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Comment Not just complaints (Score 5, Informative) 332

Convictions and and plea deals change A LOT with body cameras. Before, you put someone in a suit and train them to say "Yes Sir/No Sir" in front of the judge. Then give the judge and everyone else the dog and pony show of how he's an A student and wants to start a business taking care of puppies. This trick doesn't work so well when there is video of a raving lunatic high on drugs taking swings at the cops.

Comment Short answer (Score 5, Insightful) 47


Long answer. China is quickly moving in this direction. 20% of the world's population is quickly moving towards being on an internet island. Currently, the great firewall is a black list. There is talk of it becoming a white list. Of course to get on the white list, companies will have to jump through all sorts of hoops. Including agreeing to terms such as recognizing Taiwan as part of China, that China owns the South China Sea, Japan sucks and the Chinese people are superior in every way, etc. Globally, all content from the company will have to follow rules to promote peaceful, happy society. Otherwise, you company doesn't get access to China. The sad part: most companies will agree in a heartbeat.

Comment Are these really drones? (Score 2) 170

I'd like to hear a lot more information about how they identify these drones. Are people really standing near these extremely dangerous, fast moving fires where they could be burned alive to fly their drones? Could be. People do dumb things. Is it pilots spotting drones or people on the ground? Most drones are going to be hard to spot from a moving plane in an area with smoke, wind, fire, flying debris, etc. Most planes are going to be going over 100mph. Stall speed + some margin for error. Unexpected small objects might be hard to correctly identify at this speed.
Do we have video or pictures of the suspect drones or only stories of people who saw one? I assume the drones are getting spectacular footage of these fires and uploading youtube. It would be nice to have links to the videos.
If they have all these drones in the fire areas, I assume they have caught some of the drone operators. There aren't going to be hoards of non-emergency personal in the area near a fire. A guy with a transmitter is going to stick out. He'd be easier to see than a small drone. He's bigger.
A lot of these fires are dangerous because of high winds. What where the winds of at the time the drones were spotted, and what is the upper limit at which a drone can be reasonably operated?

Comment Re:Turbos (Score 1) 136

Yes. Turbos should give you more power per unit of gas. All thinks being equal.
Running during the EPA test you are off turbo, low rpm, low horsepower - say 50hp. You are less efficient, but you are not using a lot of fuel. In the real world, on turbo you are higher rpm, higher horsepower say 250hp. You are more efficient, but you are using a lot more fuel.

The key while driving to getting the EPA's published number is keep acceleration low enough that the turbo doesn't kick in. If you allow the turbo to spool-up, more air goes in, more gas goes in.

As everyone points out, there is a huge amount of "it depends" to all of this.

Comment Turbos (Score 1) 136

The EPA test is run at low intensity/throttle. The turbo is designed so it won't kick in during the test. As long as the turbo isn't spooled up, the engine isn't using much gas. On the road, under real world conditions, you get good performance, but the turbo causes the engine use lots of gas.

I'm not a car expert. This is what was explained to me. The person was in the auto industry, but may have been confused.

Comment Re:Asians (Score 1) 499

Someone doing gender studies might "know" the answer before beginning the study. They may need help making sure they get the "correct" result. It is important to selectively pick data points.
This should be simple. A) Do great/smart work. B) Be willing to work hard, when needed. Hit your deadlines. C) Work/communicate with the team. Do these things and you're an asset. You should be rewarded accordingly.

Comment Re:Asians (Score 2) 499

Where did you get that idea? Go into the office at 7:30am. It is all men and Chinese/Indian women. Go into the office at 7:30pm. Same thing. Chinese and Indian women get better pay and promoted because they bust their asses. I know one example is not a trend, but it seems typical in my experience. I can think of a Chinese girl from MIT. Straight out of school. Worked 12 hours a day. Second year, she was the youngest development manager in the company. And making really good money. She earned it 100%.
Perhaps working hard is a better way to get more money than complaining about being discriminated against.

Comment cheaper way (Score 1) 158

Racing bikes are stupid light. (Actually they are about 14 lbs.) Pick the bike up. Shake it. If it feels light, it is fine. If there is a 2 lbs motor and battery pack in it, you'll me able to feel the weight. Plus, you know the motor is near the crank. The moment of inertial will be all wrong. Racing bike don't have saddle packs, and they certainly don't have saddle packs with batteries.
If you pick up 100+ bike a day, after a while, you will be able to sense: "Wow, this one is different".
Bike mechanics skip the torque wrenches because they learn to get the correct ft-lbs by feel. A 2 lbs difference is a lot on a 14 lbs bike.

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