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Comment: Re:Uber has demonstrated contempt for the law (Score 1) 327 327

Regardless of whether the laws as written are correct (I would argue that the very existence of a "medallion" that costs more than the filing fee is evidence of collusion between the taxi authority and the taxi's)

In Paris the taxi medallions are free but there is a 15 to 18 years waiting list. So most drivers either get their medallion on the secondary market where the price was multiplied by about 20 in the past 25 years, reaching about 250 000 €. This financial pressure may be at the root of a lot of misbehaviors like refusing short rides, refusing credit cards (cash makes cheating the IRS easier), refusing to load passenger within a quarter mile from a train station (they can charge more at the train station), etc. There were 12 500 taxis in 1956 and they are now 19 500 (a 0.78%/year increase). There should be more but, besides the obvious lobbying (which I guess you could call collusion), every time the government wants to do so the taxis go on strike and block all traffic like last week (extortion). Some say the government should promise to buy back existing medallions but besides not making very much sense, that would cost well over 4 billions euros. Just for Paris!

So neither side is clean. At all.

Comment: Re:Super-car? (Score 1) 134 134

Another aspect is that the space tubing uses up a lot of space, hence the single seat in the car. As is it won't ever have an impact on regular everyday cars. So while the approach may be revolutionary, it's only for a niche market and won't revolutionize car manufacturing in general. I also take exception to calling this a '3D printed chassis' when only small bits and pieces are 3D printed.

Comment: Re:Reasons why I don't like Musk's hyper loop (Score 1) 124 124

I did. You'd need hundreds of cameras (more than two per mile on each side) leading to quite a bit of complexity and high maintenance costs (e.g. to replace those that break down). Even so you'd have to limit the field of view to only far away scenery otherwise the transition from one camera to the next would not work. That would be a problem near urban areas. Really does not seem practical/worth it.

Comment: Re:Reasons why I don't like Musk's hyper loop (Score 1) 124 124

Rather than windows, it's to have large digital wall displays that show the outside as if you had giant picture windows. This is the direction airplanes are looking to move in the future as well.

The difference with planes is that any camera attached to the capsule will still be inside the metallic tube and thus useless. They could show some unrelated video footage or a pre-recorded one of the trip however.

Comment: Re:Projections based on what? (Score 1) 310 310

We've been over this. 10 years into the future is still well within the 30 years that it takes to define climate.

And forecasting one particular day each year falls strictly under weather, not climate. It seems you are the one who has trouble with distinguishing the two.

First you should re-read the terms of the bet! Second, either it's weather and you should enter the bet, or it's climate giving you reason not to enter the bet. Make up your mind.

Comment: Re:Projections based on what? (Score 1) 310 310

We can't precisely model weather patterns, despite such events happening at a pace that allows us to test the model daily, continuously. So why do we think we model climate perfectly?

And here you go again, claiming that difficulty in predicting weather means we cannot model climate. What makes the weather hard to predict is that it's a turbulent phenomenon and that people want to know if it will rain where they are when they come back from work, not a mile away or an hour before they leave. Climate has neither of these problems so your analogy with weather falls flat on its face. Proof: I can infer things based on climate ten years into the future without even a hand calculator when supercomputers are unable to predict where and when it will rain next month. Don't believe me? Enter the bet!

Comment: Re:Projections based on what? (Score 1) 310 310

I don't recall making any claims about times spans below the threshold for judging average climate. [...] So it is reasonable to consider the climate 10 years from now to be approximately the same as the climate today.

Yet you're the one who conflated climate and weather.

Comment: Re:Is this the un"adjusted" raw data? (Score 1) 310 310

The thing about NASA's surface measurements is that they come from sparse temperature stations that are badly compromised by encroached urban heat islands, various other changes, and declining numbers, and the sea observations are way more sparse. Add to this that NASA has made "adjustments" to the data about ten times over the past 30 years and each time, of the six possibilities, they have always managed without fail to cool the past and warm the present.

This urban island effect is well known. This pushed some climate skeptics to do an independent reconstruction of the temperature history and their results match closely the existing reconstructions. So no. No conspiracy there.

Comment: Re:Projections based on what? (Score 2) 310 310

Considering we don't know what the temperature will be tomorrow, or whether it will rain at my house, I'm pretty sure we don't know what the climate will be in 100 years. So, not settled in my book.

Time to put your money where your mouth is. Let's enter a bet.

For each of the next ten years I bet that will not be enough naturally fallen snow(*) in order for the Markstein ski station to open on the 14th of July. Every year I'm wrong I'll give you $10,000. Every year I'm right you'll give me $1,000.

So if I'm wrong just once you'll come out ahead and given that we don't even know what the temperature will be tomorrow, surely I'm bound to be wrong at least once. So your not entering the bet will be your own admission that even you can make climate predictions ten years into the future.

(*) No, bringing in trucks of snow or building an ice factory to cover the ground does not count.

Comment: Re:May be of some use (Score 1) 243 243

However, virtually all of the devices I have quit working when the cell voltage gets below about 1.34 volts.

This is strange. All the devices I have work just fine with NiMH batteries and these are 1.2V. (LED flashlights, basic remote controls, Harmony-with-screen remote control, 2 wireless keyboards, 1 wireless mouse, 3 alarm clocks, SLR camera flash, bathroom and kitchen scales, cd player, 90's walkman, cordless phones)

The star of riches is shining upon you.