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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MyDirtIsRed OMG, A HUMMER!!! (554 comments)

The evidence for "people are starting to buy Hummers" again (even though a new H2 hasn't come off the assembly line in 5 years, the H1 in 8 years):

"As for those Hummers? Autotrader.com said interest in Hummer H1s on its site rose 11 percent last month, making it the fastest-growing older model among all vehicles."

It doesn't take much interest to go from "0" to an 11% rise.

And this:

“We’ve sold a few just in the last few weeks,” said Blake Sharkey, an assistant sales manager at Stadium Auto in Arlington, Texas.

THEY SOLD 2 IN TEXAS THAT WERE ON A LOT, EVERYBODY FREAK THE F**K OUT!!!

about a month ago
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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

MyDirtIsRed Compromise? (172 comments)

Usually when one side says something is too aggressive, and the other side says it's not aggressive enough, it's probably right where it needs to be.

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

MyDirtIsRed It's About Time (395 comments)

We haven't had one of these "miracle battery" stories on ./ in awhile. I look forward to never seeing this technology in a commercially viable product, just like all of the other previous "breakthroughs" in this field.

about 2 months ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

MyDirtIsRed Jerry Jerry Jerry (115 comments)

F**king Moonbeam...

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

MyDirtIsRed The New Most Victim-y Victim Group (907 comments)

Single mothers, the new group for whom there can be no criticism. Enjoy your time while it lasts, ladies, this Sunday in the WaPo it was all about people who can't decide if they're male or female...

about 3 months ago
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University of Michigan Solar Car Wins Fifth Straight National Title

MyDirtIsRed Re:Perfectly fair (25 comments)

I don't besmirch them at all for taking advantage of their local resources. Maybe oughta tell the kids though to leave their bottle openers off of their keychains; wouldn't want their car to suddenly turn off for reasons other than "it's cloudy".

about 5 months ago
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University of Michigan Solar Car Wins Fifth Straight National Title

MyDirtIsRed A little bit of an unfair advantage? (25 comments)

'Major sponsors include Ford, General Motors, IMRA, Michigan Engineering, NYK, Qatar Airways and Siemens PLM Software.'

Watch out for future recalls though...

And Qatar Airways?

about 5 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

MyDirtIsRed End of Extended Unemployment Bennies (778 comments)

The growth rate also correlates quite well with the end of extended unemployment benefits. By raising the minimum wage, you've further increased the gap between the safety net and gainful employment, and thus given people more incentive to actually go and find work. More people working leads to capital actually creating value rather than being moved back and forth between the public and private piles. Good news, in general. However, we are talking about an awfully small sample size (a quarter, maybe two?). It will be interesting to see the data in a couple of years, assuming no major national or worldwide economic dislocation occurs, which, given the length of time that has expired since the last one and the cycles on which these things run, may very likely be just around the corner.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

MyDirtIsRed Change (359 comments)

What percentage of people start out using Emacs and move to vim, or vice versa?

about 6 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

MyDirtIsRed Love SparkFun, but... (653 comments)

It's not just the color around the edge. The text 'Digital Multimeter' is the same FONT used by Fluke. The shape is nearly identical. Sorry SparkFun, as has been said many times before, ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

about 9 months ago
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Planet Mercury Has Shrunk More Than Thought

MyDirtIsRed George (58 comments)

It was in the pool!!!

about 9 months ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

MyDirtIsRed IT'S THE KOCH BROTHERS' FAULT!!! (279 comments)

"the growing hostility to science in popular rhetoric"

Seriously?

Cue the angry response to my comment from some GRA in an environmental science department at an institution of high esteem, who has never held a job outside of the academe, who once read an article on MoJo that illustrated how the Koch brothers are funneling $10 trillion a week into a subliminal messaging system that broadcasts anti-"climate change" propaganda via episodes of 'Duck Dynasty', and who thus claims that their research is subject to 'growing hostility'.

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

MyDirtIsRed uhhh... (462 comments)

So why even offer the choice? input type="text"
How much time and energy was expended in an effort to achieve this perfect enlightenment?

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

MyDirtIsRed Red Hot (338 comments)

In another study, a group of climate scientists decided to do something similar and found that Facebook would sport 27 billion users by the year 2020. And all of the polar bears will be dead.

about a year ago
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Does Software Need a Siskel and Ebert?

MyDirtIsRed Newspaper? (169 comments)

And how many people are scouring the Grey Lady for their technology information? How many people are opening up the print-version of the Grey Lady these days? What business sense would that make for the Grey Lady? The answer to all of those questions is near-zero.

about a year ago
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Researchers Create Mid-Air Haptic Feedback System For Touch Displays

MyDirtIsRed Trademarked (62 comments)

I hear they're naming it the Focused Ultrasound Coronal Kinetics-Enabled Display.

Sounds like a winner.

about a year ago

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