Posts by David Hood

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    Something from 538 today:

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/religion-and-education-explain-the-white-vote/

    That’s one helluva lot of white men voting in a bloc to reach his polling numbers

    As Ian pointed out, that is not what Russell said, but as it happens there are a lot of white people- Total minorities made up 29% of the potential voters in 2012, so the preferences of the 71% of the electorate that are white have a big say. Actually more than 71% due to age demographics of actual voters.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Since Uber does not share details on who their drivers are

    Though Uber has an API which you can enter arbitrary altitude and longitudes into and find out what "uber products" (available cars) are nearby- Not the registration, but a general description.

    Despite Ben's data skills, I'm going to suggest he keep away from this as there are probably some kinds of Terms and Conditions about not using it for anything Uber doesn't want it used for that Uber might leverage about blocking other use of the service, and it is actually not that critical to know how many uber drivers are active in an area when the problem is with the regulators.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    addition – how hard is that?

    News stories don't need additors checking them these days.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: After the Apocalypse, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Why then do traces of radiation show up in animals and trees around the world? They could age those very old Greenland sharks by radiation traces in their eyes

    The atmospheric bomb tests doubled the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere, and it gets absorbed by living things from the environment.

    The proportion of carbon-14 in the eye lens is fixed at birth, because the eye lens does not exchange carbon through the protective layer.

    They caught a shark where the proportion of carbon in the eye lens indicated it had been born around 1950. They measured how big the shark was, and thus how old. This gives a baseline for measuring the age of other sharks.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to Ben Austin,

    If you are lacking ideas, consider the humble vacuum cleaner,

    That's so century before last

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_railway

    As with pretty much any 1800's engineering, there was a Isambard Kingdom Brunel connection.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    This would then not actually be done, but individuals found in such cars would be charged instead.

    So an unregulated, unregistered driverless car would be left to go on its way on the road after authorities remove/fine the offending passenger?

    The first few insurance cases around this, let alone any criminally liable actions, are going to be very interesting to watch from a distance. In particular thinking of things like the 20km/per hour passing a labelled (several alternative labels) School Bus pulled over to pick up or let off children.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    They’ve got the legal and ethical side under control (they just ignore it).

    Which would be tricky to do if they are developing their own cars and putting those assets on a road. That gives authorities something to latch onto.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    Aren't those placements somewhat subjective? For example, based on the negotiation leaks shouldn't Australia be closer to the U.S. than New Zealand is.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1365 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Obliteration Room,

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    Spring growth on trees.

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  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Or just the pure futurism, the feeling of being advanced whilst actually going backwards, the phony modernism of it. I think that’s currently the appeal of Uber.

    So, Star Trek doors? (operated as they were by people off camera opening and closing them)

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