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Comment My name is.... (Score 2) 145

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Comment Re:Interesting take on liability (Score 1) 154

Right, like how we should give the police free passes for killing innocent civilians because ultimately they have saved more lives then they take.

You do realize that unjustified police shootings are incredibly rare. The number of police who are shot and die on duty outnumber civilians wrongfully killed by police by more than an order of magnitude.

So, where I'm not advocating we just give police a pass, there does need to be a huge burden of proof involved in finding fault with them. This means that unless there is irrefutable evidence the cop is lying about the use of force, they should be afforded both the benefit of the doubt and shielded from both criminal and civil court action. But hey, that's just me.

Comment Re:Camera companies are raking it in (Score 2) 200

Even this won't help that... First, it is the City of Chicago that's collecting the fines and they won't share with the state. Second, the state claims to have the money but until the state has a budget so it can buy the blank checks, the envelope and the stamp to put on it (not to mention pay the person to print it, stuff it and drop it in the mail) NOBODY except the state legislators will a check from the state....

Comment Re:Just a nit pick.... (Score 1) 387

Oh I fully understand that Ethanol is a fools errand.. Converting food into motor fuel is just about as stupid as you can get....

NASCAR is more than just logistics and driver talent, there is a whole load of tradition to go along with all that plus a whole lot of very bright people trying to engineer their way into some legal advantage or not getting caught trying something not so legal. It's quite the engineering challenge and most teams have big budgets to hire staff to design/build/test everything from engines to brakes and come up with the right combinations for each of the venues they must operate in.

Comment Re:Just a nit pick.... (Score 1) 387

Yea, NASCAR is based in tradition and simplicity, it's kind of their thing. The got their start racing actual "stock" (meaning direct off the show room floor) cars with only a minimum amount of allowed alterations. It has had to depart from this original idea a bit, but they retain as much simplicity as they can in the car design by keeping it as simple as they can. It's part of their charm. Formula 1 and Indy are all out, make it go as fast as possible affairs with little technology that enables it off limits while NASCAR is dedicated to simplicity.

In the last decade or so though, NASCAR has had to allow some technology to creep into the car and has started to depart more and more from the "stock" part of their name. They used to run carburetors and distributers, now they run fuel injection and electronically controlled ignitions. They now have cars that have to be identical in shape, size and weight with frames that have to adhere to strict geometry and construction rules, which has taken away a lot of the meaning of what a "Toyota" or "Ford" was. They all run the same tires, same fuel, same everything else except for what color it's painted and the driver's seat they bolted into it. In the process, NASCAR has lost some of it's charm. So I'm not sure it is in their best interest to just allow unfettered access to technology in the sport because I fear it will drive away the people there to watch what can be done with the simplest of tools.

Bill doesn't seem to understand what NASCAR is, or value its traditions, which generally comes across as uppity and narcissistic. It's kind of like a food snob looking down his nose at you for enjoying that bowl of beef stew because you didn't use Kobe beef with the right kind of vegetables in a Dutch oven and cooked it the day before, but threw yours in the crock pot this morning before work. He thinks you are stupid, unrefined and don't know better, when all you really want is to enjoy your dinner of beef stew like your mom used to make.

Comment Re:The real insult (Score 1) 387

Maybe down on the dirt tracks they drink and drive, but they most assuredly DON'T drink and drive at the top two levels in NASCAR because they drug test at that level. The fans do drink, but the teams have to wait until the race is over and the car is in the hauler unless they happen to win that week. Breaking that rule is NOT tolerated and will get your team booted off the track in a heart beat, despite what you see in the movies.

Comment Re:And yet more differences include (Score 3, Informative) 387

It ain't cheatn' less the rule book says it's Cheaten' . (And it's not *really* Cheaten les NASCAR catches ya.)

Look, it's generally incredibly hard to "cheat" in NASCAR on a continuing basis and get away with it. There is a reason NASCAR keeps the acceptable car design VERY simple and why they do all kinds of inspections, before, during and after the race to insure compliance with the rules. They don't always catch somebody when they are breaking the rules, but if you keep it up, eventually they will catch it.

What I find amazing is how inventive teams can be. Like putting in 100' of extra fuel line, hidden in the frame of the car to get a few extra gallons of fuel on board is a classic. Everybody is angling for that extra edge, some way to eek out a little bit of performance or shave off a 1/10th of a second a lap. They come up with some amazing tweaks at times, at least until everybody figures out the same thing or NASCAR changes their rules and inspection procedures to stop it.

Comment Just a nit pick.... (Score 1) 387

Hey Bill.. You do realize that NASCAR has not burned just gasoline for a number of years now... They switched to a 15% blend of ethanol way back in 2011 as I recall...

But hey there Billy boy... It's easy to criticize something you don't really understand. Three is actually a LOT of science and technology involved in NASCAR even though the car design is deceptively kept simple. There is actually a lot of really bright folks involved in NASCAR that do some really amazing things when you dig into what is actually going on. Yes most of it is hidden behind the pit wall, but that doesn't make what these people do any less worthy of respect and admiration. They are out there engineering solutions for problems which have never been seen before, developing tools and techniques to evaluate and quantify the effectiveness of their ideas then competing with others to see who can innovate the fastest without causing catastrophic failures in one of the most demanding places you can imagine.

And that's just the engineering side.... Don't get me started on how 6 guys can change 4 tires, fill up the tank,get the driver a drink and put the car back on the road and all the tools behind the wall in less than 18 seconds, almost without fail. Or how some driver, literally going down the road at 200 MPH in a vehicle that would rather be airborne at that speed, keeps the thing pointed in the right direction though the turns in the face of buffeting winds, air that's upset by the car 2 feet in front of him, blinding sun, ever changing track conditions and 42 other guys trying to use the same bit of asphalt to get across the same line before him. And how anybody can do that for as much as 500 miles, stopping only 16 seconds at a time.

Just admit it Billy, you just don't like NASCAR so you don't go to the races or bother to understand how any of it works... But do you have to go out and insult nearly half the population of a number of pretty important states with your ignorance of things they like to do? Just because they talk differently from you, doesn't make them stupid.... Look, you are entitled to not like NASCAR if it's not your cup of tea, but you are NOT entitled to making scathing remards about the people who don't see things you way.

Full disclosure... While I'm not a die-hard NASCAR fan and I find watching most of the races a bit tedious so I don't often take the time, I've been to a number of races over the years and I can see why people can really enjoy them. In general, it's good fun with good people and where it's not my favorite cup of tea, I don't mind consuming a bit from time to time. Same with baseball, football and sometimes even golf, and NASCAR is every bit the team sport that baseball or football is... So, Billy boy, what you are really proving with your inane statements is that you have a pretty high opinion of yourself, too high for your own good, and you are intolerant of people who are different from you and look down on them out of ignorance. In the future, I suggest you keep your mouth shut and I'd recommend you stay away from the track until this blows over some, it might not be safe if somebody recognizes you...

Comment Go Puns.... (Score 0) 42

Ready? Set? GO!

No! Don't Go!

Once you C, you will never Go back.

One for the money, Two for the show, three to get ready and four to Go.

I don't wan to Go... Well, I'll Go! I Must Go. I go where ever I want!

Make it, Go!

Go Go Google Gopher Gadget!

That's a no Go Zone...

Oh Look! Go Go boots!

Go in peace..

Let it Go... Let it Go....

Always learn as you Go..

Never Go out on a limb. Don't Go overboard either....

Go, God, Gold and Golf all start the same way...

Will she stay, or will she Go!?

Don't worry, nothing can Go wrong!

Give it a Go!

Friends don't let friends Go..

Go big or Go home..

Stop! and Go!

What's the opposite of Go? Hmmm.. Let me C."

When you got to Go, you got to Go.

Any more out there?

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 1) 378

A million people? I'm not going to argue your numbers, but you've got to realize how big this thing will have to be...

I would expect that mankind will be killing each other off long before we get to a unified enough world government to build such a thing.... But that's not a argument saying it's not technically possible, it's one that says it's not practically possible.

Comment Re:Goes through one spot for a reason (Score 1) 57

Yep, that reminds me of a "redundant" system we purchased once. It had two processors that ran in locked step so you could fail over seamlessly from the primary to the secondary at the slightest indication of a fault (say an ECC error, or some noise on some address line). Sounds great on paper... Problem was, when this happened, you where no longer redundant until you could reboot the system which took something like 20 min to cleanly shut down, reset the redundancy and restart everything. Starting the system in non-redundant mode took like 5 min because it didn't have to re-sync everything. The failure rate of the individual systems was such that it failed about once a quarter or so and we'd process on w/o a break, but it took us 20 min a quarter, 80 min a year to get it back into redundant mode. The thing was actually *better* availability when we didn't run it fully redundant because the amount of down time was much less to just reboot the one side... So we'd go fully redundant when we could afford the boot time, like in planned maintenance windows which where at the customer's request, but then once it failed over, we'd leave it in non-redundant mode and just boot the one side....

Sometimes redundancy is just more complicated and depending on the MTBF's involved, not a good idea...

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