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Comment: The best BBQ I ever went to (Score 1) 115 115

was one in Berkely at an industrial kiln for scientific equipment. They made chemistry beakers and the like, all to precise standards, using multiple kilns.

Somebody got the bright idea many years ago to roast pigs and slabs of beef in these things. What would normally take hours to cook was done in one or two hours, and I have never had a better pig. It was delicious.

I just hope I didn't get asbestos poisoning.

Comment: Re:72 hour roadside suspensions work better (Score 1) 203 203

Except that car drivers are in the majority, they vote, and have power. So when lots of car drivers start getting 72-hr suspensions for minor infractions, you can be sure that they will rapidly replace the municipal leaders who stop "mollycoddling" them. yes urban roads were built for peds and bikes originally. Welcome to the future.

Comment: Re:What would Monderman say? (Score 2) 203 203

The problem with this approach is that ambiguity doesn't really mesh well with traffic laws.

Lets say you follow his design approach and you remove curbs, crosswalks and signage from a busy intersection. While trying to navigate through the intersection, I accidentally hit someone who has run into the street. There's no signs, no lights or anything...who is to blame? In California, the pedestrian always has the right of way, but this doesn't make it easy to navigate traffic in a busy city where you are trying to pay attention to 1000 things on the road at once.

Street signs have they benefit of at least attempting to make things predictable. If there is a "Do not cross" light for pedestrians at an intersection when I approach it, I can be reasonably certain that a pedestrian won't run out in front of me...I could easily be wrong, and some idiot could still do it, but most of the time they won't. With no traffic signs/lights, there is no predictability.

Comment: And so, what is wrong with this? (Score -1) 83 83

England is dealing with a fairly extensive and real group of Muslim fundamentalists. It's much more noticeable over there than it is here in the states. Are people implying that the government over there shouldn't try to keep track of a group of people who have stated very clearly they would like to see the spread of Islamic law? A group of people that has sent young men to Iraq and Syria to fight and die for ISIS?

Comment: Re:California (Score 2) 346 346

But it's not relevant that 1 gallon of water goes into 1 almond.

1) The water used for almond trees comes from the land the almonds are grown on.
2) It takes 6 gallons of water for every walnut; no one is going after walnut growers for some reason.
3) It takes more than a gallon of water to make a gallon of beer. You have to water the grain to make the beer, of course. Why not target the huge amount of brewers in the state instead of going after almonds? Clearly almonds are better for you than beer.

When we start going down this path of who uses too much water in agriculture, it's a rabbit hole.

As farmers like to say, California's biggest crop is grass, as in your lawn. Your lawns are not necessary.

Food is.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 496 496

Yes but not exactly where you started, which is a requirement. Although one could argue it's impossible to do so as the earth is moving through space (and time) so I would ask for a clarification from Mr. Musk before answering: "...exactly where I started, relative to WHAT, Mr. Musk?"

If he says simply, "well, relative to where you started - EXACTLY where you started!" I would sy it's impossible and say it's a trick question.

Comment: Re:Worst summary ever (Score 1) 55 55

I don't know that is advanced. Criminals or those accused of being criminals have the option of doing things with their property until they are convicted unless they are seized beforehand. This means that someone running the domain names would be able to sell them off, duplicate them, make other arrangements etc until they are convicted. If they are seized beforehand, they are unable to do this. And note this is NOT the same as "guilty until proven innocent".

The current biker battle in Texas is a great example. The government has seized all of the 180-odd bikes belonging to the bikers arrested after the battle in Waco this weekend. Those bikes will be held, but as soon as the people are convicted, they will be forefiet and sold off.

If the government had NOT seized them and left them to stay there, you'd have other bikers coming in, hauling those bikes off, and either keeping them until their owners were released or convicted, or being sold off immediately. If their owner was convicted, what you most definitely would NOT see would be the government being able to get any of those bikes back so that they could make sure the owner forfeited them.

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." -- George Carlin