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  • Venezuela Seeks to Quell Fears of Disease Outbreak

    09/22/2014 10:06:23 PM PDT · 12 of 25
    Greysard to Kartographer
    I wonder if Ebola can be transferred by mosquitoes? They draw blood, and viruses are small...
  • Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

    09/22/2014 6:25:02 PM PDT · 41 of 48
    Greysard to trisham
    High temps?

    I'm not a doctor, but probably not only fever is at play here. Blood seeping into the brain, for example...

  • Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

    09/22/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · 10 of 48
    Greysard to trisham
    Bizarre.

    Ebola is known to cause some level of insanity.

  • white house confirms americans fighting with isis have returned to us

    09/22/2014 3:35:00 PM PDT · 23 of 50
    Greysard to TexasCajun
    Those who went to Syria are the stupid ones. Smart enemies, however, do not leave the country since infiltrating, and do not expose themselves like that. Those are far more dangerous.
  • Three Afghan Soldiers Visiting Cape Cod Have Gone Missing

    09/21/2014 10:38:36 PM PDT · 15 of 48
    Greysard to Axenolith
    They’ve been vetted, just like the other guys that turned around and killed Americans?

    There is absolutely no way to do a background check on a foreign man from a backward country where 100% of population hates you for one reason or another. What will the checking agencies do - ask for a recommendation from his Mullah? How would anyone even track a person in a country without written records? The only thing you can report about such a man is that he hasn't killed anyone yet, to the best of your knowledge.

  • Cruising at 37,000 feet-is this TOO CLOSE?

    09/20/2014 3:41:36 PM PDT · 26 of 109
    Greysard to rlmorel
    You can calculate the distance to the airplane if you can estimate the period of observation and the angle. The angle cannot be wider than the window, of course. You know the speed already. The length of the airplane is insignificant. (v*t)/2 = D*sin(α/2)

    For example, if you observed the airplane for 1 second, and your view was 60 degrees, the minimum distance to the airplane was 0.333 miles, or 1758 feet.

  • Windsor police swarm home after prank 911 call

    09/19/2014 11:51:22 AM PDT · 20 of 22
    Greysard to cport; JRandomFreeper
    he was talking about Michael Brown. I thought the same thing too til I re-read it

    Indeed - poor writing on my part. Too many pronouns.

    With regard to "getting tense and ready to fight" when spoken to by an LEO, if the complaint is valid (like "don't walk in the road") I'd feel only shame and guilt. It would never occur to me to fight anyone, be it a neighbor or an LEO, because they pointed out a fault in my behavior. It's not even a debatable fault; many dogs died to prove that walking in the street is dangerous. (A debatable fault would be, for example, smoking in an empty bus shelter - it is legally wrong (in some places,) but not actually harmful to anyone.)

    Fighting (or fleeing) is reserved for life-threatening situations. An LEO is one of least likely persons to kill someone - on par with a schoolgirl, perhaps :-) When that happens, it's national news.

  • Windsor police swarm home after prank 911 call

    09/18/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT · 4 of 22
    Greysard to rey
    I like the other quote: “I knew I didn’t do anything wrong,” As if that matters.

    Technically, it matters. Michael Brown knew that he had done something wrong. When a LEO spoke to him about an entirely unrelated business, he was tense and ready to fight. That shouldn't be the case if one has no reason to suspect an imminent arrest.

  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter U.S.

    09/16/2014 11:09:28 AM PDT · 24 of 25
    Greysard to Ouderkirk
    How many of them will actually go home when their visas expire? Probably zero

    There is no "probably" in that. Any sane person would choose to weather this storm in a safe haven. Going back to heavily infected countries is insane, and nobody can be expected to do that. It's not a matter of illegally earning a few dollars here and there, which is a choice; it's a matter of life and death, which is not really a choice unless a person is suicidal.

  • For RadioShack, the end is near

    09/15/2014 8:47:00 PM PDT · 40 of 148
    Greysard to DannyTN
    With components they had a nitch market. I'm not sure if demand dried up or what. I think they needed more kits and more educational toys and at a lower price. That would have helped develop more hobbyists who would shop more for components.

    That's not the case. Their business model of having a selection of electronic parts in every store was flawed. Perhaps it was good enough for 1960's when a ham was expected to wind his own inductors and make his own high voltage capacitors. Even making of a power transformer was NOT out of the question, and I had some quantity of magnetics to do so. You could build a radio with parts selected from a list that does not exceed a few hundred items.

    However today this is utterly not the case. There are tens of millions of different electronic components today, and you want to have access to all of them because you never know what this or that design calls for. Digi-Key offers mail order of nearly anything you may desire, and their prices are pretty low for a retail facility. (You can do better by going with Avnet and their ilk, but they require volume buy.)

    What I'm saying is that RS could not stock enough parts in their retail outlets. It would be outrageously expensive, and they'd never be able to keep track of those parts. (Some of them are invisible without a microscope.) Digi-Key has a single, highly automated warehouse that ships orders within an hour or two from the moment you click "Submit order." You can order by 5PM and receive the shipment by 9am next morning. Or you can select USPS shipping and receive a small box a few days later for a song ($3 or so.) But the real advantage of distributors like Digi-Key, Mouser, Allied, and a few more is that they have a lot of stuff. No single brick-and-mortar store can stock even 1% of what they have. This means that Radio Shack just reached the end of that particular road. They had to change... but they had neither skills to do so, nor wisdom to understand that.

  • Is Scotland Big Enough To Go it Alone?

    09/15/2014 4:19:36 PM PDT · 66 of 69
    Greysard to Reverend Wright
    but, you know what, this is theory. i am pretty sure that scotland is going to vote yes, and we are going to have a live test that what you say can actually be done !

    The latest polls suggest that the vote will be "no." But I have no dog in that fight, so indeed let's wait and see!

  • Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

    09/15/2014 12:46:19 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Greysard to grania
    Isn't the whole US-enabled and financed "spontaneous revolution" in Kiev something only Obama wants? Europe could easily have enough problems with ISIS spreading there, in areas that have been over-run by Muslims.

    Europe is behaving either irrationally, or they have a rationale that eludes me. The Libyan war alone is a good example. Perhaps handling of this crisis in Ukraine will be another example. NATO is said to start delivering weapons to Ukraine to further inflame the civil war. There must be a reason for this.

  • Is Scotland Big Enough To Go it Alone?

    09/15/2014 12:31:39 PM PDT · 63 of 69
    Greysard to Reverend Wright
    eg, let walk thru the steps of setting up an income tax:
    -need a list of all taxpayers with their names, addresses and employers names and addresses: HM Revenue has that, supposed they are hard asses and won’t give it (now what, do you start going thru the phone book? voters list?)
    -need a unique identifier for both taxpayers and businesses: HM Revenue has a taxpayer identifier, suppose they won’t share that database (now you need to set up a Social Security number registry)

    For a programmer it looks very simple because all these steps are interlocked. For example:

    A company must be registered, or else it may not buy and sell - not within the country, and certainly not across the border. To accomplish that, each company registers itself with the government via a Web form, and attaches scanned documents (incorporation papers, etc.) to the record. All done by computers. Only the cases of fraud are investigated by humans.

    A company may employ only workers with Tax IDs. A Tax ID (or SSN) can be issued to a person only upon providing the name and the address. Each employee has to go to a Web site and register. A scanned birth certificate is needed only if there is no other proof of citizenship. All done by computers. Only the cases of fraud are investigated by humans.

    The system works the same in the USA. There are no tax men who knock on the doors of every little business and go through the records. There are no INS (DHS) agents who routinely visit every house and ask for papers. The system is structured such that every participant in the economy is motivated to register himself, and these records are linked. A US citizen doesn't have to have an SSN; but then he will be cut off from the economy, as he cannot get a job, and cannot have a bank account, and cannot rent an apartment...

    In practical terms, let's say that online papers are no good, and each citizen has to go to an office and spend 15 minutes there. How many offices one needs if the grace period is 1 year? 5 million / 260 days = 19,230 daily visits. If each office works 12 hours per day (which is easy to set up,) each employee handles 12 / 0.25 = 48 visitors per day. Let's say each office has four windows and four employees. Therefore you need 19,230 / 48 / 4 = 100 offices. This is a very small number; it's 2 offices per city, on average. Also consider that not every citizen needs the tax ID right away - children, for example.

    This calculation shows that the real difficulties are not as high as one would intuitively perceive them.

  • Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

    09/15/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT · 2 of 5
    Greysard to McGruff
    Ukrainians were like young, naïve children, thinking that EU will take them in and pay all their expenses. Reality is different - every player on the global arena will gladly sell them for a minute profit. Even Turkey, an associated EU member since 1963 (the Ankara Agreement) is not going to be accepted into EU as a full member any time soon (IMO, never.) Ukrainians should have been far more cynical. It may also be that Yanukovich was right in refusing to sign the document - if he was smart enough to calculate the consequences (though I doubt that, he is just a common criminal with no brains.)

    EU and Russia have significant trade; EU and Ukraine don't have anywhere that much - and in light of destruction of Ukrainian economy the trade has to become one-sided. "Nothing personal, " as the villain often says as he dispatches an inconvenient man. EU is willing to use Ukraine as a reason to push trade sanctions that may have their own value to EU. But EU will never go to war for Ukraine, and EU will not even risk their own interests in a purely political battle. Ukraine simply doesn't have much to offer EU in exchange for all the losses that EU is already taking in.

    This delay (until 2016) in implementation of the agreement means that the current government in Kiev will most likely not survive until then. It may not even survive this winter. This is all part of the plan, however cynical it may look like (because it is.) EU only wants to deal with a strongman who really is in control. The current team in Kiev is not even close to that.

  • Is Scotland Big Enough To Go it Alone?

    09/14/2014 9:41:09 PM PDT · 32 of 69
    Greysard to Reverend Wright
    before “independence” scotland has to set up the equivalent of: the IRS, social security administration, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, head start, subsidized housing administration, USPS, ... none of these things exist as separate entities in scotland right now -- how long do you think it will take to do that little lot ?

    Six months top. All done in parallel, by different people. For example, how much time would you need to set up a postal service if you already have local carriers and trucks and offices? (I don't think that any of that is done by personnel that drives to work every morning from London.)

    All this had been done on more than one occasion in history. It will be easier today because you can borrow best practices from similar systems of other countries. They will be even happy, for a small fee, to send you some of their experienced people to get you started. None of this is rocket science. It's actually rather trivial. In many cases all that needs to change in the org chart is reporting. Do not forget, human resources are plentiful, and most are already familiar with their jobs, no matter if they are "separate entities" or subdivisions of some department of UK. Physically, the social worker and the mail carrier and the policeman are all local people. Now they will have a local boss, and the local Treasury will be financing them.

  • Is Scotland Big Enough To Go it Alone?

    09/14/2014 8:39:09 PM PDT · 26 of 69
    Greysard to Reverend Wright
    they don’t currently have any way to collect their own: income tax, payroll tax, corporate tax, excise tax. they admit they will be dependent on britain to collect these taxes after “independence” for years to come.

    Curiously, every medieval baron was able and very much willing to collect taxes from everyone he could reach. Is the entire Scotland, armed with computers, barcode scanners, and the Internet, less capable than one barely literate man and his ten soldiers?

    Otherwise it would appear that only an already independent country can declare independence. This is nonsense, of course. Countries form, merge and fall apart all the time. Yugoslavia separated into several states just ten or fifteen years ago. They are doing fine.

  • Is Scotland Big Enough To Go it Alone?

    09/14/2014 8:29:19 PM PDT · 19 of 69
    Greysard to PGR88
    As the author points out, any small nation can succeed, but Scots will need to lose their addiction to welfare and government employment first.

    This cannot happen first. People are not interested in abandoning an endless supply of goodies. But if the supply ends, then the people will have no choice but to become productive.

    Financing the country with debt is a dead end. The sooner the country gives up that drug, the better. Just look at the USA - the debt is so high that it cannot be ever paid back, and that undermines the souvereignity of the country.

    Zimbabwe is different because the population there is (a) porly educated, (b) brainwashed, and (c) racist, led by a racist party with a communist-like leader for life. This is not how one builds a prosperous country.

    As Scotland has valuable supplies of oil, there is every financial reason for them to declare independence and use that oil for themselves. Norway is not complaining, at least.

  • Lawmakers to HHS: Why Are Ebola Warnings Getting More Dire? (Dare we ask?)

    09/14/2014 12:07:02 AM PDT · 43 of 100
    Greysard to pepsionice
    The “special suits” are basically a $2 pair of rubber boots, and some plastic cheapo suit, with a head covering of plastic, and a google-like covering for the eyes, and a 50-cent mouth covering.

    That's the difference between suits that real people use in real epidemic and the suits that select few use in level 4 biosafety labs. There are only 15 (fifteen!) BSL-4 labs in the USA, and one would imagine that most of them are not intended for treatment of large number of infected people. Those labs use air pressure control to detect damage to the suit; but even then workers may injure themselves with sharp tools that they use in their work. Those labs are NOT going to be available to common people. Ebola requires BSL-4 as it is highly lethal, has no vaccine, and is highly infectious. In other words, there is not enough facilities to reliably deal with an epidemic. There is a hope, though, that Ebola will not find suitable non-human hosts outside of Africa.

  • Lawmakers to HHS: Why Are Ebola Warnings Getting More Dire? (Dare we ask?)

    09/13/2014 11:41:59 PM PDT · 39 of 100
    Greysard to jonrick46
    Those special suits had better be foolproof. If not, why not?

    • It's very expensive in terms of facilities needed, disposable suits and other materials.
    • It requires trained personnel, using a buddy system, following instructions to the letter
    • It requires a way to dispose of everything that is contaminated. Not everything can be incinerated, such as the floor that you walk on - so there must be a way to wash it reliably, and there must be a way to safely dispose of used liquids.
    • It requires a way to deal with accidents, treating survivors or disposing the bodies safely.
    • As such work is very dangerous, not everyone will volunteer. You may have shortage of trained workers. You may have willing but untrained workers.
    • Nothing is foolproof.
  • Oakland Firefighter Plays Victim Card Until Police Release Video

    09/13/2014 3:31:15 PM PDT · 24 of 66
    Greysard to lee martell
    I probably missed the explanation, but if all he is doing is ‘securing’ the station, wouldn’t it have been best to turn the lights on for that large room? Or maybe the three of them just arrived before the officer did.

    Note that the police tech who came first haven't turned the lights on either. Perhaps he didn't know where the switches are. But a more likely explanation is that the camera that the cop was wearing is not very good in low light. Note that it kept sending the picture in color, though most security cameras switch to grayscale below a certain lighting threshold. Human eyes are better than many security cameras, and they are certainly better than this camera. Note that the picture outside the station - which is a city street with lights - is also unusably dark; but most people find that streetlights are adequate for walking around.

    This means that while there wasn't enough light for the camera, there probably was just enough light for humans to walk around. The police tech may have been forced to wander around in darkness because he didn't know where the switches are, and the firefighter didn't need the overhead lights because he knew the facility well enough - especially if he told his kids to stay by the doors.

  • Holder Says Arming Mexican Drug Cartels "Our Ace in the Hole" vs. ISIL Infiltrators

    09/12/2014 5:40:42 PM PDT · 31 of 45
    Greysard to dynachrome
    My guess is the cartel members would probably be able to switch to muzzie, at least outwardly.

    Their choice is limited. There are not too many major religions that gladly embrace killers and torturers just as they are, without all that ancient "sin no more" stuff.

  • Holder Says Arming Mexican Drug Cartels "Our Ace in the Hole" vs. ISIL Infiltrators

    09/12/2014 5:18:13 PM PDT · 19 of 45
    Greysard to dynachrome
    steel cage match. loser leaves town!

    In real life, of course, two strong players won't be fighting each other on command of a weakling. It just doesn't happen this way. Cartels want access to the market - which is people. Cartels have no use of the US government in any way, shape or form. ISIS fights against that government, distracting it from border control (a difficult task, considering that border control is nonexistent.) Cartels and ISIS are natural allies.

  • Michael Moore: 100 years from now, Obama will only be remembered for being the first black president

    09/10/2014 3:07:35 PM PDT · 32 of 44
    Greysard to riri
    The way things are headed 100 years from now we are going to be communicating by grunting noises and back to drawing images on cave walls.

    You are unreasonably pessimistic. I think 100 years from how at least 0.1% of survivors will be able to read and write as many as several hundred words.

    But the language may change, as clay tablets are not very convenient for cursive. Cuneiform may become popular again.

  • US federal air marshal attacked with syringe in Lagos airport

    09/08/2014 6:44:59 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    Greysard to Engedi
    How did the person know he was an Air Marshall?

    Passengers have luggage; once they collect it they leave the airport, or go to local check-in counters. The security crew would likely linger around with nothing particular to do, waiting for the trip back. "You can observe a lot just by watching."

  • Ex-USC professor pleads guilty to having sex with boys overseas

    09/05/2014 8:20:05 PM PDT · 22 of 72
    Greysard to Bubba_Leroy
    Why would anyone pay money for their kids to go to a college that even has a gender and sexuality studies department?

    As opposed to studies of math, physics, chemistry, medicine? Those are HARD subjects, and the student must be pretty capable and hard-working to survive those courses. Medical students, for example, have to memorize every bone and every muscle and every blood vessel in the human body.

  • Iowa teens face felony charges for peeling bark from a tree

    09/04/2014 3:10:03 PM PDT · 9 of 24
    Greysard to Slump Tester
    Did they kill the tree, or was it just loose bark like on a hickory tree?

    If they killed the tree, the proper punishment would be 3 hours of biology lessons (about trees, of course) and a follow-up test, and then planting and caring for 30 new trees.

    If they just pulled a loose bark off, they should be rewarded for keeping the school grounds clean.

  • Black Oakland Firefighter Says White Cop Detained Him, Kids

    09/04/2014 11:26:45 AM PDT · 12 of 26
    Greysard to nickcarraway
    Such distrust is unfortunate and very corrosive to society. It can be corrected from both ends. LEOs (of all races) should stop treating citizens as property of the state. At the same time black people should reduce the percentage of criminals among them down to the average level. Then the problem of "us vs. them" will disappear, as it is nonexistent between Whites and Asians, for example.

    However there is no interest among those groups to do anything about this problem. They both are content with how things are. LEOs can be simply ordered to behave, and those cameras do help. However there are too few black leaders who advocate civilized way of life and rejection of racism, and there is no oversight of citizens' behavior. Gangs are just modern tribes, with a power structure, rituals, raids, loot. This has to be changed, as western civilization is incompatible with tribal mentality. We cannot afford "hunters" in our midst.

  • No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked

    09/04/2014 10:21:26 AM PDT · 52 of 56
    Greysard to Old Yeller
    Generally speaking, it seems that Negroes have never wanted integration.

    It's a characteristic of all humans. Emperors and conquerors build large countries from hundreds of nations. After a while those countries fall apart, as each nation wants to go its own way.

    Separatism thrives because it is profitable. Instead of being a local boss you could become a king, with your own court and your own army! Those poor fools will gladly accept your speeches that all their problems are caused by $evil_neighbors, and those problems will disappear as soon as you draw a border on a map.

    We all know what black leaders benefit from this situation. But it also benefits the current way of life of [some of] black population. They have self-segregated to such extent that reintegration is a challenge for a few generations. As a mini-society they cannot exist anymore without tacit support of their way of life. When that support weakens riots explode - and politicians from the very top are dropping on their knees, begging forgiveness for asking the blacks to behave. This courtesy is never extended to other social groups - perhaps because those are not likely to set the town on fire. So we have strength on one hand, and benefits that that strength buys. What is there for them not to like?

  • Obama Orders 350 More Troops to Baghdad

    09/02/2014 9:34:28 PM PDT · 26 of 27
    Greysard to caww
    .....”These additional forces will not serve in a combat role,” the White House said......

    Nobody cares what just one side of the confrontation wants. If ISIS decides to show up, those "additional forces" will have a simple choice: to take guns and serve in a combat role, or to be killed on the spot.

  • Oakland Police Car Hits 58-Year-Old Man Near Lake Merritt

    08/31/2014 1:40:11 PM PDT · 8 of 28
    Greysard to nickcarraway
    Quite a strange article:

    A 58-year-old man who collided with an Oakland police patrol car

    People do not collide with moving cars; it's the other way around. Who is and isn't guilty is determined on case by case basis. But there is no need to contort the language; it only makes the police look bad.

    The collision happened around 1:30 p.m. when the patrol car traveling at slow speeds south on Third Avenue made a turn to East 12th Street, police said.

    Failing to yield to pedestrians, probably. The LEO was not looking around, but fiddled with the radio or tried to find a house number.

    Police have not determined if the pedestrian was on the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

    What, pray tell, could be the reason why they haven't determined this simple detail? A slow moving car couldn't throw the victim 100 feet away; since he is alive, he fell within a couple feet from the place where he was hit. Was it a sudden, convenient case of momentary distraction that overcame all the officers and paramedics and firemen who responded? The location of the incident is one of the most essential facts to be recorded - far more important than noticing how many other people were in the cop's car, or whether the cop was responding to a call.

    Google Maps shows that pedestrian crossings are present along 3rd Avenue. Also, a car that travels south on 3rd has to stop at this stop sign. Was the LEO above that simple requirement? Otherwise the road looks simple, and there are no obstructions. The LEO could strike a pedestrian only if he didn't pay attention to driving.

  • Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

    08/27/2014 12:55:11 PM PDT · 7 of 135
    Greysard to Responsibility2nd
    Did the jury do their job?

    Probably. It's a private matter, even if it was Barajas who killed the driver. Sometimes people make mistakes that are too costly. Life is like that. Don't drink and drive.

  • Arizona Shooting Range Instructor Killed by Girl With Uzi

    08/26/2014 7:23:53 PM PDT · 32 of 93
    Greysard to Fire_on_High
    I’d be awfully hesitant to handle an Uzi myself for fear I wouldn’t have sufficient strength to control it properly!

    Just load the magazine with one round. Add one or two more when you become comfortable. Firing more than three in full auto mode is not very useful anyway.

  • Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

    08/26/2014 4:31:55 PM PDT · 2 of 15
    Greysard to Tailgunner Joe
    There is nothing better than a sequence of deterring moves to start a war.
  • ... world's first hydrogen reactor for reduction of unlimited hydrogen ...

    08/26/2014 12:02:17 AM PDT · 37 of 93
    Greysard to RC one
    What I read indicated that they had figured out how to use solar energy to break the H2O covalent bonds which seems reasonable.

    Those would be hydrogen bonds. Using solar energy for splitting of water is not a new idea.

    What is new here, however, is the idea of transmuting oxygen into hydrogen. Normally hydrogen is far more apt to go in the other direction, just as we saw it in explosions of hydrogen bombs. You'd need to apply some comparable energy to put the toothpaste back into the tube :-) Our Sun happily survives on simply fusing hydrogen into helium. Imagine the cost of splitting O into many H's :-) Humans can do some of such things, but only to individual atoms, and only on huge particle accelerators.

  • ... world's first hydrogen reactor for reduction of unlimited hydrogen ...

    08/25/2014 10:30:15 PM PDT · 7 of 93
    Greysard to AZLiberty
    Here is the only relevant part of the article. Read it, and you know it all:

    indicating that the process of transmutation of oxygen into hydrogen in the last test was more active.

    Here is another opinion. There are some funny comments too.

  • Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

    08/23/2014 1:42:51 PM PDT · 9 of 33
    Greysard to Cicero
    If this article is to be believed, he left his car running at idle speed for SIX HOURS while he was in the police station. But he did not turn on the air conditioner.

    It also has to be believed that no police officer or an employee or a visitor coming in or out paid any attention to the running car, and to the dog locked inside. In other words, nobody cares what's happening around the police station - there are no cameras and nobody is looking. We should only hope that those ISIL fellows that cross the border from Mexico don't know how to rent a Ryder truck.

  • Michael Brown is ISIS (Saturbray)

    08/23/2014 11:57:16 AM PDT · 13 of 18
    Greysard to Enterprise
    Brown was willing to die for some Swisher Sweets.

    He had no expectation to die for that, and he wouldn't. He should have expected to die for attacking a cop; but probably he was already on some serious drugs, besides marijuana, and couldn't think clearly. His actions were highly irrational even for a thug. Thugs are opportunistic predators; but there was no opportunity of any useful kind in beating up an LEO.

  • VANITY: Anybody take the dive in getting a Nissan Leaf?

    08/22/2014 2:39:30 PM PDT · 156 of 160
    Greysard to ctdonath2
    The Li-Ion battery should last 6-8 years (current models).

    Elsewhere in this thread someone (maybe even you) estimated the battery cost to be about $10K. This translates to about $1,400 per year. This money, at $4/gal, buys 357 gallons of gas, and that is enough to drive 16,000 miles at 45 mpg in a hybrid or an efficient non-hybrid.

    This means that Leaf becomes cheaper to drive (assuming electric power of zero cost) if one drives it daily not less than 43 miles. Since power is not free then we can say 50 miles.

    It's an interesting balance. If you drive less than 50 miles every single day you will lose money on Leaf. But if you drive more then you have to charge it twice per day or risk losing power on a freeway. There were many articles that claimed that Leaf's range estimate is overly optimistic.

    I believe you have a Leaf, so this is not to convince you of anything. (You already know all the facts firsthand :-) This is just a simple calculation that may be of use to someone who considers. I'm living high in the hills, so none of today's EVs will work for me.

  • VANITY: Anybody take the dive in getting a Nissan Leaf?

    08/22/2014 12:03:42 PM PDT · 138 of 160
    Greysard to smokingfrog
    We have owned our Leaf since May 2011 [...] they say, is "average and excepted [expected?] for the car at this age."

    It's quite uncommon to refer to a 3 year old car as "car of this age." It's nearly new. Sorry to hear that the battery is exhibiting memory effects. I used many laptops, and not even one battery in them survived for more than 2-3 years. This made me deeply suspicious of Li-Ion batteries; they are great as a power source, but they don't last.

  • VANITY: Anybody take the dive in getting a Nissan Leaf?

    08/22/2014 9:35:22 AM PDT · 71 of 160
    Greysard to Roman_War_Criminal
    After all the incentives, it’s looking to be around $22,000-$24,000 depending on the dealer.

    For this money (or even less) you can get a Prius. Not a plug-in. Do not focus on plug-in vehicles - batteries today are not very efficient, both in terms of stored energy and in terms of cost.

    You will not be able to make the round trip in a Leaf with enough charge left to allow heater, headlights, and other loads without charging at work. However what if you cannot charge at work? What if you have to go somewhere else before or after work? Those are very real scenarios. A hybrid removes this worry from your mind.

    Cost-wise, a Prius in a city will give you about 45-50 mpg. Your daily commute is 75 miles, that would burn (in worst case) 1.6 gallons that today cost $6. If you do it every work day, $6 * 5 * 4 = $133. I leave more than that in a grocery store whenever I go there. It would be diminishing returns to optimize further.

  • Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

    08/18/2014 10:15:36 PM PDT · 32 of 94
    Greysard to Jack Hydrazine
    Don’t know how true the following is. RFID Chip for all Americans in 2013 as Part of ObamaCare

    Obamacare was poorly designed; as of now it does not have sufficient attraction.

    However the government may implant chips into a significant portion of residents of the USA (not just citizens!) if, citing abuse of Social Security, they mandate chipping of anyone who wants to collect Social Security payments of any kind, for any reason and for any duration. Then the people will be left with no option whatsoever. A quick and mostly painless procedure would be interpreted as a necessary evil.

  • Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

    08/18/2014 10:02:56 PM PDT · 30 of 94
    Greysard to Zathras
    Trust me from someone who designs semiconductors, a bar code tattoo would be much simpler and easier to implement.

    It would be also much easier to obscure, steal, damage, and replace. A bar code is not what you are; it's what you have (and tomorrow you may have something else.) An implanted ROM-based chip, short of a surgery, is what you are.

    There is also the issue of remote reading. A bar code can be covered by clothes. An RFID chip can be accessed through the clothing, invisibly and without you knowing about it. Shielding of the chip is problematic. A bar code is not even a usable anti-theft device in stores; but a hidden RFID tag is.

    Those guys are aiming for creating a worldwide government, with no dissent allowed. They are not cheapskates; why should they be if we pay for all this work? They want reliable results; that means implanted hardware, fuse- or laser-programmed ROM, and remote access with some range. You can't replace that with a sticker that you print on your color printer and slap on your arm whenever you want.

  • Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

    08/18/2014 9:51:25 PM PDT · 26 of 94
    Greysard to Politicalkiddo
    I am young. I’m a millennial.

    Then I'm curious: will, in your opinion, today's teenagers accept the chip for a small reward?

  • Microchips Will Be Implanted Into Healthy People Sooner Than You Think

    08/18/2014 9:41:47 PM PDT · 14 of 94
    Greysard to Politicalkiddo
    I won’t do it. I am not a dog. I would rather die first.

    Nobody will be chipping old people. They cannot be changed, and the government knows that. These chips are for young people; they will allow themselves to be chipped in exchange for a trifling thing.

    In 30-40 years from now, if this society is still around, one may have to be chipped to enter government facilities, or public transport, or select stores, or any bank, or to drive a car... all this is simply a matter of public apathy. "Hey, now I can go all the way from my home to my office without buying a bus ticket!" Small rewards, like the cost of a bus fare that depends on many factors, would be an additional attraction.

    There will be some small setbacks too. When one leaves his home he has to carry a sterile bandage with him. This way when the robbers cut this chip out of his flesh he can apply that bandage. Though nobody in such a world would really care if he lives or dies.

  • Fowl play: Neanderthals were first bird eaters (Update)

    08/18/2014 8:38:18 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    Greysard to bunkerhill7
    Did Neanderthals have bird-brains?

    Obviously. One comes with every rock pigeon :-)

  • Shocked Groom Flees After Seeing Bride on Arrival at Saudi Airport

    08/18/2014 4:26:05 PM PDT · 34 of 47
    Greysard to Tax-chick
    Some sources say the issue with the picture was that the full-face view didn’t concealed how very large her nose was.

    Nothing that a good pair of safety glasses can't deal with.

  • Should Anti-Tattoo Discrimination Be Illegal?

    08/18/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT · 56 of 68
    Greysard to Texas Songwriter
    What is your point? My point is ..... hate them or love them or anything in between. it is a free country, but the government is working on changing that.

    The point is simple: you can be free of the government's oppression, but you will never be free of people's judgement - which may affect your chances of a good job.

    Well, there is one chance to escape this judgement; that is to be irrelevant to other people. I do not judge Abdullah from a tiny Afghan village because I have never been there and don't care what they do. This is just a technicality, as hardly anyone is hired to be irrelevant.

  • Should Anti-Tattoo Discrimination Be Illegal?

    08/18/2014 12:21:18 AM PDT · 20 of 68
    Greysard to Texas Songwriter
    What idiot would posit such a question? It used to be a free country.

    This is a good question to ask - and to answer. This is indeed a free country (or so we hope.) But it is essential to understand that the word "free" only means that the law of the land will not imprison you for doing a certain thing. This is the full extent of that freedom. Your freedom to do something does not mean that 100 million people will not privately hate you for doing that.

    In a perfectly free country you will find any number of people (if not simply everyone!) who hold quite strong opinions about virtually every aspect of being. The freedom that one enjoys only guarantees that she will not be prosecuted by the collective. She still may be privately persecuted by an individual, and there is no law against that. (But they try to make such a law, as all those cases against businesses that reject LGBT demonstrate.)

    In other words, this is a free country. You can dress up like a homeless wino and then go to an interview for a position of an administrator of a bank. You will not be arrested. But what are your chances of getting the job? An important function of the job interview is to test your judgement, as most people have to exercise it daily as part of their duties. People who do not understand the world around them are not a good match in most cases. Even a lawnmower man has to be sane enough to keep his hands away from the blade. A tattoo is not, of course, as bad as walking into the interview room nearly naked or drunk (or both :-) However it is not an advantage: nobody will hire a tattoo wearer just because of it, but some will refuse to hire that person just because of the tattoo. Your balance, statistically, becomes negative.

  • Should Anti-Tattoo Discrimination Be Illegal?

    08/17/2014 11:18:29 PM PDT · 13 of 68
    Greysard to Steelfish
    A tattoo is a reflection of person's character. A soldier could have a tattoo that has something to do with his service. A girl may have something that she thought would make her look better. A thug may have something that identifies him as a gang member, or as an ex-convict. All tattoos are different. It wouldn't be reasonable for an employer to treat them all the same. However if an employer looks for a person's character he *will* include the tattoos into her evaluation. And she may be wrong! HR people are not experts on gang tattoos. But that's one of the risks you take with tattoos - they may make you less appealing to a bunch of folks, even when that's unfair.

    At the same time I am not particularly aware of any tattoo that makes a person more attractive - aside, perhaps, of hiring a soldier or a sailor. (I have never done either, and cannot speculate further.) I have done my share of interviews of applicants for engineering positions. None of them had tattoos, so I have no personal dog in this fight. But if a 22-25 y/o person wears a tattoo of suspicious nature, I would be required to think about that, simply as part of my job. Perhaps a direct question can resolve the issue... but these days those questions are outlawed by HR for legal reasons. Unanswered concerns like that often count against the applicant, especially if there are several applications per position.

  • Melissa Harris-Perry Delivers Heartbreaking Tribute to Unarmed Black Men Killed by Police

    08/16/2014 5:44:46 PM PDT · 14 of 48
    Greysard to mandaladon
    A couple days ago there was a minor traffic inconvenience in front of my house. Not even an accident - just a trailer that is longer than the chord of the road's curve :-) A CHP officer showed up, and I was also present (they asked for a few yards of my driveway to clear the problem.) We talked. For some strange reason the CHP officer never tried to shoot me. If only some brilliant scientist could figure out what makes police kill some people and be friendly with other, his discovery will save so many lives!!!