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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

dave420 Re:So, it's true (119 comments)

The Bohr model is not an accurate description of atoms, so it's pointless to try to compare anything to it and claim you are comparing to actual atoms.

about three weeks ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

dave420 Re:Star? (119 comments)

2. Not entirely. There are planets without stars, and there are stars which orbit stars (well, stars which orbit a barycentre between itself and another star, which may or may not be inside the other star).

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:Expect the Republicans... (105 comments)

"Republic" doesn't mean what you think it does. It has nothing to do with democracy. It simply means a country that is not ruled by a dynastic leader. That's it.

So both parties have an official policy of republicanism if they are not actively seeking to replace the president with a leader chosen by dynasty.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:Expect the Republicans... (105 comments)

Your claims are not mutually exclusive. Labour have had some shady dealings in the past, as have the LibDems (but less so). Both Labour and the LibDems have not engaged in the anti-poor-people tactics of the Conservatives in levels anywhere near as great. This is evident in the cuts to public spending by the Conservatives (which hurts poor people most), the attacks on unions, and the spates of privatisation.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:Cabs (105 comments)

They have a ridiculously small turning circle, surprising acceleration, and a roomy, disabled-accessible interior.

Your comment about fat people is absolutely pointless, as you well know, and doesn't exactly reflect well on you.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:That's not going to make (105 comments)

Cabbies talk, you know. They hang out frequently and discuss the state of the traffic and the roads. They do this because they know it helps them to all be aware of such things. Google also doesn't have good historical data, whereas cabbies can tap into the knowledge of Londoners (themselves & their colleagues) who have lived there their entire lives. Google's data on utilisation is nowhere near as accurate as cabbies' as Google isn't driving these streets every single day - their data is simply not as granular as cabbies'. The way you spell "utilization" hints you might not know precisely of which you speak...

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:Backfire (105 comments)

Google doesn't know that stuff, though. Google's map data is great - don't get me wrong - but it doesn't know about the fluctuations in traffic that the cabbies do. It doesn't know about that accident that happened 30 minutes ago, that the cabby saw earlier, or that small street which is marked incorrectly on Google Maps which is navigable. It also doesn't know what "That road of Essex Road where there used to be that pub called the Red Lion or Red Dragon or something" refers to, which is something plenty of cabbies would know, as their knowledge extends far beyond The Knowledge, and includes plenty of historical data for well-travelled routes.

So yeah - Google is great, but it's not up to the standard of even an average black cab driver.

about three weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

dave420 Re:you are not an ally. (235 comments)

Two wrongs don't make a right. That is no justification for acting like a muppet.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:Cabs (105 comments)

Well, to counter your story I've used black cabs on numerous occasions, and had great experiences. They were courteous, fast, knew the routes like they were channelling the gods of the A-Z, and were reasonably priced. So I guess we cancel each other out. Not to forget their cars are specifically designed for London's streets, and can fit 5 people in the back with ease.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

dave420 Re:Backfire (105 comments)

London cab drivers can't exactly step up their game without insane amounts of investment - they're the best of the best. They already spend years studying to become a taxi driver, and they already know central London and most of the rest by heart. They already know where the traffic jams are at any given time of the day, and the current best route from where they are to where they need to be. I think they're scared this Uber nonsense will take their fares away, which they have worked insanely hard to even be in a position to serve, and bring the reputation of their profession down. There's no way Uber can compete with the quality of the black cab, or even probably price (if you factor in the length of route selected by an utter professional), but until people realise that, there could very well be a horrible time for the black cab drivers.

about three weeks ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

dave420 Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

You're half-way there... We are indeed social animals, and we are inherently tuned to respond to talking. The problem with hearing a phone call is you only hear one half, so the natural rhythm of talking is disrupted to the point of being jarring, as there are long periods of silence in the middle of a conversation, and to make matters worse, said conversation is often louder than normal, due to the inherent shortcomings of microphones, speakers/headphones and voice transmission.

about three weeks ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

dave420 Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

Instead of "conversation", think of "piece of music", and then figure out why it might be jarring to be exposed to only half of it, in sporadic sections.

about three weeks ago
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ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

dave420 Re:What!!!? (69 comments)

Give it a rest. It's like claiming Einstein was just sandals. There is a bit more to it than just what it's running on, and it's that bit which makes it what it is.

about three weeks ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

dave420 Re:Really bad explanation of the evolution. (133 comments)

You seriously think they haven't thought of that? Why do you think yourself so intelligent and scientists so stupid? Is it mere arrogance?

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

dave420 Re:Amazing technology (133 comments)

Trees decompose, returning their CO2 into the atmosphere, so it's useless for permanent sequestration. The coal we use was created before bacteria evolved the ability to decompose trees, so it's not quite as simple as you seem to think...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

dave420 Re:"healthcare design industry" isn't a thing (143 comments)

You do realise that is only a thing in countries without socialised medicine, right? If you're going to complain, at least get it right, and try to not make yourself look foolish in the process. Better luck next time.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

dave420 Re:Here's an idea (579 comments)

6 to 8 minutes at a red light? Where I live if it's over 30 seconds people would riot.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

dave420 Re:The problem with traffic engineers... (579 comments)

As the post below yours pointed out, the safety of the workers is not the only reason the speed limit is reduced.

If drivers such as yourself realised you don't know everything about the road condition, and realised that the way to defeat unfair or improper speed restrictions is in court and not on the road, roads would be safer. Just because you think the speed limit is incorrect doesn't make it so, and doesn't make it OK to speed.

So no, most drivers are not conscientious if they barrel through a construction zone 20mph over the limit, by very definition.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

dave420 Re:Audible warning (579 comments)

If you say so. Some people mis-using accurate language to further an agenda doesn't instantly mean all uses of accurate language are suddenly bad. Your lack of citations didn't really help your point.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

dave420 Re:Audible warning (579 comments)

Context is indeed king, but it's still debatable as to what characteristic "regular" was referring to. The poster could have simply chosen to use the correct, more-accurate word from the beginning and there wouldn't even be a need for this discussion.

Accuracy is free, not using it is an indicator of either laziness, ignorance, or malice. None of those are particularly worthy qualities to defend.

about three weeks ago

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