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Comment: Government getting money != working (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by arvindsg (#46134559) Attached to: Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

The new system, which was created by Raffaele Clemente, Rome's chief of traffic police, seems to be working.

I would argue if it were working then they wouldn't be getting many such tweets. Perfaps you forget aim is not to give more itations but fewer illegal parkings. All we can say is it might work.

Comment: Re:Article and summary is wildly wrong (Score 1) 259

by arvindsg (#46112775) Attached to: Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China
Points made in GP are correct, let me explain it this way: 1.)Suppose smog in china is cause of x% smog in u.s., we can be sure x =100 2.)How smog in china spreads to u.s. is assumed to be independent of what was the cause of smog in china itself 3.) 17%-36% smog in china is from manufactured goods 4.) Only 1/5 th of this smog (Lets call it Y) is actually produced from products bound for u.s. 5.) Article states that Y is responsible for 25% of smog over u.s. i.e. 6.) Rest of the smog in china should also cause smog over the u.s, This rest of the chinese fogs which is 4 times Y, should cause atleast 4 times as much smog over u.s. as well. 7) Hence we get chinese smog to be contributor of about 125% smog over western u.s.. I hope you now see the problem, or would otherwise care to explain whats wrong

Comment: Re:Thank you for the submission (Score 2) 264

by arvindsg (#45376315) Attached to: Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math

When Toyota's had problems I didn't see an article on /. saying there are 30 million Toyotas on the road and only a few of them happen to randomly accelerate and crash and burn their occupants, so it's not such a big deal.

Nobody is suggesting tesla's catching fire is ok. Point is when you compare tesla's fire catching statistics to other cars, there is nothing remarkable about them. But i bet you no( or few) other cars happen to randomly accelerate and and crash in comparison to the toyotas.

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