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Comment: Re:30 years ago.... (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by afidel (#49777453) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

You are aware that plenty of people are monitored for their entire shift in much less safety critical jobs, like bank tellers, grocery or retail store cashiers, dock workers, etc, yes? As to the speed being controlled by computer, they've been working on that for some time, but apparently the radio network to convey all the necessary information to the control box is massively behind schedule.

Comment: Virus (Score 5, Funny) 74

by Pharmboy (#49775827) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

I tried that and got a virus, and now every time I pass through a McDonalds, the car automatically maneuvers through the drive through, generating a "referral" fee for the virus writer. You have to order SOMETHING so you don't look like an idiot. Do you KNOW how many McDonalds there between Greensboro, NC and Charlotte? A lot, I will tell you that. I've gained 20 pounds in the last week.

Comment: Re:Bats don't control mosquitoes (Score 1) 85

by afidel (#49774867) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured

As far as anybody can tell, though, we could lose mosquitoes entirely with no big secondary effects. So let's get on eradicating those fuckers. Way more important than anything the Gates foundation has claimed to do.

Considering one of the pieces of the Gates Foundation anti-malaria campaign is sterile mosquito introduction in an effort to eradicate the local population I think you're a bit off there.

Comment: Re:EA (Score 2) 85

by afidel (#49756563) Attached to: How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

Public companies can also have a mechanism to halt a hostile takeover, it's called a poison pill. Generally it involves some kind of massive payoff to the current staff, but it can also be the automatic issuance of new stock which dilutes the holdings of the company attempting to do the acquisition. The first known use of the latter technique that I'm aware of was the Westinghouse corporation which issued massive amounts of stock when JP Morgan tried to take them over, ultimately providing them with enough money to complete the Niagara power station project.

Comment: Re:Threatens security (Score 3, Interesting) 99

by afidel (#49738561) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Exactly, just last week I was reading about a proposed Canadian mine that was vetoed by the native council, not due to environmental concerns, but because of uncertainty over environmental impact in the future because current and projected prices didn't actually support opening the mine in the near term but the company looking for approval was looking for a 50 year lease on the land. If Russia ties up a lot of the world supply and shuts down mines they own then the price will rise and mines like that one will come online, it's not like they're going to take over so much of the world supply that we'll be shutting down reactors due to lack of fuel. The real fear I'm sure is that Westinghouse and GE and their suppliers will have to pay more for yellowcake in order to produce their overpriced fuel rods.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 4, Interesting) 826

by afidel (#49735965) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Since it's primarily weight per axle that determines the wear caused on the roads, and the point of the tax is to maintain roads, it seems logical that heavier vehicles, whether they be SUV's or big sedans like the Tesla, should be charged more. It's not like a Leaf is particularly heavy (it's basically the same weight as the similarly sized Chevy Cruze).

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 335

by afidel (#49721345) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

That something should be relatively rare, easily verified, have low carrying costs (i.e. doesn't rust or rot), and be somewhat portable. Gold and silver fit the bill,

So does the greenback, and in the modern world it's used a hell of a lot more extensively than gold or silver. Unless the fed goes full retard and starts printing physical bills at a rate significantly greater than inflation (would be basically impossible to do with the current infrastructure) that's not going to change.

Comment: Re:cover everything with mirrors (Score 1) 185

by afidel (#49719607) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

to shoot down hundreds of incoming warheads, plus ten thousand dummy balloons.

I don't think anyone is realistically planning to use an ABM system against China or Russia, it's much more likely to be used against the one or two missile boats that North Korea or Iran manage to outfit with a handful of missiles.

Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 393

by afidel (#49718943) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

No, not all towers need to have an EA done, only those meeting the criteria in 47.1.1307 which is a fairly limited set of criteria where it makes sense to me to require a review. The rules basically come down to, are you in a sensitive wildlife habitat, are you in a designated historic place like Gettysburg or an Indian burial ground, or are you going to potentially fry people if you aim something wrong. That doesn't seem like an onerous list, and the percentage of towers that falls under it has to be at most, what 10-20% (and it's probably well under 5%).

Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 393

by afidel (#49718267) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

No, he's right, this is almost assuredly a strict liability scenario, unless it can be proven that something outside the engineers control was to blame then he is negligent and will go to jail. It's not just that he was exceeding the speed limit for the curve, he was significantly exceeding the speed limit for the straightaways so absent a system fault that caused uncontrolled acceleration combined with complete loss of brakes (almost impossible given the evidence of speed reduction at the curve) he's responsible. A medical condition which was missed at his last physical might be a mitigating circumstance, but that's really about it.

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