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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

DigiTechGuy Government "solution" to a government problem (518 comments)

The only reason this government mandate came about is because of other government mandates, namely safety mandates on newer vehicles that eliminate rear visibility. I drive 80s trucks and 60s cars. Excellent visibility all around. Aside from a few fastback body styles which limit blind spot visibility, but even that is much better than most new cars I've been in.

New cars have very high door panels, and thick/wide A/B/C pillars making windows much smaller. There are also front seat head restraints, and in the past few years rear seat head restraints as well. Good luck seeing anything out the tiny windows past that maze of DOT/government mandated view blocking devices. Now check out those tiny side view mirrors they use these days, virtually useless. To make matters worse the glass is curved to magnify the image, give a narrower field of view in an already tiny mirror! I feel claustrophobic and blind in the rare event I drive my girlfriend's fairly new car. Believe it or not she doesn't bother turning her head when changing lanes, and I kind of understand why... You can't see a damn thing looking over your shoulder anyhow. None of my fastbacks were ever that bad and they didn't even have mirrors on the passenger side, and not once did it ever occur to me to desire one on that side as it simply wasn't necessary in a vehicle you can see out of.

The problem is government induced. Government mandates safety "features" that people don't want (if they were cars would be offered with those features and sell well), those safety features result in limited visibility in all directions. With limited visibility in all directions, especially behind, pedestrian strikes increase. Government mandates more things people don't necessarily want.

This reminds me of the government interference in the 70s. Government mandates safety features, which tremendously increase the weight of cars reducing MPG. Then they mandate emissions requirements, which greatly reduced MPG. Then they mandate MPG requirements... etc... In 1960 economy cars were getting 32+ MPG and selling well. What was the problem? People had a choice of whether to buy the small car that gets good MPG, looks nice, has decent power, and so forth, or big a bigger less efficient car which had great power, looked good, etc. The problem was choice, so government outlawed choice and the free market and the result was small cars that got low MPG and were hideous.

about 6 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

DigiTechGuy LTO (983 comments)

Tape would be best, though kind of pricey. Either that or hard drives either cheap slow disks or to be more pricey duplicate your live setup. It's not gonna be cheap for 20 TB of home use data, I'm guessing mostly of the size comes from video and audio, probably could be reacquired if need be. Backup your most prized data (personal documents, pictures, video, etc. that cannot be replaced) and take your chances with RAID 6 on the rest.

about 6 months ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

DigiTechGuy Missing Option: There should be no public schools (313 comments)

It's not the government's job the educate children, even less so when the funds used to do so are extorted essentially at gunpoint from people who don't even have children or whose children are not using the public schools.

However, in the current terrible and violent public school system, it's beneficial to the kids to have programming courses available, at least those so inclined may get something useful in life out of it. The overall public school experience is detrimental and harmful though, to kids and to those who are poorer resulting from the extortion used to fund the babysitters at best and indoctrinators at worst.

about 7 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

DigiTechGuy Re:or? (312 comments)

Some states require it, others just have age restrictions in a tiered scheme based on HP.
>10 yrs for 14 yrs for 16 yrs for >25 HP

Other states require taking a boater safety class, typically 8 hours in one or two sessions and coast guard approved, but no actual license from the state (i.e. road tax/water tax). Some states require a safety course for some bodies of water and a license (tax) for others. NJ is one example. The license (tax) simply requires taking a boater safety class and paying the tax at the DMV to get an endorsement noted on your drivers license. For tidal water (nearly every powerboat accessible waterway in the state) you just take a safety coast and when harassed by the Coast Guard, NJ state police, PA state police, DE state police, NJ rangers, PA rangers or DE rangers, show them the certificate and wait while they detain you for an hour fishing for anything they can conceivable tax you for. For non-tidal water that the enviro-nazis and socialists actually allow powerboat use on (Lake Hopatcong, and a couple very small lakes) you must pay the tax for get the boat endorsement at the DMV.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

DigiTechGuy Don't have internet (572 comments)

I don't have an internet connection at home, cost is too much especially with how the two providers charge pretty hefty for just internet and a negligible cost to get cable TV as well. They just want to "bundle" you into a whole $100+/mo package so I can't justify the recurring cost. I do like to play games from time to time though. I have a company issued smart phone which I use to look things up, but I don't want to tether to my personal machine and run up the data costs playing games. Internet authenticating DRM, partiuclarly always on, means I simply won't buy it.

about a year and a half ago

With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

DigiTechGuy Or just enforce the existing laws... (608 comments)

Enforce the existing laws. It doesn't matter why you ran that red light, or were weaving in and out of your lane, or hit that other car, etc. All that matters is actions and what has been done. What might happen is irrelevant.

about 2 years ago

Brainstorming Ways To Protect NYC From Real Storms

DigiTechGuy Re:An even better idea (203 comments)

Yet the population continues to grow. Why move to a place with a high likelihood of flooding or otherwise detrimental weather? Or if you do, why complain and beg for government help when you knew it was coming and decided not to prepare for the inevitable?

about 2 years ago

Brainstorming Ways To Protect NYC From Real Storms

DigiTechGuy Recycled glass? (203 comments)

Artificial islands or reefs (including ones made of recycled glass) to make the shoreline more absorptive and break the waves."

Clearly the author has never been to the NJ/NY shoreline... It's already coated in "recycled" glass.

about 2 years ago

On Daylight Savings Time:

DigiTechGuy Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Agreed, if shifting clocks is the way it is to be, then move them forward at least 4 hours, preferably 6-8 hours. That way you you get out of work and have daylight to get productive or fun outside things to do. Alternatively, leave the clocks how they are and just shift working hours so we start work somewhere between midnight and 0400. I used to work third shift and loved it, my life wasn't ruled by the sun and unable to do anything I want or need to do in the winter. Unfortunately there are few "real" jobs in which you can work nights or odd times. Well, and not work those times in addition to all day, as I currently do in IT.

about 2 years ago

Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

DigiTechGuy Re:That doesn't really show anything. (317 comments)

They don't cram twice as many seats as there should be in their planes.

Personally I'd be fine with standing room only for flights up to 6 hours or so, if it meant cheaper ticket prices. My preferences are fairly irrelevant though, as I won't fly anymore. I do not want to be harassed by the TSA and other government thugs to fly on a private airline. My business is between me and the airline I choose to pay for their service, not the government. For me it's drive or take a train (when possible), at least before they expand the TSA further into rail stations and hubs.

about 2 years ago

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

DigiTechGuy Re:Vote (707 comments)

The only difference is the rate at which we lose our freedoms, the rate at which we are impoverished by higher taxes and inflation, the rate at which we start more wars, etc. The bottom line is a vote for either Romney or Obama are both a vote for bigger government, greater government spending, and m ore freedoms taken from us. It doesn't matter which one is president, either way we all lose.

about 2 years ago

Counterfeit Air Bag Racket Blows Up

DigiTechGuy Air bags? No thanks. (288 comments)

Good thing I don't drive any vehicles with air bags.I'll stick with my simple, cheap and reliable vehicles that won't try to kill me.

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

DigiTechGuy Re:Wow (396 comments)

There is not a single libertarian who supports or endorses slavery. Libertarians are against anything that violates the rights of others. I would hope we can all agree slavery is a violation of the slave's rights, so it should be clear that libertarians wholeheartedly oppose slavery.

about 2 years ago

Russia Builds World's Largest Nuclear Powered Ice-Breaker

DigiTechGuy Re:A better way? (153 comments)

Perhaps you mean the Chinese way? Their lax restrictions on air quality is part of why there is so much manufacturing there, as it's not economically feasible in other countries such as America.

about 2 years ago

With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:

DigiTechGuy Myself, for spare parts... (350 comments)

Life is hard, part break and wear out.

more than 2 years ago

Wireless Car Charger Test Starts In London

DigiTechGuy Re:Health effects? (118 comments)

Like cats?

more than 2 years ago

US Army Developing Armor Tailored For Females

DigiTechGuy Re:"...has identified several problem areas and... (310 comments)

You're ignoring the fact that there are often several people and objects near to you when you are shooting. Ejected casings hit things and bounce around before hitting the ground. Personally I've had my own brass hit me or go down my shirt a few times. It happens, it's hot, and it burns.

more than 2 years ago

I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

DigiTechGuy Re:50/50 (566 comments)

It's the owners money to waste, and none of your concern. Or it could be like myself and others who have posted here where they need a truck 25% of the time or less but the cost of having another vehicle (econobox) is greater than the fuel savings, mostly due to high registration/road tax and insurance costs despite the fact that you can only drive one at a time. I NEED a truck to tow my trailer every weekend and to haul things for personal projects and side work. I WANT an econobox so I use save money on normal commuting and errands, however thanks to government taxes and insurance company charges there is no savings by owning an econobox in addition to a truck, it's actually more expensive.

more than 2 years ago

I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

DigiTechGuy Re:50/50 (566 comments)

Here it's insurance cost that makes a second vehicle more expensive. I drive my truck that gets single digits for MPG every day, simply because insurance costs for liability only on a second vehicle is more than I'd save in fuel, or close enough that any maintenance or repairs would push it over to be more expensive. Not worth the extra time and headache if I'm not saving money.

Registration (road tax) doesn't make sense per vehicle either. It's a road tax for use of the roads, and here it used to be based on vehicle weight. A motorcycle was under $20, a car was $40-$60 and a truck was $60+ depending on gross weight rating. Now everything costs about $75, per vehicle. If I have tow vehicles I'm not using the roads any more, or putting any more wear on them... In fact I would wear the roads less since I'd be driving a 2600 lbs car most of the time instead of a 6000 lbs truck all the time. Far be it for the state to do anything logical, especially if that may reduce tax income.

I don't get it, because I can only drive one at a time, so insurance should not cost any more. Liability should be solely for the driver, in any car. Comprehensive/collision/agreed value/etc. should be per vehicle or based on the most expensive/risky vehicle you drive and cover all lesser vehicles. That would make sense though, and could hurt the crooks in the insurance scheme. One person can only drive one vehicle at a given time.

more than 2 years ago


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