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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

myth24601 Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

If you live or work in the city though, minivans are far less convenient - they are big, hard to park, and not hipster enough for you. In the suburbs, they are perfect.

I wish minivans would stay in the suburbs. How often do I see a minivan attempt to park on my street and it leaves 1/2 of a spot in front and 1/2 of a spot in back leaving no space for others to park, essentially taking up two parking spots. Then when I go out to the suburb to visit and need to park on the one street that has public parking there are lines drawn that are, I shit you not 30' per spot. Maybe what I wish is that suburbs removed their giant-ass parking spots so people might actually learn how to park a car in a normal-sized spot so when they came downtown they could be more considerate.

I call BS. Unless the spots are meant for Minis or Smarts, there is no way a minivan will take up two whole spots (1 plus two halves that you claim). A Honda minivan is less than a foot longer than an Accord and maybe six inches wider.

As far as the size of parking places goes in the suburban outback, I have seen parking lots with huge spaces but they are usually old places where they never shrank them from their 1970s size upon repaving the lot. Most places have normal size parking spaces that will only seem huge if you drive a very small car (Mini or Smart).

3 days ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

myth24601 Re:Britain won't back out. (364 comments)

Likely much less than half the cost on a per aircraft basis and already proven to work.

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

myth24601 Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

Since the dog can't smell memory, it must have been trained to smell something about the electronic components. That's bound to trigger a LOT of false positives in the modern world.

This might be a fun thing to do. Get a lot of old flash drives, sd cards, and the like, the old super cheap ones of course, and stick them everywhere. Under the carpet, taped to the bottom of the drawers, in the hem of the curtain, etc. After 30 or 40 of them, somebody is going to get sick of playing that game, and it might be the dog, If you're really mean, store a picture of a treasure map on each one, and maybe some lists of random hexadecimal numbers.

It'll drive them nuts. To really get the point across when they ask, just tell them the truth, that it's a joke, there's absolutely nothing of value stored on them, and yes, you want them back and undamaged. :P

They will completely destroy your house digging up every memory stick and then leave you to clean up the mess.

about two weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

myth24601 Re: Failsafe? (468 comments)

If the viewscreen fails, they just use an app on their iPhone.

about two weeks ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

myth24601 Re:Bigfoot doesn't exist (198 comments)

A new type of deer that to 99% of people might look similar to some other type of deer could escape detection but a bigfoot would be similar if they were all so similar to humans and simply blending in with us. Maybe that is the answer, tall people are bigfoots!

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

myth24601 Re:OR (579 comments)

In my state, if you enter the intersection before it turns red, you are OK. This is how many people make an unprotected left when traffic is heavy (but this tactic gets jacked up when some ass wipe won't move out into the intersection while it is green).

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

myth24601 Re:OR (579 comments)

That is how I see them, I can see the countdown timer and know weather or not I will make it and not have to suddenly make a choice at the last moment. They should mount the count down up next to the lights where they are clearly visible.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

myth24601 Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

There is a crosswalk light where I work that beeps while the light is green for cars but once you press the button, it screams "WAIT......WAIT.....WAIT..." and so on until it changes. It is so loud that most people don't use it unless traffic is heavy but it isn't usually bad so I always wait for the upstream light to catch people rather than getting yelled at.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

myth24601 Bigfoot doesn't exist (198 comments)

Seriously, we have never found any corpses from this beast and with the amount that man has spread out, I am 100% certain we would have found the beast by now.

about three weeks ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

myth24601 Re:Dangerous (345 comments)

High visibility is the best way to decrease the likelihood of a car violating the right of way of a motorcycle. Most motorcycle crashes involve cars turning left in front of motorcycles that they failed to see. The single best way to increase your safety on a bike is to wear a bright colored jacket.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

myth24601 Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

All the safety features in the world can't change the size disparity between a minivan and a motorcycle. A collision between two cars that would be a minor fender bender with nobody hurt can be deadly if one of the vehicles is a motor cycle.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

myth24601 Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

My uncle had been riding a white BMW for decades, and one day he decided to paint it black. After that he noticed that people weren't keeping out of his way the way they used to. It may have been because people associate white BMW bikes with cops (NSW police used them for years before switching to Yamaha) and normally don't give a fuck about motorcyclists, or it could just be that a white bike is easier to spot.

I suspect the bright color over the more stealthy black has the biggest impact over looking cop like.

about a month ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

myth24601 Re:Nice looking bike... (345 comments)

They uniformly tell me that they see loud pipes as a critical safety measure to make drivers aware that they're there.

I do not know if drivers in general (i.e., around the world) are uniformly bad at paying enough attention to notice riders (of bicycles or motorbikes), but certainly here (Brisbane, Australia) people seem to be pretty woeful at their situational awareness when driving.

Visibility is a much more important safety issue for bikes yet the Harley riders seem to revel in the lowest visibility colors for their riding attire and bike paint. If they really cared about safety, they would dress in bright colors that contrast with the road and other cars.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

myth24601 Re:But money is fungible (164 comments)

If the law says they can't spend money on a program then they can't spend money on a program right?

Also, isn't there a limit to how agencies can move funding around? If there isn't then why do we fight over weather to fund programs or not, just give them X amount and tell them to spend it how they see fit?

about a month ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

myth24601 Re: This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

Cantor's case shows that you still have to get people to vote for you, you can't simply buy a seat.

about a month and a half ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

myth24601 Re: This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

Is it possible that the average GOP voter doesn't like illegal immigration from a fairness perspective?

about a month and a half ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

myth24601 Re:trampoline (155 comments)

XKCD should do a what if? for how a trampoline could be used to get to the space station.

about a month and a half ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

myth24601 Mistake to go in with the Ruskies (155 comments)

It always seemed like a mistake to get involved in such a venture with the Russians. Any joint venture with two co-equals with somewhat cold relations seems destined to lead to problems as each side has conflicting goals (sometimes unrelated to the joint venture).

about a month and a half ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

myth24601 Re:Bobcat Goldthwait (584 comments)

Shakes the Clown is the best movie ever.

about 2 months ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

myth24601 Re:I thought weather was not climate... (379 comments)

A month lasts longer than a fire. How about we just stop pretending singular events like fires are climate?

When there is no hope of getting new funding to study what is caused by global warming.

about 2 months ago

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