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Comment: Re:what's the point? (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#48296069) Attached to: A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

That may be, but there are always folks who want to build something with their own hands. Considering how many different kits are available, there must be plenty of demand, and they must work well enough to stay in business against the integrated solutions.

And total price may be a factor, especially if a person already owns the two major parts.

Comment: Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (Score 1) 613

by Reziac (#48295211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Not at any school I ever went to. At winter solistice, we'd arrive in the dark and get out at dusk.

Can't find it again in my overcrowded inbox, but today on someone's blog there were a bunch of good stats on the effect of daylight savings on energy use. In short, with DST there's more energy used in the morning but less at night, with a net usage increase of about half a percent.

Comment: Re:pay money for youtube? (Score 1) 225

by Reziac (#48270931) Attached to: YouTube Considering an Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

How about letting individual channels choose if they want to go subscription? Cuz what a subscription model will cut down, drastically in the case of casual-content videos, is the impulse watcher who generates ad revenue whether they really care enough about your video to watch it or not.

Comment: Re:I wish I'd thought of that (Score 1) 221

by Reziac (#48252237) Attached to: Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

It Depends. New plate every year used to be fairly standard practice, but that was a Long Time Ago.

Back in the olden days, Montana used to sell you new plates every year, which is quite the nuisance. This went away in the 1970s (I believe in 1975 since I recall changing the plate on my first car only a couple times), and tho current law says plates shall be replaced every five years, I suspect that's gone by the wayside with the switch to a one-time, permanent registration for vehicles 11 years or older.

At least as of 1984, California sold you one plate (which could be transferred to a new vehicle) and an annual sticker.

Comment: Re:I wish I'd thought of that (Score 1) 221

by Reziac (#48252101) Attached to: Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

Presumably anything can be cut, given a hard enough blade, but are those "recommended locks" actually any better than the cheap standard locks for the job of discouraging a bungler armed with a hammer?

[The main thing I use padlocks for is to make stealing my trailers too inconvenient for the casual thief.]

Comment: Re:Extracts from the Notebook (Score 1) 63

by Reziac (#48243041) Attached to: Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

I've read Amundsen's account. The problem with Scott's party wasn't the type of food (Amundsen's party largely ate their surplus sled dogs on the return route, which was planned as a way of not having to haul as much weight on the return leg) but that Scott simply didn't bring =enough= food, and they were unable to find some of their caches on the return route. More than that, their clothing was inadequate, especially their footgear.

Comment: Re:Research in this area is probably a good thing. (Score 1) 152

by Reziac (#48240471) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Yeah, I remember someone mentioned how requiring bicycle helmets correlates with an increase in serious car-vs-bike accidents, presumably because of the false sense of security (but also probably because it impacts peripheral vision -- we use that far more than we're consciously aware).

Or as someone's sig says, "Safety is a tyrant's tool; no one can oppose safety."

With enough such tools, it becomes possible to oppress the citizenry in complete "safety".

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.