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Simple Answer Search Engine

Replies either "Yup", "Nope" or "Dhunno".
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That's the idea, you need read no further unless you want to. That's how internet posts should be. You're welcome.

Still want more? Fine, read on. Internet posts are like a party you've been invited to but the exit door should always as open as the entrance door, the booze and whore durvs being right there as you walk in. Make what you came for the first thing you see.

Still reading? I'm honored and will respect your time. I came across the worst case of squidding I've ever seen in my life yesterday, I'll post it after this idea so as to not become a squiddly diddly myself.

I want a yes or no answer, just give me what I want. If I type in "Is it legal to drive with fog lights on when it's not foggy?" Just tell me "Yup" or "Nope". A search engine could do this quite nicely. If it's more complicated than that you can throw an asterisk after it or if it's not a yes or no question it could say "Assumes facts not in evidence" such as the question "Did you stop beating your wife?". At this time it would also place malware on your computer for wasting the search engine's time.

So that's the idea, I'm done, I got to the point. Below is not the idea, it's what happened when I asked the simple question "Is it legal to drive with your fog lights on when it's not foggy?" I'll save you some time, the answer's not there. He quotes a police officer that says he thinks it might be ok, then refers to some research he mis- interpreted but the answer to the question is "Dhunno"

Now reader beware, I suggest you digest the following by looking at how lengthy it is, not reading it. I can boil it down for you, as an answer to the question: "Can you legally drive with fog lamps on when there's no fog." is "Maybe, but then again maybe not".



Q. I’ve noticed at night a lot of people these days using their fog lights. Is it legal to use them when it’s not foggy?

– Jeff Long, Fullerton

A. I first contacted Kermit regarding an answer for this question, but he kindly pointed out that the reader said “foggy,” not “froggy.” My mistake.

But I did reach the right person when I contacted Darryl Pang, a traffic-unit officer for the Tustin Police Department. “In general, the enforcement of lighting requirements is directed toward preventing a hazardous situation due to an unsafe use of lighting equipment (that) obstructs another driver’s vision, or unlawful actions (that) mislead motorists to misidentify a vehicle so equipped as an emergency vehicle,” Pang wrote.

Pang also conducted some extensive research within the California Vehicle Code, which bears airing.

CVC section 22403(a) specifies the placement and use of fog lamps, which may be used with, but not as a substitute for, head lamps. They must be mounted on the front of the vehicle at a height of not less than 12 inches nor more than 30 inches off of the ground.

Additionally, going overboard in the lighting department can attract a police cruiser like a moth to a flame, as another section of the code restricts the maximum number of forward amps lighted at one time to four. So if you have separate high-beams on, in addition to your two regular driving lights, then the use of fog lamps is strictly verboten.

“I would first want to ensure whether the fog lamps are installed and used as required,” Pang wrote. “If so, then the use of the fog lamps may be permitted as there is no restriction for the use of such lamps to fog conditions alone.”


doctorremulac3, Mar 09 2020


       Search engines should be an improvement, however small*, on humans.   

       So, no.   

       *It's really, really easy to be better than a human.
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       Google and Microsoft are both working on AI that can properly parse questions and provide answers, but they're far from complete. Limiting the answer to "yes" or "no" doesn't make the problem any easier.
Voice, Mar 09 2020

       Then in the meantime they can hire me. I'll research the situation and give them a human answer. My fee is $350,000 a year and I don't work weekends.
doctorremulac3, Mar 09 2020

       Throw an extra zero on that number.
doctorremulac3, Mar 09 2020

       At the end.
doctorremulac3, Mar 09 2020

       "Please install upgraded user and reboot".   

       "To ask a question, you must already know most of the answer", as Isaac Asimov so succinctly stated.
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

Voice, Mar 09 2020

       sp. 35,000.00
pocmloc, Mar 09 2020

       // sp. 35,000.00//   

       ... Pr. "Fantasy".   

       // I don't work weekends. //   

       No, but then to be fair, you don't work weekdays either, so it balances up.
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       Should have done the humor math on the whole add a zero thing.   

       When it comes to math, there's three kinds of people: those who understand it and those who don't.
doctorremulac3, Mar 09 2020

       "When it comes to binary, there's 10 kinds of people - those who understand it, and those that don't ..."
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       ^ and those who don't understand a trinary joke.
FlyingToaster, Mar 09 2020

       It's impossible to joke in trinary. You can tri but you'll fail.
Voice, Mar 09 2020

       Just step over here, [Voice]. That's right. Stand just there, on that square marked on the floor. Now, keep quite still for a moment ...
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       Sure, I'll do that. What quad possibly go wrong? Borg are emotionless, right? No pent up anger? No hexes to throw at me?
Voice, Mar 09 2020

       No, but we have learned from those wizened little Ferengi goblins...   

       "Roll up, roll up ! Who'd like to bid for the right to pull the trapdoor release lever ? "   

       // quad //   

       Haha. We saw what you did there...
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       It would be cheaper to implement a search engine which just gave random “Magic 8 Ball” answers
hippo, Mar 09 2020

       What about a "Magic 2 Ball" ?   

       Or for Nazis, a "Magic 1 Ball" ....
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       "intentional" is quite a difficult word; if you can spell that correctly, why can't you spell "favour" and "armour" ? Now, "aluminium" we can understand - but the others are only two syllables. How hard can it be ?
8th of 7, Mar 09 2020

       <Slightly Off-Topic> This reminds me of a (very very) old joke seen on the internet: "Computing for Country Folk".
Among other things, there's a Windows dialogue box; instead of the usual "OK, Cancel, Help", it has "Yup, Nope, Dang!".
neutrinos_shadow, Mar 09 2020

       Now now, [8th], 'sept your punishment. At least I hept you make a little money. Bi Jove you octa be thanking me.
Voice, Mar 10 2020


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