Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on September 17, 2008, 5:36 am
The blind have claimed an 8 year old boy who turned into a Prius riding
his bicycle would not had the Prius made engine noise. His mother made
this claim instead of stating that she should teach her son to 'look
before turning into traffic.'
Of course the blind consider this perfect justification for "Bell the
Hybrid." Will the kid reach puberty with a mother like that?
Posted by Michael N. LeVine on September 17, 2008, 11:19 am
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob & Holly Wilson) wrote:
I does not take a hybrid for that to happen. Several years ago
I had the same thing happen to me when I was driving my Plymouth
Laser. A kid was looking the other way and rode right into my car.
I was not moving at the time and he was moving very slowly so
no one was hurt. Sound had little to do with it, the problem was
lack of attention.
Michael LeVine - email@example.com
"Thirty days hath September, April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty one except for Gypsy Rose Lee
and every one knew what she had" - Mel Blanc
Posted by Was Istoben on September 17, 2008, 11:30 am
Natural selection involves an infinite number of hazards. As a coping
mechanism, senses develop over thousands of generations. The importance of
the mind cannot be understated because it directs these senses. In the
absence of vision, for example, the mind will compensate with enhanced
hearing, touch, smell and taste.
In the instant case, the mother unreasonably substitutes hearing for
unimpaired vision. The mind failed to direct the vision. It is no less
likely the mind would have failed to direct the hearing. Your point, Bob,
is more a statement of fact than opinion.
Clearly humans are genetically disadvantaged in many ways. A wasp can fly
long before a child can walk. You can potty train your dog in less time
than you can potty train your child. Despite these remarkable shortcomings,
the human mind generally matures into a controller superior to that of
either the wasp or dog. "Bell the hybrid" is an exception to that rule.
Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on September 15, 2008, 2:29 pm
Not likely. This congress extends to the November elections and then
there is a short 'lame duck' period. So far, there has yet to be an
equivalent bill introduced in the Senate. There is a good chance this
bill will die with this Congress.
The riskier issue is California that passed a stealthy version of the
same nonsense. If we are lucky, the Governor will not sign it and it too
will pass into history.
In the meanwhile, I've successfully detected an NHW11 keyfob signal;
identified the center frequency; and the 2.5 kHz, Manchester encoded
data. It transmists for .482 seconds, which puts the energy budget at
~16 milli-Joules. However, it is enough to figure out what it will take
to make a 'keyfob' for the blind and other at-risk pedestrians.