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Comment Re:Pedal was stuck physically to the floor. (Score 1) 499

Not in Drive-by-wire. It used to be that the pedal was hooked to the throttle, so a cruise-control system had to open and close the throttle (and the move the pedal) to adjust the speed. Toyotas now use a pedal position sensor attached to the pedal itself that gives the position of the pedal to the main computer and that computer adjusts the throttle. Since the throttle is no longer physically connected to the pedal, the pedal is not adjusted by the computer when in cruise control or ever.

I work on the automotive industry and have held the offending pedals in my hands. They are simply spring loaded and there are no servos that would hold the pedal down while the throttle is open.

Comment You know what? (Score 1) 1136

I don't fucking care anymore. You can run around like chickens with your heads cut off and ruin all scientific debate. Not like there is a science that hasn't been completely poisoned by politics and greed at this point.

There are very few scientists that have the guts to say that they may not know something. I thought that was the point to science. They are all too afraid to lose that grant money or corporate sponsorship. Science isn't about a scientist's career. It is about finding the truth. Cooperate. Listen and address valid criticism. And can we stop with the poorly veiled Holocaust references. A "Climate Change denier" doesn't want to destroy the world or your family or Jewish people. Act your fucking age.

One final thought: stop pretending that environmentalism is altruistic. That's complete bullshit. Environmentalism is about the survival of humans, and honestly, that's the way it should be.

Comment Re:I was bullied constantly until... (Score 1) 938

My anger boiled over tons of times, but I never had the heart to really hurt someone. I'd lose my temper, perform a pathetic display of attempted violence, and then I'd cry afterward. That didn't help. People said I was socially inept, but I'm thinking more and more it was just that I was different. Then again, I have gender problems, so I'm probably a rare case.

Comment Re:Lasers, Xrays, etc. (Score 1) 281

1) This is all pure fantasy to begin with.

2) How many stars do you know that have a 1 AU radius and peak in the infrared? Exactly. And don't say dwarf, a dwarf that big couldn't exist without collapsing in on itself.

Goddamn it. Now I feel like that kid in 7th grade who did a class presentation about achieving warp speed without warp drive.

Comment Re:Are you kidding me? (Score 1) 822

Were the hell does that fit in to the original argument? Both sides have the potential to be money-grubbing, fame-seeking cancers on science in a highly politicized battle like this. The potential biases of one side does not absolve the other of theirs.

Billions of dollars are being thrown around with the potential for trillions. If you think that won't warp opinions on both sides, you are a fool.

Comment Re:Wake me when a prediction comes true (Score 2, Interesting) 746

The models were coded using assumptions, and we are talking about a chaotic system that is difficult to predict 7 days in advance let alone 70 years. In fact many of these models are based on models of ocean currents recently shown to be wrong. Not that anyone seems to care.

Then, of course, is the question of other factors that might be understated. Solar activity increased in the past 50 years too, but now we have had 18 months and that activity has vanished. Temperatures have historically increased and decreased with the increase and decrease of solar activity. It is an accepted factor in global warming, but looking at Mars and Jupiter it is strange how much extraterrestrial climate change is happening at exactly the same time. Maybe they have underestimated the Sun's importance.

My problem is this: "Climate change" is no longer a real science. The one thing that the hacked emails proved is that Climate Change has become far too political to be called a science. You don't need stolen emails to prove that proponents of the current climate change theory are doing what they can to stifle debate. When the debate is gone, there is no science.

I am willing to admit when I am wrong, but it is not time for that yet. Solar activity may be approaching a minimum, and if it does, it will prove me right or wrong. But I am sure-- damned sure --that if global temperatures fall with the solar activity, a good many of the current scientists echoing the conventional wisdom will adjust their models to prove that they were right all along.

Comment Re:As someone that suffers from depression too.. (Score 1) 645

The key is listening to yourself and having a doctor who listens to you. Once I had a doctor that prescribed me Wellbutrin. It made me feel worse. I told him about it, and he gave me a larger dose.

Instead of following the doctor's orders, I stopped taking the drug (weaning myself off it) and found a doctor who would listen to me. Honestly, all he had to do was give me a reason other than (paraphrasing) "It's not working? The medicine obviously works so you must need more."

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