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Comment Re:Nobody forgives! (Score 1) 186

Reducing a nuanced point of view down to a fatuous one-liner is generally a display of bigotry.

While I support your general statement, in this special case "forgiveness has no place in Christianity" might have given you a clue as to the seriousness of said "fatuous one-liner". At least I hope he wasn't serious.

Comment Re:I imagine it will stay (Score 1) 267

You're right, of course, but it's very limited in scope.
I actually hadn't thought of it, but now that you mention it, I still don't think it matters in terms of noise prevention.
Most vehicles are bought (I think/guess/believe) without giving a second thought (iaw shit) about the noise they cause.
They're bought because of price / space / availability / whatever. If that behaviour stays the same and cars overall get more quiet, there will be less noise. That's cool with me.
People who buy Harleys will continue to do so. Those machines are bought, as you wrote, because of their image (getting bitches all wet). They are cool, great, fantastic and they will get bought. AFAIK, Porsche invested quite some money to *keep* the sound of the 911 the way it was when they switched from air cooling (VW Beetle! proud former owner of a 1302 speaking) to water cooling (which is far more efficient) in the second half of the nineties.
If the majority of cars will be less noisy, I shall be pleased.

Comment Re:I imagine it will stay (Score 1) 267

The same argument was made every time a new generation of cars became more quiet than the previous one.
I do not fear that regulations will force cars to be louder than necessary, at least not for long.
Reason: People will get used to and appreciate quiet cars. Politicians will do so as well. And even if cars are forced to produce some noise - which I don't think will last for a long time - a more or less even humming is far more tolerable (at least to me) than the ugly whining of engines revving up and down and the tank-like grunting of broken exhaust pipes. YMMV (SCNR).
And after all, you still have tire noise, that's unlikely to go away anytime soon.
So I agree with GP: It's far easier to add noise to a silent car than to silence a noisy car. At least I will not miss the noise and I do not think that the blind people you mentioned will either.

Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split 489

Daniel_Stuckey writes that venture capitalist Tim Draper has mooted a plan "to split California into six separate states, he told Tech Crunch, with Silicon Valley emerging as the richest and most powerful of all. The mockery is already pouring in. Of course a rich tech guru wants Silicon Valley to get its own government, so it can be freed from the dusty laws and regulations of California 1.0. Of course a deep undercurrent of self-aggrandizing narcissism runs through the proposal — only one other state-to-be gets an actual name, (inexplicably, 'Jefferson') and the rest are lazily affixed with topographical descriptors: West, South, Central, and North California...Yes, in shaping his doctrine, Draper has conjured the perfect blend of Seasteading's offshore tech nirvana lawlessness, boilerplate Tea Party antiestablishmentarianism, and good ol' secessionist chutzpah."

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