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Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages

EmperorOuk Re:Captain Oblivious strikes again! (121 comments)

Wow you're like Donald Trump on slashdot. Your hugely superficial grasp of situations coupled with your ability to confidently give sweeping solutions to complex problems without even a nod to the details must make you a huge hit with management.

MANUFACTURED means MADE. ... if they can make it, so can we.

Jesus Christ.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wins Injunction Against Agency Using Microsoft Cloud

EmperorOuk Re:Nice precident... (187 comments)

But to get the injunction you need to show you have a case, and that you're not just harassing the other party.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Horse shit (620 comments)

Most of these car accidents don't occur on the street, but on driveways and parking stations.

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Bay Defendant Aims For Sweden's Supreme Court

EmperorOuk Supression is futile (98 comments)

Despite the fact that a Swedish court ordered an ISP to shut down service to The Pirate Bay in August last year, the website continues to function. The website is now apparently registered in the Seychelles.

It should be pointed out that Pirate Bay does not host copyrighted material itself, but instead links to a number of torrents elsewhere on the Internet.

These two paragraphs alone highlight the futility of the recording industry's crusade against piracy. I bet it's lawyers who love to hate piracy more than anybody else.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Horse shit (620 comments)

Do you think that there may be personality traits that would lead people to join a self selecting group that buys hybrids?

That's certainly possible. Do I think those personality traits would necessarily have anything to do with driving styles? Not so much. You could however test that by seeing if hybrid cars also get into more accidents in circumstances where the engine noise made no difference. However the study conducted only found that hybrids were more likely to be in a pedestrian accident in situations when the car was traveling slowly ie when car noise would most be a factor.

Of course maybe the effects of hybrid owners' reckless personalities are limited to when traveling under 10MPH, but that seems unlikely. There will always be several explanations for the facts, but often there is one that is vastly more likely than the others.

Given that the sound level of many ICE vehicles made today is lower than the ambient noise level of many parking lots,

That doesn't mean you can't hear the car.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Horse shit (620 comments)

Exactly. It's mostly small children who get injured or killed in incidents where a car is backing out of a parking spot, largely because the driver can't see them unless they are very careful. Adult bruised elbows don't get reported as car accidents much, but the crushed limbs of infants do. The hybrid is twice as likely to cause these kinds of accidents. I don't think making hybrids produce a moderate amount of noise when moving slowly is an entirely unreasonable proposal, given the evidence that strongly suggests it would reduce these kinds of accidents.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Who is responsible? (620 comments)

Well done. Yes, safety regulation is about finding the proper balance between risk and inconvenience. Do you think making hybrid cars emit a modicum of noise would be a crippling burden?

If you think it would be a waste of time, the evidence is against you. The study linked to in the article indicates that silent engines in cars doubles the likelihood of a pedestrian getting hit in certain situations. Forcing cars to emit some degree of noise is a very logical response to that problem, if it can be confirmed.

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Horse shit (620 comments)

But what if there was evidence to show that silent cars are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian in certain situations? I don't think it would be such a dumb idea to make hybrid cars produce a moderate amount of noise (still less than a normal car), when in those situations. The study linked to in the article provides the above evidence.

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:MUST PROTECT THE STUPID! (620 comments)

Most accidents where the silence of the car is an issue apparently occur in parking lots and on driveways onto streets. It's not about crossing streets, it's about situations where cars move in places where pedestrians usually have priority. That does leave blind people in the lurch.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Is sound enough? (620 comments)

From my experience with deaf people they tend to compensate for their deafness by putting more effort into being alert to their surroundings.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Hell, NO! (620 comments)

No. And really? What accidents? What factors are taken into consideration?

I don't understand what each of these sentences are referring to. The study is linked to in the article, and it concludes that cars with hybrid engines are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian in certain situations listed in my previous post.

Or does it even matter, since half the people are running around with their iPods blasting as loud as they can be? This article is B.S. - it doesn't address even half of the concerns, situations and problems.

The fact is, silent hybrid cars hit pedestrians more often; up to twice as often in certain situations. Don't try to ignore that with some babble about iPods. Read the study if you have any doubts about the conclusions or want to form an intelligent opinion on the topic. Of course the article is crap, look at the actual evidence linked to in the article instead.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Electronic transponder system (620 comments)

It seems unnecessary to make things nosier for everyone when the number of people that need the noise is very small.

What makes you say that? Apparently there are enough people who need the sound to be statistically significant. From the study linked in the article:

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Horse shit (620 comments)

The statistics disagree with you. Apparently hybrids which don't make noise are twice as likely to hit a pedestrian in certain scenarios.

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Gods what an awful idea... (620 comments)

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

In light of the above results from the study linked to in the article, I don't think it's such a crazy law. A loud noise like a broken muffler would not be necessary; just enough for people in the near vicinity.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Hell, NO! (620 comments)

From the study linked to from the article:

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

If you could half the amount of accidents hybrids get into in these situations by adding noise emitters, don't you think it would be worth it?

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

EmperorOuk Re:Why trust your ears? Unless you're blind that i (620 comments)

Besides, lastly but not least... unless the car is accelerating the biggest noise is the road noise (pavement vs vulcanized rubber). Last I checked, electric cars don't solve this problem. If you're relying on Engine noise to determine if a car is coming, you're already fairly screwed.

Apparently not. From the study linked to from the article:

A variety of crash factors were examined to determine the relative incidence rates of HEVs versus ICE vehicles in a range of crash scenarios. For one group of scenarios, those in which a vehicle is slowing or stopping, backing up, or entering or leaving a parking space, a statistically significant effect was found due to engine type. The HEV was two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian crash in these situations than was an ICE vehicle.

So a car without engine noise is in some situations twice as likely to hit somebody. Therefore relying on your ears is somewhat effective when dealing with normal cars in certain situations.

more than 3 years ago
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Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

EmperorOuk Re:Bullshit (1020 comments)

No one has a problem with threats against a person or chemical coercion. "Psychological coercion" is dangerously vague.

This isn't about morning regrets. If you find you were coerced, then it was rape. We're not talking about "he wasn't very good in bed therefore RAPE!!!!" That basically never happens.

What does happen occasionally is that a girl sleeps with somebody with whom she deeply regrets sleeping with, and so she says it was rape. Admitting as vague a concept as psychological coercion makes it easy to find grounds for a false rape accusation. I deeply empathise with the desire to broaden the ability to prosecute rape. It is by nature often very difficult to prove. But that has to be balanced with a desire to protect the innocent even at the cost of letting a guilty person go free every now and then.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Politician Arrested Over Twitter 'Stoning Joke'

EmperorOuk Re:I think there's a lesson in here somewhere... (422 comments)

The entire issue at hand is whether he could be said to have threatened to kill people or request others to do it. Your statement assumes your side's argument is correct from the start, and there's a specific term for that kind of silliness, known as "begging the question". From whatever side of the debate you look at it, you've just written a really dumb opinion.

about 4 years ago
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Alleged Russian Spy Ring Exposed In US

EmperorOuk Re:Tradecraft 101 (279 comments)

Did anyone else read this in Michael Weston's voice?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama To Decide On New Weapons

EmperorOuk Re:I know people who work on weapons (409 comments)

Oh please, weapons are built with the purpose of hurting, or forcing someone do something you want (under threat of hurting him).

Or to counter other weapons.

more than 4 years ago

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