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White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards
My 2000 Volvo S40 weighs in at 1250kg (~2750 lbs) - it's running on a 1.8 litre petrol engine, with a manual 5-speed gearbox. The car is jokingly called 'tank' by my friends, as Volvos are known here for their nigh-excessive safety measures (both in terms of steel and airbags).
I'm averaging a petrol use of 29,4 mpg for regular everyday use (city-some highways-some Autobahn), which is about the rated use as well. Mind you, that's in a rather heavy, loaded-with-safety-features car that is about to see its 10th birthday. The only way I get crappier mileage is if I push hard on the Autobahn: If I'm doing 160kph (~100mph), my petrol consumption jumps to about 19.6 mpg. It's an awful lot of fun though :)
The current model (10 years down the road) weighs in a 1261kg (~2780 lbs) - a tiny 11kg/30lbs increase. (rated) Fuel consumption has actually become lower: 33.6mpg, for the same (somewhat more powerful) 1.8L engine.
I'd say that, at least for European my make/model, your arguments of ballooning and 'bullshit' safety measures don't fly. Based on absolutely nothing more than my gut feeling, I'm inclined to say that that is because of stricter regulations within the EU on fuel consumption.
If you go diesel, the current-day offerings are even more impressive:
- The Volvo in a 1.6 Start/Stop Diesel version is now available: rated mileage - 58.8 mpg.
- Without the Start/Stop technology (which I don't think anybody really uses), the 1.6 Diesel is still offering a whopping 52.9 mpg.
These both come with an automatic - which is undoubtedly optimised for fuel economy.
On-Demand Video + CMS + Interactive Input For Museum?
Almost in my backyard, Twentse Welle (site is in English) is a pretty cool interactive museum. Their site is in English as well, and you may want to get into touch with them.
Vulnerability, Potential Exploit In Cisco WLAN APs
Apparently you can 'just' disable Over-the-Air-Provisioning (OTAP) to remove the threat, so it's not that big of a deal I'd say.
How To Vet Clever Ideas Without Giving Them Away?
Try Rands' FriendDA at http://friendda.org/
Original article at http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2008/10/19/friendda.html
Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society
A similar study has been conducted before in the Netherlands: Downloading benefits the Dutch economy (in Dutch, Google Translation). This study had been ordered by the department of Education, Culture and Science, the department of Economic Affairs and the Justice department.
A downloaded movie, CD or game is not equal to a product not sold, say the researchers. Also, "Amongst downloaders of music and film, the percentage of buyers is as high as with non-downloaders, in games, the percentage of buyers even higher. Music downloaders are also more likely to concerts and buy more merchandise. Downloaders buy more games than gamers who never downloaded and movies downloaders buy more DVDs than non-downloaders."
Court Rejects RIAA's Proposed Protective Order
argh, mis-moderated, posting to remove.
Project Management For Beginners?
We are using FogBugz, and quite merrily. I feel it's a bit light on the project management side of things, but apparently there's a host of improvements coming up in the upcoming version.
The book that goes with version 6.x even states explicitly that you'll probably need some additional tooling for project management, such as a tool to create GANTT-charts and other planning stuff.
Slashdot Launches User Achievements
... not even enchanted, slacker alert! :)
Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online
... too bad, I'd really liked to have seen those miracles of nature within the US borders.
Ohwell, I'll pour my money into another country's economy. Northern Spain is pretty nice in spring, I've heard.
RIAA Gives Up In Atlantic Recording v. Brennan
Is there any way the RIAA can now be held accountable for the costs incurred by the legal system for reviewing the this nonsense?
Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?
When you get to a dealer, see if he knows someone that can get you your drug of choice. (He might even have it himself.)
For me, this is one of the key strengths of Dutch "soft" (i.e. weed/hash) drugs policy: because it has been regulated, there's a strict line between the relatively harmless weed and the stronger "hard" drugs like XTC, heroin and the likes. Availability of the latter in the so-called coffee-shops over here is non-existant, which means crossing over from weed to the serious stuff also means a whole change of setting for acquiring it, as opposed to 'just' getting it from the same dealer.