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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Waffle Iron Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (173 comments)

Your entire elaborate argument is based on a false premise.

As I said, the road damage is exponential with the weight. It is proportional to the axle weight to the fourth power.

Fuel economy is roughly linear with weight, or even less than linear (big rigs get much better MPG per ton than smaller vehicles). Therefore, fuel taxes don't begin to recover the extra costs of heavier vehicles.

Who has made the stupidest argument you've ever heard now? You might look in the mirror.

3 hours ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Waffle Iron Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (173 comments)

Your hypotheses that road damage is caused solely by the pressure on the top few millimeters of the road is highly questionable. The Prius is not going to be pounding down through the structure of the concrete nearly as much as your super-duty pickup hauling a huge boat.

I do agree that big rigs should be paying drastically more in fees than they do. However, industry lobbyists will always trump common sense.

12 hours ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Waffle Iron Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (173 comments)

Since road damage is exponentially proportional to vehicle weight, heavier trucks *should* be paying more in fees.

13 hours ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Waffle Iron Re:Not a fan (287 comments)

You need to go watch a local SCCA race. Lifting the inside rear wheel is normal.

Normal in a race.

Several makers, like VW and Mazda, even show their cars doing that in their ads.

"Closed course. Professional driver. Do not attempt."

On my Honda [yadda yadda rant rant]

Looks like you need to get a bumper sticker with Calvin pissing on a Honda.

yesterday
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Waffle Iron Re:Not a fan (287 comments)

Your car is trying to tell you that you're about to roll it.

2 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Waffle Iron Re:I have an even better idea (287 comments)

I do not approve of any system that will arbitrarily override my basic controls of the vehicle,

You do realize that most cars sold in the last couple of decades have computers that can override your inputs and monkey around with your brakes whenever you're trying to speed up or slow down the vehicle?

2 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Waffle Iron Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (630 comments)

Exactly, what can C do that python can't?

Handle blocks of code independant of formatting constraints like indenting.

All the while enabling decades of bike shed arguments about brace formatting and countless bugs due to optional braces (because they are under-constrained).

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Waffle Iron Re:instant disqualification (630 comments)

Furthermore you need to indent it properly.

It was a single expression after the print. Python allows him indent it any way he wants to. He could have arranged the expression into a variety of pretty cascaded tree shapes similar to lisp code (especially if he slapped one more set of parens around the whole thing), and Python would have parsed it just fine. Leaving it on one line works just as well, as would random indentation.

Python's block indentation rules applies only to statements.

5 days ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Waffle Iron Re:Sad (314 comments)

I think a libation is in order.

I think I'll go down to my basement and gather up a buch of old through-hole resistors, caps, potentiometers, 555 timers and 74-series TTL logic. Then I'll fill a 40 oz bottle with them and slowly pour it all out on the ground.

Then maybe I'll scribble my full name, address and phone number on a 3-sheet carbon paper form one last time.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

Waffle Iron Re:Just a flyby... (108 comments)

... unless they've made a slight math error in their navigation computations.

about two weeks ago
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Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

Waffle Iron Re:Self-defeating name (161 comments)

Names don't necessarily hold back any language. For example, having a name that's exactly the same as a below-average schoolwork grade clearly doesn't prevent you from becoming one of the most prevalent programming languages in computer history.

about two weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

Waffle Iron Re: Solve problems on Earth first (287 comments)

The problem is, gold has almost no intrinsic value. Its main usefulness is its scarcity. If you start bringing back large quantities, your "trillions of dollars" are going to disappear in a poof of nothingness.

The Spaniards discovered a similar problem when they appropriated the large amounts of gold easily available in the New World. They soon found themselves in a financial crisis brought on by the plummeting value of gold.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Waffle Iron Re:Analogy (328 comments)

He didn't claim it was an analogy. He claimed that one is the other.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Waffle Iron Re:protecting intellectual property is... theft?! (328 comments)

Yes, copyright infringement is stealing.

Factually incorrect.Copyright infringement and theft have completely different legal definitions and different laws apply to each.

You're starting off on a false premise, and using mathy-looking letter variables doesn't make your logic any less sloppy.

about three weeks ago
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10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

Waffle Iron Re:Voyager (105 comments)

The memory, as little as it is, the Voyager spacecraft, must be of a different sort. Launched in the late 1970s, the electronics is still functioning, although with a few issues. That'll soon be four times longer that the Rover.

The Voyager craft were intended to operate for many years. The mars rovers weren't. The mars rovers also reside in a much harsher environment than the space probes which float weightlessly in a vacuum at a constant temperature.

There was no reason to design the flash memory to last much longer than the expected lifetimes of the wheel bearings or solar panels. Just because by some miracle those both lasted much longer than expected, it doesn't mean that additional investments of resources into the memory would have been justified.

That, I tell friends, is why I'm happy to drive a 30+ year old car. It has issues, but the hardware it's built from is inherently more long-lived than that in today's cars. A crank-up window just keeps working. One driven by an electric motor doesn't.

False. Cars from that era were routinely sent to the scrapyard when they were less than 10 years old because they were rusted beyond repair. Now the average age of US cars is over ten years, twice what it was in the 1960s. Old cars also required constant maintenance of problem-prone mechanical parts such as ignition points and carburetors.

about a month ago
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Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away

Waffle Iron Re:Dwarf Universe? (70 comments)

I think that's the vendor which provided the costumes and props for the original "Wizard of Oz" film.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Waffle Iron Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (628 comments)

Your repetitive "developed vs 3rd" world red herring is tiresome.

We're talking about future developments that will apply everywhere.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Waffle Iron Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (628 comments)

You certainly could get to a point where it's just too much of a bother to even keep track of a low-achieving human employee vs. having a robot do it. Those people could essentially become unemployable. Some people could be encouraged to try harder to achieve, but in many cases you can't get blood out of a turnip. Every year the percentage of people who fail to make the grade could increase as robots gain capabilities.

I'm sure your fine with that because they're receiving what they're worth. But if it's not handled correctly, these hoards of "useless" people could end up stepping out of your little free market box, turning into angry mobs and burning everything down.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Waffle Iron Re:Yet another clueless story on automation (628 comments)

If the demand for productive labor can be filled by more robots, the value of human labor can still stay at zero.

about a month ago

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