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Comment: Re:Current? Fat cables? (Score 1) 405

by russotto (#49792065) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

You typically do not get two of three hot phases. You get one phase, center tapped with the center tied to ground; the two hots are 180 degrees out of phase with respect to each other. You get two phases in some commercial circuits -- e.g. a lighting circuit might be two phases of a 3-phase wye with 208V between phases (120V between phase and center).

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 3, Informative) 202

by russotto (#49783933) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

Do you really think that not teaching a subject to kids will get more of them to learn it?

Given the ability of schools to turn what should be joy into drudgery... it's not out of the question that teaching it is worse than not teaching it. Nothing can get a kid out of the habit of reading like a high school literature curriculum, for instance.

Comment: Re:Joke heard today (Score 3, Funny) 202

by russotto (#49783905) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

My babbysitter just went to college to study 'Women's Studies', if I have more kids in 4 years time, she will be well qualified as babbysitter, and have a load of debt which will insure she has to work lots of hours, a lower rate. You can't help some people, they just have experience it.

If she completes her Women's Studies degree, then under no circumstances let her anywhere near your kids.

Comment: Re:no power (Score 1) 434

There are plenty of addicts who want to get clean, but they can't do it on their own. There are plenty of alcoholics who want to get sober, but they too can't do it on their own. There are plenty of ex-cons who want to go straight, but they can't do it on their own when they're back in the 'hood and can't get a job because of their past (we just covered this a few days ago here).

There are plenty of addicts who just want to get their next fix. There are plenty of alcoholics who just want their next drink. There are plenty of ex-cons who would just as soon commit crimes rather than go straight. These people -- regardless of the existence of the people you mention -- constitute a bottomless pit of "need", and thus a limitless call on the resources of the more able.

Comment: Re:no power (Score 1) 434

However, as a society, we have decided that we are affluent enough to be able to help the less fortunate

Naa, you've decided that I'm affluent enough to be able to help the less fortunate. Of course, the "helping" never ends. If the people involved consisted of just me and an unemployed Robert Downey Jr, you'd note that Bob was homeless and hungry on the street. So you'd take some money from me and give it to Bob, and he'd put it up his nose. Then you'd look and you'd see that I still had a good deal of money and Bob was still homeless and hungry, and you'd take more money from me and give it to Bob, who would put it up his nose. Repeat until I'm homeless too.

Comment: Re:Why the same article (Score 1) 434

With the rapidly rising influence of feminism on the Web and the related backlash movements, it seems like we could be having an interesting, intellectual discussion about what is going on, and how it's affecting tech culture.

Seriously? Have you ever tried to have a discussion with a (third-wave intersectional) feminist? First they yell mansplaining, then they yell derailing, then they yell for the authorities, and if that doesn't work they cut off communication.

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 3, Informative) 454

by russotto (#49770339) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Gasoline doesn't explode, it burns. Of course, as our resident expert in IEDs and Constitutional Law, you already knew that, right?

Pressure cookers neither explode nor burn, unless you pack them with explosives. Gasoline vapor mixed with air, however, explodes. If you want to make a car bomb, you don't need a pressure cooker. Ask Dateline NBC.

In New York State you can get expired registration and/or inspection citations while your car is parked.

Yes, but you can't get driving on a suspended/revoked license citations while the car is parked. There's a difference: expired registration/inspection applies to the car, revoked license applies to the driver. If my license is revoked, it's still legal for me to allow anyone else with a valid license to drive my car, and it is still legal for the car (assuming its registration and inspection remains valid) to be parked on public streets where parking is permitted. (There was a meter in front of the car, so parking was clearly permitted at least some of the time).

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 5, Informative) 454

by russotto (#49770283) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

"Did you know that in the District of Columbia, the Mayor or his representative can revoke your license for any reason at all, and the only appeal is to the Mayor?" No. Could you please point us to the law that authorizes mayoral driver's license revocation? (I'm betting you can't.)

You lose. DC Code 50-1403.1(a) and (c).

Comment: Re:Okay... (Score 1) 454

by russotto (#49770249) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

The great thing about a smell of gasoline in a car is that it can both be made to sound suspicious and that it's completely non-disprovable; if the cops claim to smell pot and they destructively search the car and not a microgram of pot is found, the cops look pretty foolish. But gasoline? If no one can smell it later, maybe it was just a bit of a spill which evaporated since... who could know?

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