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NYSP now has a sort of "facial recognition" feature for license plates.  some cars have  a high powered camera which takes a picture of your license plate and compares it to downloaded data thats stored in the in car computer.  So if youre driving by a police car with one of these installed, and your insurance has lapped, registration is expired, car used in a crime, an alarm goes off inside the car and you get pulled over. 


NEW YORK - The city's yellow taxi fleet will go entirely hybrid within five years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday
"There's an awful lot of taxicabs on the streets of New York City," Bloomberg said. "These cars just sit there in traffic sometimes, belching fumes.

"This does a lot less. It's a lot better for all of us," he said of the hybrid plan.

Nearly 400 fuel-efficient hybrids have been tested in the city's taxi fleet over the past 18 months, with models including the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Lexus RX 400h and the Ford Escape.

Under Bloomberg's plan, that number will increase to 1,000 by October 2008, then will grow by about 20 percent each year until 2012, when every yellow cab currently numbering 13,000 will be a hybrid.

Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of gasoline and electricity, emitting less exhaust and achieving higher gas mileage per gallon.

The standard yellow cab vehicle, the Ford Crown Victoria, gets 14 miles per gallon. In contrast, the Ford Escape taxis get 36 miles per gallon.

In addition to making the yellow cab brigade entirely green within five years, the city will require all new vehicles entering the fleet after October 2008 to achieve a minimum of 25 miles per gallon. A year later, all new vehicles must get 30 miles per gallon and be hybrid. Bloomberg made the announcement on NBC's "Today" show.

Hybrid vehicles are typically more expensive, but the city said the increase in fuel efficiency will save taxi operators more than $10,000 per year. Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) said it would donate 10 hybrid Ford Escapes for the city's effort.

Shifting the taxi fleet to hybrids is part of Bloomberg's wider sustainability plan for the city, which includes a goal of a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / Gun Control Debate
« on: April 16, 2007, 01:11:30 PM »
it was a gun free zone.  if someone had a gun on them (which is legal in VA via a concealed carry permit) they could have shot the guy.  if the victims were packing they couldve defended themselves.

This could be from either Congress not granting funds or Bush rejecting funds with a withdrawl by X date clause.  Does Bush keep the troops there until the money runs out and then point fingers, does lack of money cause an immediate withdrawl, does lack of money force a withdrawl by the date the funds are expected to run out or some other option that I cant think of at the moment?
Just wondering here as this will get very interesting.


Mon Apr 9, 10:29 AM ET

Swimming teachers and other people who spend a lot of time near chlorinated pools face an increased risk of breathing problems, Dutch researchers report.

Chlorine reacts with substances such as urine and sweat to create byproducts that can irritate the respiratory tract, most importantly chloramines, explain Dr. Jose Jacobs of the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands and colleagues in a report in the European Respiratory Journal.

The research team surveyed 624 swimming pool employees and sampled air at six swimming pools. They measured trichloramine levels at all 38 pools included in the study to estimate long-term exposure among employees. Trichloramines are the most volatile type of chloramine, and are known to irritate the eyes and upper respiratory tract.

Compared to pool workers with the least exposure to trichloramines, such as catering employees or receptionists, swimming instructors were 2.4 times as likely to suffer frequently from sinusitis or sore throat, and faced a 3.4-fold greater risk of chronic cold, the researchers found.

Employees with high levels of exposure were at greater risk of a number of other respiratory symptoms compared to the general Dutch population, ranging from a 40 percent increased risk for tightness of the chest to a more than sevenfold greater likelihood of suffering breathlessness while walking with a person of the same age.

People who reported excessive humidity or inadequate ventilation at work were also more likely to report breathing problems.

Trichloramine exposure is the most likely explanation for the breathing problems identified in the study, given that levels poolside can be three times higher than the established comfort level, the researchers write. The chemicals could boost a person's risk of asthma, allergies and other breathing problems, they suggest, by making the airways more permeable,

Health and safety regulations for chlorinated pools address water quality, but not air quality, Jacobs and colleagues point out. One possible way to reduce levels of trichloramines might be to improve hygiene among pool users, they add, although enforcing compliance could be difficult.

SOURCE: European Respiratory Journal, April 2007.

Cobra Explorer, 11'6 I think is the length.  has two hatches (bow and cockpit) and a brand new hobie paddle.
I upgraded to a 16' and have no need for this.  It also has a ram ball in the cockpit area so you can mount your GPS or any thing else with a ramball adapter on there.
Will sell for 425 or best offer. Only trades im looking for is a size 56 Cervelo frame set (model dependent, carbon or aluminum, and i will kick in cash to make up the difference)

Im looking for a set in size large.  Let me know how much you want or if you need something in trade.

Is anyone looking to work as a paralegal?  Requirements 3.3 GPA, prior experience as a paralegal not necessary.  If interested shoot me a private message and ill give you an email to send the resume to.
The firm is located in Battery Park.

I was only 7 when the wall came down so I dont know what it was like to live with the threat of the Russians nuking tthe United States.  Whats your comparison of the cold war vs the world situation today?  Is it a more or less tense time now?  More or less Dangerous time period?  Also whats your opinion on world stability?

Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / "Brother Cant Drive"
« on: March 29, 2007, 10:01:02 PM »
Eddie Griffin totals a 1.2 million dollar car.  Also looks like someone forgot to install a rear sway bar.

ITs 50 out now which im thinking is either too cold or borderline.  Whats the lowest temp before the resin doesnt cure properly? 

Long Beach man's car marooned in *western LI* Beach surf

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March 18, 2007

People strolling *western LI* Beach Sunday morning would have been confronted with an unusual sight: a car marooned in the surf.

A Long Beach man apparently abandoned the vehicle there at about 4:30 a.m., Nassau police said. A 911 call about seven hours later alerted Long Beach police to the presence of the vehicle, described only as a four-door 2003 GMC.

Long Beach police checked the auto but found no one inside; by the time Nassau police got there the vehicle was about four feet deep in water and waves were breaking over the top, police said.

Police contacted the owner, a woman whose boyfriend, Gustavo Garcia, 37, of 700 Shore Road, Long Beach, told police he had been alone in the vehicle at the time of its abandonment. Garcia claimed that the car became stuck in the sand, so he got out and walked home, police said. It was not clear why Garcia had been driving on the beach, said Nassau police officer Mary Verna.

The car was removed from the water by a town of Hempstead payloader and divers from Nassau police's marine bureau. Officials from the town's public safety department and from the *western LI* Fire Department were also at the scene.

Garcia was issued a summons for driving on wetlands. The car was towed to a local auto body shop. Copyright 2007 Newsday Inc.

Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / email problem
« on: March 14, 2007, 11:26:55 PM »
I have had my email address on my own domain for around 5 years.  i access it with pop3 mail through mozilla thunderbird.  Sunday it says connection refused while trying to download mail.  The web access works so I wondered what the hell the problem was.  I deleted the account from the program, re added it with the same settings and its still refused. 
Instead of pop3 i set up the account as an imap server, which is on port 143 instead of 110, and now it works.  i tried port 143 on pop3 settings and it cant connect. 
Any idea why i get a connection refused on the pop3 server settings but the imap setting works fine?

Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / fish taco recipes?
« on: March 07, 2007, 12:00:30 AM »
I never had one before and almost didnt until Shacky gave it the thumbs up at the tap and grill.  It was pretty good and im looking for a recipe. 
So far I found one but havent tried it.  Post one if you have one.

Start by making a dry mix of 1/4 black pepper, 1/4 paprika, 1/4 garlic salt, 1/4 brown sugar. Put it in a shaker with big holes (I swiped an Oregano shaker from a local pizza place that kept getting my order wrong).

Get some fresh whitefish, the kind doesn't really matter as long as its not a kind from a collapsing fishery (ie Chilean SeaBass, Atlantic swordfish, etc.) or a mercury-storing pelagic like albacore. Cut the fish into small pieces and roll it lightly in flour. Fry it in olive oil and shake on some of the spice mix.

Make a sauce of mayo & fresh garlic. Chop cabbage or iceberg lettuce (cabbage is more tradicional, lettuce tastes better), and maybe some tomatoes or chiles.

Use fresh corn tortillas - not from the freezer. Steam the tortillas by running them under the hot water faucet, both sides, and put them in the microwave for 25 seconds for 2. Use 2 at a time, one is too thin and won't taste right.

Put the fish, lettuce, mayo sauce, and chopped chiles or tomatoes together in the steaming tortillas, squeeze on some lime juice, and eat it before it gets cool.

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