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Comment: Re:first??? (Score 1) 142 142

by matfud (#49969807) Attached to: Allstate Patents Physiological Data Collection

I believe that since 1996, in the US, new cars have to have OBDII. It has not stopped people owning older cars. The government has not taken them or required upgrades (what could OBDII tell you in a car from 1910? So no problem.

Apart from possibly, in the future, at some time, or in my imagination, mandating privacy invading policies.

Comment: Re:Where are the round-abouts (Score 1) 203 203

by matfud (#49967525) Attached to: "Vision Zero" Aims To Eliminate Traffic Fatalities In San Diego

You do know that you are not supposed to drive your vehicle if you CAN NOT FUCKING SEE where you are going or what is driving at you?
I would have thought that there would be Darwin awards there.

Did you also know that backing off to give a large truck space to maneuver is also a good idea. Or perhaps stopping when there is a wall in front of you.

You do know that there is a break peddle along with the accelerator. Perhaps a clutch to confuse the american masses.

Sorry that was not directed at you but the concept of Americans not being able to drive. Roundabouts/traffic circles are not difficult. If you can manage a reverse parallel park then they are trivial.

Comment: Re:Not so fast, ... (Score 1) 203 203

by matfud (#49967331) Attached to: "Vision Zero" Aims To Eliminate Traffic Fatalities In San Diego

By law, where I live, anything in front of you has priority. Pedestrian, Bicycle, car or pretty much anything (oddly dogs and cats are exempt). It is your responsibility to not hit something in front of you. You are the one driving, you are the one that can see what is in front of you (I hope) So it is your responsibility. It is odd that Jay walking laws do not exist in Europe (apart from Autobans, Motorways etc which are difficult to walk on to)

Oddly it seems to work

As a pedestrian crossing streets California I was bemused by the green light letting peds walk but still allowing cars to drive into the junction.

Comment: Re:Run out the Clock (Score 1) 153 153

In many countries there is no statutory limitation for certain crimes such as murder or rape. Although there is for all other crimes.
In the US it depends on the state.
http://criminal.findlaw.com/cr...

In sweden I have no idea. In the UK it is generally 7 years but some crime can never be absolved

Comment: Re:first??? (Score 1) 142 142

by matfud (#49966129) Attached to: Allstate Patents Physiological Data Collection

New regulations grandfather in older vehicles as there tend to be few of them. Like most machines cars do tend to get old and die. Very few are given the attention and upkeep and welding and expensive parts replacement past a certain age. (not that the parts are expensive, the replacement of them is). Cars get old and most people do not care

Comment: Re:Why is math so hard? (Score 1) 127 127

by matfud (#49908323) Attached to: 75% of Russia's Satellite Electronics Come From US

And Russia does launch a lot more commercial satellites then anyone else on our planet. If you can not use the hardware you have in your orbiter or it can not be launched, as the US says NO, you are years into development and pretty screwed.

So yes it could cause many problems

Comment: Re:rad tolerance/rad hard (Score 1) 127 127

by matfud (#49908251) Attached to: 75% of Russia's Satellite Electronics Come From US

"A lot of modern parts are reasonably radiation tolerant: very small feature sizes helps, because it requires a lot of doping to make the junction work in such a small size. Large doping levels means less likely that a particle will upset the apple cart."

You missed the converse of that. As features get smaller there is a higher probability that a high energy particle can and will cause something to go wrong. A lower probability of it actually hitting something. Sort of a trade off.

Reminds me of the Solarsail stories here on /. They knew that the hardware would reset due to random particles hitting it. something would trigger one of the watchdogs.

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