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Comment Re:Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 239

Unless the parachute can steer it away, I'm not sure it would help much. The speed and momentum that would cause most of the damage would be from the vehicle striking it.

I'm replying from my phone with piss poor reception so i didn't get a chance to watch the video you linked to. Sorry if that already answered my point.

Comment Re:just use cash and no cell phone (Score 1) 79

in NYC you can find a basement to rent in a private home for cash and a lot of times a minimal background check.

Can you really? In the UK the checks that landlords must provide are far form minimal. I'm pretty sure you could find places to rent that didn't do this, but I don't think they'd be in the best parts of town!

Comment Re:Sounds like a good idea. (Score 2) 204

This is pretty much what university students in the UK have had since the early 2000's, but without offering different terms for different fields. Instead, some career paths, e.g. nursing, are incentivised with bursaries.

It comes at a cost though. The UK government believes that around 45% of university graduates will not earn enough to repay their student loans. Of course almost all will pay some, and a lot will pay most of it - but there is an outstanding bill. In the UK the government (i.e. taxpayers) underwrites student loans and will pick this up ,,, I'm not sure what will happen in the USA - or if they will just charge a lot more to those who earn more to make it cost neural.

Comment that's strange - everygets one worse than official (Score 4, Interesting) 147

everyone I know who has a VW, or has had one in the past 10 years (around 8 or so) has all gotten BETTER than advertized MPGs.

Its funny, maybe it is a US vs Europe thing but I've never known anyone get anything near the official MPG. There is an interesting paper from the European Federation for Transport and Environment which shows that the average difference is now 36%, and that despite real world MPG scarecly improving since 2012 the manufacturers claims continued to reduce. Strangely VW is far from the worst, being bang on average with a difference of 36% from real world figures, whereas Daimler manages a 48% difference.

Comment Re:"Incorrect" MPG numbers (Score 1) 147

In the United States, it is illegal for a car manufacturer to advertise any fuel efficiency number other than the one determined by the EPA.

Even running an ad campaign to the effect of "Hey, the EPA says that this car gets 45 MPG, but our testing says it's more like 42. Just thought you should know." would be a crime.

TTIP will put that right. You will have to accept figures determined by the appropriate agencies of any TTIP signatory.

Comment Re:Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 239

Here is something to think about as far as traffic goes. In several large cities where road speed is 55mph or higher, the overpasses now have chain link fence over the roadway because people have thrown bricks, rocks, and other objects over the side to be hit by traffic whizzing by. Several deaths have been attributed to this. Something as small as a 5lbs brick can crash through a windshield , the person sitting on the other side, and sometimes more.

What I'm getting at is this won't be just a scratch on the hood or bruises if it goes down in traffic. It can be lethal without much effort.

Comment Re:Although I heavily disagree... (Score 1) 243

So you get this massive protest with thousands of people in one area. What happens when bombs and gunshots start going off? I don't mean the protesters would get violent, but what about ISIS terrorism taking advantage of the crowd and chaos.

Perhaps this is the government realizing that it cannot provide security for both dignitaries and protesters at this time.

Comment Re:Now only if... (Score 1) 52

Exactly. . I don't know how many times i need to tell idiots to get off my lawn each and every day. It seems like more and more every day too.

Oh, and I'm not sure Cox lost anything on this front except the ability to claim a DMCA exception. Of course in order to do so, they would have had to blindly follow the takedown process which cutting internet access to anything more than the specific content is not part of.

In other words, they may still be exempt from liability, just not according to a law that doesn't seem to apply to the specific circumstances.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 1) 316

Why? I wasn't aware that Mr Dawkins sold advertising space at his speeches. If that does happen, yes he should be required or obligated to run an advertisement that sounds like a prayer or whatever if someone pays him to.

The principal here is not the content. It is the denial of commercial services to members of society based on their speech or whatever they do not like about them. Mr Dawkins is only tangibly connected here because of his outspoken atheist views and someone asked him about this. Of course he took the high road and doesn't think speech should be suppressed even if he disagreed with the speech.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill