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Comment Re:I live not too far from a major highway (Score 1) 235


Bullshit. Any decent motorcycle rider knows to drive defensively because everybody else is out to get you. The loud motorcycles tend to cause (at least some) motorists to get surprised and swerve dangerously when confronted with one. I have a Honda Goldwing - it's quieter than most cars. It's big, so that helps for visibility, but I've driven many, many miles without incident because I've been vigilant. I've had several other smaller bikes as well. Not to say there haven't been any close calls, but I get through them by always having an exit strategy wherever I am. The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) is a great place to learn to actually be safe while riding.

For those folks that wonder how the loud cycles can get away with it, it's because motorcycles are currently exempt from noise/emission regulations, for some dumb reason. Today, those reasons really no longer exist. It should be fixed, IMO.

Comment Story weak, but I happen to agree. (Score 1) 294

Yeah, as a story, not a lot of meat here. But I do have to say my home cable modem/router as five lights, three of them blue. The blue ones are bright as hell, and one of those blinks on activity (which is all the time with all the computers in my house). It creates sufficient light to see across the room relatively clearly. Fortunately I don't have it in my bedroom, but I imagine many people really do have that problem. It would be nice to have them at least not as bright. I see no reason for being so "loud".

Comment Re:Wireless Headphones (Score 1) 105

I don't hear that at all from my headset. Now, it does have to be configured properly - when the microphone is on, the sample/bitdepth changes to 8K/8bit mono and it sounds quite horrid. However it is capable of 14.4K/16bit stereo and it sounds *really* good. They only cost $20 too on Amazon. Coulax, in case you are wondering, but I'm sure many headsets are similar. I am a former audio engineer and musical hobbyist, so I feel like I am able to speak somewhat intelligently to this matter.

Comment Re:Ohh what? wait a sec..! (Score 4, Insightful) 216

There are several facets to this issue. First, I'm a licensed private pilot. The regulations for private pilot are rather different than for ATP (Airline Transport Pilot), so the phrase "Private pilots cannot comply with the regulations of the large airlines" is somewhat misleading.

Now, the question comes to be: Is this pilot doing a "For Hire" service. This really is the crux of the issue. If the pilot *truly* is going somewhere and you want to go with them and split the cost of the trip, this is perfectly legal. However once you (the pilot) cross the line of going places because someone wants to go somewhere, that would be a For-Hire service. This gets a little gray because the pilot can't charge the cost of the trip, but must "share" expenses, legally. This can get somewhat hard to prove. However, if you are a pilot that does for-hire transport, then you must have a commercial license (not ATP), which again has some different regulatory requirements (pilot performance, medical, etc) than a private pilot.

I think I'm on board with the FAA on this one. Uber drivers are for-hire, really - I don't think anyone could rightfully say you're just hitching a ride. "Uber for planes" is the same thing.

Comment Re:Gimmicky changes (Score 2, Insightful) 238

Apple doesn't make computers. They make toys. No point in listing specs for a toy.

When I compare my Mac to my Toshiba, or really any other laptop, the Mac feels more solid, works faster, and crashes less than any other computer I've ever seen. I know I'm feeding a troll, but you obviously have never really used a Mac. You would change your mind if you did.

Comment So What? (Score 1) 105

I really just don't get why this is news, or a surprise to anybody. There comes a point when you sell so many that you will saturate the market, and this is exactly what has happened. It's not like they aren't selling, it's just that things have reached a point and that's that.

And the next thing: Why is it such big news that Apple's sales have leveled off. Seriously, it's the same issue, and what does it really matter? I am, in fact, an Apple fan (my household has 7 various Apple devices), but I fail to see what the BFD is regarding the leveling off of sales. Is it just because the rich aren't getting quite as rich?

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