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New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

wasted Re:Stuipd.. (290 comments)

If you can't do a burn out with a Ford Mustang, you should probably go buy yourself a Prius or a Miata instead.

I'm thinking that it is pretty difficult to do a burn out in a Prius, but it is pretty easy in a Miata. It varies, depending upon the year, but for older ones, they should be near 140hp in an about 2300lb car with rear wheel drive and a 4.++:1 drive ratio. At these numbers burn-outs are easy to achieve with little problem, even when unwanted. As they say on automotive boards, "ask me how I know" or "don't ask me how I know," depending upon outcome.

Thus, your advice to get a Miata to do burn-outs if one can't do them in a Mustang is probably good advice. I don't think it holds up well for the Prius, though.

about 8 months ago
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My last airplane flight ...

wasted Re:Who's doing the flying? (264 comments)

...and a "GREAT" landing is one after which you can use the airplane again.

more than 3 years ago
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A Playable PAC-MAN On Google Doodle

wasted Re:So... (286 comments)

I showed it to my boss and the receptionist, and they both thought it was pretty cool. I have a pretty cool boss, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Back-to-school time means ...

wasted Re:MBA (447 comments)

Save time, get a Lobotomy

You're right - getting an MBA took me years, while getting a Lobotomy involved a short drive up the road.

more than 4 years ago
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My flash memory is mostly in the form of ...

wasted Which deck? (316 comments)

Which deck do you have? I have the KDC-x891, and I can skip to the next or previous song, next or previous folder, or twist the knob on the right to search by song, click it left to search the next folder level (which would be albums based on the way my .wav files are named), and basically go to the album and song I desire. I think most of the Kenwoods with USB work similarly. I could be wrong, though, since I haven't been reading the online manuals for various stereos as often as I once did.

By the way, WAV=CD. All decks can do that.

If the deck doesn't list WAV support for USB drives in their manual, should we expect that the deck will support it?

more than 4 years ago
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Ares Manager Steve Cook Resigns From NASA

wasted Re:One Person is not a Program (153 comments)

Darn, screwed up the blockquotes.
Corrected:

If that is the case, then NASA really needs to work on hiring and/or training more Program Managers.

Sorry, I don't think feeding the giant bureaucracy that NASA has become will get the results we want. Here's my manned space program:

            1. Take the money NASA gets for manned space and give it to Burt Rutan.
            2. Tell Burt to get people into orbit and to the Moon.
            3. Stand back.

Burt's company is Scaled Composites . I don't think I would trust a flight to the Moon and back, and more importantly, reentry, to a composite craft. On the other hand, if Burt thinks he can do it, he could pitch it to NASA - Dryden is just a short drive from his shop.

more than 4 years ago
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Ares Manager Steve Cook Resigns From NASA

wasted Re:One Person is not a Program (153 comments)

If that is the case, then NASA really needs to work on hiring and/or training more Program Managers.

Sorry, I don't think feeding the giant bureaucracy that NASA has become will get the results we want. Here's my manned space program:

      1. Take the money NASA gets for manned space and give it to Burt Rutan.
      2. Tell Burt to get people into orbit and to the Moon.
      3. Stand back.

Burt's company is Scaled Composites . I don't think I would trust a flight to the Moon and back, and more importantly, reentry, to a composite craft. On the other hand, if Burt thinks he can do it, he could pitch it to NASA - Dryden is just a short drive from his shop.

more than 4 years ago
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My flash memory is mostly in the form of ...

wasted Re:It's an each way bet, really (316 comments)

Sorry, didn't mean to imply that. A few support .wav USB, I don't know of any that support .wav SD, so, I have a .wav USB stereo. Once a decent stereo supports Flac, either USB or SD. I will pull my current stereo and do a swap.

more than 4 years ago
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My flash memory is mostly in the form of ...

wasted Re:It's an each way bet, really (316 comments)

I own more USB drives to use for car stereo music, but if the car-stereo manufacturers would support Flac on SD, I'd switch in a Flash.

more than 4 years ago
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"Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the Ionosphere

wasted Re:Sprites (168 comments)

... If we went didn't "ignore the many thousands of people who have seen it" in favor of evidence, we'd be researching alien anal probings by now....

...instead of letting the aliens do the research.

more than 4 years ago
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Why the BSA Is Less Reviled Than the RIAA

wasted Re:Ernie Ball (371 comments)

the BSA isn't the devil incarnate.

Says you.

I agree with the grandparent - the devil incarnate isn't as evil as the BSA.

about 5 years ago
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The Best and Worst Tech-Book Publishers?

wasted Re:Why not open source your book? (271 comments)

I think it was Lee Marvin during the Michelle Triola case, but I can't find it. If I recall correctly, it was something somewhat along the lines of "There is sex you pay for and sex that is free, and the sex that you pay for is a lot cheaper."

about 5 years ago
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Toyota Reveals A Humanoid Robot That Can Run

wasted Re:One step closer to robot world domination (216 comments)

Why are auto companies so into robots in Japan? What's up with that?

Japanese corporations look at what they can do effectively to make a profit given their position and advantages, not what they can do in their current industries. Robots and automobiles are very similar from a manufacturing point of view, so it makes sense for the automakers to explore that avenue. The question is why other automakers aren't pursuing these opportunities.

about 5 years ago
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Michael Jackson's death affects me ...

wasted Re:"older" music? (658 comments)

Yeah, music from the 80's is old. Thriller came out 25 years ago. Someone who was 20 in 1984 is now 45. If you need a frame of reference, here is some music that was 25 years old in 1984: Abbey Road, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tommy, Velvet Underground, etc.

Those were written in 1959? I would have guessed about ten years later, more like 1969, which is only 15 years before 1984.

more than 5 years ago
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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

wasted Re:Very Stupid... (925 comments)

Insurance companies profit by denying coverage and accepting premiums. What is the benefit to the government in denying coverage?

To preserve funds, just like insurance companies.

more than 5 years ago
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US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

wasted Re:Stupid... (925 comments)

This also means many of the paper-pushers currently drawing down salaries denying people coverage will have to go do productive work instead, further improving the economic situation.

Even though paper-pushers don't contribute to society, they are employed. If we start shutting out the insurance agencies what happens to all of those jobs?

They get government jobs denying or delaying medical procedures they deem unnecessary or low priority.

more than 5 years ago
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Air Force Planning New Drone Fleet For Pakistan

wasted Smartship (240 comments)

they will do so without any hesitation, because machines do not hesitate.

Unless they run on Microsoft :)

I don't believe it.How the fuck does Microsoft bashing fit here?

Because it is believed that a Microsoft-based machine will likely have an error/crash, thus causing hesitation, such as happened with the USS Yorktown for a couple of hours.

more than 5 years ago
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Computers Key To Air France Crash

wasted Re:What the heck is 'battle tested' supposed to me (911 comments)

What a dumb phrase. Do you only want former Air Force pilots who've actually seen combat flying commercial planes? How exactly is that going to keep you up in the air in a civilian airliner experiencing an electronic or mechanical malfunction?

"Battle tested" may have been used in this context to refer to the long history of human pilots compared to the shorter history of using computers to control aircraft. If it refers to actual combat flight, flying military aircraft teaches one to expect something to break and know how to determine what is broke and what needs to be done to land safely. Military aircraft experience a lot more stresses than civilian aircraft, and thus tend to break more.

And if what you really mean is experienced pilots, what about some pilot who's been flying for years and has never had an emergency situation and then makes a mistake and then (s)he makes a judgement error in a critical situation? Are you then going to call for the iron calm of a computer rather than a fallible human pilot?

In a perfect world, the pilot would recognize a computer mis-evaluation if one occurs due to his simulator training, and over-ride the computer to land safely. In practice, this does not always occur - crashes have resulted from both non-overrides and incorrect overrides.

No, the answer is statistics. What's safer and more reliable in the long run? How many crashes have we had due to computer error rather than human error given x hours flown by each?

Although the computer may be statistically safer, if the pilot is able to over-ride obvious computer errors and is trained to recognize those errors, isn't that the best of both worlds?

...The linked to text is much, much better, even though offering people a choice is problematic given how the whole non-refundable ticket system and airline logistics systems currently work, not to mention that making a choice at the gate when you get on the plane will throw off your schedule.

I always check which type of aircraft will be used on my flight prior to committing to purchase the ticket, and do not fly Airbus. I live near an airline hub, though, so it is easy for me to decide which aircraft to avoid. If a person's local airport has limited service, that choice may not be available to them.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Wants To Bar Jammie From Making Objections

wasted Re:it flies in the face of common sense (306 comments)

...The RIAA lawyers wouldn't know the law if it hit them on the head.

Although I don't condone it, hitting them in the head with this law may get their attention.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Earth Raises Discrimination Issue In Japan

wasted Re:Definitely irrelevant (457 comments)

Every time I hear someone whine because they aren't understood in Japan, and their "perfect" Japanese could NEVER be the cause, I laugh my ass off.

I occasionally had the opposite problem. I learned how to say "I don't understand Japanese" clearly and with no accent - then folks didn't believe me. (I forget the correct article to use, but it was something like "Nihongo-ga wakarimasen".) I could say a couple of other important phrases accent-free, the most important of which was "Beeru o kudasai", or the more precise variant, "Asahi o kudasai", which I practiced in public a lot, since it was such an important phrase

more than 5 years ago

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