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Comment: Re:What a stupid conclusion (Score 1) 298

by src1138 (#49439125) Attached to: Did Natural Selection Make the Dutch the Tallest People On the Planet?

Long life does not equal quality life. The Japanese have had close to zero population growth for over a decade.

The Netherlands is a very tolerant place, and has a lot of foreigners from all over the world living in the larger cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam - and this is no new thing. Being Dutch doesn't mean you are a two-meter tall blonde - but there are enough of them here to push the average height up a bit.

I'm 6' tall and have lived in Tokyo and Amsterdam. I used to be the tallest guy in the elevator, now I'm used to being the shortest.

Also noteworthy is that there are relatively few overweight people in both Japan and NL, but I'm from the US, so I think that about everywhere except the UK :)

Comment: Hollow Policy (Score 1) 892

If the candidate is someone they really need, they will negotiate.

And the reasoning behind it is pretty sexist. Hopefully it's just sour grapes from the trial and the real reason is less, um, ridiculous. I can tell you that my wife has negotiated with employers for jobs, salaries and raises - and is better at it than me. But then, I'm not a Ponzi-scheming waste of teeth and hair.

I guess this will pre-screen the candidates for people that really want to work at Reddit for whatever reason.

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.


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