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Clearly this is a metaphor for something.
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That's the idea, you need read no further unless you
to. That's how internet posts should be. You're welcome.
Still want more? Fine, read on.
posts are like a party you've been invited to but the exit
door should always as open as the entrance door, the
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
do this quite nicely. If it's more complicated than that
can throw an asterisk after it or if it's not a yes or no
question it could say "Assumes facts not in evidence"
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
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
drive with fog lamps on when there's no fog." is "Maybe,
but then again maybe not".
BEWARE! THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF HORRIBLE
SQUIDDING, READER BEWARE! MAY CAUSE INTENSE RAGE!
START OF SQUIDDING POST:
Q. Ive noticed at night a lot of people these days using
their fog lights. Is it legal to use them when its not
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 drivers 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
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
END OF SQIDDING POST
||Search engines should be an improvement, however small*, on humans.
||*It's really, really easy to be better than a human.
||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.
||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.
||Throw an extra zero on that number.
||"Please install upgraded user and reboot".
||"To ask a question, you must already know most of the answer", as Isaac Asimov so succinctly stated.
// I don't work weekends. //
||No, but then to be fair, you don't work weekdays either, so it balances up.
||Should have done the humor math on the whole add a zero
||When it comes to math, there's three kinds of people: those
who understand it and those who don't.
||"When it comes to binary, there's 10 kinds of people - those who understand it, and those that don't ..."
||^ and those who don't understand a trinary joke.
||It's impossible to joke in trinary. You can tri but you'll fail.
||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 ...
||Sure, I'll do that. What quad possibly go wrong? Borg are emotionless, right? No pent up anger? No hexes to throw at me?
||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 ? "
||Haha. We saw what you did there...
||It would be cheaper to implement a search engine
which just gave random Magic 8 Ball answers
||What about a "Magic 2 Ball" ?
||Or for Nazis, a "Magic 1 Ball" ....
||"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 ?
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!".
||Now now, [8th], 'sept your punishment. At least I hept you make a little money. Bi Jove you octa be thanking me.