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Comment they used to punish lefties (Score 1) 307

The point of school, in the United States, is to turn out a cookie-cutter set of pluggable parts. Individuals are not a goal. It's been that way since forever.
Case in point: teachers used to physically punish left-handed students by striking them with a switch or ruler whenever they used the left hand to write.

Comment time to trade? (Score 1) 117

I'd say so, except that Apple does not put such restrictions on themselves.

There's an incredibly obnoxious app on my current HTC (which will be deleted when I get time). It scans my carrier's voicemail, ships the sound off to some unspecified data-mining location, and sends a text back to my phone. Worst of all, is that it has no disable feature; even though I have not paid for the service, I catch the damn thing running.

Comment I know, but S may be better for you (Score 1) 149

It's not a question of the merits of scale x vs scale y, but a physical limitation. As we age, for most of us, presbyopia kicks in, and, to some extent, there's often a loss of some sensitvity and fine motor control in the fingers. The "between HO and O" size of S scale ameliorates that to some extent. Honestly, that is my only regret for commiting to HO when I was a child. I would rather, now, have S. As pointed out earlier, there are narrow gauge trains to be modeled which allow tighter curves for a given scale, and you could model interurban (trolleys) which give a lot of operation in a smaller space.

Take a look here, for instance: .

Comment Re:Not there YET. Key word is yet. (Score 1) 291

The big thing will be getting recharge times down.

No, the big thing is the complete lack of recharge facilities outside of the urban sprawl and main highways. I travel by off-Interstate, whenever possible, and there are not going to be recharge facilities scattered as widely as hydrocarbon fuel stations for a very long time.

The Tesla can do over 230 now and it isn't optimized for range.

Not even close to that in start-stop driving and full AC (which I need, or I would be on a motorcycle instead for that trip).

So how do that equate to "pathetic"?

I have, and have had, other cars without that issue (current XJ, 1996 Grand Marquis, 1993 Integra, and others). To tell me that a four-door luxury sedan is that difficult to enter is pathetic. Not that the Tesla is the only one, but it is the one that I have been told, repeatedly (look at the replies to my original comment), is "very roomy".

Comment Re:Specific complaint? (Score 1) 291

I mostly ride the motorcycles when traveling around town and commuting, so the car is used for road trips and tightly scheduled long days when it's too hot for getting in and out of the armor multiple times or lots of people/stuff to haul. By "road trip", I mean things like Sturgis, SD, to Mt Rushmore on to the Devil's Tower and ending up at Buffalo, WY. Cannot do that in an electric, nor can I pause for an hour while running 400 miles of errands in the LA basin.

It's not the waistline, it's the seat-to-crown height (I'm 6'4'', 265 lbs.) I have tried on the Tesla and could barely enter (my shoulder hits the upper door sill, same as a BMW 7-series). Getting into my '04 XJ is easy, and I don't hit my head, knees, elbows, ... on anything when I'm inside.

Comment no electric car likely, but maybe a motorcycle (Score 2) 291

I can only have one car, and an electric just cannot now, nor is likely to be able to, in my lifetime, do the kinds of things for which I use one. It doesn't help that none of the current, or probable, models of car (not SUV) allow a linebacker-sized driver (and, yes, I've tried the on the Telsa; it's pathetic).

I have ridden a couple of electric motorcycles. H-Ds demo reminds me of my 2004 Ducati Monster, and there's an electric superbike (Energica Ego) coming, maybe, from Italy. Modern superbikes have limited range, anyway, so an electric is not a downside. One of those I could do.

Comment not enough bribes by OSS (Score 2) 186

US Government purchasing "works" by the payment of bribes. Usually, these are not simply cash payments, but the opportunity for lucrative "consulting contracts" at the providing companies for senior Penagon and Civil Service officials after leaving government "service". I've seen it enough to know that saving money, at equal or better performance, will not get a government contract. Maybe, if enough congresscritters and/or senaturds are bribed with campaign contributions and/or honorariums, they'll push a deal one way or the other, but that rarely has anything to do with saving purchasing costs.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982