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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

_Spirit Re: frosty piss (664 comments)

Is it? Look at how many people are killed in traffic vs. how many people are murdered. In the US both numbers are ridiculously high compared to some other developed countries but the first number is a multitude higher just about everywhere.

Speed is one of the major contributors to road death, there are plenty of statistics to support that. So what you are saying is that it's somehow more acceptable to kill someone by speeding than it is kill them by other means?

about 3 months ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

_Spirit Re:Friday... (91 comments)

Well the lesson here is: don't change your password on Friday...

about 4 months ago
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Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

_Spirit Re:Series hybrids (239 comments)

Not entirely true. The hybrid and diesel systems are answers to two different questions: Diesel is very efficient at a constant speed. Hybrid doesn't offer much there. A Prius on a long trip will use about the same amount of fuel as a comparable car with an efficient regular engine (because that is what it uses). A diesel engine will typically use quite a bit less because it's a lot more efficient. From personal experience modern diesel engines also seem a bit more forgiving about higher speeds. You can still get decent fuel efficiency at Autobahn speeds.

Hybrid allows you to save fuel because it can recoup energy during braking. A regular car will convert all kinetic energy into heat through the brakes when slowing down. A hybrid car will put part of that kinetic energy back into the batteries. So a hybrid is good in stop and go traffic. A diesel doesn't help much there as it can't recoup the energy.

So a hybrid diesel seems to offer the best of both worlds: efficient on short and long trips. PSA (Peugeot and Citroen) sell a diesel hybrid: 3,8/100 km, 147 kW (200hp). The PSA Hybrid4 models definitely look good on paper, but I have no real world experience with them.

about 6 months ago
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Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It

_Spirit Re:Scottish Independance (208 comments)

You are aware that Scotland will claim a significant portion of the UK's natural resources right? Scots have been arguing that money (oil and LNG) is flowing the other way....

about 7 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

_Spirit Re:Worlds biggest shipyards (166 comments)

These shipyards also can't cut any corners with worker safety. The Shell HSSE officer wasn't in the video for laughs. He's on site to ensure that they work according to Shell's global safety guidelines which are better than the standard that a lot of companies in the west have locally.

These guys are taken seriously because not complying with their instructions can potentially lose the shipyard its contract. (and yes Shell actually terminates contracts for that reason, it's not like the major electronics manufacturers)

about 8 months ago
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NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

_Spirit Re:Cost-benefit analysis (319 comments)

I actually have a fairly long torso and relatively short legs. There may be a big difference between the US and Europe here, but what I said goes for most of the cars sold in Europe. I don't drive US made cars very often so you may be right there. Nobody drives an Escalade or Suburban here and people here are quite a bit taller on average than Americans.

about 8 months ago
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NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

_Spirit Re:Cost-benefit analysis (319 comments)

Get a different car, seriously. I am about the same height (slightly taller) and will still fit in the front seat of most cars. Some are impossible (who needs a Ferrari or Jaguar anyway?) but most cars are fine. Key here is to make sure that the height of the seat is adjustable and that there is no sun roof installed.

The strange thing is that there only seems to be a limited correlation between the overall size of the car and the height available between seat and roof in the front seat. A (new) Mini is fine, a Renault Laguna Estate is like you describe.

In the back it is even worse, mostly because the seats are usually placed a bit higher than the front seats to make sure the rear passengers still have a view to the front. There's only a handful of cars where I can sit up straight in the rear.

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

_Spirit Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

This is exactly the reason why other doctors are sometimes brought in mentioned in the second article. It's usually not because the doctor disagrees that euthanasia is the best option, it's that they have moral issues with euthanasia.

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

_Spirit Re:Should be legal, with caveat (961 comments)

Not sure how it is now (doctors were being called on it cause they didn't officially report it, which is required here) but this is actually what used to happen in a lot of euthanasia cases. Just keep upping the dose and at some point you're past the point of no return

about 8 months ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

_Spirit Re:Free WiFi with encryption. (458 comments)

Eehm isn't the password the encryption key? So what protection is still benefiting the people with half a brain?

Not trolling, just curious what I'm missing here...

more than 3 years ago
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Is Sugar Toxic?

_Spirit Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (1017 comments)

You don't live in Europe do you?

Because here it was almost impossible to find a bar or a club that banned smoking before government regulation kicked in. Restaurants sometimes had a token smoke free area that was 2 meters away from the smoking section, which would not help one iota. I am very happy that the ban came, because now I don't stink after a meal or a night out.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Sugar Toxic?

_Spirit Re:Dramatic effect and scientific precision (1017 comments)

You don't think the amount you ingest of a chemical substance would matter?

You should remember that phrase about toxicity: There are no toxic substances only toxic amounts.

more than 3 years ago
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iPad 2 Forces Samsung To Reevaluate Galaxy Tab

_Spirit Re:Excellent! (520 comments)

We just have too many people fiddling with IT not to have these discussions.

Imagine we were comparing different brands of hammers. Nobody would care much about the way the hammer was designed and engineered as long as it works well enough and doesn't break at an awkward moment (or preferably at all). The only people who would care about this would be people who design and build tools. Everybody else would just bang nails.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

_Spirit Re:Power required to charge? (603 comments)

Not to add the fact that I suspect having a number wheels that can turn would be a definite plus...

more than 3 years ago
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Fatty Foods May Cause Cocaine-Like Addiction

_Spirit Headlines like that are not helping obese people (507 comments)

I think this is another case where the media turn something that might be good: increased understanding of how obesity works, into something bad: telling obese people that they have no control over their behaviour, fueling the "it's no my fault, I have a serious illness" justification for doing nothing to help themselves.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Arrested For Taking Photo of Open ATM

_Spirit Re:Exactly (1232 comments)

Thus, if a security guard asks to search your bags on the way out of a shop, you are quite entitled to say "no, sorry" and leave. At worst you have breached a trivial contract between you and the person/entity in possession of the premises. You are also under no obligation to identify yourself.

Except if they actually saw you put something in the bag that's not yours in which case they can arrest you/detain you till the police arrives (depends on the law in your country)...

more than 5 years ago
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iTunes Prohibits Terrorism

_Spirit Re:Viral? Only like kissing girls is viral (124 comments)

I stand corrected, I am not really up to speed on the subject of the virality of the GPL. I just wanted to use an example that would appeal to Slashdot readers.

more than 5 years ago
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iTunes Prohibits Terrorism

_Spirit Re:Old News (124 comments)

This has nothing to do with Apple, if you want to know about the US of A's imperialistic agenda, learn about Export Controls and how they use them to control companies and customers outside their normal jurisdiction. The viral nature of the GPL is kids play compared to this.

more than 5 years ago
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Most vital body part / system?

_Spirit Re:Brain and Genitalia (480 comments)

So the poll poster was trying to stir up a discussion on cherishing your genitals?

more than 5 years ago

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More moderator points ?

_Spirit _Spirit writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hmmm. Something funny is going on. I've been posting on and off on Slashdot for years, being invited to moderate every once in a while (once a month maybe, probably less). In the last week or so I got about 20 moderator points. Not only that but just about every thread I read seems to have been moderated to death, not leaving many places to put the points. Has the total number of distributed moderator points been increased ? Or did I do something stupid which got me on permanent moderator duty ?

Ah well, I guess I shouldn't be curious about Slashdots inner workings, I might learn something I didn't want to know ;-)

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