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Original Batmobile Sells For $4.2 Million

Cramit Re:ZOK!, POW!, BAM!, OOOF! (47 comments)

It is a modified Lincoln Concept Car. It was a one off (there might be a couple of them...but it was never mass-produced) that was then modified. You can not buy the base car, as it was never for sale for the general public. 4.2 million is a lot for any car...but this one is unique with a interesting and culturally relevant history. It may even pay for itself eventually with paid showings at car shows and comic conventions; and is future resale value will probably go up with time; not down. There are a lot of other thing this man could have wasted his money on...at least it wasn't bought with bailout money.

about 2 years ago
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Google Maps Introduces 8-Bit Quest Maps

Cramit Most Importantly! (123 comments)

Do the directions travel times for different routes include estimates for delays due to random encounters?

more than 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

Cramit Re:Also, (516 comments)

So totally off topic, but prompted by your last sentence: I'm currently renting a car, a Toyota Yaris, I think. They moved the WHOLE DASH to the CENTER.

This: http://www.carid.com/dash-kit-gallery/images/dash-kits/Toyota_Yaris_2006-UP_2427BE_A04.jpg

Oh my god, It is the worst ever. I feel like I'm a danger on the road every time I try to check my speed. Who in their right minds thought this was a good idea?

My xA has the same setup. It's fine...if your staring at the speedometer, you're doing it wrong. You should be glancing down and with the xA the gauges are almost always in your peripheral vision. This means that our eyes are mostly on the road ahead.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideal High School Computer Lab?

Cramit As a computer/technology teacher (268 comments)

I like to have my lab set up with tables put together in the middle of the room with computers around that wall. This allows space for lessons and planning away from the keyboards. Students like to move tables around when they are working in groups. Computers around the wall gives me a view of all the screens allowing me to keep students on task.

more than 2 years ago
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Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children

Cramit Not to sound harsh, but... (284 comments)

33 children injured total is not a huge number. I think more children are injured by electrical outlets, knives, stoves, etc around the house each day. Parents need to watch their kids. The child in the summary would have had a lot less trouble if they had taken the kid to the doctor immediately; rather then waiting a few days. If the child is in pain they need to get the kid checked out asap. That being said there could be a warning in the box stating that swallowed magnets warrant a trip to the doctor, but I don't see why this a news fro nerd or really something that matters to most.

more than 2 years ago
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Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

Cramit As the resident nerd teacher at my school (415 comments)

I tend to form close relationships to the nerdy students in the school, and I tend to have more in common with them then the other teachers I work with. I also politely inform each student that tries to friend me on Facebook that I won't friend them until graduation, since I use my Facebook for personal rather then profession purposes. Once they graduate I have no problem friending them if they approach me again.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Announces Game On Competition Winners

Cramit Re:Did you actually try the games? (37 comments)

The only one that doesn't run in chrome is "far7". In fact "Robots are People Too" actually recommends chrome.

more than 3 years ago
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Restaurant Tells Diners To Eat Everything On Their Plate

Cramit Re:I like the idea (126 comments)

I am with you. I still have to actively stop myself from finnish my food at restaurants.

more than 4 years ago
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Android's "Flea Market" Needs Urgent Attention

Cramit Re:What (226 comments)

>>>There are a lot of cool things on the Android app market. The only thing I really wish for that isn't present is a decent fantasy RPG. Who needs native games, when you have a suite of amazing emulators! SNesoid for Super Nintendo (ff 2 & 3, Zelda, Super Mario RPG), Gensoid for Sega Genesis/Master System (Phantasy Star 2 &3), and Nesnoid for Nintendo (...more games then you can imagine...)

more than 4 years ago
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Google Nexus One Hands-On, Video, and Impressions

Cramit Re:Only one question... (262 comments)

If you live in the north-east Verizon is the only carrier to provide "good" coverage. I have used AT&T and T-Mobile. I only pay $73/month for my Verizon Droid (450 min, of which I use maybe 100; 200 text; Unlimited Data). This is comparable to my iPhone which I paid $86/month but I can actually use my Droid as a phone and Actually have the internet in my pocket, vs. the iPhone which was a bad phone when it got service and only really had the internet available in cities or near wifi.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Sci-Fi Run Out of Steam?

Cramit Re:Cliche'd to death (479 comments)

What advances in Cellphones? A little faster, a little smaller, a camera, maybe a 'full' keyboard for texting.

I'd argue that cellphones have really started to make the just from mobile phone to personal mobile computer. Every year it becomes easier to use them to truely intergrate the online world into our personal life. They are becoming the Tricorder or Hitchhikers Guide. The next few years the features of the high end phone will become common for all users. Data will be a standard addition to every cell phone plan.

about 5 years ago
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'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

Cramit Re:Classic Cars (496 comments)

1972 Super Beetle: 1850lbs http://forum.rigsofrods.com/index.php?topic=5870.0
1977 MGB Roadster: 2416lbs http://www.mgbmga.com/tech/mgb4(2).htm
1965 International Scout: 3956lbs http://www.4wdonline.com/International/Scout.html

2008 Yaris: 2405lbs http://blogs.motortrend.com/6238178/miscellaneous/top-10-slowest-vehicles-recently-tested-by-motor-trend/index.html
2006 Mazda MX-5 2410lbs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda_MX-5
2009 Ford Explorer 4460lbs http://autos.aol.com/cars-Ford-Explorer-2009/available-trims

I think these generally compare with the cars you listed. In general our cars are quite a bit heavier then you'd think. The weight is in the frame of the car and has metal to move the force of accidents around the passenger compartment, and to adsorb the force of impacts by crumpling. All of the plastic and fiberglass is in the exterior panels which have never been structural. Thanks to technology gained in recent years, people walk away from pretty impressive collisions in modern cars. The numbers show us that our cars are many times safer today then they were back in the day.

.7 deaths per 1000 vehicles in 1979 to .2 deaths per 1000 vehicles in 2001 http://www.scienceservingsociety.com/p/161.pdf
Over the last 10 years the number of collisions has stated fairly constant between .15 and .18 per 100 vehicles. http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

more than 5 years ago
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'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

Cramit Re:Classic Cars (496 comments)

They are better for doing work on yourself. I am nut sure that I believe that your classics can do better on gas-mileage versus a high-gas-mileage hybrid. The reason that they get such gas-mileage is that they are build with lighter materials then modern cars. This means that they do not stand up to impacts the same way that a modern car does. You are essentially driving a car that will seriously maim or kill you in a serious accident. I am not saying that classic cars are bad, I seriously want a late model Corvair, but I have no illusions that it is a "safe" car; but it is no more dangerous then anything else on the road at that time. Enjoy your classics, they are beautiful cars that are fun to work on and drive; but don't believe that they are better then modern cars as a daily driver.

more than 5 years ago
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A Mathematical Model For a Spreading Zombie Infestation

Cramit Re:Missing variables... (121 comments)

3. Bruce Campbell...and his boom stick!

more than 5 years ago
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College Credits For Trolling the Web?

Cramit Re:It's unclear why this is a bad thing (1164 comments)

>Here's a simple thought experiment: If Evolution is false, what created swine flu? The only other possible explanation is that God is a dick, and I don't believe that. Actually if you are referring to the biblical God, how can you not believe that he is an enormous dick. What do you call and entity that destroys everything on earth, sans one couple of each species? What do you call an entity that turns a woman into a pillar of salt for looking back at the city where she lived as it is being destroyed? What do you call an entity that punishes a rapist by requiring that he pay the father to marry the victim. I call him God.

more than 5 years ago
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Vista Licenses Limit OS Transfers, Ban VM Use

Cramit Re:Off Topic (968 comments)

Closing the Lid to put the Laptop to sleep is present in all modern Mac Laptops. There is two reasons as far as I know. 1) Closing the lid and grabbing the laptop is a very natural action. It helps preserve battery life. 2) Having the lid open helps the laptop dissipate heat; heat that trapped might damage the screen.

more than 8 years ago

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