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Comment Re:I've been saying for a long time about autonomu (Score 1) 94

About 40-60% of the Dallas Texas DART light rail system is above grade, except for where it's already on existing railroad grades, or the brief ~1 mile subway section under the dense suburban area just north of downtown. It works really well, there's almost 0 at grade crossings in the most densely populated areas.

Comment Re:I've never been able to wrap my head around thi (Score 1) 313

I once bought a bus ticket from Iguazu, Brazil to Rio De Janiro for about $250, went to go see the falls that morning (they're amazing by the way, twice as wide and twice as high and twice as much water as Niagra falls), and the bus driver that takes us back in to town slept through lunch and I got back an hour later than I expected. Worse, I thought the bus started from the Argentinian side, so I had to get an international taxi for $80 to the bus terminal. Got my passport stamped sitting in the back of a ratty hundai taxi. Had they waited an extra 5 minutes to scrutinize my brazilian visa, I'd have been screwed and missed New Years in Rio.

Comment Re:I've never been able to wrap my head around thi (Score 1) 313

Another flight home from Cartagena, I was too hung over in the morning and nearly missed my flight home, but thank god, they held the flight for me by ~15 minutes as I didn't have any checked luggage and Spirit Airlines patiently waited for me to be expedited through security/customs.
Thursday, I nearly missed my flight from SFO to Dallas because I thought my flight was at 5:45 but really it was 5:25 and also I didn't count on SF traffic to the airport. Thanks to the miracle of online checkin I was able to make that flight.

Comment Re:I've never been able to wrap my head around thi (Score 1) 313

Here are some fun stories to grasp:
I missed my flight from Miami to Dallas in ~2005 because I missed the 45 minute checkin time by 2 minutes due to misreading the ticket.
On an international flight home from Colombia to the United States I missed my flight by ~7 hours because my ~6 hour bus ride from Medellin to Bogota was delayed by 15 hours due to a mudslide that blocked the highway.
More recently my flight got pushed back one day and screwed up my onward travel from London to Budapest, so I had to eat that ticket (rebook fee was higher than buying a new one),
Then my new ticket, I booked for the wrong time because Iceland is in a different time zone than England (apparently! don't try booking this shit jetlagged at 4am in the morning) and missed my flight because 90 minutes to get from London Gatwick to London Luton is just not enough and we forgot to checkin online.
So shit happens. Or your car gets a flat taking your friend on the way to the airport. Or your friend's wife goes in to labor a week early so you need to pet sit for the next 48 hours because they have no immediate family in town. Or your grandfather has a health problem and has to go to the hospital during thanksgiving, so you eat your $79 ticket home and just take the bus the next day for $50 instead.
There are a million, billion reasons not to catch your flight.
Oh, one time I missed my flight from Manila, Phillipines to the island of Palawan ($69) because I was just too hung over that morning, so I booked a second flight that afternoon instead (also $69). Whatever.

Comment Re:Too Many my A** (Score 1) 189

With the price of quality cameras and LED lamps coming down under $100 each, Final Cut Pro is $300 if you find some community college acting students you can put together a series you write yourself for under $10,000.
There's that show about couples that view three homes each and buy one at the end of the episode... how much could that possibly cost? Camera man, microphone guy, lighting guy, director and show host * 8 hours + equipment + van rental + gas. Probably the hotel bill is higher than the rest of their costs combined.
My friend was in an online soap opera for four "Seasons" of ten episodes each; I don't think she got paid much but the investment is low and if your series gets picked up the return is very high.
Netflix is great because you can just watch series that made it to season 3; typically if a series makes it to season 3 it's at least moderately worthwhile to watch.

Comment Seems to be still testing? In MV at least... (Score 1) 255

I saw a self driving Google Lexus SUV taking a left turn on to a busy 2 way street just Thursday morning last week, and I've seen at least two or three other self driving cars around Mountain View in the last two weeks. If anything they've stepped up their testing in the last month, not stopped it. Actually for the first time, I saw two Google Self driving cars in line at a stop sign, at the same time. Usually you're lucky to see just one a week in my neighborhood.

Comment Re:But... (Score 4, Insightful) 239

You're right, it's a luxury that negatively affects everyone else to the point of being a health hazard, which is why it's ok to ban it. Just because they can afford it doesn't mean everyone else needs to needlessly suffer. They could just ride a bike if they wanted. Or walk.

Comment Re:Windfarms Kill 1000's of Bald & Gold Eagles (Score 4, Informative) 176

Wikipedia says 4700 annually, 70 of which are eagles. It also says that it's due to the turbines being very small turbines that spin way, way faster than the modern large turbines, which spin a lot slower.
So your argument is
1) wrong on the numbers
2) not applicable to modern wind farms with slower spinning turbines
3) not applicable to this wind farm, which is replacing the turbines with safer ones

Comment Well that's terrifying (Score 5, Informative) 414

For two reasons:
1) no valid crime (in my opinion) was committed
2) it's a two year sentence, besides pissing off a bunch of people, what purpose does this serve?
You can't change a person's ideologies by imprisoning them, not without brainwashing them. This seems like the wrong way to address these problems. Imprisoning and fining people for their thoughts and beliefs is likely to cause more people to think this way, rather than deter it.

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