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Comment: Re:7 Year Old, Not Seventh Grader (Score 1) 201

One of my engineers is a native of Iran. He suggests that he feels he is in many ways a different person when he speaks English as opposed to Farsi. I personally am struggling my way through learning Japanese. Though I count myself by no means competent in the language, I can see hints of this in how my thought processes must bend around the language. I don't feel this so much for Spanish, but then I also found it to be a comparative cakewalk to Japanese.

Comment: Re:Charging amperage (Score 1) 395

And thus you have describe electric vehicle "fast" chargers. Multiple conductors going to different regions of the pack.

Regardless, I'm still puzzling why everyone is assuming that Tesla is the bar at which electric vehicle battery capacity is set. Tesla is presently the show off for the affluent crowd. The everyman finds their battery pack installed in a Nissan Leaf or similar. Then we're talking about ~20-25kWh and then numbers start to make a bit more sense. I seriously doubt anyone putting this stuff together thinks they're going to get 60kWh in 2 minutes. Even if you could get 60kWh in 2 minutes, you wouldn't need to.

Comment: Re:misleading (Score 1) 208

No the argument is that everyone is unfairly ganging up on mobile use to the exclusion of all the other ways a driver can be placed in a sub-optimal position of operating a vehicle. Cheeseburger guy is going to be more likely to cause an accident than the hands-free mobile guy, but nonetheless everyone is picking on the latter and forgetting about the former.

A person having a hands-free mobile conversation isn't going to be listening to the radio, isn't likely to be chatting with other occupants, isn't likely to be eating a cheeseburger, etc.. It isn't an additional distraction, it's just a different one. In many cases a smaller distraction relative to other activities that no one seems to give a second thought to.

Comment: Re:misleading (Score 1) 208

Phone use while driving is a distraction, fine. What about cheeseburger eating? What about makeup application? What about conversing with a passenger? What about listening to the radio? What about adjusting the temperature? The blonde standing on the side of the road? ...

Where does the phone in its various modes of use stack up against the myriad ways in which a driver might be distracted? I have never heard of any such studies. Regardless of distraction, what is the overall competence of the driver for each of these myriad alternatives to full attention, hands on 10 and 2 (or 9 and 3)? The dumba** with a cheeseburger isn't going to use a turn signal any more than the one with his hand glued to his ear. The bimbo turned around yelling at her brats is just as unlikely to notice the evolving situation in front of her as the one updating her Facebook page.

Comment: Re:So.. (Score 1) 208

Until these studies incorporate other forms of distraction for comparison these studies are pointless. Stick the conversants in the same car, measure the driving competence; use a hands free, measure competence; have them hold the phone, measure competence; have them eat a cheeseburger, measure competence. No one does. They all seem to start from a foundation of bias against mobile usage.

I'm not sure whether the person sitting next to you vs. hands-free phone call would be worse--though I suspect the person sitting next to you would result in poorer vehicle operation since there's also a visual distraction. However, the fool with his hand cemented to his ear is definitely going to drive poorer than the other two scenarios. Distracted or not, I guarantee the dumba** with only one free hand is going to not bother using turn signals. The cheeseburger guy in comparison will be a nightmare to everyone else on the road.

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