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Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 249

by justthinkit (#48684379) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices
How about make bars (& liquor stores) responsible, period.

They pay their share of all costs -- lawyers, cops, DUI-testing vehicles, repairs, jacked-up insurance premiums, death benefits, emergency room visits, funeral costs.

Businesses would quickly get out of the booze/poison business. Life would be better. Full stop.

Comment: Re:Butt Ugly (Score 3, Informative) 90

by justthinkit (#48656563) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype
A good point. The Cd is just one part of the Fd. And in the Fd equation, Cd (inversely related to A) is multiplied by A so that the frontal area is removed entirely from the final equation. There should be a (Cd * A) term (although even that would not be quite right...Reynolds number being yet another factor).

It should just be Fd...

Comment: I'm also an engineer (Score -1) 85

by justthinkit (#48588555) Attached to: Deflating Claims That ESA Craft Has Spotted Dark Matter
I'm also an engineer and here is my better theory.

By the way, dark matter doesn't fix things. Compare the calculated and predicted "star speed vs distance from the BH" graph here. Instead of a predicted drop-off in speed, there is NO drop off in speed. Adding more mass (as d.m. is supposed to be) can not possibly help this curve.

Comment: Re:Are they the same? (Score 1) 134

by justthinkit (#48473631) Attached to: Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
Imagine you have a truck that gets 20 mpg, but gas is now touching $4/gallon. Would you stay with a truck, or switch to a Peel P50? Answer: it is a personal decision that has nothing to do with highways trying to apply selective tolls that discriminate against station wagons full of mag tape.

We control cap. ISPs control non-net neutrality.

Comment: But Car2Go has (Score 2) 454

by justthinkit (#48443715) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
Car2Go uses Smart cars, that can be parked wherever after they are used. Hundreds of them around here, a much smarter and more popular concept than a Zipcar. Among other things, they get more "turns" from their cars because, for example, a given person uses the car to go home, parks the car out front, then the next morning uses it again. If you have to return a Zipcar to its spot all the time, that is much less convenient. There seem to be Car2Go setups in at least Austin, Seattle & Portland.

Comment: How about "not diamond"? (Score 3, Informative) 79

by justthinkit (#48399929) Attached to: Scientists Discover Diamond Nanothreads
How about "not diamond"?

Diamond is characterized by each carbon bonding with 4 other carbons. You can't get a thread out of it. You might claim that you have, but all along that thread there will be carbons not bonded to four others. Those are called defects.

From a diamond point-of-view, this stuff would be considered defect-laden pseudo-'diamond', or just simply not diamond.

Still, sexy headline.

Comment: Re: The Cause (Score 1) 111

by justthinkit (#48389431) Attached to: An Applied Investigation Into Graphics Card Coil Whine
Well said.

I would also like to thank Hardware Canucks for doing this test in the first place. Like most nerd/geek/freaks, I'm very sensitive to noise, and computer case noise is the worst because you will probably have it for the life of the box...that you use for 10 or 15 hours a day, every day.

So, thanks. And thanks.

BTW, it would be kind of awesome if the computer hardware testing sites incorporated sound tests into their general testing of stuff.

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