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Comment: Re:It's not about the math! (Score 1) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49754067) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

That is probably a good allegory for both sides of the argument. After all, while technically true, how many people do you see carrying emergency parachutes onto their commercial airline flights, and how much good do you think it will do them if something does go pear shaped?

Put it another way... how many people do you see skydiving WITHOUT taking along an emergency parachute?

Comment: Re:Exotic (Score 1) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49754027) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

Yes, frankly... if I had to die and had a choice, firing squad strikes me as more humane than lethal injection.

A dozen people shooting me in the heart with .30 rifles strikes me as about as instant a death as one can get.

I of course would prefer neither, but frankly... I think we should offer the condemned their choice of how they wish to go out. Of course I also think we should offer the victim the choice to carry it out, if they wish.

Comment: Re:Motorcycle Safety Perceptions (Score 1) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49753971) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

The big, big difference here, and as a licensed motorcycle driver I know, is that you can actually do something about being in a motorcycle accident--the same isn't true about an asteroid strike.

I wish I could mod you up...

That's just it... the vast majority of things that can kill you, you have some measure of power over... Not all of course, but most...

The 6 mile wide rock from the sky? Nothing you can do about that.

Comment: Re:It's not a risk (Score 1) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49753939) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

I think you overestimate how many resources are "tapped out".

As the number of people drop, the land and resources for each are increased. This makes it easier to avoid fighting over them as they become more plentiful.

Sure, it will be messy getting there, lots of people will die, but we're talking about the species as a whole, not every specific person.

Plenty of people in the world today know how to live just fine without technology. Maybe not your average American or European, but all of them can die and the world would go on.

Plenty of people in China, Africa, and South America would carry on just fine.

Comment: Re:It's not a risk (Score 1) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49753735) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

No, they didn't kill all life, but they killed all life the size of humans...

An underground shelter only helps if you have many years to prepare in advance, if it hit tomorrow with no warning, we'd be toast...

The skies would be dark for awhile, large animals and plants would be killed or burned...

The odds of the human racing surviving at all would be low.

The odds of it happening are crazy low, but the damage done if it does happen is crazy high.

Comment: Re:It's not a risk (Score 1) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49753585) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

Sure it is true...

Even if 6.5 billion people die, there will still be plenty left... I'm not suggesting that is a good thing, but it isn't an extinction level event.

A 6 mile wide rock is.

Global warming/cooling/climate change is not going to erase humans from the Earth, even if it removes more than half of them. A really, really big rock would.

Comment: Re:Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 4, Interesting) 208

by FlyHelicopters (#49752587) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

But if a big one comes, it could kill everyone, or nearly everyone. An ELE shows up about every 60 million years. If it kills 6 billion people, then that is on average 100 people per year, which is small, but still much larger than they imply.

Thank you, that is just it...

I don't "fear" this as a cause of death for myself, the odds of this happening to me personally are almost nil.

The real concern is the big one, which is NOT likely to happen in our lifetimes, but on the off chance that it does, it renders everything else we do pointless.

It is a very binary outcome, if it hits, we're gone and all our "save the children, save the planet" efforts amount to nothing.

Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 105

Gas would be $8.00 to $10.00 a gallon if not for government subsidies of our oil industry, so you'll have to excuse me for not giving a shit.

That is simply not accurate...

Gas would be $8 a gallon if they taxed it the way Europe does, the government gives tax breaks for investment, the same way they do to all businesses.

But you're simply misinformed as to how much that really is. This concept of "oil subsidies" is just nonsense.

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 1) 393

I will admit it has been a while since I looked at Fords for anything other than a truck or truck like vehicles.

The new Mustang has much nicer interior materials, it no longer looks cheap, and it finally has an IRS, so the back doesn't have a hop, or as much of one.

Of course the price has risen to compensate, rather than focus on a $20k cheap pony car, a nicely equipped V8 Mustang will now run you about $40k, which is a bit nuts for what it is.

Still, for 435hp, that is pretty good, it'll do 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

http://www.caranddriver.com/fo...

That being said, you want handling and curves, the GT is still tuned for the highway, being an American designed car for long, straight American highways.

The automatic version, it comes with all-season tires that won't impress you much, but if you change those out for summer performance tires, I think you'd be impressed.

At least when you consider the Mustang is $25K+ less expensive. :)

In terms of price, when you're talking BMW M3, you're approaching Corvette price range, and if you want to see impressive, check out the new Corvette Stingray. Lord that has been improved from prior models...

Comment: Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 105

I built one to match the features of the Volt and the base price climbed to $23.1K. After rebates, my loaded Volt cost 28K.

Take the rebate away and tell me the price. I could make the Volt free with enough of other people's money.

The focus is a nice little car. I like Ford vehicles. But it's still a buzzy little gas guzzler and it only gets 36MPG highway.

Since when did 36MPG become "bad"?

"Gas guzzler?" Really?

I'm getting 80MPGe in my Volt and drive 20K miles a year. With free workplace charging

All, more of that "free stuff" from other people... those solar panels weren't "free".

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