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Comment: Why so tolerant of possible damage to a plane? (Score 1) 325

by src1138 (#48551495) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

I know a lot of car owners that get irritated if a pebble from the road nicks their paint job.

If you owned a plane, why would you tolerate people crashing stuff into it while you fly it around? That shit's expensive.

A friend of mine did hit a bird with the driver-side rear view of his car at 45 mph. Glass and bird blood (actually, some of it was his) everywhere - window was down...

I'm pretty sure drones large enough to fly a few thousand feet up will damage a plane if they collide - maybe it won't bring down the plane, but it will push maintenance costs up. It's just something we don't need regardless of the perceived safety. You wouldn't (I hope) drive an RC car around on a busy street. Sure, it wouldn't total a car, but you'll probably get your ass kicked.

Comment: Re:NHTSA Marijuana study (Score 1) 342

by src1138 (#48498175) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

"...relatively small."

Relative to other drugs and alcohol - not relative to sober driving.

I could shoot you with a .22 and the wound would be "relatively small" compared to the wound from a .38. You can die from either though.

Also from the article:
"This program of research has shown that marijuana, when taken alone, produces a moderate degree of driving impairment which is related to the consumed THC dose."

Way to cherry-pick your quotes...

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 2) 342

by src1138 (#48497445) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

It stands to reason that more people will consume it now that it is legal. That usually translates to more cases of people under the influence.

Anyways, before legalization it was general use that was the problem - not just driving under the influence.

Also, the US has so many cannabis-derived products that do not smell when consumed it is more difficult to spot on causal inspection if the user does not get visual symptoms like bloodshot eyes.

Finally, the cannabis products in the US seem to be taking the "let's see how potent we can make it" approach. To the point where I don't really enjoy it as much. I've lived in Amsterdam for almost a decade and the stuff in the US takes getting stoned to a whole new level.

Comment: Just wait (Score 1, Insightful) 342

by src1138 (#48496323) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

It will become clear even to the stoniest hippie that drugs and driving do not mix.

"I've smoked for years and never had an accident."

is pretty much the same as
"I've kept a gun in every drawer in the house for years, and never had an accident."
"I drive drunk every day and have never had an accident".
"I have unprotected sex often and have no STDs."

As a cyclist I agree with the guy above who said "fuck you" to all you bastards that think the risk of an accident is acceptable - you will usually hurt others more than yourself. If you need medication to avoid freaking out on the road, you should not drive at all.

Revoke licenses and prohibit offenders from legally enjoying soft drugs - you abuse it, you should lose it.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 600

by src1138 (#47901899) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Having to mess with firmware adds a layer of complexity to the process of stealing guns. I am guessing the people currently involved with this activity are not knowledgeable of this or spending their leisure time hacking. Sure they will find ways to get around it, but it will take a bit more time and money.

Comment: Why stop there? (Score 1, Interesting) 600

by src1138 (#47901549) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

It could also check your BAC and blood oxygen levels. Even if you are the owner you shouldn't be firing while drunk or high - or unconscious or dead.

This is more useful to cops, military and armed security who have guns issued to them rather than owning them - making sure their weapons don't get to the black market or used by enemies without some technical rework.


Comment: Ignorance is self-righteous posturing (Score 5, Insightful) 540

by src1138 (#47878619) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

"There is not, and there has not been in the world, such a terrorizing and vile violation of human rights of an entire people than the blockade that the US government has been leading against Cuba for 55 years,"

Ha ha ha ha! Funny guy. He needs to read a history book - or even a current weekly magazine.

Abretardo Morono - pushing the limits of ignorant hyperbole!

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money. -- B. Franklin