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Forum: Rantidote 17 December 2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 13,686
Posted By erwins
WA has a bigger buffer zone than Oregon (defined...

WA has a bigger buffer zone than Oregon (defined differently) but pedestrians don't have to be completely clear of the roadway there either. https://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.235
Forum: Business Bytes 13 December 2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 37,554
Posted By erwins
Driver The deadly recklessness of the self-driving car industry

Autonomous vehicles were supposed to make driving safer, and they may yet—some of the more optimistic research indicates self-driving cars could save tens of thousands of lives a year in the U.S....
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2018, 11:00 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 13,686
Posted By erwins
At the state level, the law is consistent with...

At the state level, the law is consistent with what's described in the article I linked. The statute is ORS 811.028, if you want to look it up.
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 13,686
Posted By erwins
Do you have a cite for that? Is it a law that is...

Do you have a cite for that? Is it a law that is local to you, maybe? I think it's a bit more complicated than that, and not quite so restrictive. This article, from Sept. of this year, is...
Forum: SLC 12 December 2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 44,274
Posted By erwins
Last Saturday I saw an Alfa Romeo Stelvio...

Last Saturday I saw an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quatrifolglio. The Alfa Romeo SUV/sports car crossover. I'd never seen one before. I was surprised to see an Alfa SUV, but from reading a little bit about...
Forum: Moot Court 12 December 2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,586
Posted By erwins
EQT is not wrong that DP appeals take longer,...

EQT is not wrong that DP appeals take longer, are more numerous, and Garner more attention than appeals from life sentences though.
Forum: Social Studies 12 December 2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By erwins
All of it is bullying. I guess how much the...

All of it is bullying.

I guess how much the school can do depends on their laws/rules about off campus conduct.

Whatever else it is, it's awful. And it doesn't matter that it's intended as a...
Forum: Moot Court 11 December 2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,586
Posted By erwins
Sometimes people even plead guilty with no...

Sometimes people even plead guilty with no bargain on charges or sentence, in the hopes of persuading the judge to give a lesser sentence. Taking responsibility and sparing victims and families can...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 11 December 2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 8,597
Posted By erwins
Yeah, after I wrote it, I remembered a couple...

Yeah, after I wrote it, I remembered a couple more. Definitely the first part and not the second. And I couldn't think of one for That 70s Show. I've watched it, but not enough to know that bit --...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 11 December 2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 8,597
Posted By erwins
3. snowflakes 4. Algonquin roundtable 5....

3. snowflakes
4. Algonquin roundtable
5. potato chips?
6. Rwanda. I'm surprised more people don't have this one. If you haven't read it, We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be...
Forum: SLC 09 December 2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By erwins
Yesterday, we went to the Mt. Hood National...

Yesterday, we went to the Mt. Hood National Forest and cut down about a 7 foot tree (with a permit). It was fun, but hard to find a good tree. It's the first time I've done it. Next time, I'll...
Forum: Crash and Burn 07 December 2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By erwins
The OP article (now) says it is the same runway...

The OP article (now) says it is the same runway as the earlier overrun incident. Nice to see how the improvements worked. Also a good idea from the earlier incident: Closing and demolishing a gas...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 06 December 2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By erwins
What is the environmental impact of setting loose...

What is the environmental impact of setting loose 50,000 silk moths per silk sari produced?

As for the OP, putting aside who is advocating for the change, I could see trying to stop using "beating...
Forum: Techno-Babble 04 December 2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 291
Posted By erwins
So they put an AI designed to have its own...

So they put an AI designed to have its own (possibly "tetchy") personality in orbit, with plans to have it interface with the space station's systems.

What could possibly go wrong?
Forum: Crash and Burn 03 December 2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
Consider that in societies lacking prisons, often...

Consider that in societies lacking prisons, often the punishment choices for a member of the society for a serious offense were/are death or banishment. In some societies, banishment means making...
Forum: Rantidote 02 December 2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 27,591
Posted By erwins
Tactical pants does sound silly. I guess the...

Tactical pants does sound silly. I guess the tactic is to not be stuck in pants if you get hot? It seems like it's meant to appeal to preppers and police/military wannabes. Sometimes I like the...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 01 December 2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By erwins
We had fox squirrels in Florida too when I was...

We had fox squirrels in Florida too when I was growing up. One house I lived in, kind of out in the country, they would come by fairly regularly. Impressive, aren't they?
Forum: Crash and Burn 01 December 2018, 05:26 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
Too late to edit. Wow, the information keeps...

Too late to edit. Wow, the information keeps changing rapidly. This link says that many were killed by salvagers. ...
Forum: Crash and Burn 01 December 2018, 04:36 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
In a sense they do. As recently as the 90s,...

In a sense they do. As recently as the 90s, something like 50 to 100 of them might have been killed by people salvaging stuff from a shipwreck on the reef just off the beach. So they might still...
Forum: Crash and Burn 01 December 2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
I'll add more later, but I think the 2006...

I'll add more later, but I think the 2006 incident is a horrific murder of the two men. They were not supposed to be that close to the island, and were poaching, but did not intend to go ashore. ...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 30 November 2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 155
Posted By erwins
Zoo heartbroken as six-year-old (elephant) Lily succombs to virus

The Oregon Zoo is in mourning today following the sudden and unexpected loss of Lily, the youngest of the zoo elephant family, one day before her sixth birthday. Despite exhaustive efforts by...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 30 November 2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By erwins
"The author argues that this is an astonishing...

"The author argues that this is an astonishing statement, coming from an organization that is often lambasted for protecting the rights of people accused of all manner of crimes."

The ACLU can...
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
No, not only is it obvious that he did not stay...

No, not only is it obvious that he did not stay out of range after that, he actually said that he did *not* stay out of range after that.

From the excerpt of his diary where he mentioned trying to...
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
Is there any disagreement that that would be...

Is there any disagreement that that would be extremely wrong?
Forum: Crash and Burn 30 November 2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,402
Posted By erwins
The impression I had from the reports I've read...

The impression I had from the reports I've read was that he had approached and yelled from a distance and been chased off. It was unclear to me when and how far distant he was during the part where...
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