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Comment: Re:The last sentence in the summary... (Score 1) 205

actually weather forecasters have pretty good accuracy, >90%, out to abot four days.

For who? For how much of the land? In any case, that's not even possible, because if I check three sources for my area, they will say three different things at least two days out of three.

Comment: Re:Drug charges (Score 1) 231

by drinkypoo (#48038967) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

We restrict access to certain drugs for (mostly) very good reasons.

All the evidence shows that this is nonsense, that you always cause more problems than you solve because you drive addiction underground and people wind up taking drugs of varying quality because of their illegal nature.

If you can explain to me the upside to society of someone having a cocaine or heroin addiction then I'll concede the point.

If prohibition prevented use, you would have a point.

Comment: Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (Score 1) 231

by drinkypoo (#48037433) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

I *know* they wouldn't have done that had I been driving a BMW 745i - drastically different experiences, all based on the make/model of the car.

And this is why I shifted to driving top-of-the-line Kraut Kans. Even an old one still commands respect. I can fly by at 80 in my 300SD, nothing. But go by at 70 in the Astro and they squint hard to see how Mexican you are. I'm working on prepping an A8 now, which should make me even more invisible. Paint's much better than my 300SD.

Comment: Re:Who drives $2,500 used sports cars? Teen boys (Score 2) 231

by drinkypoo (#48037409) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

> TFA was bullshit when I saw the Supra on the list ranked at #4 (and the 3000 GT at #17).
> They stopped making both of those cars well over 10 years ago

So they are sporty cars that are ten years old and now worth about $2,500.

HAHAHAHA. If you buy a Supra or a 3000GT for $2,500, you'll be lucky if you can get it up to law-violating speed.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 231

by drinkypoo (#48037363) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

In what direction does that bias work, and why?

It works against younger drivers, who are more likely to still have the points on their record. Once the accidents drop off your record, you don't tell the insurance companies about them, for fear that they will move you to a higher-risk group. Deny, deny, deny!

Comment: Re:The last sentence in the summary... (Score 1) 205

3) It is not believed that Egyptians used slaves to construct the pyramids.

I've been bothered by this claim each time I see it. If you're willing to move big rocks for nothing but beer, are you any better than a slave? See also: Illegal immigrants picking lettuce.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 1) 261

by drinkypoo (#48034639) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

A lot of people said the same thing about XP. Then Microsoft forced them to upgrade. They will do the same to you.

But, I won't. I haven't bought any Windows software in a long time, and I'm continuing that trend. I play games on it, and it will continue to run my old games well after EOL so that's fine. I also have some automotive service software, but that will do fine in a VM.

Windows 7 is really fantastic to use in a lot of ways, and I've enjoyed it. I'm enjoying it right now. But Microsoft has gone full asshole. They were always pretty damned bad, of course — I've ranted and railed about them time and again, as mentioned nearby. But they always sort of pretended they cared about the user experience until recently.

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 786

by drinkypoo (#48034609) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Beyond the reason of 'that's what I grew up with', how is the Fahrenheit scale more comprehensible than the Celsius scale?

Beyond the reason of "I didn't write it", what was wrong with the comment that was already there which asked the same thing, to which replies have actually been left, and is this a sock puppet to the account with the mod point that your comment received?

Comment: Re: Simple answer (Score 1) 786

by drinkypoo (#48034597) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

In the centigrade system, we solve this higher resolution issue by adding decimals, just as Fahrenheit does, such as 37.8 degrees.

Yes. We don't use the decimals. Nobody says "It's going to be 73.2 degrees and sunny today!" because that would be stupid. You cannot feel a difference of less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit, so why would anyone comment upon it? By comparison, centigrade requires you to use fractional degrees, because you can feel changes of less than 1 degree. The direct compatibility between centigrade and Kelvin scales is utterly irrelevant to the average person, who is never going to make use of it, and so it can safely be ignored during the scope of this discussion. Being better for some scientists who ought to be able to handle conversion is not an argument for everyone using it.

I am divided on the issue of English-style measures for volume; certainly, it's handy enough in the kitchen, but I don't have any trouble dealing with liters and dividing them down. In terms of measurements of distance, I am firmly in the metric camp. But when it comes to discussing the temperature of the air, which is what most people use a temperature scale for most of the time, the Fahrenheit scale simply makes more sense. The right tool for the job, please.

Comment: Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 786

by drinkypoo (#48034467) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

What makes Fahrenheit more comprehensible?

Because the numbers are bigger, but not so big that they're unwieldy. There's more variation. Arguably, there's more variation than is actually needed, because the average person cannot detect a variation in [air] temperature of less than two degrees Fahrenheit. But you get to talk about a broader range of temperatures, so the numbers seem more different. Since most people are unlikely to ever encounter weather far outside the 0-100 scale, it's very useful and it immediately makes extreme temperatures evident. This easily justifies having gradations smaller than what can be felt, or meaningfully used while cooking.

Comment: Re:ET would disprove God (Score 1) 475

by drinkypoo (#48034445) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Sects like the Catholic church have already managed to adapt to the fact of evolution and the age of the Earth without much effort; they stopped taking the early books of the Old Testament literally a long time ago. (It's the New Testament that's really important for most Christians.)

Yes, that is truly a testament to their ability to cherry-pick from a book in which their savior says that he is the law, that he comes not to replace the law... and who himself was a member of an ascetic sect big on the Word.

Thus spake the master programmer: "After three days without programming, life becomes meaningless." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"