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Comment Re: What scientists do (Score 1) 529

Yes, the trend was down. That's what I said. The explanation for "the Pause" was that Solar output fell, and that matched the amount the CO2-based warming rose. That's my point above: that Solar changes can be bigger than CO2-driven changes, to judge by the historical data of the past 800,000 years.

Comment Re:Self-Selection? (Score 1) 215

I take your point for the few people working professionally with GitHub instead of the normal case for software devs.

In my case, my professional name isn't my legal name - the latter isn't anywhere on the internet. But to your point, my professional name does indicate my sex, and if I were trying to make a living with open source it would show up in GitHub.

Comment Re:Instance or class? (Score 1) 201

Someone runs a light, hits a self-driving car. Because they tend to be small, they will spin around due to momentum in an intersection. It does so, and hits another car. When I witnessed a small car about the size of a Honda Fit or Mini get rammed due to a red light runner, then spin into another vehicle, the small car, even though it was not at fault with wreck #1 got sued by the driver of the car it hit.

Anyone can sue anyone for anything. That wont change.

Usually in multi-car accident, only the instigator (or his insurance) will end up paying.

Why would you think self-driving cars tend to be small? The Tesla's pretty heavy as modern cars go. Self-driving will probably come first to luxury cars, and those all tend to be heavy.

Comment Re:Self-Selection? (Score 4, Insightful) 215

possible that those developers who don't feel it necessary to point out their favorite college sports team in situations where their favorite college sports team doesn't matter tend to also be those more likely to contribute worthwhile changes?

The double-negative makes it hard to parse, but I think I agree: "people who point out unimportant distractions about themselves have lower-quality submissions". Seems perfectly reasonable to me.
 

Comment Re:Not Progress (Score 1) 520

That's a great example... I hate to say that nothing should ever change, but I guess it has to change in a way that is different enough you cannot be confused like that.

It was probably cheaper to not have to include the ability to lock at the bottom/top of the switching positions.... but like you said it seems like it would really confuse people, or make it more likely to forget the signal was on.

Comment Re:User error (Score 1) 520

Yes, and they aren't great. Friend of mine is an engineer at a car company - these are experiments to see if the reliability problems can be solved (and the Civic had a CVT ages ago, BTW, a friend drove one). At low enough power they work OK, but a belt is just no substitute for gears for durability and ability to scale up power-wise. Mercedes would love to offer a CVT for the S Class - even smoother power delivery - but it just can't be made to work, at least not yet.

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