time. I managed but it was uncomfortable.

Comment: Re:How do we know we've only discovered 1% of NEAs (Score 1) 54 54

I clicked on your first link to double check something and I am not sure that I agree with your view. No, we do not know the total mass of the solar system. We have a working hypothesis but this is not knowing. We could be right, we could be wrong. Additionally, there is no limit to what could be coming in from other solar systems so concluding that we know the original mass seems, to me at least, to be of absolutely no importance when it comes to estimating the prevalence or rate of the occurance of NEO. I find the trend to state theoretical results as factual a bit disturbing and dishonest. This could be changed by simply saying, "We believe..." Or, "The currently working hypothesis..." Instead we have many people, yourself included, who are stating theoretical, nay - hypothetical (even less likely to be true), as being factual conclusions.

Take my disagreement as you will. It likely will have no impact on your beliefs or the way you conduct yourself. I am certainly the bad guy for wanting open and honest communication. I obviously do not understand something...

It is okay but, frankly, I do find it telling and have no choice but to use it as judgment when considering other bits of information that one may try to convey.

Comment: Re:How do we know we've only discovered 1% of NEAs (Score 1) 54 54

It is still not much more reliable than a WAG. Obviously it isn't a wild guess and is based on fairly sound logic but it really is nothing more than a guess when you get down to it. There is no way to be certain that one is missing an area with a heavy concentration of NEO objects. There is simply no way to be certain. Even hazarding a guess seems counterintuitive, what does it benefit to spread the misinformation about there being only 1% discovered? Theoretically we could have discovered them all. We could have only discovered 0.001%. What matters is that we discover the big one before it hits and that only matters if we are going to be able to do something about it. If it is going to wipe out our species then that discovery matters not one bit.

Comment: Re:Goodbye free speech (Score 1) 204 204

From the very limited research I have done and without separating the types of invasive sexual offenses into different categories (instead, calling them all rapes) I would suspect that you are right on the money. Ignoring, for the sake of reality and not for the sake of statistics, those who are caught drunkenly urinating in public (I suspect they would actually inflate the numbers, who pisses outside only once in their lives?) then I believe that number would be quite high.

I am not sure how high it would be in the case of what we traditionally call just plain rape. In other words, those folks who jump out of bushes, grab some random lady, and rape them. I do not know how many crimes they have likely committed before they are caught. It seems likely to be a fairly low number except in extreme cases. I imagine that date rape would also fall into that category and have similarly low numbers before they are caught.

On the other hand, and inflating these statistics, everything I have read or watched on the subject indicates that many sexual predators have a lengthy history before they are finally caught. Child molesters are, for example, one of the worst. They often have a history of abusing many many children many many times before they are finally caught and arrested. I do not have the numbers at hand nor do I recall the exact figure but a documentary on the subject indicated that child sexual predation is done by people who have a history of something along the lines of an average of 30ish victims.

While interesting this is not really about recidivism. Few of the sick bastards go on to commit more offenses after they are released or, more accurately because we can not be certain, very few of them are caught committing more offenses after they have been caught the first time.

Anyhow, with murder I am assuming that they are not looking at the total number but rather the percentage so the overall numbers should have little effect on the total. Given the severity of the crime and the long incarceration sentences it may also be reduced simply because of the age of the person when they are finally released. One is seemingly far less passionate, energetic, and prone to violence when one ages. Old men are the seeming minority when it comes to roaming the 'hood' with the gang (though I now have an image of a guy with a walker representing on the corner and throwing up MS13 gang signs) nor are they jilted lovers engaging in crimes of passion. I doubt they are taking part in a lot of robberies that go wrong or kidnappings gone awry. I suspect that has as much to do with the numbers as anything else but I really have not looked into it. It only stands to reason (as if that matters) that they are not counting those still incarcerated into their recidivism statistics.

Comment: Re:Price is a second order function (Score 1) 281 281

Poorly maintained roads because people do things like travel to the woods to go camping and they will drive over some rather poorly maintained roads to get there. Also, adaptive steering will be a good start but I have no expectations of it being absolute. I would not be surprised to find a better constructed idiot (though I do not expect most people to know) attempting to drive with a trailer.

That said, again, I think this is an excellent idea and have even mentioned it myself in the past. It is just that it is not going to be perfect. That is okay too - it does not have to be perfect. It just has to help mitigate certain aspects - like range. I just think we need to be aware of the problems and work on those as well and adaptive steering is one such thing that can help. I would like to see it include things like tire pressure monitoring, additional reverse camera(s), a high level (commonly called a third) brake light, and more. I think it should be something you can disconnect from the vehicle, when you get to your destination, and used as a generator as well as a then-static EV charging platform. It would be great for camping and great for emergencies. Even better would be some sort of open standard that automatically tripped the mains breaker so it could be used as a house feed without worrying about pushing the power out onto the grid.

Anyhow, do not mistake me for someone who is binary on such things. I would prefer a blended solution where things like this are discussed and realistically debated. There will be some risks added with people lugging trailers behind them and that is okay - we can lower the odds by making things risk adverse but we can not lower the odds if we do not look into them. We simply can not say that this one solution will be adequate, wipe our hands off, and be done.

I drive. I drive a lot. It is not uncommon for me to do stuff like just head out and randomly pick a highway and go to a different state, get off on the first exit, and just go where the road takes me. I see so many folks who should not be allowed a license. Two of the worst offenders are people with trailers and people with snowplows on their private vehicles. (Even some professional plowing is done by rather inept people.) I do not have a solution for either of those two things and I have thought about it. Unfortunately I think increased regulation, perhaps some sort of tiered license, might be in order but I am rather loathe to propose it without more thought.

My current thinking (subject to change) is that we could absorb the overhead and make them like motorcycle licenses are treated in many states meaning that it is not a separate license but an extra certification that enables one to lawfully operate a motorcycle. There are drawbacks to that idea but many of them can be waived away simply by pointing out that driving isn't a right but a privilege and the commons must be protected for the good. Even still, I am not a huge fan of this. I think that a program such as this could already be in effect - regardless of the EV future and that these extra privileges should be inexpensive and easy in regards to the act of getting them but not easy in regards to earning them. In other words, the paperwork and process should be easy. Making them easy to get otherwise defeats the point so the educational process should be well done, inexpensive or perhaps even free, and so on.

Driving with a trailer requires a whole new level of attention to do properly. It requires skills that people do not have. Adaptive steering is going to help on vehicles that are equipped with it. I would prefer to mandate education than to mandate a technological solution for reasons that should be obvious. I am not opposed to this trailer idea, indeed I have mentioned its benefits in the past, but I think we need to be aware and honest about the risks involved and figure out how to work within those constraints to make things as safe as is reasonably possible. The vast increase of people hauling trailers around is going to be a hazard, I am certain of this. No technology is going to solve this - humans are involved. No, that does not mean that I think we should skip this idea. It means that I think we should examine this idea and weight the consequences and do what we can to lower the increased risks this will cause.

By the way... I would love something like this for my RV (and it would be awesome to have an EV RV [ERV perhaps?]) but I often tow a car behind my RV so that I can more efficiently and easily drive into a city or drive to other areas from a central location. I can drive with two water bowls behind a deuce and a half but this would a difficult configuration with an RV. One of the ideas that I have had is to work on making this not a trailer. I have seen storage capacity added to a vehicle by attaching a rack to the trailer hitch. It may be possible, safer, to simply engineer a method that allows carrying this generator behind the vehicle without it actually being towed. I suspect that would be safer though I am not certain it would be more efficient. It would also likely require that it be engineered into the vehicle as that may be a lot of weight to be on a traditional trailer hitch for most vehicles but that is a trivial matter.

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