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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

Trecares Re:I've yet to encounter an automatic with no neut (1176 comments)

The reason is the pump in transmissions that circulates oil is on the mainshaft - the shaft that is coupled with the engine. In Neutral, only the countershaft turns, not the mainshaft. Without lubrication, stuff will get damaged.

about 2 years ago

A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)

Trecares Re:Street Legal?? (331 comments)

If this was some regular Joe, you may have a point. This guy is a ENGINEER. We take safety issues and extreme scenarios seriously. However it is frequently the managers and accountants that forces compromises. This gentleman is fettered by neither.

more than 2 years ago

ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content

Trecares Re:Serious question: (694 comments)

Because just like broadcast television, they are sufficiently large enough to cover the costs associated with captioning the content. Netflix does have some content that is captioned on their streaming service, but frankly it's mostly a joke.

I am not sure what their process involves in acquiring the visual content that they stream. Netflix seem to have no difficulty in acquiring the audio tracks to stream along with the visual content. If Netflix is getting the content from the DVD's or whatever, it should be trivial enough to rip the subtitle / closed captioning tracks already present, sync it up and stream it as well. The physical DVD is captioned, yet the stream isn't. Netflix, along with a number of other content providers are basically saying, "Meh it's not worth our time to deal with it, so tough luck." Technically it should be trivial enough to do this but they are not. That's when the government usually has to step in. It's not so much a matter of preserving their profit, but doing the right thing and providing accessibility. Otherwise it's essentially tyranny of the majority.

The main reason why this lawsuit is necessary is because many online streaming services are essentially doing nothing or a very poor job of providing captioned content. Hulu for example, has a limited selection of captioned content within their catalog. This would not be so bad if they were more conscientious about monitoring their content. Sometimes they do not caption a given episode out of a captioned series. Apparently they have to "receive" it from the content provider. They do not check to ensure that the file has been received each time and that it plays properly. I've had missing captioning, captioning that was out of sync, content that indicated it was captioned, but no captioning, content that does not indicate captioning, but had captioning. If this had been happening with a broadcast television station, they would have been hit with a bunch of fines. That's why broadcast stations have someone monitoring it to ensure quality and delivery of captioned content.

Back to the point, streaming services are becoming more widespread, their catalog is expanding. They need to develop a scheme that simplifies handling and streaming of content such that captioning is automatically included and present from the content provider. That would ease the burden on Netflix, Hulu, and others. Netflix is the ideal target because they have one of the largest catalog of streaming content, and most of them were already captioned previously. In doing so, Netflix would have to sit down with the content providers and figure out a solution.

Clearly not all content would feasibly be captioned. No reasonable court would enforce captioning on "private" or indie content unless aired over broadcast/cable. The burden on captioning needs to be shifted to the content creators. There are already standards that determines what content must be captioned and anything below that is at their discretion. It won't be easy I admit, but this needs to happen, and the sooner, the better.

more than 2 years ago

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

Trecares Re:Good luck with that fair trial thing (995 comments)

Generally people should follow the instructions of the dispatcher. When the dispatcher said "we", the dispatcher was clearly referring to the police themselves, along with the message to stop following him, implying that they would handle it.

If you were in the dispatcher's shoes, would you trust some individual without the proper training to essentially pursue a suspect or would you want a real LEO to do it instead?

So, yes, it is an established fact that the dispatcher told him to back off and let them handle it.

Zimmerman, being part of the neighborhood watch had instructions to contact the police if he sees anything suspicious and to ALLOW them to handle it. That is his role. Trayvon on the other hand had no requirement to do so. Most men in general do not pull out their phones and call the cops whenever they think someone is following them. Such behavior makes them appear weak, and the typical masculine reaction is to confront their stalker or alternatively, running away to avoid trouble. Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time also btw.

more than 2 years ago

Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

Trecares Re:What is up with all these bad summaries lately? (607 comments)

Shouldn't consideration be given to the "replacement" cost? I mean, Apple or any other cellphone maker/seller isn't going to replace a phone damaged by another person's mischief. Insurance, if applicable probably does not cover such cases directly.

On top of that, the prosecutor usually goes for the maximum applicable charge. That way they don't look soft on crime, and it gives them the option of a plea agreement. It's all about intimidation. 60 days of jail plus a fine or whatever sounds a hell lot better than 10 years or whatever it comes out to; as opposed to them offering you 60 days at the onset.

more than 2 years ago

Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Meet One Last Time

Trecares Re:This leads me to an interesting question... (52 comments)

No, but a sister shuttle was always kept on ready as a backup to be sent up if the other shuttle needed to be rescued.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

Trecares Re:Are you telling me? (385 comments)

Well the police does hold a PhD.....

more than 2 years ago

Pharmacy On-a-chip Dispenses Drugs Automatically

Trecares Re:I'm terrified. (74 comments)

That depends on the bioavailability of the drug in question.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioavailability

Most of the drugs you get are mostly filler / carrier mediums. Internally, you can just have the pure drug itself, reducing the required dosage.

What I don't see is a easy way to package multiple drugs on a single implant without custom making each implant which I think is cost prohibitive. Standardized cocktails would be a different story.

I'm surprised they didn't go with some sort of tiny metering system such as with a plunger and miniature stepper motor. That way it could be refillable (syringe) without having to cut the patient open every so often to replace the unit.

more than 2 years ago

A Paper Alloy To Replace Plastic Cases

Trecares Re:sounds like.. (182 comments)

It's all about matching the product to it's expected life cycle. Why over-engineer a product if it's expected to only last x number of (years, cycles, uses, etc) Anything more is a waste of raw materials.

Older products had to be over-engineered because we didn't have computers and software sophisticated enough to run simulations to predict stresses within their structure. It was easier to just make it thick enough and leave it at that. Plus there's advances in chemistry and production processes. Injection molded plastics are also affected by their cooling rates, with faster cooling resulting in more brittle parts.

If you don't like what's happening, you can always demand a better quality product which may or may not be available.

more than 2 years ago

Recycled Medical Records Used As Scrap Paper At Elementary School

Trecares Re:HIPAA uber-violation (119 comments)

That's the zoom-out feature. They're working on getting it to zoom-in.

more than 3 years ago

Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs

Trecares Re:Homeland Security? (240 comments)

If I had points, I'd mod you down for being a troll. I can't believe you'd be that oblivious about the role of the Department of Justice. Let me give you a hint. They run the FBI. Guess whose logo has been emblazoned on countless movies? That's right. The FBI.

I think the only reason why the DHS is involved right now is so the DHS won't seem like it's only responsible for security theater and other FUD scenarios. So they seem somehow more vital to the operation of this country rather than an expendable line item.

more than 3 years ago

Lasers To Replace Sparkplugs In Engines?

Trecares Re:NASCAR? Not likely this century (351 comments)

Believe it or not, carburetors are better at atomizing the fuel mixture at full throttle conditions compared to injectors.

Since airflow through a engine at wide open throttle is fairly well known, and easy to meter for, the carb can be adjusted to precisely match that and get the desired air-fuel ratios.

Injectors can have trouble delivering large quantities of fuel at wide open throttle. When the duty cycle of the injector exceeds about 85-90%, it starts to have problems metering fuel correctly, and the coil starts to overheat. So the typical solution is to drop in larger injectors so a shorter duty cycle can be used.

The other part of the issue with injectors is the short amount of time they have to deliver and atomize the fuel. The fuel is sprayed against the closed intake valves moments before the intake valves opens. The heat from the valves helps to vaporize the fuel. Since there's only so much heat, and only so much air in the intake port, not all of the fuel may be completely vaporized. The incoming air then has only a bit of time to attempt and vaporize what is left before the valves closes and combustion occurs.

So why do we use fuel injectors? Because they excel at the thing carbs suck at, part throttle atomization. Injectors can easily meter out a precise amount of fuel determined by the amount of air entering the engine according to it's sensors. A carb has to deal with what it sees across the venturi which isn't as sensitive at part throttle conditions. Toss in the complicated dynamics of the air inside the plenum and it's hard for carbs to precisely meter out fuel.

more than 3 years ago

DNA samples should be on record for...

Trecares Re:"Serious Offenses" Ambiguous (316 comments)

That would have to depend on the nature of the crime. White collar crimes in general does not involve DNA. While Robbery, assault etc have some chance of involving DNA evidence.

Some percentage of criminals are likely to commit another offense. This would in a sense help deter further crimes as well as make it easier to place them at the scene if they commit another offense and leave behind DNA evidence.

The purpose of collecting DNA is to make it easier to identify and prosecute them if they commit another offense, as well as link them to other unsolved crimes. If they haven't done anything illegal in quite some time, say sentence + probation + 10 years, then it's probably fine to remove their DNA from the records. However the chances of that actually happening is probably unlikely with an overzealous criminal justice system.

The shortcomings of the current penal system is a whole other can of worms and stands to be improved upon.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

Trecares Re:I'll believe it when I see it. (320 comments)

Yep. Commercial yeasts for brewing and winemaking are essentially self limiting. Commercial yeasts have figures which indicates the amount of alcohol they can tolerate before they start killing themselves. They don't go back and metabolize the alcohol. You can either allow them to poison themselves, or introduce an agent that kills the yeast if you want to reach a target residual sugar or alcohol %, or to ensure that it is dead and not just dormant.

more than 3 years ago

What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

Trecares Missing option: (554 comments)

All of the above.

more than 4 years ago

British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

Trecares Re:right to not incriminate yourself? (1155 comments)

So... what would it cost to break, say a 4096 bit RSA key? Oh, they can bill my grandkid's estate.

more than 4 years ago

Los Angeles Unveils $578 Million Public School

Trecares Funding sources (367 comments)

You need to look and see where they are getting their funding from. They may be paying for it through bonds, grants, etc that can only be used for very specific purposes, and not for the teacher's salaries, etc.


more than 4 years ago


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