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Comment: Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (Score 1) 204

Your entire elaborate argument is based on a false premise.

As I said, the road damage is exponential with the weight. It is proportional to the axle weight to the fourth power.

Fuel economy is roughly linear with weight, or even less than linear (big rigs get much better MPG per ton than smaller vehicles). Therefore, fuel taxes don't begin to recover the extra costs of heavier vehicles.

Who has made the stupidest argument you've ever heard now? You might look in the mirror.

Comment: Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (Score 2) 204

Your hypotheses that road damage is caused solely by the pressure on the top few millimeters of the road is highly questionable. The Prius is not going to be pounding down through the structure of the concrete nearly as much as your super-duty pickup hauling a huge boat.

I do agree that big rigs should be paying drastically more in fees than they do. However, industry lobbyists will always trump common sense.

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 2) 304

by Waffle Iron (#48893551) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

You need to go watch a local SCCA race. Lifting the inside rear wheel is normal.

Normal in a race.

Several makers, like VW and Mazda, even show their cars doing that in their ads.

"Closed course. Professional driver. Do not attempt."

On my Honda [yadda yadda rant rant]

Looks like you need to get a bumper sticker with Calvin pissing on a Honda.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by Waffle Iron (#48893045) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

I do not approve of any system that will arbitrarily override my basic controls of the vehicle,

You do realize that most cars sold in the last couple of decades have computers that can override your inputs and monkey around with your brakes whenever you're trying to speed up or slow down the vehicle?

Comment: Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (Score 1) 643

by Waffle Iron (#48859851) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Exactly, what can C do that python can't?

Handle blocks of code independant of formatting constraints like indenting.

All the while enabling decades of bike shed arguments about brace formatting and countless bugs due to optional braces (because they are under-constrained).

Comment: Re:instant disqualification (Score 1) 643

by Waffle Iron (#48859709) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Furthermore you need to indent it properly.

It was a single expression after the print. Python allows him indent it any way he wants to. He could have arranged the expression into a variety of pretty cascaded tree shapes similar to lisp code (especially if he slapped one more set of parens around the whole thing), and Python would have parsed it just fine. Leaving it on one line works just as well, as would random indentation.

Python's block indentation rules applies only to statements.

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 5, Funny) 314

by Waffle Iron (#48821527) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

I think a libation is in order.

I think I'll go down to my basement and gather up a buch of old through-hole resistors, caps, potentiometers, 555 timers and 74-series TTL logic. Then I'll fill a 40 oz bottle with them and slowly pour it all out on the ground.

Then maybe I'll scribble my full name, address and phone number on a 3-sheet carbon paper form one last time.

Comment: Re: Solve problems on Earth first (Score 1) 287

by Waffle Iron (#48745739) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

The problem is, gold has almost no intrinsic value. Its main usefulness is its scarcity. If you start bringing back large quantities, your "trillions of dollars" are going to disappear in a poof of nothingness.

The Spaniards discovered a similar problem when they appropriated the large amounts of gold easily available in the New World. They soon found themselves in a financial crisis brought on by the plummeting value of gold.

Comment: Re:protecting intellectual property is... theft?! (Score 1) 328

Yes, copyright infringement is stealing.

Factually incorrect.Copyright infringement and theft have completely different legal definitions and different laws apply to each.

You're starting off on a false premise, and using mathy-looking letter variables doesn't make your logic any less sloppy.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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