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Comment And for euthanasia (Score 1) 30

"The concept design of the layout begins with a steep-angled lift to the 510-metre (1,670 ft) (0.317 mile) top, which would take two minutes for the 24-passenger train to reach.[1] From there, a 500-metre (1,600 ft) drop would take the train to 360 kilometres per hour (220 mph), close to its terminal velocity, before flattening out and speeding into the first of its seven slightly clothoid inversions.[3] Each inversion would have a smaller diameter than the one before in order to maintain the lethal 10 g to passengers while the train loses speed. After a sharp right-hand turn the train would enter a straight, where unloading of corpses and loading of new passengers could take place.[3]"

Comment Potentially dumb question? (Score 1) 474

Why not install a 4th rail at the correct gauge opposite the 3rd rail side and once all the tracks are upgraded, plunk new trains on it? I guess it wouldn't work everywhere like where there is a change in which side is electrified, but would it not be a solid start that would cover most of the track?

Comment Re: Still only 16 GB of RAM! (Score 1) 75

It looks like you can opt for a PCIe SSD instead and keep the 6-cell. Still it has the worst battery life amongst its competitors. You sacrifice a lot to fit under 4lbs.

The Lenovo P70 is a much more worthy competitor if you can handle the double sized weight. Plus it has the 5000M with up to 8gb memory instead of the 1000M and up to 64GB memory.

Comment Re:Zip tie (Score 1) 220

I just use the normal combo suitcase locks we used to use before the TSA. They're not immune to anything particular, but the TSA will have to cut them off if they want into the bag. It's tamper evident and keeps the bag more secure up to the point they decide they want in. I've only had it cut off maybe 1 in 3 flights, so in general I think I come out ahead. Of course, I'm also aware that the lock is only there for tamper evidence- there's always the old zipper meets bic pen trick.

Comment Re:Relevance? (Score 1) 158

This non-programmer of 20 some years makes 6 figures doing php. i learned c/c++ in college, wrote research and defense contracting apps in them, learned python and worked for companies everyone has heard of, etc. But PHP to my chagrin has been where the work was for me and ive had to keep doing it - but its one saving grace has been better and better strict options / hinting that help make better code. PHP is finally catching up.

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