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  1. Re: forced drug/alcohol tests

    What the school did was unfortunately legal as the student AND parents must sign a “student code of conduct ” at the beginning of the school year that allows testing when drugs or alcohol are suspected.

    When you have a group of underage kids showing up drunk and sneaking in booze. You have to do something to protect the others and the school.

    1. A Code of Conduct does not trump the 4th amendment. It would have only taken one parent to force a legal review. Fight for your children.

      Another reason why parents should pull their children from public schools. Unfortunately, it has the tendency to make parents just as compliant to over reach.

  2. Some car owners found out the hard way that electric cars have some serious drawbacks. Aside from the fact that they really are not environmentally friendly, they just don’t have the range of gas powered vehicles. Many were stranded on the side of the road because they ran out of power. That is until Tesla gave them a free upgrade. It turns out that many of the cars were handicapped by the factory to use only 75% of their available power. The factory was able to remotely upgrade the vehicles to allow them to continue on. That bothers me on many levels including the selling of handicapped hardware and remote access of the cars

    As to allowing the car to use more of the total battery, doing so shortens the batteries life, having access to that in an emergency is a good thing, but not so good on a regular usage.
    As to having them be able to change settings in your car, can they do that without your knowlage? and what else can they change?

    1. Dave,
      The article said 75% of “available” power, not “total” power. The extra usage is within the design limits of the battery. The difference is that the manufacture (Tesla) created a multi-tier product with software limitations. The two cars were essentially the same but the cheaper car was intentionally limited.

  3. I work in the auto body business, and see how invasive technology is in modern cars. I’m sure that the powers that be can remotely access a newer vehicle at will, and have detailed records of your driving habits and locations. That being said, my two vehicles are from 1980 and 1987. Nobody is remotely accessing those.

  4. Having been in the path(s) of Hurricane Irma I recommend reading “US Forecast Models Have Been Pretty Terrible During Hurricane Irma” at Arstechnica.com.
    The European forecast was better than our American models. Could this be because we’re still using Fortan computer programming for forecasts?
    Sorry, this has a being posted elsewhere but having been overrun by the mass ‘horde’ migration leaving the state, closing gas stations like locust, next time people will be complacent about heeding another hurricane warning.
    On the ‘humorous’ side, NO, atomic bombs cannot stop a hurricane. They would probably spread radioactive material around though. Actual comments made during Hurricane Irma.

  5. TexasScout: How do we know a bum didn’t chuck the can under the bleachers before the game started? And protect the other students from WHAT exactly? The drunk ones that were-oh, wait, there WERE NO reports of any problem. You couldn’t have missed the point more if you tried.

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