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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

kencurry Re:yet if we did it (420 comments)

No, if you or I did this, we are violating the LAW.

When the brave officer did this, he was just doing his VERY DANGEROUS JOB. /sarcasm

yesterday
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

kencurry Re:What next (247 comments)

Eventually, we will find that the original 2D system from which we are projected is itself a projection of a different kind; i.e., "it's holograms all the way down"

5 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Who pays the ticket? (475 comments)

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Wow, is that true? I drive in Cali, I guess I should know that but it's been so long since I looked at the handbook. On my last speeding ticket, I did tell the cop that I was merely traveling equal to traffic, and he shot me a look like I was an idiot. If I knew that tidbit, I might have tried to fight the ticket.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

Why not? are you saying you never speed? If you trust the car to stop, why not trust the car to speed up?

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

kencurry Re:Rolling roadblocks (475 comments)

Hopefully google programmers put in "cheat-up speed a little if traffic allows" subroutine. That would be awesome.

about two weeks ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

kencurry Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

Then you would have a 12,000 dollar fridge (I'm assuming this is commercially done, not a DIY), which would require service updates. Some people would buy that, but large majority would stick with the current "pretty nice" fridge for 2000 or less, and spend the money elsewhere.

If you are speaking of a DIY project, that's a different analysis, and could be fun. Good luck if that is what you meant.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

kencurry I've been through both styles with my kids (421 comments)

I Had my older two kids in elementary with a year-round system; now our two younger kids are in traditional. When I first heard about the year-round in our school district (Vista, CA, '90s) I had the same thoughts as "what? kids need summer break, just like I had etc." What I found was that, as far as total days of schooling, it's the same. As far as having working parents, scheduling day care, and being able to take family vacations, year-round is better.

Now, with my younger kids back in traditional, I miss the year round. Summers are a pain to manage, kids get bored, and you have to pull kids out of school to go skiing or visit friends in Europe in October.

So, given a choice, I would go back to year round.

about three weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

kencurry Adventure, Indy Jones style (246 comments)

Requisite components:
Exotic city
Pretty woman
Valuable antiquities
Foe, to be vanquished
Adoring mob

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

kencurry Re:Saved the earth (54 comments)

Maybe the difference would be small, but it's much more probable that the impact of that tiny change, and its accumulated consequences century after century, billions of generations of bacteria later, would have changed everything.

Not really, for the same reason that killing one mosquito generally won't make any difference, ...

Two types of analysis:

Macro view: Killing a few mosquitoes won't affect overall dynamic equilibrium, the next few millennia are more or less the same as viewed from 30,000 ft.
Micro view: Killing a few mosquitos prevented malaria from spreading to the Berg clan, who became more powerful and wiped out the Valley clan, completely rewriting history for a particular territory of a particular mammal.

about a month ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

kencurry Shocker (266 comments)

He lied to congress ... well I never.

Seriously, who ever thought that was a trustworthy guy to begin with?

about a month ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

kencurry Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

fat kid: "... a 6-ft tall turkey, big deal!"

Dr. Grant: "...just remember, you are alive when they start to eat you, so try to show a little respect, okay?"

about a month ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

kencurry Re:We can't live without these things? (212 comments)

You hit on a hot topic for me. I live in San Diego, which has beautiful weather almost all the time, and yet nearly every building, restaurant, office etc. is sealed up tight with the AC on blast. Such a waste. C'mon architects and city planners of the future, we can do better!

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

kencurry Re:let me solve this right now (552 comments)

l ... and the best way to do that is third world education and poverty elimination ... and the best way to do that is to maximize economic growth ...

Dude, "maximize growth", that was point three, and you clipped it out? what did you not like about point three? I really thought I had it nailed. Plus I even accounted for your timelines with the "today, tomorrow" metaphor. Man, I really, thought that I had it nailed with point three...

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

kencurry let me solve this right now (552 comments)

Facts:
1.Burning hydrocarbons: CnH2n+2 + 2O2 -> 2H2O +nCO2
2. CO2(atm) absorbs sunlight, increases vibrational energy, energy is released as atmospheric heat, warms up earth (just a little tiny bit, fine)
3. Even tho earth has it's own heat cycles, best not mess with it too much

Thus:
1. Try to burn less hydrocarbons
2. Be more energy efficient
3. Captains of Industry win on both sides: need hydrocarbons today & then drive new markets in energy efficiency. conservatives win on making money, Liberals win on job creation and paying for Obamacare

Therenow, everyone can go about their summer carefree.

about a month and a half ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

kencurry Re:DGW Dinsaurogenic Global Warming - crisis of ti (389 comments)

...most plants alive today ALSO did not evolve to exist in such high CO2 levels? That such CO2 levels will cause dramatically higher temperatures and vastly different climatology, which will more than offset (ie: Kill the plants) any gains from higher CO2 levels? You also realize that CO2 is not "plant food" ? Plants use far more than just CO2? And plants are in general carbon nuetral, using and storing carbon while alive (in the form of growth), which then gets released back into the biosphere when they die?

Basic CO2 concentration guidelines:

The effects of increased CO2 levels on adults at good health can be summarized: normal outdoor level: 350 - 450 ppm acceptable levels: below 600 ppm complaints of stiffness and odors: 600 - 1000 ppm ASHRAE and OSHA standards: 1000 ppm general drowsiness: 1000 - 2500 ppm adverse health effects expected: 2500 - 5000 ppm maximum allowed concentration within a 8 hour working period: 5000 ppm

I'm too lazy to search the google:

... but wasn't there originally very high CO2 levels in earth's atmosphere, which kicked up temps. raised atmospheric moisture conc., therefore plant life went wild, eventually becoming so abundant as to drive down CO2 levels so that animal kingdom could thrive, as CO2 dropped plant life dropped off dramatically, eventually forming the goo in the ground that we now call oil, and burn to put the CO2 back.

A giant CO2 do loop

about 2 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

kencurry Re:dumb (333 comments)

and yeah, I did really really mean to use "retard" - feed up with PC nonsense today

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

kencurry he forgot to mention "Selfie" (84 comments)

He must post many "selfies" to make it a truly noteworthy.

about 2 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

kencurry Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

A few years ago I would have agreed wholeheartedly with this approach. Now I find that I question whom to trust. A government issued electronically controlled system - who would trust that if you became an NSA target that they don't get you blacklisted from ever voting/driving/purchasing/flying etc. anything again? That vs. a dumb paper system, with all its flaws, but can't be electronically manipulated by NSA. Now, I say stick with the later system.

about 3 months ago

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