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    [–] North Korea drops withdrawal of U.S. forces as condition of denuclearization, South Korea's Moon says. eriwinsto 2 points ago in worldnews

    I like this analysis. Maybe China sees an unpredictable actor in the White House, too, and that could be increasing the risk of war beyond what China finds acceptable.

    [–] Firestone $49.99 Full Synthetic through May 7, 2018 (if they ask, say it was emailed to you) eriwinsto 0 points ago in uberdrivers

    In Houston, Take 5 is doing 50% off. Brought in a spare quart and filter I had lying around and got out for like $35 for full synthetic. By the way, it's the wildest thing--it's a drive-thru place, so you stay comfortable in your car while they change your oil in ~15 minutes. Best experience I've had.

    [–] Someone got 5 stars in GTA this morning. eriwinsto 1 points ago in houston

    In a city constantly at risk for flooding, it helps to have massive high-clearance vehicles.

    [–] Not sure if this is cool or terrifying --> Would you ride? METRO to start driverless bus pilot program eriwinsto 2 points ago in houston

    Doesn't even have to be that complex--MetroRail uses proof-of-payment (you buy a ticket beforehand at a kiosk) and has roving fare inspectors for enforcement.

    [–] Not sure if this is cool or terrifying --> Would you ride? METRO to start driverless bus pilot program eriwinsto 1 points ago in houston

    Boom shaka laka, problem solved. That's a great idea. Moving to proof-of-payment with roving fare inspectors (a la MetroRail) has the potential to speed up boarding considerably on its own, too.

    [–] Not sure if this is cool or terrifying --> Would you ride? METRO to start driverless bus pilot program eriwinsto 1 points ago in houston

    The Galleria/Uptown BRT is actually going to be using just that, I think! We'll see how that goes! Exciting things happening in Houston transit.

    [–] Not sure if this is cool or terrifying --> Would you ride? METRO to start driverless bus pilot program eriwinsto 5 points ago in houston

    I spoke with a METRO board member today, and one of the things he mentioned in our discussion of commuter buses was the possibility of using those single-lane reversible HOVs (20 feet wide) to accomodate 2 opposing self-driving bus lanes (buses are 8 feet wide). Wouldn't work with humans behind the wheel, but it's a possibility if the buses are more or less on rails.

    [–] Houston freeway nickname appreciation thread eriwinsto 6 points ago in houston

    I was going to say "how could I forget 290," then I flashed back to 5:00 on a Thursday and remembered why I forgot it

    [–] Microsoft vs. MikeRoweSoft eriwinsto 10 points ago in wikipedia

    Not the Mike Rowe I thought it was. Interesting.

    [–] My rubber band ball exploded. eriwinsto 1 points ago in mildlyinteresting

    I expected it to be full of baseballs

    [–] Would term limits on Congressman be beneficial for this country? eriwinsto 3 points ago in PoliticalDiscussion

    How about a mandatory retirement age? That directly solves the problem of having too many out-of-touch seniors. Maybe 75? 80? Then you retain the expertise and institutional knowledge--you could run at 50 and serve 30 years--but you do get fresh faces in there when the old guard ages out.

    [–] Would term limits on Congressman be beneficial for this country? eriwinsto 13 points ago in PoliticalDiscussion

    I think term limits for the executive are different simply because the executive has so much more power than any one legislator.

    [–] John Boehner, former House speaker: "I'm convinced de-scheduling [cannabis] is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities." eriwinsto 1 points ago in Drugs

    +1. Boehner rage-quit mid-term because the Tea Party stonewalled him on common sense stuff. I think it's fair to say he was frustrated with the direction of the Republican Party. Knowing him, he probably shed a few tears over it.

    [–] Love Houston. Hate Houston traffic eriwinsto 1 points ago in houston

    When Post Oak and the busway are done early next year, Uptown commuters can park at the Northwest Transit Center or the new Bellaire-Uptown TC and take the brand-spanking-new BRT into Uptown! Hopefully that'll cut down on commutes and traffic.

    [–] Uber has allegedly been cheating both riders and drivers eriwinsto 0 points ago in uberdrivers

    Yeah, the detour wasn't his fault, really. He started driving before navigation loaded (which I also do when driving), and he had to turn two blocks later than he ordinarily would have. I had no idea that came out of the driver's pocket. I was just pissed because I thought Upfront Pricing meant I paid what I was promised.

    [–] Uber has allegedly been cheating both riders and drivers eriwinsto -1 points ago in uberdrivers

    I actually got upcharged about 50 cents on my last ride because my driver made a wrong turn. Uber chided me about telling my driver to take an alternate route (which I didn't do) and refunded me the 50 cents.