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Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 165

by kelemvor4 (#48684067) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

How does turning them into criminals "do away" with them? Are you suggesting a life sentence?

Obviously EzInKy believes that only the death penalty is a sufficient pentalty for DUI. I say we change that to death by public torture. Then we can charge admission for the good people of California to be entertained!

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 165

by kelemvor4 (#48683997) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

I really don't think that'll help, mainly because those that are already intoxicated are already not of sound-mind and are not thinking about penalties. Adding penalties isn't going to solve the problem. Unfortunately the only thing that I can think of that might make a dent would be to penalize establishments that serve patrons until they're legally drunk (as there are a lot of places with laws that should make establishments cut-off those that are drunk from continuing to be served) but given that drunks continuing to buy more drinks is what keeps the drinking establishments open, I don't think such penalties will ever be enacted. Remember, it's those 10-20% of consumers of a product that consume it to excess that make the product profitable. Casual drinkers aren't where the profit is, binge or excessive drinkers are.

You're legally intoxicated for purposes of DUI in most states after 1 or 2 drinks. You expect bartenders to serve patrons only one drink and kick them out?

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 165

by kelemvor4 (#48683987) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

These various silly "extras" that we add on to DUI sentences don't seem to do much to reduce the DUI rates in this country.

No, but they help line the politicians pockets. Which, of course, is what being a politician in America is all about. Why would you even question it?

Comment: Re:3 minutes is slow? (Score 1) 133

by kelemvor4 (#48645605) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Yes, but if the underside of the car needs to be accessed to make a battery swapout easy, then being able to drive over the swap pit, so the tech underneath can do the job, then drive out and continue on one's trip will be similar to fueling up, or possibly even faster.

Yeah. The battery access seems to be a bit of a design flaw. They have been talking about battery swaps for a long time, so I wonder why it's on the bottom.

Comment: Re:3 minutes is slow? (Score 0) 133

by kelemvor4 (#48639719) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Gas stations used to have service bays with oil change pits. Places like Jiffy Lube still operate that way. I can see those pits being repurposed for this function too, since easy access to the underside of the car and a drive-through bay may really help to keep the time down.

This is more akin to filling your tank with gas than it is to getting your car serviced.

Comment: Re:We suck as a people (Score 1) 28

by kelemvor4 (#48634483) Attached to: Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

Seriously, we do.

The fact that we're finding other PLANETS is now so humdrum that this gets 7 comments, this smells very much like the latter Apollo missions "Oh, we've got guys on the moon again? Zzzz."

If I simply posted something controversial*, like an entire article about how "global warming is bullshit", that would get 300 comments, easily.

*of course, I can't use /. as my personal blog. I'm not Bennett Haselton.

More than 1800 exoplanets have been discovered. At some point, finding one more ceases to be big news.

Comment: Re:Mass production ? (Score 3, Funny) 187

by kelemvor4 (#48606299) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

And yet, I read about a team in Cambridge in the UK who have a new low temperature process that can create graphene in industrial quantities.

http://cambridgenanosystems.co...

Do you expect the New Yorker to do actual research (or even a google search) before writing an article or something?

Comment: Re:When we give money to the schools ... (Score 1) 229

by kelemvor4 (#48511777) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

If they hired better teachers, what would the teachers' unions do with the worthless teachers? In this case I'd like to know what the FBI is investigating. Graft? Or are they investigating the students' "cybercrime" of unlocking the iPads?

The FBI Hasn't been forthcoming with that detail yet. Assumptions abound.

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