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Comment: Re:The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 528

by bn557 (#47768971) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

The reason I've always heard is pure cost to convert. All the signs, all the cars, everything that uses distances (all the laws would have to be 'amended' to the new units), etc, etc. There is a LOT of infrastructure in the US. It's a physically large country. Even 'phasing' it in is a HUGE undertaking and would take years if not decades to complete.

I am 100% in support of us converting, but I'm glad I don't have to be one of the people that's going to coordinate the madhouse it's going to be when it's finally decided upon and started.

Comment: Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (Score 1) 443

by bn557 (#47436635) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

the difference is, it doesn't take the same energy. In the kinetic energy equation, look at the V^2 term. If you start at velocity X, and increase your speed A, your resultant velocity component will be (X + A)^2. Multiplying that out, you get X^2 +2AX + A^2. To go from 0 to 10 mph, you have to add 2 * 10 * 0 + 10 ^ 2 = 100 units (I don't remember the American unit applicable here). To go from 90 to 100, you have to add 2 * 10 * 90 + 10 ^ 2 = 1900 energy units. It takes 19x as much energy to increase speed 10 mph at 90mph IGNORING DRAG.

The X^2 gets ignored because we're only considering the amount of energy we have to ADD to go from X to X + A, and the KE at Vx will end up canceling out the X^2 in the resulting equation subtractions.

Comment: Re:Hemos Says: "So Long, and Thanks For All The Fi (Score 1) 1521

by bn557 (#37222146) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Same happened to me :-/ I created an account in either late 98 or early 99 (too much happened in the last dozen years to be sure), forgot what my login/pwd were, so I recreated this one with my massive UID. It was still fun at the anniversary party to have a 'low uid' though. Lots of 7 digit UIDs in the Ann Arbor area.

Comment: Re:If I were to guess (Score 2, Insightful) 257

by bn557 (#33733114) Attached to: Seven Words You Can't Say On Google Instant

I'm guessing they have some algorithm that has blacklisted terms that the highest use patterns involve offensive material searches, regardless of the non offensive implications. Because they don't control their result ordering, these terms could provide offensive material in the future (or rather, are more likely to).

All said and done, put me down in the `meh, doesn't bother me` camp though. I still hit enter with this due to the momentary lag between when I finish typing and the results showing up (slow internet connection).

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch