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Comment: Re:Don't mess with Texas (Score 4, Informative) 221

by oobayly (#49609583) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire have the most white populations, and their gun-related homicide rates are 0.3, 0.8 and 0.4 per 100,000 respectively. That's between 1.5 and 4 times the gun related homicide rate in the Netherlands. And that's the Netherlands as a whole, not a conveniently cherry picked stat that I've allowed for the US. I couldn't find a racial breakdown for Dutch murder rates either, not that it makes a difference.

I've had to use gun-related murder stats as I couldn't find comparable numbers for gun related violence.

Comment: Re: Venus is the hottest planet (Score 1) 108

by oobayly (#49591799) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

Rely? I know people who would have read that article (on a site like the BBC), but don't know what the speed of sound is. They would however know it's somewhere between a commercial aircraft's speed and a fighter plane. So "10 times the speed of sound" is better than "3400 m/s".

Saying that, using the speed of sound can annoy me because if it's a high altitude thing, is it 10 times the local speed of sound or STP speed - at -40 there a 10% difference.

Comment: Re: So... relevance? (Score 1) 179

Exactly this. BT (I'm in the UK) hadn't given a shit about improving the infrastructure on our business park for the last 10 years. Then along comes a privately (funded by a bloke in The City) who is installing 100Mb/s fibre to homes, mainly to rural areas. More expensive than BT, but so what, it was 50 times fate.

We also got a leaflet about their business services - 1Gb/s (including 4hr on-site), was about half the price of our 100Mb/s leased line. Granted it doesn't have a 100% SLA.

Suddenly BT send around or local business manager, are doing site surveys, looking into putting a couple of 1GB/s pipes in. They only put in investment when the monopoly rug is about to be pulled from under their feet.

The landlord doesn't help either. He didn't want a company digging up his precious tarmac (he gave ownership of his conducting to BT a decade ago for some reason and they don't share), not realising that better internet connectivity is a lifeline of modern businesses.

Comment: Re: I'm confused: aren't these common already? (Score 1) 36

by oobayly (#49583619) Attached to: World-First Remote Air Traffic Control System Lands In Sweden

A made of mine is A330 and A340 rated (as well as Hawk and Hawker 125) - his comment was that he'd love the fly-by-wire setup of Airbus combined with a Boeing yoke.

Personally I don't see the problem with a side stick, but then I'm not a commercial pilot. However I remember seeing pilots take advantage of the lack of yoke and literally put their feet up.

Comment: Re:It is an ad. (Score 4, Interesting) 216

by oobayly (#49575745) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

I had a script that used to I used to run whenever I found somebody trying to sell a rebadged package like Open/LibreOffice, GIMP, etc. It would simulate clicks on the offending advert via a list of proxies until that advert disappeared - generally they have a fairly low daily click allowance so that they don't get hit by large fees from google.

Comment: Re: Speed cameras reduce fatalities? (Score 1) 247

by oobayly (#49566635) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Where I am (in the UK) there is also a speed limit sign nearby. It doesn't stop idiots from slowing down 10mph below the limit when they see the camera and then speeding up. It's almost like they have no idea what the speed limit actually is.

Personally I'd like the police to be able to force the driver to present an eye test result within a fortnight, as they clearly can't see what's around them (the inconvenience and cost might make them more attentive). Same goes for driving with fog lights on. Make the driver prove they don't have cataracts as they seem to think it's foggy when it's not.

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