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Comment Re:Well, that was quick (Score 0) 181

thebargz said "more mass is definitely not what is needed".

It depends which car you're in. Passengers in an SUV hitting a SMART car head-on are much more likely to survive than are the passengers in the SMART. The SUV will slow suddenly but the SUV will go into reverse suddenly.

Comment Re: Australian police get super fast cars (Score 1) 122

Malcolm Turnbull just became Prime Minister in the last few hours. I have mixed feelings about him, but he's very strong on internet technology, having bought shares in what become Australia's largest ISP for 500,000 AUD, becoming chairman of the company, and selling them later for 57,000,000. He has to downsize to the Prime Minister's residence, poor guy.

Hopefully he can break Australia's history of very poor internet policy.

Prior to Turnbull being Communications Minister we've had some shockers, with Alston and Conroy being the at the bottom of that very deep bucket. I have hope.

Comment Re:so... two million Pounds buys what? (Score 2) 122

That would be the M5 with 412 kW, and 0-100 time of 4.2s, capable of 300 km/h (artificially limited to 250 km/h) and great handling? Probably some of those Porsches were a little faster but the M5 is a great car. Essentially I agree with you, but it isn't like a regular family car with a great driver can beat a supercar with a competent driver (in case that was what you meant, but you probably didn't.)

P.S. Someone please buy me a Mercedes AMG C63 S.


Enormous Red Sprites Seen From Space 30

astroengine writes: A gorgeous photo, captured from the International Space Station on the night of Aug. 10, 2015, shows an orbital view of thunderstorms over the city lights of southern Mexico as a recumbent Orion rises over Earth's limb. But wait, there's more: along the right edge of the picture a cluster of bright red and purple streamers can be seen rising above a blue-white flash of lightning: it's an enormous red sprite caught on camera! First photographed in 1989, red sprites are very brief flashes of optical activity that are associated with powerful lightning. So-called because of their elusive nature, sprites typically appear as branching red tendrils reaching up above the region of an exceptionally strong lightning flash. These electrical discharges can extend as high as 55 miles (90 kilometers) into the atmosphere, with the brightest region usually around altitudes of 40–45 miles (65–75 km). Sprites don't last very long — 3–10 milliseconds at most — and so to catch one (technically here it's a cluster of them) on camera is a real feat... or, in this case, a great surprise!

Comment Re:And it's not even in the top 10 worst. (Score 1) 182

In January 2013 I visited Beijing, Xi'an, and Guangzhou. Beijing was almost unbearable, with the US embassy reporting "PM 2.5" levels over 750. I went to one of those bars that are famed for their views - couldn't see a damned thing. I live in Melbourne Australia where levels are usually well under 10 and I was shocked by my experience. I felt sorry for the local population, thinking most locals would lose a decade of life.

I'm glad that the Chinese government has been taking this seriously since then. Xi'an was also terrible but not as bad as Beijing when I visited, but I was only there for a short time and it seemed as if the local pollution depended on how still the winter air was. Guangzhou was much better.

And yes, many Chinese do smoke, often removing their face masks to do so. Go figure.

Comment Re:Uber didn't exist in 2009 (Score 1) 204

AC said "Also you then need to figure out what makes them not drunk-drive. If its the easy booking by phone, well taxis can be ordered by phone so the reduction in recent years might be attributed to the easy book-by-smartphone app"

The article specifically refers to new year's eve. Taxi wait times on NYE are hours. I didn't read the article (as if!) but I expect it referred to Uber increasing supply on NYE. Statically licensed taxis cannot respond to huge peaks the way that Uber can.

Comment Re:Uber = Public subsidized (Score 1) 204

Here in Melbourne Australia, I was shocked to discover that taxis aren't properly insured.

Perhaps things have changed since that article was written, but I drive past the 'taxi club' frequently, so I suspect not. If not, why would we want to prevent Uber form operating here. Unless I hear valid reasons I support Uber operating, and I'll be interested in the possible motivation of politicians against it.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"