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Comment: Re:and who carries the liability coverage? (Score 1) 196

by flghtmstr1 (#38216600) Attached to: Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US
I have no problems with the technology itself. I have a problem with the potential for misuse (especially by law enforcement, DHS, DOJ, etc.). These drones are much less expensive to own and operate than a manned aircraft, making it easier for the aforementioned organizations to subject citizens to 24/7/365 surveillance.

Comment: Re:That's how the market is supposed to work. (Score 0) 762

by flghtmstr1 (#33208562) Attached to: Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings
Every tire sold in the United States has a maximum inflation pressure printed on the sidewall. Keep under this number, and you should be fine. However, please note that over-inflating your tires will reduce their life, perhaps drastically, and as a result, it might not be worth the increase in fuel efficiency.

Comment: Re:Brakes (Score 1) 1146

by flghtmstr1 (#29974460) Attached to: Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms
This is not true. Brake fade is caused by the hydraulic fluid boiling, thereby turning an incompressible fluid into a compressible one, thereby greatly reducing the amount of force applied to the pads. It is also important to keep in mind that, as has been previously stated but largely ignored, most modern-day brakes are vacuum-assisted. At wide open throttle, there is no appreciable vacuum in the intake manifold, so the brakes will only work for one or two pumps (there is a vacuum reservoir that maintains a limited amount of vacuum in the event that the engine is shut off and the brakes need to be applied).

Comment: Re:Trial by jury... (Score 1) 304

by flghtmstr1 (#29811073) Attached to: Apple, Others Hit With Lawsuit On Ethernet Patents
I do the exact same thing in Philadelphia where 95 becomes 476. It's a 4-into-2 merge, and I used to merge early, but nowadays, I just sail on past. My thinking / justification was exactly the same as yours. I believe there have been studies done that show that in the absence of total law-abidance (which is impossible, pragmatically speaking), the most efficient traffic patterns are ones where the individual actors follow the rules most of the time, but break them when they think they will gain an advantage.

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