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Comment: Thailand too.... (Score 5, Interesting) 151

by ShawnDoc (#43559015) Attached to: Kenya Police: Our Fake Bomb Detectors Are Real
About 2 years ago, when it came to light these bomb detectors were totally fake, the Thai government, who has bought a whole bunch of these came out insisting they were real and worked. My hunch is there are no "real" portable bomb detectors (other than a trained dog), and government middle managers under pressure to buy bomb detectors bought the only thing on the market claiming to do that regardless of whether it worked or not. They knew it didn't work, but the politicians further up the chain didn't care, they just wanted to be able to say they'd purchased bomb detectors and people would be safe. Alternately, maybe James was just really good at structuring kickbacks and bribes to the decision makers. Its not like Thailand, Iraq or Kenya's governments are corruption free.

Comment: Re:Drove in circles to draw the battery down!!! (Score 2) 841

by ShawnDoc (#42900093) Attached to: Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged
Whoops, I made a mistake. That's for commercial vehicles. For cars it must be accurate to within 5%. I can't find the federal law that states that, but I've seen multiple stories mention it. See link below. http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/05/11/how-fast-are-really-going-accuracy-speedometers/

Comment: Re:Drove in circles to draw the battery down!!! (Score 1) 841

by ShawnDoc (#42899919) Attached to: Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged
Federal Law requires the speedometer to be within 5mph of actual speed. The disparity was between the review and the logs was much greater than that. Source http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=393.82

Comment: Re:We are getting one (Score 2) 381

by ShawnDoc (#38051458) Attached to: Reviews of Kindle Fire Are a Mixed Bag
I've got an iPad 2, and I've got a Kindle Fire on the way for exactly this reason. I found that 90% of my time on the iPad is just using it to check message boards, or look up info on IMDB while watching TV. So a 7" tablet that lighter is a perfect replacement for what I'm using it for. For all those saying "Why not a netbook"? Because a tablet is smaller, or for basic browsing a touch screen is a lot easier to use than a stupid tracpad.

Comment: Re:Or Not (Score 1) 588

by ShawnDoc (#36698614) Attached to: Why People Who Make Things Should Learn Chinese
The problem with learning a language in school is that you quickly forget it if you don't use it. I know many Canadians from the western provinces in Canada who can't speak a lick of French despite it being taught from an early age in school and being printed on most consumer products. Why? Because everyone around them speaks English and they quickly forget. What's the point in learning Chinese or German in high school if you quickly forget it due to lack of use? And as someone who has traveled outside the US, I've found very little opportunity to speak the local language beyond ordering at a restaurant or asking for directions. Usually the people I'm doing business with speak English better than I speak their language, so choose to converse in English when talking with me for expediency and clarity.

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