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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

antifoidulus Re:Cartels will be fine.... (116 comments)

Except for that's not how it's panning out in places like Colorado and the Netherlands, where it's largely smaller growers who are making money....

7 hours ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

antifoidulus Re:BS (352 comments)

Yes, it is quite large, in relative terms. The city of Pittsburgh is only about 30,000 people, meaning the % of the population in those 2 centers alone accounts for roughly 1% of the population. And since almost all those people are outsiders, the demand for real estate has had a sudden, pronounced spike since although the employees at those 2 corporations only represent about 1% of the population, they represent a much larger % of the population looking for housing, since at any given moment most people are staying put. Staying put that is until their landlord does everything in his/her power to boot them so they can rent out to someone who is more profitable.

2 days ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

antifoidulus This makes my old man brain hurt (100 comments)

Maybe someone can explain what they actually tested here(besides reaction time), the paper and the summary both state that they matched players of similar skill level but found the younger players were better....well then if that is really the case you didn't match players of similar skill levels did you? If they are at the same skill level then how is the younger player any "better"? They seem to be quantifying it by measuring reaction time, but is a faster reaction time always better, especially if the results are the same? Maybe the older players are taking slightly longer to consider their options rather than just clicking like mad.... I'm not sure what they are trying to say here.

2 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

antifoidulus Re:BS (352 comments)

Heh, actually SF-like phenomenons are happening pretty much anywhere these tech companies locate. As someone who was born and raised in Pittsburgh and now is living in Tokyo after a stint in Europe, I was just curious to see how condos in Pittsburgh compare to what there is in Tokyo...and I was shocked. I was expecting them to be much, much cheaper but the reality was quite different. Tokyo was more expensive, but not by that much. I was talking with a friend(another ex-Pittsburgher) and he reminded me that both Apple and Google have recently opened relatively large campuses in Pittsburgh. This is what probably sent housing prices sky-high, the owners of these housing complexes knew that a lot of money was going to come streaming in. I cannot imagine this is sitting well with a lot of the poorer residents of the city...

2 days ago
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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

antifoidulus Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (83 comments)

Um, you pretty much described EXACTLY what Barnes and Noble tried to do, and it didn't really work out all that well for them(the execution may have left something to be desired but). They aren't doing horrible, all things considered, but they aren't exactly booming either. If they don't have a book you want you can order it on line and have it sent to where you live, they have a loyalty program, they have added cafes and play areas to their stores etc.

It doesn't work largely because it's very difficult for them to compete on price, and the explosion of smart phones in the past half decade means that it's really easy for me to find the same book online, either e-book or dead tree. Before the smartphone explosion they weren't doing terrible in spite of the same disadvantages in terms of price and selection, largely because people did not want to go to a bookstore, note down which books they want then go home connect to the internet and order them. So people were more willing to just buy it there, and maybe grab a coffee at the cafe while they read. However with smartphones it doesn't matter how inviting you make the place, I can still order the same book online and be out of there in less time than it would take to wait in line at the register. It's going to be very difficult for brick and mortar stores to compete in the age of smartphones. Maybe if they could figure out how to adapt 3d printing to books, i.e. if there is a book you want to read in dead tree, you can order it on your phone, go grab a coffee and have a copy waiting for you when you leave. Then maybe the brick-and-mortar places could compete, since they wouldn't have to have nearly as much capital tied up in books, but until then they are doomed.

4 days ago
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Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

antifoidulus Re:Oh great (64 comments)

The safety instructions are not there to help you survive a destructive crash, they're there to reduce the number of injuries you receive in a non-fatal crash.

Actually it's sort of both. If the plane crashes and everyone doesn't die instantly then your chances of survival are really high if you just make sure to get out of there as soon as possible, often times post-crash fires claim more lives than the initial crash does.

Also if you crash on water, get the hell out of there and don't inflate your life jacket till you've left the airplane

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

antifoidulus Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

Drug use rates in east Asia are pretty low, at least due in part to geographic isolation and/or really strict enforcement. The Singapore government probably puts more people to death for drug crimes than people actually die from drugs or drug related incidents there.

Japan being an island and South Korea for all intents and purposes being an island(their northern border isn't exactly what I would call "porous") has allowed them to strictly enforce drug imports because there are very very few places where an individual can get into the country. In addition to being paranoid about "organic" drugs(opium, cocaine etc) getting into the country, they also crack down on manufactured drugs like meth, to an almost draconian extent. For instance in Japan Nyquil and it's ilk are illegal simply because it can be used as an ingredient in meth, which sucks when you have a cold because Japanese cold medication sucks in my opinion....

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

antifoidulus Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

Supposedly a large # of the actors in the film Innocence of Muslims were duped into appearing in the film and had their lines (sloppily) edited after the fact to be about Mohammed instead of generic desert villain.

about a week ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

antifoidulus Re:Times have changed (195 comments)

Anecdote I know, but when I was in Thailand I got really bad food poisoning from McDonalds, however all the street food I ate never once gave me trouble.

about two weeks ago
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Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

antifoidulus Re:Cold/Flu makes us zombies? (38 comments)

Rabies might be a better example. It's not a coincidence that animals infected with rabies are more likely to engage in behaviors that spread rabies than they were before infection. So bacteria like the one in question are hardly unique.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

antifoidulus Re:correlation does not prove causation (137 comments)

Pfft... rational thought and reason. This is /., where everyone who mis-interprets a statistical axiom is smarter than people who do this for a living. How else can they be self-righteous?

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

antifoidulus Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Pretty much par for the course for these companies....

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

antifoidulus Re:sandwiched together (440 comments)

Well, considering E.T's favorite sellout^H^H^Hsnack was Reese's Pieces, they still need to dump some chocolate and artificial coloring.

about three weeks ago
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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

antifoidulus Obligatory Frank Zappa quote (54 comments)

"Tobacco is my favourite vegetable" -Frank Zappa

about three weeks ago
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MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

antifoidulus Re:why all the javascript hate? (70 comments)

Because it's responsible for all the things people hate about web pages. Pop-up ads, pop under ads, floating ads, flash ads, flash exploits, java exploits....

Um...what? How is Javascript even remotely implicated in flash/java applet exploits?

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

antifoidulus Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

But why would they change their course if it was an accident? If the crew became incapacitated, it was after someone deliberately steered them off course, not due to an accident, since if there was an accident they surely would have radioed for help.

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

antifoidulus Re:News just in: 100% accidents tied to breathing (367 comments)

Actually it could be both....in complex situations like the accident rate variables rarely change in isolation. Look at some of the official stats on accident and age and what you will find is that by far the biggest drops in fatalities are in the very young and very old age groups(in fact the rate of fatalities is actually increasing in the groups most likely to be using cell phones and driving....) This is probably due to increasingly stringent laws regarding teen and elderly drivers. Even Florida recently passed a law that requires the elderly to come in for an eye exam every year when they renew their license, before that they could renew by mail. Not saying cell phones are necessarily a cause in accidents, but your reasoning doesn't really hold.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

antifoidulus 1991 called (90 comments)

So basically this is PGP, it's pgp for the web, but ultimately still PGP. How is this even remotely newsworthy? PGP is 23 years old, throwing it up on the web then calling what you are offering a "web service" is a joke. Real web services actually offer you know, services, beyond simple data retrieval, and I saw nothing in the paper that would allow for instance a server to scan a database table with user information in it in order to present the data in a useful fashion, or for the data to be useful at all beyond a pgp-encrypted file sharing/email service.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

antifoidulus Re:Mystery? (491 comments)

Google Helios flight 522. The plane continued on autopilot almost 2 hours after the pilots became incapacitated(and in that case jets were scrambled because the Greeks became alarmed when the plane entered their airspace but didn't respond to radio requests. The autopilot was able to continue on the pre-programmed course and go into holding over Athens. If the pilots of the Malaysian Airlines flight were indeed incapacitated without anyone else taking controls they almost certainly would have entered Chinese airspace and been noticed by Chinese military radar. The fact that this never happened argues against an accident causing the pilots to become incapacitated. If they were killed/incapacitated, it almost certainly was the work of another individual on the plane.

about three weeks ago

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Japanese branch of the BSA likens piracy to subway groping

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about a year ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I saw this recently while I was riding on a train to Tokyo and just had to share. In this commercial, the Japanese branch of the BSA likens pirating software to being a chikan(a man who gropes women on the subway).(Sorry about the spammy link, but since google is making this "real name" push, I would rather not post it on youtube). The rough translation is as follows:

To all the commuters out there
Chikan is a crime
Making illegal copies of software at the office is a crime
Both hurt people dear to us
If you see anyone pirating software at work, please report it to the BSA

Insert your own "groped by DRM" reference"
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Transitioning from "hacker"(positive sense) to "en

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "So I'm about to get my masters in CS and start out (again) in the "real world", I already have a job lined up, but there is one thing that is really nagging me. Since my academic work has focused almost solely on computer science and not software engineering per se, I'm really still a "hacker", meaning I take a problem, sketch together a rough solution using the appropriate Computer Science algorithms, and then code something up(using a lot of prints to debug), do some basic testing and go with it.... Obviously something that works quite well in the academic environment but not in the "real world" obviously. Even at my previous job, which was sort of a jack-of-all-trades(sysadmin, security, support, and programming) the testing procedures were not particularly rigorous and as a result I don't think I'm really mature as an "engineer"

So my question to the community is how do you make the transition from hacker(in the positive sense) to a real engineer. Obviously the "Mythical Man Month" on the reading list, but anything else? How do you get out of the "hacker" mindset?"
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Are there any scientifically-verified ways to impr

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "So after missing the date of a lifetime due to a killer cold(doesn't help that the country I live in bans Nyquil), I have become interested in ways to potentially "boost" my immune system, but most of what is out there seems like pseudo-science at best. Are there any actual ways to boost the immune system that have been published and peer-reviewed out there? Has anyone actually had any success using these methods? Or should I just give up and try smuggling some Nyquil into the country :P"
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Fox news confirms it: /. is dying

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Fox News, obviously out of better things to talk about, has a list of 8 websites that are dying. The list includes Gawker, digg, blogging sites, and last on the list, this site. However their stats seem to be questionable as they report less than 100k users in April before bouncing up to 500k. Something tells me that such a wide variance is more the result of bad statistics than a dying site, but I could be wrong."
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Rinderpox virus has been offically eliminated

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that Rinderpox, a disease that affects cattle, buffalo, and related animals, has been officially declared eliminated. The disease is only the second ever to be totally eliminated, and the first non-human disease to get that classification. Could polio be next?"
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How "clean" do GPL-BSD translations have to be?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

antifoidulus writes "There is a (relatively) simple library that I would like to convert from C++ to C, and then incorporate into a BSD licensed project I am working on.

Am I allowed to look at the GPL code, convert it, then release the result as BSD? Or do I have to go more "clean room" and totally re-implement the algorithm without looking at the GPL code.

Yes I know the standard "get a lawyer" answer, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this."
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Is not having Windows skills a blemish on a resume

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "After spending the past 6 years practically Windows free, I have become accustomed to how advanced other operating systems(such as Linux and OS X) are compared to Windows. Whenever I use Windows I am shocked and frustrated with how primitive it is, for example no NFS or SSH out of the box, an insanely stupid file structure etc. I would prefer to never have to touch the thing again, but I do like being employed. Is not having any Windows experience on your resume a problem nowadays? How do you handle the inevitable questions about not using the World's Worst Operating System? Should I just have to suck it up and learn how to deal with it?"
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Sysadmin job interview tips for a coder?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "I'm currently employed as a software developer who has been migrating more and more towards system administration work. While I like programming I think that I would like to keep it as a hobby(such as contributing to Open Source projects) rather than a job. However, since bills still need to be paid, I am looking into positions as a sysadmin. I have an interview with a company in a really cool part of the world, but I'm a bit concerned. I have never really interviewed for a sysadmin job before. How different are they from say your typical software engineering position? Can anyone who has done both give any advice on what to expect during the interview? How can I convince them that a background in software engineering is applicable to system administration?"
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Women dig EcoGeeks

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! reports that Eco geeks get all the girls. While I am a bit wary of the methodology of the study, it may show that becoming environmentally aware may also be chic. Some highlights include girls preferring the latest fuel-efficient vehicles to the latest sports cars , auto buyers finding talking fuel economy isn't a bore at parties, and more and more people no longer consider fuel efficient cars to be unfashionable. However, the article notes that it is probably more energy efficient to keep driving your current vehicle than it is to buy a new one. Alas, as a cyclist I didn't see any mention of increased lovin' for bikers. The study was conducted as part of the GM Challenge X competition, in which college students compete to make GM cars more fuel efficient."
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Urbanites produce less CO2 per capita in the US

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! is running a story that claims that city residents produce less carbon emissions than their rural counterparts per capita. The study used the emissions from residential electricity, heating/cooling, and transportation to calculate that the residents of the 100 most populated metropolitan centers in the US emit an average of 2.47 tons of carbon per year per person, whereas the United States average is 2.87 tons per person per year. While these cities account for more than half the total US carbon output, the increased population density and use of mass transit significantly reduced their average output. Cities in the east, which depend more on coal for electricity when compared with other parts of the country, emitted the most greenhouse gasses the study found."
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CNN website targeted by DoS

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that they were the target of a Denial of Service attack yesterday. According to the article, there have been reports on Asian tech sites that Chinese hackers were targeting CNN for their coverage of the unrest in Tibet. One has to wonder if this hacking attempt was government sponsored or not. The Chinese government hasn't been very happy with CNN, in fact Beijing Bureau Chief has been summoned about a day before this happened."
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How automated is your daily routine?

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  about 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "As many perl hackers can attest to, computers can easily automate almost anything. I have been thinking about ways to automate the drudgery of daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning etc. There are products such as roomba which help, and of course the inevitable wife/girlfriend/mom jokes, but I was wondering what do slashdot users do to help automate the less than pleasant daily tasks that life requires? What can one do for less than $1k? And, why aren't networked appliances more common?"
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Cyclists in US 12x as likely to die as drivers/km

antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "A blurb from the freakonomics blog points out that in the UScyclists are 12 times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as drivers are per kilometer. The study was done by a researchers in the United States and The Netherlands. While the odds of dying in a collision are relatively high, other studies have found that the overall morbidity rate from commuting via bicycle versus car is actually lower. An interesting from the paper cited, "American pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to get killed than Dutch and German pedestrians and cyclists, both on a per-trip and per-km basis. They are also far more likely to be injured." Yet another reason why SUVs(which are very rare in Europe) need to banned ASAP."
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "At work we occasionally have to pull shifts to support our application, and we divide each day into a day shift and night shift. However, the married people at my office have all coopted the day shifts and because there are more of them than there are unmarried people, they not only force the singles to work nights(including weekends), but force us to work almost 2x as many shifts per person. I guess they assume that since we aren't married our lives are pointless and should be spent at work, but I don't see them eager to dole out the raises in the same fashion. Is this type of behavior prevalent in the IT world? In the US, is it even legal to so blatantly discriminate against a group of people? What are some of the worst things slashdotters have seen in regards to this type of behavior?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo finance is running an article detailing how the EPA is changing fuel efficiency standards for 2008 models. This seems to be the first overhall of the miles per gallon(1 mpg=.42 kpl) since the 1980's. Previous tests assumed that drivers did not exceed 55 mph(88 kph), that drivers never used their air conditioner and heaters. The new tests push cars up to 80 mph(128 kph) and drive them in hot and cold weather conditions. Naturally the reported MPG number has dropped, for example the Prius' reported mileage dropped 20%, but the new number reflects what most drivers see. And as always, your mileage may vary. (Your kilometres per litre may vary)"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "As an avid cyclist but someone who gets lost frequently, I have always wanted a GPS system like some of my friends have in their cars. But I wasn't sure that I could find soemthing that was accurate enough for cyclists as well as something that wouldn't tell me to go on a highway when it was obviously unsafe. However, as always technology has marched forwards and there seem to be several handheld units that are accurate enough for cyclists. Some seem to be a very fancy(and somewhat expensive) bike computers without much navigation aid, others seem to be navigation aides with a bit of bike computer tacked on. Have any slashdotters ever used a GPS on their bike? If so, what kind? My ideal GPS would have maps for both North America and Europe(and maybe Japan as well). Any suggestions?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "The NY Times is reporting on how Indosnesian farmers are cleared huge tracts of rainforests to make farms for palm oil. Demand for the oil surged as many European governments subsidised it in order to attempt to reduce emissions. However, to quote the article, "But last year, when scientists studied practices at palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, this green fairy tale began to look more like an environmental nightmare." In addition to clearing rainforests, the farmers also cleared large tracts of peat that sent huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. So much that Indosnesia is the world's 3rd largest carbon producer. In response, some governments, such as that of the Netherlands, are suspending palm oil subsidies and many environmentalist groups are saying that biofuels are not automatically considered to be renewable sources of energy."
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo Finance is reporting that petroleum companies are using speed interviewing to try to find lots of engineering talent in a short period of time. Inspired by the "speed dating" trend managers are now inviting people in for quick 10-15 minute initial interviews with a large pool of candidates. The companies doing this say they have thousands of openings that traditional recruiting, such as job fairs, has failed to fill. Managers say that giving such short interviews gives them face time with more applicants than was previously possible. Furthermore they say it can give them insight into how candidates will respond under pressure. However, according to the article, "Those who make good impressions will eventually have more traditional interviews with the four companies involved." Will this catch on in the software world?"
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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting a study that shows not only did Americans buy more fuel efficient vehicles in 2005(although sadly this trend reversed itself in the later half of 2006) but they also drove slightly less on average, according to the article "The drop in driving was small — the average American drove 13,657 miles (21,978.8 km) per year in 2005, down from 13,711 miles in 2004." This is the first drop since the energy crisis of the late 70's. However, although SUV and mini-van sales have been falling, they still represent over half of the private vehicle sales in the United States."

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antifoidulus antifoidulus writes  |  more than 7 years ago After reading the news everyday in the US, I was suddenly hit with a realization, the Simpsons predicted the response in 1996, 5 years before 9/11 in the episode Much Apu About Nothing. Basically a bear ends up in downtown Springfield and the town goes nuts and spends tons of money on things such as stealth bombers despite the fact that Flanders stated that this is the first bear in over 30 years. Of course the people get upset about the cost but refuse to get rid of the over the top protections, so the mayor decides to placate them by shifting the blame to illegal immigrants.
Remind you of the American response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11? It was the first time it happened in a long time, we went way over the top to prevent another attack, and of course when that all inevitably went south, the government shifted focus towards illegal immigrants who of course, like Apu, tend to work harder than your Homer Simpsons.....

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